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What’s Behind Our Six Decades of Success in Retail Real Estate?

Blog Post: By Joe Lowry, Director of Acquisitions & Business Development

1. We think like an owner.

It’s that simple. First and foremost, we care for your property as if it were our own. Levin Management is recognized for the quality of its third-party retail real estate services precisely because our approach to managing and leasing shopping centers is highly proprietary. Our clients, including individual owners, estates and trusts, institutional investors and fund managers, value the resulting hands-on, proactive strategies that flow from our ownership attitude. We believe that our proprietary approach is the core contributor to the continued increase in overall profitability for the properties in our 13 million-square-foot portfolio.

Names like Blackrock Realty Advisors, Clarion Partners, AEW and PNC Realty Investors turn to Levin because they know we are a trusted advisor, as well as the premier landlord-focused retail real estate services provider in the Northeast.

2. We tailor our approach.

Levin knows there is no cookie-cutter template for managing and leasing shopping centers. That’s why we develop a unique business plan for each property based upon its competitive position and its owner’s goals. Our 60-year track record of crafting strategies that drive positive results in diverse economic environments proves that our tailored approach always beats the template.

Levin’s portfolio is filled with a wide range of properties – from Main Street shops; to neighborhood, community, lifestyle and power centers; to enclosed malls and mixed-use projects – in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina. And we’ve recently expanded into Massachusetts. We’re recognized industry-wide for our success in repositioning, retenanting and renovating retail assets – an expertise that has become particularly vital in today’s increasingly competitive retail environment.

3. We do our job so you can focus on yours.
We’re proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s leading retail real estate services firms. From leasing and property management, to accounting, construction management and marketing, we offer a complete range of services that ensure the most effective and efficient results for each property entrusted to us. Consistent results are among the reasons why so many Levin shopping centers maintain dominance in their markets, and why property owners turn to us, time and again, for the solutions that deliver superior results. Simply put, we provide a tailored, turnkey approach that enables owners and investors to focus on other things, like growing their portfolios.

4. We understand the acquisitions market.

With limited institutional-quality retail real estate coming to market in Levin’s primary area of operation, finding the right shopping center investments can be challenging. If your organization is in buying mode, we can help. We know our primary markets on a granular level. We source off-market acquisition opportunities based on our clients’ specific acquisition criteria, including core, core plus, value-added and opportunistic properties. Additionally, our in-depth knowledge of retail assets and trade areas enables us to provide valuable insight and guidance regarding a specific purchase or sale – from market rental rates, local demographics and traffic data; to information about competing and proposed retail properties; to assessment of a shopping center’s physical infra-structure and capital requirements, tenant roster and upside potential. This expertise is another factor that contributes to our unique position as leaders in the industry.

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About Joe Lowry: A 25-year industry veteran, Joe Lowry specializes in evaluating for-sale shopping centers and sourcing off-market retail investment opportunities for Levin Management’s select institutional clients and high-net-worth investors. He also spearheads marketing of the firm’s full suite of third-party services – including leasing, property management, accounting, construction management and marketing – to institutions, fund managers and private owners, including both existing and potential new clients.