Corporate Services / National Accounts
“I just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with Capital Real Estate Partners’ handling of our national real estate needs following the acquisition of the commercial lines insurance operations from Great American Insurance in 1999 when I responsible for the acquisition and integration. As you know, that acquisition required us to rethink our entire real estate strategy across the country, requiring the expansion of some offices, consolidation of multiple offices in other cities, and even closing (via resulting buyouts and / or subleasing) of other offices. Truly a mixed bag of real estate requirements. Your firm quarterbacked the entire operation effectively and efficiently; we couldn’t have been more pleased. While we were considering this assignment to be more geared toward a national real estate service provider, we are glad we went with a local provider. Quite frankly, I honestly think we were better served. Your constant reporting to us and your willingness to quarterback this from our location allowed us constant access to what was going on by location. You’ve changed my way of thinking; rather than receiving less service and capabilities from a local provider, we actually received higher and better service.
Your service was consistent throughout the year-long process. You really were there throughout!
Thanks so much for delivering on all of the promises you made to our management group regarding this project. The success of the integration, in which you played a key role, was in large part responsible for my next assignment as Vice President of Personal Lines at OCG.”
Barbara Aras, Ohio Casualty Group
Tenant / Buyer Representation
“See you later today at my closing – your guidance and negotiating skill has been fabulous – I can’t thank you enough for helping me make my dream come true. Wishing everyone the best, Deb”
Deb Caley, President, Richwood Investment Advisors, LLC
“I have known Craig of Capital Real Estate Partners, LLC for many years as I owned my own business in Cincinnati, Oil Distributing Co. We decided in November 2010 to grow into a national reliability company called RelaDyne. As the local EVP for RelaDyne, we knew starting a new corporate office would take time and be very challenging, but Craig and his team brought to our management team many suitable offices for lease. His help on negotiations, location, suitable size today and into future growth in a very short period of time was a great value to our team. Craig also brought other intangibles that were of tremendous help thru this new company and office set up. I appreciate the help and guidance that Capital Real Estate Partners brought to gain office space quickly!”
Doug Oehler, EVP, RelaDyne LLC
“Growing from a small Cincinnati-based start-up to a 600-employee global organization has involved a multitude of facilities challenges, here and in other regions. Craig Roberts and his team at Capital Real Estate Partners have provided us the same smart, assertive, personal service all along the way. They are simply outstanding at tenant representation. They make every detail captive to their efforts to secure the right real estate solutions at just the right value. We couldn’t have gotten to where we are without them.”
Rick Segal, Chief Executive, North America Global Practice Leader, B-to-B, GyroHSR LLC
“It has truly been a pleasure doing business with Craig Roberts and Capital Real Estate Partners team. We have worked on three deals to date and each one has worked out perfectly for DEFENDER. The site selection, negotiation skills, bottom line savings on the deal, follow up, and attention to detail have been well above standard. I have no doubt that we will use Capital to maximize the opportunities for our future growth and strongly recommend this company.”
Danny Gill, Facilities Director, DEFENDER Direct
“Our firm has been very pleased with the professionalism, expertise and unconventional service of Capital Real Estate Partners. When it comes to commercial real estate transactions, Craig Roberts and the Capital Real Estate Partners team has demonstrated on a couple of occasions their deep knowledge of the market and their effectiveness in getting the project done on a priority basis. The firm worked as a partner with our team locally and nationally to understand our specific needs and help us work through a complex maze of issues, options and considerations which ultimately led to a good long-term solution for our firm.”
Don Bush, Managing Partner, Cincinnati Office, PriceWaterhouse Coopers
“I first met and started working with Capital Real Estate Partners in 1989 when I had the opportunity to buy MRSI. Capital patiently worked with us for over two years as we tried to move our offices. We finally found the perfect location and the Capital Real Estate Partners team was instrumental in helping us reach very favorable lease terms. They have been a true partner with MRSI ever since. They took the time to learn our business needs and found the right solutions. Our company has grown very fast during the past ten years, and they have helped us negotiate three additional leases and another physical move of our corporate HQ two years ago. Not only does Craig know the tri-state real estate market, but he is very knowledgeable about local and state governments and potential tax implications.
Having the right office facilities is critical to our continued success. With Craig and Capital Real Estate Partners as our partner, I am confident our future real estate needs will continue to be handled efficiently and effectively.”
Randy Thaman, President / CEO, Marketing Research Services, Inc.
“Craig Roberts has worked with Steed Hammond Paul on several occasions over the past decade including helping us to find our present office location in Cincinnati. Craig is thorough and knowledgeable about the marketplace and is creative in the ideas he brings to us for consideration. We continue to work with him and have faith in his approach to helping us meet our needs.”
Gerry Hammond (deceased), President and CEO, Steed Hammond Paul Inc.
¨Capital Real Estate Partners has represented Ultimus in 3 different lease arrangements and negotiations during the last 7 years. They have always been responsive and have a complete understanding of our needs. They sweats the details and thoroughly reviews the lease agreement and exhibits to make sure all of our concerns have been properly addressed. In 8 years, when our current lease expires, we will be turning to Capital Real Estate Partnes to represent us again.”
Bob Dorsey, Managing Director, Ultimus Fund Solutions, LLC
“It is a wonderful thing when a big project turns out so well! Many of you know we recently relocated our office space from 312 Walnut, which is the Scripps Center, to the new Rookwood Tower building on Smith-Edwards Road. We could not be more delighted with our move. We had a great experience downtown, but felt we needed to make some changes regarding positioning our Associates in a more centrally located and easily accessible office building… [to see the entire text, click here]
Ron Beschear, Managing Director, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
¨I was new to buying commercial real estate and Craig and the Capital Real Estate Partners team was a Godsend! They took the time to educate me and made certain I understood every step of the process. Craig and his team of professionals is in high demand I always feel I’m his most important client – even though that is certainly not the case. Craig comes with my highest recommendation! If you are looking for help in real estate, you owe it to yourself to talk with him. Year first hired: 2004 (hired more than once). Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity”
Allan Greer, Owner, Marketpath
“Words cannot adequately describe Craig Roberts and the entire Capital Real Estate Partners team. Their professionalism as well as their knowledge and ability are truly refreshing. They conduct themselves with the “integrity first” approach, making it a pleasure doing business with Capital Real Estate Partners.”
Jerry Mullins, Investor
¨Craig’s approach to commercial real estate is refreshing. He’s prepared, punctual and thorough. He gets answers and additional info fast. He has a negotiating system that moves things along quickly.”
Ray Warrick, owner, Kenker Box
“Craig Roberts and the entire Capital Real Estate Partners team provide a very thorough and professional response when called upon by our company. They have never failed to find the proper answer on a timely basis.”
Ernest Wilder, Capitol Marketing Insurance
“Craig and his team at Capital Real Estate Partners handles all of my company’s real estate needs in Ohio. They do a great job handling our real estate needs there and are a great liaison between us and our landlord(s) there.”
John Dietel, Eastern Research Group
“If your company is preparing to lease space in the Greater Cincinnati area, I recommend contacting Craig Roberts and his team at Capital Real Estate Partners. My company has been leasing Class A office space for 25 years. A good lease is a significant, if not the most significant, factor in the success of our locations. Prior to searching for a new location, I consider if I should use a broker. If I decide to use a broker, I meet with at least two brokers to determine which one can do the best job. Craig Roberts of Capital Real Estate Partners does present-value comparisons of potential locations. They follow recent lease transactions. They can say if tenant improvements, free rent and other details are in line with the current market. Although not lawyers themselves, their knowledge of real estate law enables me to avoid significant legal expenses. They make sure protective clauses that I would never think of are included.”
Dave Myers, Owner of HQ Global Workplaces, Cincinnati Downtown, Blue Ash, West Chester and Northern KY
“Craig was recommended to me by someone I trust, to assist me with finding 5,000 sf plus, appropriate for my new business, Behaven Kids. Craig listened carefully to what I needed by way of space for the safe care of at-risk children, and also importantly, what I wanted in a space to best position my business for success. Almost immediately, he had properties to tour. It was apparent from the start that Craig understood what I needed, and had guided me to those properties that met my specs. Craig displays business knowledge which enriches his understanding of commercial real estate. With more than 25 years of experience, he knows the geography, he knows the buildings, he knows the brokers, and often the property owners. He conducted business with personal integrity, and he looked out for my best interest. In addition to being personable, Craig was always accessible, prompt, and timely with follow through with promised items. My attorney complimented Craig’s insight into lease terms and conditions. In summary, I felt I received more services and greater value for invested dollar. Thanks, Craig, for making a small customer feel like one of your big customers. I’ll be calling you again for help with my next location.”
Sheree Lynch, President, BeHave’n Kids
New Building Construction & Landlord Representation
¨Thank-you for your persistence with our building and leasing project. You have at all times professionally done what was promised when it was promised. In addition, you tirelessly keep me informed and make yourself available for all questions.”
Blessings, Jim Prushing, RPh, Trenton Drugs, Inc.
Landlord Representation / Investment Sales / Construction /Property Management
¨Craig, your team did an outstanding job on this assignment. We hired Capital Real Estate Partners, LLC after two national real estate firms were unable to address our needs to get the building filled. After one year of working with your leasing, property management and construction team, you took the building from a ongoing negative cash flow position to a positive one. At that point, your investment team took over and successfully sold the project for us at a price point $4M higher than what we would have accepted when we first hired you. I truly wish we had more properties in your region. If we did, we’d send them all to you. The level of service your team provided was heads and shoulders above what we had received from other service providers in the area.”
Brad Coburn, JER Partners
“Danis would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your efforts and thank you for your work in getting us to the finish line with the recently completed E.W. Scripps headquarters renovation project in Cincinnati. As you are aware, our client E.W. Scripps requested that the project team deliver an exceptional ‘Class A’ project from conception to finish – on schedule, within budget and with no surprises.
We were successful in delivering on those requirements only with your leadership – you were our team “quarterback”. From the project’s conception, you had the vision and insight to assemble a project team with experts from the multiple disciplines – real estate, design, construction, furniture, relocation services, technology, and audio-visual – that would be required to deliver the total project.
During planning and preconstruction stages of the project, you promoted an environment that created trust among team members, yet created responsibility and accountability within that same team. Inevitably during a project of this nature, there are decisions that the client must make in order for the project to continue moving forward. Your ability to take the information provided by Danis and other team members, dissect it and understand the decision that needed to be made, break it down for Scripps to understand and navigate E.W. Scripps’ corporate structure in getting approvals for those decisions was immense in completing this project successfully.
As the project moved into construction you did an excellent job in handling issues that arose through a project such as this. As E.W. Scripps requested changes, you were quick to provide the necessary information to keep the project moving with little or no interruptions. There were three significant completion dates that were required on the project.You did an excellent job in keeping us all on task making sure these dates did not move through the nine months for construction.
Ultimately, we were able to deliver a successful project because you had the trust of our client and delivered from your end. We look forward to future collaborations with you and Corporate Construction & Contracting, LLC.”
Jeff Schrock and John Westrup, Danis Building Construction Company
Owner / Seller Representation
¨”I have been very happy with the way your team managed the sale of our building in Springdale. You were professional and efficient from listing the property to selling it and at the closing. I will not hesitate to have you sell property for me again.”
Roy Sweeney, Exair Corporation
¨Given the real estate boom of the last ten years or so, I’ve met more than a few “professionals” who turned out to be less than competent, less than ethical, or both. Craig Roberts came highly recommended and represented us in selling a commercial property. In short order Craig quickly proved himself in both categories: He understands the market better than anyone I’ve met and his ethical standards are stellar. He’s the first person we’ll call when we make our next move”
Scott Geobel, Private Investor
¨Craig Roberts was most instrumental in assisting with the listing and subsequent sale of my 25+ acres of commercial property. It is a good piece of property, but finding and working with the right potential suitor is difficult at best. Our buyer asked for and we granted some seven amendments to the contract requesting mostly extensions to delay the closing. While these delays were not our first choice as to how we had hoped it would proceed, Craig and I both felt this buyer was still our best opportunity to sell the property. Craig was VERY involved in the negotiations with respect to the amendments. He represented me very well and pushed the buyer as much as possible, again realizing he was our best opportunity to sell. On a personal note, I have come to know Craig pretty well. I consider him a friend, and personally I have to respect a person before I will call them a friend.”
Dave Welsh, Owner, DPR Properties, Inc.
Investment Sales Brokerage
¨We were the owners of a small shopping center in a small town and ready to retire. A local realtor was given the opportunity to sell the property but was unable to find an interested buyer. Fortunately, we found and commissioned Capital Real Estate Partners to work on this assignment, who promptly found a resident in our community to purchase the property! I can recommend Craig Roberts and his staff for his professionalism and qualified handling of the sale of our property! This personal testimonial is just a token of his services rendered.”
Bob & Ruth Miller, former owners, Northedge Shopping Center, Eaton, Ohio
¨Craig and I started working together through a Professional Association. During that time, it is evident that Craig brings creative, strategic, and proactive solutions to the Commercial Real Estate Market. Craig is also the leader of the Professional Group and operates at a high level through consistent and honest communication. Craig has demonstrated the skills to do the following: * Solve complex real estate situations * High value added services with respect to negotiations, occupancy costs and other items which earn value for the customer * Creative approaches to position clients in a strategically positive way * Honesty – you can believe Craig when he tells you something I would recommend Craig without hesitation!”
Mike Schmitt, President, The Metalworking Group
¨Craig is one of the smartest brokers I know. He has been around this business a long time and has done a variety of transactions always insuring his client’s needs will be met!”
Greg Schenk, The Schenk Group, Columbus, Ohio
¨Craig is a super person! I have enjoyed working with him over the past several years, and look forward to exploring new business opportunities in the future. I have found Craig to be a valuable business partner, full of new ideas. He is patient in waiting for the right opportunity! Craig is very knowledgeable in his field and willing to share his expertise with others. I would recommend contacting Craig to discuss your next business venture. And, I am proof he returns all phone calls even if he doesn’t know you!”
Amy Bentley, Vice President Treasury Management, Huntington National Bank
“Craig has earned the respect of Cincinnati real estate professionals and his many clients by consistently demonstrating that commercial real estate is about more than transactions, rents and fees. Real estate, at its best, is a service and relationship business. Craig’s clients quickly come to know that his first priority is to find the real estate solution that enhances the value of their business over the long term.”
Jon Fonner, Business Development / Client Leader, BHDP Architecture
¨For anyone searching for the consummate real estate professional, Craig is without a doubt your man. Nobody in the real estate profession will work harder for his customers than Craig. In a world of cheap talk and broken promises, Craig will give you 110% of his time, energy and effort to produce results. Don’t believe me? Give him a chance to show you what he can do and I guarantee you’ll be right back on LinkedIn writing him a recommendation of your own.”
Russ Roberts, Small Business Center Manager, Waukesha County Technical College
¨Saying what you mean and doing what you say wrapped upon in a person with the highest ethical standards and who is among the best in his field are rare. I’m happy to say I know such a person: Craig Roberts”
Casey Foreman, Owner, First Title Agency, Inc.
“Thank you! So few people would spend the time you have investing in others as you have in me. Frankly, so many have so much more time on their hands to give and yet you choose to give so humbly and freely despite your busy life and multiple responsibilities as a business owner, father and husband (Mark 12: 41-44). You are a great example of Christ for this young man.”
Cameron Segal, Cincinnati real estate agent