The real estate and construction industry may be huge, but at the end of the day, like all industries, it comes down to the people who help make it all happen. From time to time, we like to profile some of these people.

A native of Washington, DC, Chris Love has been involved in multifamily real estate roughly since the time he left the Virginia Tech campus with a degree in hand in 2007. “At the time, I wanted to get into the development,” he said, but with the overheated housing market already showing signs of its impending collapse, no developers were hiring. Undeterred, Chris turned to brokerage, joining First Capital Realty in Bethesda, Maryland, where he received his first real-world experience appraising apartments and learning “what makes apartments work.” “.

Now Managing Partner of Capital City Real Estate’s Washington, DC office, Chris has long since fulfilled his original ambition to “go into development.” During his career, Chris has researched, capitalized and executed the development of nearly 1,900 multi-family units with a total value of $800 million.

How would you describe your role to people who are not in the industry?

To like: I compare it to being a coach. As a developer, my first job is to find great real estate, but ultimately it’s about building a team, creating a vision behind that real estate, and then building a team to develop and execute that vision. . We find a large piece of real estate. We need an architect to help us take the design to the next level, we need a contractor to evaluate the plans for these designs, and then we need an investor and a lender to finance it .

Tell us something interesting about your business.

To like: Capital City Real Estate was founded in 2006 and for our first 15 years the focus was largely on “for sale condominium” products in the District of Columbia proper. We have since shifted to a multi-family rental development model, but we continue to look at condos and other product types and executions. As such, we are unique among our peers. We have an in-house architect, an in-house design team, an urban planner and an in-house construction executive. Our team is a diverse group of experienced professionals working to conceptualize the initial vision for the project, and I think that sets us apart from our peers.

What is the professional moment you are most proud of?

To like: I joined Capital City in December 2019, just before COVID hit. Company founder Scott Zimmerman and I developed a business plan to complete two multi-family rental development projects – Magnolia House in Frederick, Md., and Commodore in Richmond, Va. – in our first two years, and we did so despite the general uncertainty and many logistical challenges related to the pandemic. Beyond the scheduling issues – none of the municipalities we dealt with had office staff – there was the rapidly increasing cost environment. The experience has served us well, however, we are applying what we have learned to projects that will take us to the next level.

Let’s finish on what do you do to decompress when you’re not working?

To like: In terms of relaxation, my wife, Jenny, and I have three daughters under the age of 11 who are all very active in athletics. So most of our weekends revolve around the kids, sports and children’s activities that we love. Outside of family time, I enjoy running, golf and wing shooting (waterfowl and upland birds). I’m lucky that my daughters now participate in many of these activities with me, which is pretty cool.

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