We understand that faith-based, educational and not-for-profit clients are looking for a company that goes beyond exercising conventional real estate skills. You are looking for a company that focuses not only on creating value, but also in helping you pursue a mission that isn’t necessarily about real estate, but a higher calling.
Our spirit of service is designed to honor that calling.
Our story began in 1968, when real estate broker Richard Messier agreed to help his church congregation sell its existing facility in suburban Detroit. It sounded simple, especially since Richard had been helping companies buy and sell property for many years. Yet he quickly discovered that selling a church was no easy assignment. The expectations and interests were different; the pool of potential buyers was much smaller; and, as it turned out, the stakes were much higher. He discovered he was selling more than brick and mortar – he was helping a church family grow and prosper.
That one project started a journey of helping religious organizations across the nation with their real estate needs. Under the guidance of Richard, and his youngest son Matt, who now leads Foundry Commercial Speciality Real Estate, they have helped churches, educational institutions and not-for-profit groups who share many of the same special needs and requirements.
Today, Foundry Commercial Speciality Real Estate, formerly CNL Speciality Real Estate Services, is the leading provider of real estate services to religious, educational and not-for-profit organizations across the country. Over the past 45 years, the company’s principals have assisted more than 2,000 churches and schools with the purchase or sale of their real estate.
Though many commercial and residential brokers are willing to sell specialty real estate, very few brokers dedicate their time, energy and resources exclusively to faith-based, educational and not-for-profit organizations like we do. And, because we’ve traveled this road many times before, we understand the obstacles these types of organizations often encounter when buying or selling a property, or perhaps simply trying to manage their building.Our primary focus is helping you to be the best possible steward of the real estate assets with which you’ve been entrusted. While the depth and breadth of our services runs deep, most of our clients turn to us for help in four primary areas:
Interested in listing a property for sale? We would love to help. To get started, we’d like to learn a little more about you and the property you are considering listing for sale.
Are you looking for a nontraditional real estate property to serve the needs of your organization? We are here to help! To get started, we’d like learn more about you and what type of property you are looking for.
Matt Messier, CCIM, SIOR
Senior Vice President, Brokerage
Vice President, Brokerage
Project Director, Project Management
Principal, Asset Management