About Us

Our History

Drawing inspiration from the famous Blue Ridge Parkway from which our name is derived, Blue Ridge Companies was formed in 1997 in the heart of North Carolina. Our founders, David Couch and Chris Dunbar, envisioned a company that could integrate all phases of real estate - development, construction and management - in order to operate more efficiently on behalf of its clients. They believed that creating synergy between these different disciplines was the key to optimizing a real estate investment and they made it the primary focus of their company. Operating under this approach, Blue Ridge has been able to utilize creative solutions in order to solve the challenges that face our partners and clients in the industry for well over a decade.

Every time we see our logo, we are reminded of the determination and resolve that the engineers of the Blue Ridge Parkway’s storied viaduct possessed when they designed such a marvel of modern engineering. Building upon a strong foundation (the mountain’s base) and by working with open-minded land owners, the engineers were able to creatively solve the challenge of navigating the mountain while maintaining its natural beauty and integrity (the viaduct). For the Blue Ridge Parkway, the philosophy of creative compromise resulted in a beautiful piece of engineering, and an award winning bridge. For Blue Ridge Companies, this same philosophy has resulted in strong relationships and success within our industry, and an award winning company.

Blue Ridge Client Services

At Blue Ridge, we understand that each property is unique and different strategies are required to perform in different markets. That is why our management services are dynamic in design, and proven in practice. For over a decade, Blue Ridge managed properties have outperformed their markets through the combination of exceptionally trained on site teams and guidance from our seasoned regional and corporate personnel. Balancing innovative technology with the expertise only experienced insight can bring, Blue Ridge has improved industry recognized best practices and formed a comprehensive approach to property management that we call Positive Impact.

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Management Services

Team

Communities only perform as well as the people who are placed in charge of running them. That is why Blue Ridge invests over 10 times more in our employees than the national average and ranks in the top 5 nationally of management companies with employees who hold industry recognized designations. Ensuring your continued success, Blue Ridge’s area, regional and upper management team members average an unparalled 20 plus years of industry experience at the national, regional, and local level. Staying ahead of the trends and keeping our fingers on the pulse of our markets, Blue Ridge’s management team focuses on providing leadership and support for its onsite staff while empowering them to achieve higher revenues and fewer expenses through improved leasing and retention and more efficient operations and accounting. With accolades and industry designations too numerous to list, Blue Ridge offers you and your community the support of the industry’s absolute best. Through strategic growth, Blue Ridge has been able to expand its portfolio while maintaining the same levels of accountability and transparency to its clients that earned the company’s sterling reputation over a decade ago. By combining the capabilities of a large firm with the accessibility and attention to detail of a small firm, Blue Ridge’s Positive Impact team is able to cater every aspect of its property management services to its clients’ individual goals and effectively enhance the value their investments. We invest in the people who will protect your investment.

Resident Care

From day one in our industry, our customers have determined which communities are successful, and which aren’t. Blue Ridge acknowledges this truth and works diligently in our day to day management operations in order to create a Positive Impact in the lives of our residents - by creating value for our residents, we create value for you. For this reason, we are especially proud that Blue Ridge is ranked #1 in the nation in terms of resident satisfaction, and we have a 91% resident recommendation rate, in comparison to the industry average of only 87%. Detailed action plans to address community and resident concerns, resident engaging social events, and convenient and personalized interaction provides residents with a value that can only be obtained by choosing to live at a Blue Ridge managed community. At Blue Ridge, we know that happy residents equal higher retention rates, which in turn lead to higher returns for you.

Key Facts:

- #1 nationally ranked in satisfacts resident satisfaction survey, happy residents = higher retention

- Action plans, creating value for customers = long term customers

Revenue & Return

At Blue Ridge, the Positive Impact Revenue and Return strategy is both relentless and firm in its approach to maximizing our client’s bottom line. In addition to capitalizing rental revenue through the industry’s most advanced price optimization software, Blue Ridge is a recognized industry leader in creating ancillary income. Through creative all inclusive lease programs, to washer and dryer rentals, to valet waste and pet programs, Blue Ridge is diligent in its mission to create additional value for its residents and revenue for its clients. Simultaneously, Blue Ridge is steadfast in the belief that “every penny saved is a penny earned,” and implements the industry’s best expense management and capital expenditure programs. Detailed reporting allows our experts to identify areas where overspending or neglect could be significantly decreasing a property’s value. After extensive analysis of a property’s needs, Blue Ridge offers its clients the benefits of its advanced budgeting practices, portfolio wide bulk purchasing power and preventative maintenance programs. Furthermore, by calling on its internal and external networks, Blue Ridge constantly reevaluates all of its vendors and pricing programs to ensure that our clients receive the most competitive rates available. In addition to the Revenue and Return services, our clients have access to Blue Ridge’s line of consulting services, which include full site Due Diligence, Tax Appeals, Re-Financing and Brokerage services.

Key Facts:

- National or Local Purchasing – capable of both, utilize whichever benefits clients most

- Price optimization

- Ancillary income

- Expense management

Environment

At Blue Ridge Companies, we understand that protecting the environment and our client’s investments are not just two goals that can co-exist, but are also mutually beneficial. Catering to an industry where at least 62%* of customers look for homes that are environmentally friendly, Blue Ridge carefully structured its Positive Impact environmental awareness initiative to meet such an important demand. Relying heavily on our Environmental Committee to implement eco-friendly programs, Blue Ridge remains current and ahead of any issues regarding the environment has been able create a Positive Impact on our communities’ image and value. From the installation of low flow water savers to CFL bulbs, Blue Ridge is able to substantially decrease energy usage in our communities’ common areas, which dramatically decreases monthly operations costs. Always mindful of how our clients allocate their funds, our environmentally focused initiatives all decrease costs and carry a very short return on investment, creating a win-win situation for our clients and the environment.

Community

Community is a term that resonates strongly at Blue Ridge Companies. As evidenced from its philanthropy and numerous charitable acts, to its very mission statement, Blue Ridge aims to create Positive Impact in every community it serves. By aspiring to “do the right thing” Blue Ridge has been able to create good will within local governments and the larger multifamily community as a whole, evidenced by the company winning local business ethics awards and actively aiding our industry by serving in various legislative committees and industry leading groups such as the NMHC and the NAA and its regional affiliates. Blue Ridge believes that when local communities succeed, our clients also succeed. By constantly participating in local events and charities, Blue Ridge is able to glean an advanced understanding of the communities that they operate in, and are able to translate this knowledge into targeted services, resulting in greater brand awareness for your community. Blue Ridge Companies prides itself on being a company that establishes long term relationships, and we go to great lengths to remain a partner that our clients are proud to do business with.

- Philanthropy gives clients an attachment and visibility in their respective communities – working together to improve communities

- Piedmont Triad Business Ethics award

Marketing

At Blue Ridge, we understand that effective marketing and reputation management is critical to the ongoing success of your community. This is why Blue Ridge employees our own internal marketing team to make sure that your community is not only known, but well perceived within its community. Extensive social networking initiatives, unique community branding, and comprehensive search engine optimization (SEO) protocol enables Blue Ridge’s Positive Impact marketing strategy to provide you with MORE LEASES. In addition, a proactive Reputation Management program allows us to monitor resident satisfaction surveys, online apartment ratings and reviews, market trends, and lead volume in order to meet the demands of a complex and unique target market. Blue Ridge knows that each community is unique, and we work diligently to preserve each individual client’s image and integrity.

Key Facts:

· Reputation management

· In-house marketing and publications director

· Unique branding for every community

· Social network integration and application

· Lead tracking and capturing software implementation

At Blue Ridge Companies, we provide quality commercial property management services to a wide range of properties throughout the Southeast. We value our client's needs and display a detailed approach to every asset we manage. Our goal is to establish long standing relationships with property owners who depend on a reliable property management company and we strive to achieve this through weekly site inspections, detailed budgeting, vendor management, preventative maintenance, and monthly financial reporting. Our portfolio currently has 56 properties under management and our reputation stems from working closely with property owners to improve their property value while minimizing expenses.

With our team, we have the wherewithal to manage all commercial management types. Including retail, office, medical office, industrial and multifamily properties. Additionally, all of our property managers are licensed brokers who have the necessary expertise to lease vacant space while they retain quality tenants.

We understand that every client has different goals and expectations for their investments. At Blue Ridge, we interview the client to be completely sure we understand those goals. We then use our years of experience and expertise to deliver results the client can count on. Our team understands the urgency of immediate issues in property management and they are trained to react promptly with the appropriate solutions.

We provide routine and preventive maintenance that preserves and enhances our clients' assets while keeping tenants satisfied with superior customer service. We are also frequently involved in new development and lease up of multi-family, office, medical office, and retail properties, as well as property renovation.

Our Services Include:

· Accounting and Financial Reporting

· Property Building Maintenance

· CAM Reconciliations

· Timely Payment of all Operating Invoices

· Vendor Management

· Detailed Site Inspections with Monthly Property Reporting

· Detailed Budgeting and Preventative Maintenance

· Lease Negotiations with Emphasis on Tenant Retention

· Detailed Focus on Expense Management and Revenue Enhancement

Retail Outparcels Available

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As both a developer and an investment firm, Blue Ridge understands the importance of taking advantage of an opportunity in an attractive market. Sometimes the best course of action to realize a great investment is not through new construction, but through a strategically planned acquisition or rehab. Blue Ridge has an experienced team in place to assist you as you navigate the complex environment of an acquisition or the planning of an improvement to a current site. Our services include: market and feasibility studies, due diligence, capital improvement programs, and full renovation coordination and oversight.

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Bringing your vision to life.

If you are considering building from the ground up, Blue Ridge’s development team offers our clients a variety of services that can help simplify the process in order for you to enjoy the fruits of your labor in a quicker and more efficient manner. Feasibility studies, site planning, zoning, and even financing strategies for your new development are just some of the options that our seasoned development team can offer you.

Experience that you can trust.

Over the past decade, Blue Ridge has overseen the successful development of both commercial and residential properties in over 25 new markets across the Southeastern US. This extensive experience combined with our close relationship with local governments, community planners and financial institutions has allowed our clients to benefit from what we’ve learned and perfected in the extensive development process.

Let us make your vision a reality. Contact,

1-800-410-7228 ext 1512

or email Jim Grdich

Building Communities…Building Relationships

The plans are set and project has been approved; now it’s time to start building. That is when our clients turn to Blue Ridge General Contractors to ensure that the job not only gets done, but that it gets done right. From maintaining an accurate time frame to staying on budget, Blue Ridge General Contractors know the vital importance of quality when it comes to building your assets. With our knowledgeable directors and superintendents overseeing our extensive network of service providers, it’s no wonder that the construction quality of our sites is second to none. Let our team oversee your next construction site and allow us to save you time, money, and effort.

Contact,

1-800-410-7228 ext 1576

or email Bill Arndt

We guarantee that through our 3-point plan we will positively impact the fair market value of your property within 12 months of taking over management, or we will REFUND your ENTIRE 1st year's management fee. Contact us today and let's discuss our solutions to your challenges.


What is Positive Impact?

Involvement:

Prior to your property’s transition, you will experience an unprecedented level of involvement from our management team as we collaborate with you to formulate a detailed strategy to increase your property’s value. To implement a seamless transition, we have developed a transition tool that includes all of the information we need from you in order for us to fulfill our guarantee to you. Once this information is received, we will deploy our dedicated transition team to your property on the set transition date to immediately focus on increasing occupancy, rents, and resident service.

Insight:

With a proven track record of outperforming our competitors in both favorable and unfavorable market conditions, we understand that every property is unique. This level of insight is vital to your success as we employ our decades of experience to formulate a tailored plan to meet the unique challenges within your property’s sub-market. We will provide constant insight as our experts continually analyze income sources and operating costs in order to achieve optimized net revenue and expense ratios, and we will report these results to you on a monthly basis.

Integrity:

We honor ALL of our relationships through honest and reliable communication practices. Establishing an open channel of communication is vital to a successful relationship, and that is why we guarantee a dedicated, personal point of contact that can address any questions or concerns that may arise during your relationship with Blue Ridge. With a firm focus on accountability, we maintain a standard of certified transparency to our clients, partners, and service providers as we treat everyone fairly and equally. By understanding these core beliefs, you are guaranteed that the highest level of ethical standards will be employed as we work to positively impact the fair market value of your property.

2018 BLUE RIDGE COMPANIES HOME COURT ADVANTAGE SKILLS CONTEST (“PROMOTION”)

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR CLAIM A PRIZE. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE AN ENTRANT’S CHANCES OF WINNING.


OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) U.S. STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA WHO ARE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS AND OLDER AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.


Promotion Sponsor: Blue Ridge Companies, Inc. 5826 Samet Drive, Suite 105, High Point, NC 27265.

Prize(s)

A minimum of one (1) month of free rent at a select residential property owned by the principals of Blue Ridge Companies, Inc. (“BRC”), an approximate retail value $1,150.00, and a maximum of up to twelve (12) months of free rent at such BRC property, an approximate retail value of $13,800.00, will be given away to 1 lucky winner! (the “Prize”).  All costs, including federal, state and local sales, income and other taxes, insurance, and other expenses not specifically identified above as included in the Prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.  No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution for the Prize is permissible, except by BRC due to Prize unavailability, and then a Prize of equal or greater value (as determined by BRC) may be substituted.

Rules and Qualifications  

1. Employees, contractors, directors and officers of BRC, Hornets D League, LLC or their respective affiliates and any co-sponsor of this Promotion, and their respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, distributors, licensees, and the advertising, fulfillment, judging and promotion agencies involved in the development and administration of this Promotion (collectively, “Promotion Parties”), and their immediate family members (i.e., spouses, parents, siblings, children, the “steps” of each and their respective spouses, and in-laws), and persons living in the same household of such individuals (whether related or not), are not eligible.

2. The Promotion will run from 12:00 am EST on Saturday, November 10, 2018, through the end of the Swarm home game on Saturday, March 9, 2019 (the “Promotion Period”).  

3. No purchase is necessary to enter. To enter the Promotion, you need to either (1) attend any Swarm home game at the Fieldhouse during the Promotion Period and complete and submit a printed entry form during the game; or (2) write to Sponsor at the address below to request a printed entry form and upon receipt, complete and mail to Sponsor a printed entry form, to be received by Sponsor no later than the end of the Promotion Period. There is a limit of one (1) entry per eligible person, per Promotion Period. Entries that do not meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements will be disqualified. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. 

4. There will be one (1) winner of this Promotion. Five (5) entries will be chosen randomly from all of the Entrants prior to the Swarm’s final home game. Selected entrants (the “Selected Entrants”) will be contacted by email or telephone prior to the final home game, invited to the game, and provided courtesy tickets. The Selected Entrants must respond within two (2) calendar days from the first notification attempt to confirm their attendance at the final home game. If a Selected Entrant does not respond by the deadline, another winner will be chosen. One (1) final winner will be randomly selected among the Selected Entrants at the game. The final winner will have a chance to shoot 12 free throws for up to 12 months of rent-free living at a select BRC residential community. Property selection available for Prize redemption shall be in BRC’s sole discretion. Subject to the limitations herein, Prize redemption must take place within six (6) months of the final home game or the Prize shall be forfeited.

5. The odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.  All decisions in the selection of the winner are final on all matters relating to this Promotion.

6. This Promotion is void where prohibited by law. All federal, state and local laws apply.

7. BRC reserves the right to disqualify or refuse to post any entry at any time in its sole discretion. Participation constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Promotion. Winning the Prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

8. BRC and persons and companies associated with it disclaim all liability for injury or damage to persons and/or property that might result from Promotion entry or acceptance of the Prize. By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Promotion Parties from and against any and all liability or damages associated with these Promotions or acceptance, use or misuse of any prize received in this Promotion.

9. Potential winners may be required to provide proof of identification and eligibility, including but not limited to compliance with the rental requirements posted at http://www.blueridgecompanies.com/residents, and provide a publicity release upon their selection as a Selected Entrant or Prize will be forfeited. Potential winners may also be required to complete and return an IRS W-9 form as a Selected Entrant or Prize will be forfeited. The failure to return any documents in a timely manner may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be chosen. 

10. Promotion Parties are not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer or administration of the Promotion.

11. Participation in the Promotion and/or acceptance of the Prize constitutes permission to the Promotion Parties and their agencies to use winners’ names, entries, and/or likenesses for the purposes of advertising and publicity without further compensation (except where prohibited by law).

12. By participating in this Promotion, participants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final in all matters relating to the Promotion.

13. Promotion Parties are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, stolen, illegal, inaccurate, damaged, incomplete, non-delivered or postage-due mail; or for printing, distribution or production errors or for technical, hardware, software, or telephone malfunctions of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incorrect, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled or delayed electronic communications caused by the user or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Promotion, or by any human, or other error, which may occur in this Promotion.

14. If, in BRC’s sole opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of tampering with any portion of or undermining the legitimate operation of the Promotion, by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices (including the use of automated quick entry programs); intending to abuse, threaten, or harass any other entrants or BRC representatives; or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Promotion, BRC reserves the right to void suspect entries and/or modify and/or terminate the Promotion and/or conduct a random drawing to award the prizes using all known eligible non-suspect entries received.  CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE THE WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, BRC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES, INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES, FROM ANY SUCH ENTRANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

15. DISPUTES:  THIS CONTEST IS GOVERNED BY, AND WILL BE CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, AND THE FORUM AND VENUE FOR ANY DISPUTE SHALL BE IN GUILFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. IF THE CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM IS NOT OTHERWISE RESOLVED THROUGH DIRECT DISCUSSIONS OR MEDIATION, IT SHALL THEN BE RESOLVED BY FINAL AND BINDING ARBITRATION ADMINISTERED BY THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS ARBITRATION RULES AND PROCEDURES OR SUBSEQUENT VERSIONS THEREOF (“AAA RULES”). THE AAA RULES FOR SELECTION OF AN ARBITRATOR SHALL BE FOLLOWED, EXCEPT THAT THE ARBITRATOR SHALL BE EXPERIENCED AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN NORTH CAROLINA. ALL PROCEEDINGS BROUGHT PURSUANT TO THIS PARAGRAPH WILL BE CONDUCTED IN GUILFORD COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA. THE REMEDY FOR ANY CLAIM SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL DAMAGES, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL ANY PARTY BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES OR HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ATTORNEYS’ FEES OR OTHER SUCH RELATED COSTS OF BRINGING A CLAIM, OR TO RESCIND THIS AGREEMENT OR SEEK INJUNCTIVE OR ANY OTHER EQUITABLE RELIEF. ENTRANTS AGREE THAT THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ANY ENTRANT AND/OR PROMOTION ENTITIES AND/OR ANY OTHER PARTY SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORTING TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION. ANY DEMAND FOR ARBITRATION MUST BE FILED WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE END OF THE PROMOTION, OR THE CAUSE OF ACTION SHALL BE FOREVER BARRED.. 

16. Participants acknowledge that registration in the Promotion constitutes automatic opt-in to receive email, text messages, marketing communication or other communications from the Promotion Parties. Participant may subsequently opt-out of the receipt of such email or communications by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in the email.

17. The name of the final winner of this Promotion will be available upon written request to Sponsor at the address above no later than thirty (30) days after the end of the Promotion Period.

18. Team will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this Promotion or any prize awarded. Team has not offered or sponsored this Promotion in any way


What Clients Have to Say

Our Team

Chris Dunbar
President and Chief Operating Officer

As the President and Chief Operating Officer of Blue Ridge Companies, Chris is responsible for the day to day activities of the company’s development and management divisions. By employing strategic development and asset management strategies, Chris has procured construction financing for projects in excess of $600 million and achieved permanent, non-recourse financing of approximately $325 million.

Prior to co-founding Blue Ridge, Chris worked in Corporate Banking with Wachovia Bank and in Commercial Real Estate Development at Easter and Eisenman, Inc. A VP of Real Estate Financial Services at Wachovia, Chris managed a $275 million mortgage loan portfolio and was responsible for development efforts and new loan placement in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina.

Chris is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University, holding his B.S in Financial Management and his MBA with a concentration in Finance. Additionally, Chris holds his CCIM designation and is actively involved in the Apartment Association of North Carolina, where he has sat on the Board of Trustees since 2010.