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Background & Experience
After becoming the leading residential Broker and Home Builder in the 70’s, Dick Salem has proceeded to dominate the commercial market in the 80’s, 90’s and 2000's. In 1985, Mr. Salem joined the newly created Commercial Department of a Sioux City real estate Company and chose to specialize in the Commercial/Industrial market in Siouxland. Within one year, Mr. Salem was a multi-million dollar producer in both sales and leasing of commercial property. In the early 90’s, he became known as “Mr. Commercial” and has earned The President’s Award as one of the top producers of the Greater Sioux City Board of Realtors since 1988.
On October 1, 2000, Mr. Salem revived the familiar Salem logo of the 70’s. He started a new company called Salem Commercial Real Estate, capitalizing on the expertise and client following he developed in commercial real estate during the previous 15 years. In only a few months, Salem Commercial leased and sold several million dollars of commercial real estate. The company expanded to include two more licensed Commercial Specialists and was the only company specializing exclusively in Retail, Office, and Industrial Real Estate in Siouxland. By October 2001, Salem Commercial was the largest commercial company in Siouxland and on November 15, 2001, Salem Commercial became the commercial division of United Real Estate Solutions, Inc., the largest residential company in Siouxland. Mr. Salem said the merging of the two companies has definitely benefited Salem Commercial clients by creating an even more powerful commercial marketing force in the Siouxland area.
In June, 2005, Chris Bogenrief, a top producing Commercial Broker, joined the firm as Broker/Manager of the newly formed United Commercial, allowing Mr. Salem to relinquish his managerial duties and concentrate on commercial sales, leases and investments. At that time, the Salem Commercial name was phased out in favor of the United Commercial name.
Mr. Salem has negotiated and arranged commercial leases and sales for everyone from “ma’s and pa’s” to the very largest corporations, with an uncanny knack for deal making. He was a board member and President of the Greater Sioux City Board of Realtors and was awarded the “Realtor of the Year” for an unprecedented second time. He is past President of the Iowa Commercial/Land Board of Realtors and has successfully completed Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) courses and requirements, receiving the coveted SIOR designations in both Office and Industrial. He has also completed the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) courses and requirements to complete the prestigious CCIM designation. His knowledge and expertise in the Siouxland commercial marketplace and his associates Chris Bogenrief, Colonel Krage and Beau Braunger, as well as his staff Karla Hertz, Judy Hegstrom and Shelley Anderson enable Mr. Salem and the United Commercial Team to service their clients in an exceptional way.