Harper Southeastern Properties ("HSEP") was founded in 1989 by Skip and Chris Harper to provide land brokerage services to sellers and buyers of land and lots in the Atlanta area.

Prior to the establishment of the company, the brothers learned all aspects of the business from their years with Property Systems Corporation in Atlanta. They were trained by land brokers, Fred Freyer and Richard Uberto, who taught them a systematic process to selling land involving prospecting, land evaluation, market analysis, contract law and negotiations, and zoning and entitlement. They instilled in them integrity, fiduciary responsibility, goal setting, positive attitude, personal relationships, and perseverance. In these formative years, the Harpers began to establish long-term relationships with landowners, developers and investors.

Over the last twenty-five years, Harper Southeastern Properties has brokered approximately 300 transactions totaling over $500 million in sales. They have represented a wide range of clients, from dirt poor landowners to the most sophisticated investors, commercial and residential developers, national builders, national and local banks, and many large regional retailers. HSEP represented Wal-Mart in its north Georgia “supercenter” expansion closing over 50 Wal-Mart sites.

During the recent Great Recession, HSEP focused on the sale and purchase of distressed assets. Drawing on their experience gained during the Savings and Loan Crisis, they provided workout solutions for owners of REO properties and facilitated opportunities for investors and builders in the late 1980?s to capitalize on that economic situation. With a wealth of knowledge in brokerage, development and construction, HSEP offered multifaceted services to help sellers and purchasers evaluate opportunities, complete stalled projects, and liquidate underperforming assets.

As the market improved, HSEP shifted strategies to begin the process of reevaluating investor portfolios and placing these assets back on the market and facilitating build-out solutions to maximize profits on their investment holdings. These investments were attractive to active homebuilders looking for lots to begin the rebuilding process. With their knowledge of past market fluctuations, HSEP provided the necessary insight and connections to help land investors achieve handsome profits. Eventually, commercial end users came back in the market looking to purchase land holdings and expand their businesses.

Now that most distressed land assets have been absorbed and are reaching historic lows, HSEP shifted their emphasis on brokerage of raw land deals and the rezoning and entitlement of new projects.

Another center of attention for our land agents is urban renewal and fostering the move back into the town centers. HSEP assembles underutilized properties and works with municipal leaders in promoting the re-development of their town centers.

Today, along with our team of professionals, we continue to add to our long-standing knowledge of the ever-evolving real estate market.

 
   
  William H. (“Skip”) Harper, Jr.

William H. (“Skip”) Harper, Jr. is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He began his real estate career in 1985 with Property Systems Corporation. He is a licensed broker in Georgia and a longtime member of the Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors.

Mr. Harper possesses a thorough knowledge of all aspects of land brokerage, zoning and entitlement, site evaluation, development, construction, financing, marketing, and management. He has successfully negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions throughout the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area, as well as having developed over thirty condominium, townhome and single family communities. Throughout his career, he has focused primarily on raw land and developed residential lot deals.

Mr. Harper is active in his community and has served in leadership positions on the boards of two local banks, Cobb Wellstar Hospice, Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society, Feed the Hungry Foundation, and the Rotary Club of North Cobb. He and his wife of 23 years, Jeanine, are members of the First United Methodist Church in Marietta, where he currently serves on the Finance Committee. They reside in Marietta, and have two daughters in college and one in middle school.

 
   
  Chris M. Harper

Chris M. Harper has been marketing land in North Georgia since becoming licensed in 1987. Upon graduation from the University of South Carolina, Chris began his career at Property Systems Land Corporation in Atlanta. After four successful years, Chris co-founded Harper Southeastern Properties, Inc. land brokers. Chris has closed over $300 million in land transactions with numerous developers and retailers including Publix, Kroger, Home Depot, CVS, Walgreens and McDonalds.

In 2001, Chris cofounded Westmoreland Harper Development Services which exclusively represented Wal-Mart in their North Georgia super center expansion. Chris and his partner, Van Westmoreland, have closed over 50 super centers totaling over 10,000,000 square feet. Chris is currently focusing his attention on transactions involving financial institutions, investment portfolios and major retail anchors.

Chris resides in East Cobb with his wife Stacey and children, Cali, Luke and Sammie. Chris is actively involved in Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Marietta Country Club, South Carolina Life Alumni, Atlanta Commercial Board of Realtors, and Habitat Partners Council.

 
   
  Colby J. Henson

Colby J. Henson grew up in Dunwoody, GA, from a third generation real estate and land development family. He formally received his real estate license in 2002, after what seemed a lifetime of real estate education and training from his father and grandfather. Entering his real estate career with a start in the sales and marketing department with Coldwell Banker in Atlanta, he moved on to the leadership development training program at Coldwell Banker in an effort to obtain the knowledge and methodology used in managing a Coldwell Banker brokerage office. An offer was made by a very reputable local developer and builder to start and manage a start-up real estate brokerage company, Red Oak Realty, that would manage and broker the homes built by W&H Properties / Red Oak Construction and their affiliated companies. This proved to be a great challenge and opportunity to build a new company, recruit sales associates and operate a real estate brokerage. This decision proved to be a great success with over $161,000,000 worth of real estate brokerage transactions since mid-2004.

In 2008, as the market was facing serious foreclosure default in the residential homes market, we started to see many opportunities to provide valuable brokerage services to our banking partners and investor relationships. The relationships formed in the lot and land brokerage business aligned us to provide this valuable home brokerage component to aid an ailing home market and its investors. Our efforts continue as we provide OREO representation throughout our affiliated companies, home brokerage, land brokerage, and developed lot brokerage alliance.

As the market improved after the housing recession, Red Oak and its affiliated companies surged forward and rebranded their company, Fortress Builders, and their marketing arm, Fortress Real Estate, to continue the efforts of building new homes and neighborhoods in Metropolitan Atlanta. Helping to navigate through the market, we were able to build out approximately 600 homes during the downturn and keep our relationships with the banks and lending institutions. Today, we are currently developing new lots and acquiring land for further development of new neighborhoods and communities to serve the growing population in Metro Atlanta.

Colby attends North Atlanta Church of Christ in Dunwoody where he has been a member for over 25 years. He also remains active in the local Cobb County community by currently serving on the Cobb Landmarks & Historical Society, Executive Committee, as Marketing & Communications Chair and Strategic Planning Committee member. He is an active member in the Atlanta and Cobb Boards of REALTORS®, having served on the Governmental Affairs and Fundraising Committee, Leadership Development Graduate, Young Council of REALTORS®, Grievance Committee, past Chair, and currently serving on the Professional Standards Committee.

In his free time, Colby enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing and golf. Colby his wife, Chelsea, and one daughter, Jayden, reside in the City of Marietta, Georgia, USA.

 
   
  Mark E. Harper, Sr.

Mark E. Harper, Sr. attended the University of South Carolina, where he studied Finance and Computer Science. He began his real estate career in Atlanta focusing on residential lot development and construction of condominiums and single family homes.

Mark has a thorough knowledge of land development and residential construction including budgeting, engineering, construction management, and governmental approvals. He is a licensed residential / light commercial builder and holds a Georgia Soil and Water Erosion Control certification. He has successfully constructed twenty five single family and multi-family subdivisions totaling approximately 1,800 lots in Cobb County, Georgia and has overseen the construction of approximately 400 homes and condominiums.

Mark and his wife Buffie are active members of McEachern Memorial United Methodist Church, where he currently serves as the Chairman of the Finance Committee and formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. They reside in Marietta, and have two sons.