Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate, LLC is a commercial real estate brokerage and consulting firm that operates regionally in Southeastern Pennsylvania, with an emphasis in Chester County. It maintains regional, national, and international relationships through its affiliation with the CCIM Institute, the preeminent platform for commercial real estate networking, education, and technology. The professional services offered by Swope Lees include commercial real estate sales and leasing, market analysis, financial and investment analysis, and project-specific and market consulting.
• Commercial Real Estate Sales and Leasing
• Market Analysis
• Site Selection
• Investment Analysis and Sales
• Lease Negotiation
• Tenant Representation
• Construction Advisory Services
• Regulatory and Entitlement Advisory Services
• Asset Analysis and Advisory Services
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The Swope Legacy is fascinating because it traces the life of a "Hometown Boy" with his endless service to First National Bank and his community.
The Swope family has dedicated their lives to the academic enrichment and physical expansion of West Chester University and our community of West Chester
for nearly a century.
Charles S. Swope, an alumnus of the class of 1921, became President of the College at the age of thirty-five. He proposed a new program for the academic curriculum, faculty salary increases and had approved the first master plan for the campus expansion on the north and south campuses. He also proposed legislation for West Chester State to become West Chester University.
Chuck Swope, CCIM, a third generation West Chester resident, specializes in commercial real estate sales and leasing in the Suburban Philadelphia marketplace, with an emphasis in Chester County and West Chester, PA. Swope has completed transactions in all major property types and maintains an active practice with both listings and user assignments. Prior to becoming active in real estate brokerage, Swope held positions with two suburban Philadelphia real estate development firms. He serves on the DNB First Bank Advisory Board, PA/NJ/DE CCIM Chapter Board and The Swope Foundation of West Chester University, among other community organizations. Swope lives in West Chester with his wife, Betsy, their five dogs, and credits his success to his wife's continued support. Chuck received his B.A. from Washington College, Chestertown, MD, and his M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. While in college, Chuck played rugby and rowed crew. He holds a Pennsylvania Real Estate Broker License and continues his education by teaching continuing education classes and attending real estate seminars and graduate classes. Swope maintains active membership at the Union League of Philadelphia.
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Jim has been a licensed Pennsylvania real estate agent since 1979. Since then, Jim has been involved in the consulting, management, and marketing of commercial property including commercial, industrial and residential land subdivision. In 1981, Jim formed Looker, Lees and Melcher, a full service commercial brokerage firm serving the Philadelphia suburban marketplace which operated until 1995. Since then, Jim has held positions at Fox Commercial Real Estate, Source Realty Group, and most recently, Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate. Jim's reputation and performance history is unsurpassed in Chester County.
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Larry has been a Licensed Real Estate Broker since 1994. During the past 25 years, Larry has worked for several major Philadelphia Real Estate Developers in the area of construction, development, and property management. He has overseen the construction of over 4,000,000 square feet of base building and tenant improvements and has worked with hundreds of tenants. Prior to his real estate career, Larry was a municipal manager for 10 years. Larry's blend of public sector and real estate experience provides him with a unique background to work with real estate clients regardless of their needs. Larry holds a Bachelors Degree in Community Planning from Penn State University and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Kent State University. Larry and his wife Gail have lived in West Goshen Township for over 25 years and they have two grown children.
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Nicole Lyddane joined Swope Lees in February 2015, coming from a background of Sales and Customer Service. She has held management positions with top-rated companies such as Comcast Spotlight, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Nordstrom. After 5 years with Comcast Spotlight, Nicole made the decision to change her course and enter the world of Commercial Real Estate, following in the footsteps of her father, who is a Commercial Real Estate Developer in Chester County. Nicole brings with her many great connections and a tireless ability to support and empower her clients.
Since joining Swope Lees, Nicole has had the opportunity to work with clients such as Malvern Federal Savings Bank, the West Chester Area School District, Univest Bank, Freedom Valley YMCA, Edward Jones, and Chester County Historical Society, among others. Balancing her time between Landlord and Tenant Rep, Nicole is finding her stride and supports Swope Lees as an active contributor.
Nicole lives in Chester County and can be found frequenting the Airport Road YMCA, where she is a board member and the co-chair of the Togetherhood Committee. She is an active committee member at Historic Sugartown in Malvern, a member of the Women Influencing Business Committee through the CCCBI, and raises service dogs for Canine Partners for Life, out of Cochranville, PA. Nicole loves dining out, taking weekend trips, spending time with friends and family and is an avid equestrian.
Michael was born and educated in the UK and has been an international commercial real estate lawyer for over 30 years, practicing globally in the UK, Europe, and Saudi Arabia. He has represented clients in connection with the purchase and sale of multi building mixed-use projects including the purchase and leaseback of office industrial facilities in the USA, UK, and Europe. In addition, Michael has represented members of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family, the aristocracy and entertainment celebrities in real estate matters including matters relating to the oil industry. He obtained a real estate license when living in California and now has a real estate license in Pennsylvania. Michael and his wife Lisa have lived in West Chester for the past 8 years and have two children. He is a member of the West Chester Planning Commission, 2006 - to date, Chairperson of the West Chester Planning Commission, 2009-2010 and a member of the West Chester Regional Planning Commission in 2011.
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Terry L. Looker was initially licensed in 1974 and has been involved in industrial, commercial and investment real estate since 1977. Prior to joining Swope Lees he was with Ford Real Estate Company for 14 years (2001-2015). Prior to Ford, he was with GMH Capital Partners. He also spent time with Beiler Campbell and was the broker of records for Fairway Properties, Inc. His real estate experience includes Founder and President of Looker, Lees & Melcher, Inc. (1983-1996) and Vice President and Manager of the Commercial, Industrial and Investment Division of ADP Realtors (1974-1983, formerly Dickinson Inc. Realtors). He has experience with construction, property development, property management, project management and all phases of brokerage. Prior to his real estate career, Mr. Looker was employed by Merrill-Lynch, Hussmann Refrigerator Company, PAR Technology, a Division of Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Babbitt Products, Inc. and American Can Company.
He served in The United States Marine Corps attaining the rank of Captain with a tour in Vietnam.
Mr. Looker received a Bachelors of Science degree from Gettysburg College and a Masters degree from The University of Oklahoma.
Nicholas J Branton was raised in Exton, attending SS. Philip and James and then Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown. He studied Entrepreneurship at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and continued his collegiate studies at Delaware County Community College. While studying at DCCC, he actively participated in their business department, founding and serving as president in the college’s first ever Economics Club. He moderated the weekly meetings, set the agenda for the club and scheduled field trips for off-campus experiences. Nick worked fulltime throughout his college career and applies the same work ethic and focus at Swope Lees. Nick has continued to use his communication skills, relentless drive, and appetite for knowledge to become a premiere agent in the commercial real estate industry.
In the years since joining Swope Lees, Nick has worked on several different types of commercial transactions, with a focus on the industrial and office sectors. In Nick’s first month in the industry, he represented an eastern based wholesaler/distributor for the lease of a +/- 10,000 SF warehouse, and within the next six months, represented a well-known Chester County based business for the lease of +/-10,000 SF flex property. In the past year, Nick has continued to expand his knowledge of commercial real estate by beginning the course work for the CCIM designation; completing the CCIM Introduction course and the CCIM 101 course. Having represented both seller’s and buyer’s of investment properties in the past few years, Nick has gained a passion for investment real estate and plans to further implement his name in that market.
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Josh grew up in Southern Chester County and attended the University of Delaware. He began his career in finance in 2001 and began working with commercial and residential real estate investments, as a Regional Vice President for Triple Net Properties, in 2003. By 2007, Josh had founded Trade Up 1031 Inc., a niche real estate investment firm focused on working with buyers of triple net leased properties and those executing Section 1031 “like-kind” exchanges. As an expert in the nuances of Section 1031 exchanges and NNN properties, Josh continues to work with domestic and international investors for acquisitions nationwide. Josh currently resides in Jupiter, FL with his wife and two children. He is very active in the local community and sits on the board of the Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association (JTAA), one of the largest non-profit youth sports organizations in the country.
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Jim is a licensed real estate broker, and was active in the past in both residential and commercial sales of real estate. A commercial banker by profession, Jim was employed by several Delaware Valley banks over the course of his extensive banking career. Jim has a particularly strong background in real estate and construction finance, and in commercial workouts of every type. Jim is a graduate of LaSalle University and The Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University. A West Chester resident, Jim chairs the administrative board of the Salvation Army’s West Chester Corps, and is a unit commissioner with the Chester County Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Matthew G. Bray (Matt) was born and raised in West Chester. He attended Pennsylvania State University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Science with a concentration of Legal Studies, Government Service, and Public Policy. He complemented his science degree with a minor in Business and Liberal Arts. At Penn State, Matt was inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success which allowed him to proactively network with fellow students to promote innovative change in the community. He was also an active member of the Club Lacrosse team, winning back to back NCLL championships in 2013 and 2014. In addition to his academia, Matt held business internships with Brayces Orthodontics and Independence Blue Cross.
Upon graduating from college, Matt moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where he worked as a physician consultant. It was in South Florida where Matt developed his passion for commercial real estate and obtained his Florida real estate license. Ultimately, Matt decided he wanted to pursue a long term career in the greater Philadelphia area. He now holds his real estate license as a Pennsylvania sales associate, and is extremely excited to be a part of the SwopeLees team!
Matt has always been an active athlete in his community, playing football, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, and track & field. He also enjoys playing golf, having caddied at local country clubs Applebrook and Overbrook throughout high school and college. Matt enjoys surfing in the summertime and spending his time with his family at their home in Brigantine Beach, New Jersey.
Ed knows his real estate, and is well respected in our industry!
Sarah Murray of Weichert Realtors
Chuck was very professional and thorough 100% of the time.
Dan Wright of Tree House World
Ed and I have worked together on several transactions. I have always been very pleased with the outcomes and professional way each transaction was handled. Communication and updates have always been great. I would recommended Ed to all commercial clients.
Tom O'Neill of RE/MAX Town and Country
Nick did a good job on a tight time schedule and found me a space that fit what I needed and with cost in line. He also helped with some of the nuances of a new space that take some getting acclimated to.
Dan Kennett of Colorado Food Products, Inc
Ed made the whole process very easy for me as the buyer. He was on top of everything I needed.
Being my first time leasing a property Nick made it extremely easy for me. He was available to answer all of my questions at various days and times of the week. Thanks for all your hard work!
Michael Montebianco of Monte's Automotive
I want to thank Nicky Lyddane for helping me facilitate the leases. She was an enormous help!
Heather P. Reiffer - Historic Sugartown, Inc.
We needed to find a new property and move in a hurry. Chuck set up seven appointments in less than a week, took us on a whirlwind tour, and helped us get it all done in record time. Ten weeks after starting the search we've gone to settlement and taken possession of our new office building.
Frank Jacquette of Jacquette Consulting, Inc.
We recently worked with Chuck Swope on the purchase of a building for our business. Chuck was helpful each step of the way, from finding a building, to assisting with financing, negotiating with the sellers, preparation for settlement, and recommendations for contractors for the build-out.
Greg Selke of ONExia Inc.
In this day and age where "service" and "professionalism" is lacking, it was refreshing to work with Nicky. She was very approachable and detailed orinented. I would highly reccomend Nicky for all your real estate needs.
Tony Dougherty of Matrix Productions, Inc
Chuck came recommended by Carol Hanson at Barclay Friends. He was always responsive to my calls and the calls of my lawyer. He seemed to work well with the buyers' agent and my lawyer. He brought us a good, solid buyer among several candidates, and everything worked out as one would hope. Thanks, Chuck. We looked at three candidate agents, and Chuck was clearly the right choice.
Nicole, in conjunction with Larry Wygant, were a huge help through the negotiation process with the building owner. She addressed all of our needs, paid particular attention to detail and was always available.
Overall it was a night-and-day comparison from the previous company & agent that I was working with the previous 3 months prior to contacting Swopes Lee.
Tony Kennedy - RoofOptions
Chuck's knowledge of the area, professionalism and contacts helped make our dream of owning our own space a reality. Chuck provided advice and assistance during every step of our purchase process. In addition to giving sound business advice, he also was able to give me advice as friend would to help make decisions. I highly recommend Chuck for any commercial needs.
John Serock of John Serock Catering, West Chester, PA
Chuck is FANTASTIC! Responsive, knowledgable, thorough and personal!
Matt Delaney, Owner
I'm not sure we would have reached a successful end to our search for property for our ballet studio without Chuck's help. He was patient, kind and persistent in trying to find flex space that would meet our needs. He was also diligent in protecting our interests during the lease negotiations. We would certainly recommend Chuck to anyone searching for real estate in Chester County.
Tracy Hoffmann of Highspire Ballet, Downingtown, PA
Dear Chuck and Jim,
Tim and I want to thank you both for your outstanding efforts in concluding a successful sale of our Hannum Avenue properties. From the beginning, we felt comfortable giving you the authority to oversee the final chapter in our business careers. Although this closure is bittersweet it many ways, it also grants us the freedom to pursue other interests and pleasures.
And, Jim, not only did we have an AOS before my Ireland trip, we were only days from the final sale. You know I enjoyed the trip with that assurance in mind. Chuck kept me on an even keel through the entire process, and I’m grateful for his understanding, patience, and professionalism.
Swope Lees will be the first name we think of for any future real estate needs or requirements!
Thank you again,