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We are hiring: Assistant Property Manager

Seeking Qualified Candidates

Position:    Assistant Property Manager

Company Overview:

Brand Real Estate Services is an established full-service commercial real estate firm committed to the success of our clients.  We are strategic stewards of a diverse portfolio of over four million square feet of retail centers, office buildings, flex properties and land through the Southeast.  Our uniform commitment to client service and entrepreneurial spirit set us apart.  We specialize in asset and property management, landlord leasing, tenant representation, investment sales, as well as construction and redevelopment in partnership with our sister company, Brand Properties.

 Job Description:

The assistant property manager is responsible for assisting the property management team in the overall administration and operation of the properties with respect to the organization of vendors/contractors, owner and tenant information, and policies and procedures.

Summary of Primary Responsibilities:

Reviews vendor/contractor invoices for accuracy as needed/when requested and facilitates preparation and manager approval in order to facilitate prompt payment.

Supports as necessary the accounting team and/or property manager in investigating tenant delinquencies by contacting the tenant and/or accounting in order to ensure prompt payment or to learn the status of the delinquencies.

Assists in preparing the annual budget for the properties by gathering and organizing expense information throughout the year and calculating future expenses based on this historical information.

Acts as back-up to the various property managers when they are out of the office for extended periods.

Additional Duties/Responsibilities:

Assists in preparation of or prepares monthly property financial reports as requested

Carries out mailings (e.g., SNDAs, Estoppels, Move-In/Commencement letters)

Tracks and follows up on Certificates of Insurance

Implements and Manages Building Engines

Sets up utilities at new properties and tracks and follows up on tenant HVAC maintenance contracts

Transitions hard copy files to e-filing system

Organizes vendor/contractor databases

Updates and distributes monthly property management lists

Fields/screens calls to PM department coming from reception.

Supports the preparation of annual operating expense, CAM, Tax and insurance reconciliations as requested

Carries out Assistant Property Manager responsibilities for One Sugarloaf Center

Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

Four year degree preferred; three years relevant work experience

Must be a self-starter, self-disciplined, and highly organized

Proficient in certificates of insurance, invoice processing, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel and MRI

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Dependable, strong work ethic and ability to work well with clients and BRES team

 

Interested parties, please respond to pfreeman@brandproperties.com

Assistant Property Manager Job Description pdf

We are hiring: Property Accountant

Seeking Qualified Candidates

Position: Property Accountant

Company Overview:
Brand Real Estate Services is an established full-service commercial real estate firm committed to the success of our clients. We are strategic stewards of a diverse portfolio of five million square feet of retail centers, office buildings, flex properties and land throughout the Southeast. Our uniform commitment to client service and entrepreneurial spirit set us apart. We specialize in asset and property management, landlord leasing, tenant representation, investment sales, as well as construction and development in partnership with our sister company, Brand Properties.

Job Description:
The Property Accountant is responsible for full cycle property management accounting for a portfolio of assigned commercial properties. Work involves frequent communication and interaction with clients as well as accounting, leasing and property management team members. This position may evolve into a Senior Property Accountant if knowledge, experience and leadership qualities exist.

Responsibilities:
· Prepare accurate and timely financial statements with supporting documentation.
· Review and enter accounts payable invoices. Work with Property Manager to ensure invoices are properly coded and expensed to the correct property and period.
· Process tenant cash receipts, process checks, perform cash management transactions.
· Research and answer Property Manager’s questions regarding tenants, property income and expenses.
· Generate recurring charges on the first of the month and issue tenant rent statements.
· Review operating statements and identify missing expenses needing accrual.
· Review and reconcile accounts receivable aging and supporting tenant ledgers.
· Maintain reconciliations on balance sheet accounts.
· Manage fixed asset system and record monthly depreciation and amortization.
· Set up new properties, maintain buildings/suites square feet.
· Abstract leases in detail regarding lease charges to ensure billings are in compliance with lease terms.
· Set up recovery formulas for buildings/leases necessary for CAM reconciliations.
· Prepare annual CAM reconciliations, ad-hoc reporting.
· Work with Property manager to prepare annual budgets for all properties and reforecasts as needed.
· Assist Manager of Accounting with special projects as necessary.

Qualifications:
· A Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or equivalent experience.
· Experience in property management or real estate accounting required.
· MRI experience required and Yardi experience a plus.
· Excel experience required.
· Experience with commercial leases required.
· Must be able to work productively with little direction or supervision.
· Excellent organization and communication skills mandatory.

Interested parties, please respond to resumes@brandproperties.com.

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Suzanne Bunn featured by ICSC

Congratulations to our own Suzanne Bunn, Senior Property Manager, for a well-deserved showcase in “The human element: Meet the people who make the retail real estate industry run” featured by ICSC this week!

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Suzanne Bunn has earned plenty of professional certifications over the course of a 38-year real estate career: CSM, CRX, CPM, LEED Green Associate. But as senior property manager of Brand Real Estate Services, she also relies on training that may seem wholly unrelated to her job. Bunn earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Georgia and a master’s in counseling psychology from Georgia State University. And she asserts that the specialization is relevant. “It has helped me listen to customers and vendors and to develop the close relationships I have with my tenants, who are often mom-and-pops who put their last saved dollar into their businesses,” Bunn said.

At Duluth, Ga.–based Brand Real Estate Services, Bunn manages 11 shopping centers in metro Atlanta and one in Charleston, S.C., as well as some office properties. Bunn joined the firm in 2014 after stints at Edens, Faison–Trammell Crow and Watkins Real Estate Group. “I have the experience of working on a project from ground up through ground-breaking to grand opening, and then working with tenants three to five years later after lease renewals,” she said. “That is really how I started.”

Suzanne Bunn is senior property manager of Brand Real Estate Services

On a typical morning, Bunn may field questions from newly signed tenants in need of orientation, or help national chains or mom-and-pops coordinate with contractors on the final stages of a store build-out. “There is the occasional roof leak, too,” she said. “But fortunately, I have really good properties that are 100 percent leased. I really don’t have too many maintenance issues.”

These days Brand is working with foodie-friendly restaurants in the Atlanta suburbs. “They might be featured in, say, Atlanta magazine and have lots of customer traffic,” she said. “Given all of that traffic, you have to make sure those properties are maintained at the top of the line so that they present a nice experience for their customers.”

Bunn served for years on the planning committee of the ICSC Southeast Conference (she was chairwoman in 2013), and she also belongs to the Institute of Real Estate Management. She earned her LEED Green Associate certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2012. She often works with vendors to obtain the best LED lighting, water-saving landscape elements or recycled materials. “If you can cut down on something like water usage, you can reduce your common-area expenses too,” she said. “Increasing efficiency is a win for everybody, and it’s good for the planet.”

 

 

Pat Freeman receives the Huey Award from BOMA Georgia

Congratulations to our very own Pat Freeman who earlier today was awarded the “Huey Award” from BOMA Georgia.  This is a very high honor given only once in a lifetime recognizing someone who has tirelessly given their time in service to BOMA.  No one deserves this recognition more.  Pat served not only as past president, but also worked in most every committee over time.

For those unfamiliar w/ BOMA, The Building Owners and Managers Association is a trade association with approximately 1,000 members representing commercial real estate.  You probably have seen their work with government advocacy, the “industry standard” method of floor measurement, TOBY Awards (Bldg of the Year) and of course, education.  BOMA has four industry designations, all of which Pat has mastered, I’m sure.

Congratulations Pat… we’re fortunate and proud to work alongside you.

Scott Meadows, President

Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

This year our company’s day of service took us to the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children’s Shelter, where our own Brand Morgan is President of the Executive Board. This inspiring organization has operated in Buford for almost 30 years serving homeless children and their moms. Executive Director Maureen Kornowa explained that the goal of this loving and nurturing environment is to end the cycle of homelessness. Their 3 to 12 month transitional living program provides free room and board with customized life-skill training in budgeting, parenting, resumes, job hunting and more.  Children attend local schools while moms use an onsite resource center to find a job and begin work. With time, moms save and learn life skills that allow them and their children to graduate to independent living.

We were happy to decorate inside and outside for Christmas, organize donated articles, and provide gifts for the children from their wish list. If you would like to help with your time, talents and/or financial donations, visit their website here.  You can make a difference!

Roswell Wieuca Shopping Center

 

Anchored by Fresh Market and Ace Hardware, this iconic Buckhead property is located at the busy corner of Roswell Road and Wieuca Road.  New Market Properties LLC, recently won out over a dozen suitors to acquire ownership of the landmark center from the family who developed and cared for it since 1964. The family’s excellent relationship with Brand Real Estate Services factored into the choice of the new owner so that our leasing and management relationship could continue. This 74,370 square foot center is a familiar Buckhead favorite and we are honored to keep it in our portfolio.

Read more here.

 

Vintage Pizzeria is open in Shops of Dunwoody!

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We are excited to announce that our new tenant Vintage Pizzeria is OPEN today! Serving delicious pizza and Italian items, this new restaurant is a delightful addition to the Dunwoody area.  Housed in a building that was long vacant, much hard work and restoration has brought this building back into a beautiful new gathering place for lunch and dinner. Mike Lowrey, Vice President of Leasing, is pictured with owner Mario Gonzalez celebrating today’s opening. Congratulations!

Celebrating our Tenant 9292 Korean BBQ

9292 Korean BBQ food 4.26.2017 ZagatBrand Real Estate Services is celebrating the success of our new tenant 9292 Korean BBQ located in Satellite Shops, 3360 Satellite Blvd, Duluth. Leasing agent Michael Walker and property manager Suzanne Bunn were excited to assist them to get up and running.

This popular restaurant opened in December and has already made the Zagat list of the most notable restaurant openings around Atlanta. “Set in spacious Duluth digs with private rooms, this hip Korean barbeque joint pulses with television screens and contemporary pop tunes while guests grill wide-ranging cuts of meat over in-table grills, summoning servers with the push of a button to order from an array of ever-changing Korean banchan snacks.”

Our experienced leasing team would love to help you find the ideal location for your business. Visit our property tab and explore our diverse retail portfolio. Talk with us.

Pat Freeman, 2017 BOMA Southern Regional Conference

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Join Pat Freeman, Executive Vice President of Property Management at Brand Real Estate Services, for an informative presentation at the 2017 BOMA SRC. This year the conference will be held in Atlanta at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead on April 5-8.  BOMA’s annual event always features many excellent educational and networking opportunities with other real estate professionals. Freeman will be moderating a panel of 10 speakers on “Work IS Different – What is a PM, FM, AM, Contractor.”  Early registration is available until March 3. For more information, visit the BOMA SRC website here.