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Real Estate Brokerage & Advisory to individuals, corporations and institutions for over 40 years.


What began in 1978 as Community Improvement Consultants, a city planning and development consulting firm, today has evolved into a multi-faceted real estate investment advisory company. With more than 40 years of experience in commercial real estate, the principals of CIC provide a superior level of service to our clients. Our real estate professionals understand the market conditions and complexity of transactions that help to shape the built environment.




Richard E. (Rick) Barnes began his real estate career by building and selling his first neighborhood convenience shopping center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in 1979.  Since that time, Rick has been successful in the development, leasing and sales of income producing real estate assets in major markets across the country.  Today, as a specialist in commercial investment properties, Rick utilizes his personal ownership perspective to proactively identify and match the needs of investment property buyers and sellers, and engineers solutions that insure smooth transactions.

In his 40+ year career, Mr. Barnes has been a managing partner for the development of a 1.4 million square foot - $300 million office and retail portfolio of properties and has managed the development of a five-property - $120 million retail portfolio in New England for an institutional investor.  He has developed projects for such national retailers as Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, Kohl's, Toys "R" Us, Best Buy,  Staples, Marshall's, T.J. Maxx, Petco, Pier 1 Imports, Super Stop & Shop, CVS and Walgreen's.

Rick has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from The University of Texas and has completed graduate studies in Urban Planning.  He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) since 1982.

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