JLS DesignUnderstanding its market has helped JLS Design Construction to become a highly reputable design/build firm in Maryland’s custom homebuilding sector.

By Eric Slack

JLS Design Construction started business in Pennsylvania in 2001 with the intention of offering design/build services at prices that everyone could afford. Founded by President Jason Smucker, the company’s goal was to create beautiful homes in all price brackets, not just offering design/build to the upper portion of home prices.

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MacFarlane Partners revitalizes urban markets to deliver success to its investors.

By Stephanie Crets

MacFarlane Partners not only provides real estate investment management services to institutional investors, it is also one of the first companies to bring its investors into the urban, economically challenged marketplace. Since 1987, the company has focused on urban redevelopment, revitalization and sustainability in cities around the Unites States, such as San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago. MacFarlane Partners’ goal is to achieve investment success while making a difference in these urban communities.

“We started with urban redevelopment, and it’s what we’ve stuck with,” says Dirk Hallemeier, managing director and president of development at MacFarlane Partners. “We thrive in places and projects with more challenging development environments, whether it be the regulatory approval process, political, planning and design challenges or existing site challenges.”

Old Town ConstructionOld Town Construction is reinvigorating the Belcrest Plaza community in Hyattsville, Md.

By Alan Dorich

After nearly 20 years, Old Town Construction has perfected its approach to its customers’ projects, owner Jared Spahn says. “[We’re] understanding to our clients’ needs and always attentive to their project budgets and timing,” he says.

Hartz ConstructionListening and responding to its clients' requests help Hartz Construction continue to fill a market niche.

By Jim Harris

Prospective buyers of a Hartz home don't have to worry if the model they're interested in isn't presently available in a neighborhood they wish to move to. “We can build almost any of our home models in any of our subdivisions,” Director of Sales and Marketing Mark Hagen says. “People can visit model homes in one subdivision, then drive around our other subdivisions knowing they can put the home they want in the neighborhood they want.”

The company’s flexibility extends to the floor plans of the homes themselves. Hartz Construction considers itself a semi-custom builder as well as a residential developer. “We sit down with our clients and they can make changes to our floor plans based on their personal preference,” he adds. “We are not a one-size-fits-all builder – we know that people have different ideas of how they want to utilize the space in their home, and that's one reason they look to new construction.”

Pensam CapitalPensam Capital rides high in the multifamily sector thanks to a strong internal culture and market savvy.

By Chris Petersen

There’s no doubt that the last several years have been good ones for the multifamily residential sector. The residual effects of the mortgage crisis have made rental properties much more attractive to people looking for new homes, and developers across the country have responded with multifamily properties that combine the convenience of apartment living with first-class amenities that rival the fanciest resorts.

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