Monthly Archives: April 2015

Prospecting

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When expanding your business it can be quite stressful for a company to choose the right space that combines both functionality and design. 

When Prospector Co., the Savannah-based, internationally adored skincare line, could no longer work within their Broughton Street store for production, distribution and a store front, owner Kyle Hinton started looking for more space.

“We needed a space that could function as both our office and a shipping/receiving warehouse. We wanted to make sure the location was downtown, close to our store with a considerate amount of space to ship and receive pallets with ease, which is not an easy request.”

Kyle Hinton, owner of Prospector Co., relied on Lori Judge to help facilitate the find. Working with Judge Realty on everything from residential to commercial space for nearly five years, Kyle knew Lori would be able to find the perfect space.

“I have been working with Judge Realty for nearly 5 years now. Since beginning our business in Savannah, the experience has run from personal apartment hunting to our retail store location and so I always reach out to Lori whenever I am in the final stages of new ideas. She has a way of setting my mind at ease, becoming involved with the planning with great interest, and enthusiasm, and inevitably always closing the deal! It’s truly inspiring to work with a broker who is so supportive of their clients and community around them.”

Their offices are now located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and have been renovated to reflect the needs of both office space and distribution. Clean and fresh, much like the scents of their products, the interior was also designed by owner Kyle Hinton. With these new offices in place Prospector Co. looks to use the new space to explore new projects and is looking forward to sharing them with their customers throughout the year.

 

Single Family Home For Sale – 110 Palm Grove Drive

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A remarkable opportunity. Located in Savannah, this impeccable 4 bedroom, 3.5 bathroom home is the result of extreme detail with updated features, which include an open kitchen, high ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors and a 3 car garage. Have we mentioned that the living space reaches over 5,000 square feet? This home truly embodies the finest of luxury. Contact Kim Iocovozzi at Judge Realty today at 912-236-1000 to make this house your home.

 

Casey Howard’s Q&A with Glen Nicotra of City Storage

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CH: Since its inception in 1996, City Storage has driven innovation in the self-storage industry through a thoughtful combination of creative site planning, award-winning architectural design and solid economic operating performance. When they decided to expand their portfolio in to the Savannah market, Casey Howard, with Judge Commercial, was able to help them negotiate a winning location, at 560 Indian Street, to establish their growing business and stage their high-end, urban-style self-storage services.


What made you choose Judge Commercial?

CS: Initially, City Storage came by Judge Commercial by way of their distinguished property signage. However, Judge’s prompt response to our initial inquiry, their thorough property collateral materials, and moreover, their transparent communication led to an easy decision to work directly with Judge Commercial versus our engaging a tenant broker to represent our interest.

Tell us about your business.

CS: City Storage has changed the face of self-storage. For more than a decade, City Storage customers and their communities, and Company investors have benefited from City Storage’s superior customer service, award-winning design, and strong economic operating performance.

Whether you are relocating, remodeling, spring cleaning, or a business customer who needs economical storage space for inventory, merchandise or equipment…City Storage can meet your self-storage requirements.

Our new downtown location at 560 Indian St. (across from the Fahm St. Post Office) will be opening Summer 2015.

What was prompting your search for a new location?

CS: In short, geographic diversity prompted City Storage to search for locations throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. City Storage is pleased that Savannah, GA proved to be a viable market for our full-service climate controlled self-storage product and service.

Three words to describe Casey Howard…

CS: Candidly, narrowing to only three words describing Casey Howard of Judge Commercial is too restrictive for the reader to appreciate her true value-add to the real estate transaction. However, following this constraint and in no particular order; complete market and product knowledge, intense drive toward a mutually rewarding transaction between all parties, and an absolute pleasure with whom to work.

From beginning of your search to signing of a lease how did we do?

CS: Casey and her Judge Commercial team stayed on-point from our initial property inquiry to well after the lease was signed. And as one familiar with the transaction would appreciate, several critical lease term hurdles followed the lease date.

Advice for others leasing commercial properties?

CS: The most experienced real estate professional always appreciates the value of professional local market and product knowledge. So as did City Storage in Savannah, one would be well advised to work with the best in the market.

What was your overall experience working with Judge Commercial?

CS: Suffice it to say City Storage is pleased to continue its working relationship with Casey Howard and Judge Commercial.

 

Contact City Storage, LLC:

Glen Nicotra, Managing Partner

770-846-9356

gnicotra@city-storage.com

www.city-storage.com

 

 

 

Man-Made Swamp

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Judge Realty continues to add to their Permanent Art Collection with the addition of Man-Made Swamp by Justin Ward. Purchased at SCAD’s Open Studios, the work caught the eye of lead broker and owner of Judge Realty, Lori Judge right away.

“It’s a photograph that can be easily mistaken for an abstract painting. When you look closely, it is land that has been manipulated and changed throughout time by man. I believe it’s incredibly important to think about and have conversations on our impact as humans on natural environments.”

The image comes from the series Unmanned Landscapes created throughout 2014 by Ward. The series explores the ways in which current unmanned aerial imaging technology, including satellites and civilian drones, can be utilized to experience the land in new ways.

Justin Ward is currently an MFA photography student at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). He also holds a degree in digital art from State University of New York College at Oneonta and a masters degree in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

Blending influences from minimalism and abstract expressionism, his artwork is an investigation into altering a viewer’s expectations and perception of the land. He utilizes image-gathering techniques often found in map making and archeological research as a starting point for large-scale works then downloading satellite views from Google Earth and also flying a small commercially available drone to capture aerial photographs. These images are then composited together in a working method more closely aligned to the practices of collage artists or painters than to photographers. Wards notes, “This process literally deconstructs and then reconstructs the land in a new way giving renewed life and possibilities to places that are often seen as mundane.”

You can see Man-Made Swamp and other pieces in Judge Realty’s Permanent Art Collection at Judge Realty located at 347 Abercorn Street, Savannah GA.

Difference Makes All the Difference

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In 1912, a curious Henry Ford watched men cut meat during a tour of a Chicago slaughterhouse. The carcasses were hanging on hooks mounted on a monorail. After each man performed his job, he would push the carcass to the next station. When the tour was over, the guide said, ‘Well, sir, what do you think?’ Mr. Ford turned to the man and said, ‘Thanks, son, I think you may have given me a real good idea.’ Less than six months later, the world’s first mass assembly line started producing magnetos in the Ford Highland Park Plant.

One way to look at a problem or improve on what you already do is to look at other fields.  Especially looking at ideas that have been working in other fields for a long time, much like the slaughterhouse in Chicago.

In order to succeed in business, you not only have to think outside the box, you need to look at other boxes. Often times I don’t look to other brokerage companies to find inspiration, I look to my favorite retailers. One night when I was patrolling one of my favorite women’s clothing websites, La Garconne, I realized how much I liked the way shoes were displayed on the web page. The entire page  was filled with shoes in a beautiful layout. It led me to think how perfect it would be to display real estate listings the same way. The next day I called my web developer to change our website.

Since then I always look for ideas in unfamiliar places. I tend to catch some of the greatest ideas with my personal interests. Besides enjoying fashion, I am a contemporary art collector.  Every year I journey to Miami for one of the largest art fairs in the world, Art Basel.  I have been going since 2002.  During Art Basel a must-see for me is always a visit to the private art collections of  Martin Margulies and the Rubell Family Collection. These are private collections open to the public for view. I love the idea of private collections available for the public to access and experience. Most private collections are tucked away in homes or estates and never get seen. It inspires me so much that during my last trip to Basel I was able to purchase our first piece for the Judge Realty Permanent Art Collection. Since we have large storefront windows and are open 7 days a week, our clients, customers, and community can view our collection anytime. Our first piece, Kedgar Volta’s Urban Imposition is in the front window and can be viewed by pedestrians 24/7. We are the only real estate brokerage in our region to have a private/public art collection. In a short period of time our collection has gained local and national exposure.  Its another great way for people to learn about our company from something that is not about real estate.

Every great company has reinvented the industry it’s in. It’s no secret I love art and creative people. Most of my closest friends are artists.   When I think of my business, real estate brokerage, what we mainly do is market and sell real estate. When you think about it, we are truly a marketing firm.  When you look at traditional marketing and advertising firms they all have creative teams. This led me to developing an in-house Judge Realty creative team. We have an in-house graphic designer, photographer, social media manager, branding strategist, and PR agent. The norm in the industry is to sub out most of those duties and responsibilities to the agents, but in doing so leaves room for inconsistencies which lead to mediocrity.  Most important, we devise a marketing plan for each property in order to maximize our efforts which equates to great results and sales.

In the end, being different makes all the difference. Look to other industries for sources of new ideas. Have fun and never deny your own interests as places of inspiration.

Lori Judge opened Judge Realty in 2005 and has had a personal commitment to community involvement, lifestyle, and environmental integrity from the very start. She is one of Savannah’s only certified EcoBrokers and is a member of various local civic groups and organizations. These include the Telfair Museum, the SCAD Museum, the Davenport House, Savannah Tree Foundation, Georgia Conservancy, EcoBrokers, Flannery O’Connor House, Historic Savannah Foundation, US Green Building Council, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and Downtown Business Association. She also recently joined on as the newest member of the Board of Directors at The Creative Coast

Judge Realty is Savannah’s only full service, locally owned and operated brokerage company. Celebrating 10 years in business, Judge Realty specializes in residential and commercial real estate, as well as in property management and rentals.