Hal S. Shapiro
REAL Property Group
Hal S. Shapiro grew up in Kansas City, MO and graduated Center High School in 1978. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Real Estate and Urban Land Economic from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. He practiced commercial mortgage banking and brokerage with First Bank System/Commonwealth Mortgage in Houston, TX and then with Southwest Capital Investment Corporation in Austin TX. Arranging conventional, permanent loans on commercial property and financings using tax-exempt, multi-family housing revenue bonds was a focus of his work in the mortgage business.
In 1987 Hal joined the family business in Kansas City, Walker Towel and Uniform Service, an industrial laundry serving western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Hal focused in the areas of production, facilities, environmental and medical regulatory compliance. Hal remains an owner and Board Member of Walker today with his brother, David E. and cousins, Steven and David S.
In 1992 Hal began acquiring income property in the Kansas City area. A portfolio of properties was assembled and is owned by closely held affiliates. All properties are managed internally. These properties have prospered over the years by value added through aggressive leasing and highly effective management. Highly effective management means very responsive communications, efficient operations and taking pride in tenant satisfaction. Properties types include restaurant, retail, office, multifamily and industrial. Presently, the portfolio has over 130,000 sq. ft. of leasable area. In 2013 Hal returned to the real estate business full-time and REAL Property Group was formed as the umbrella organization for these real estate activities.
Today, REAL Property Group is focused on walkable, in-fill, mixed-use redevelopments in urban cores. Demographic trends point to more demand for these product types and becoming expert in the multiplicity of tasks needed to get these projects done is what Hal is passionate about at work. Hal also serves on the board of the InterUrban ArtHouse in downtown Overland Park as its President.