About Us

Berns Commercial Properties is a full service real estate company offering management, leasing, accounting, and brokerage services. The company currently manages office space primarily in Northcentral and Southwest Austin. As part of its comprehensive management services, Berns Commercial Properties assists property owners in supervising building and tenant improvements and in marketing properties for sale when the time is right. Berns Commercial Properties also represents prospective purchasers and sellers in acquisitions, sales, and leasing and has recently undertaken a town home development project. Please see the Development section of this web site for further information.

Richard Berns

The principal of Berns Commercial Properties is Richard Berns. Richard has over 30 years experience in real estate acquisition, management and development primarily in Austin and Dallas. He has been personally involved in all aspects of commercial real estate investment, including acquisition, management, leasing, renovation, and disposition. Richard's experience covers a number of different types of real estate, including over 375,000 square feet of office and warehouse space in the Austin area, 400+ unit apartment projects in Dallas, and student residential dormitories on the campuses of the University of Texas, Texas A&M, Arizona State University and a condominium development in Austin. In 1990, Richard began raising capital for the acquisition of real estate projects. Over the last 15 years, Richard has been responsible for the acquisition of five office buildings and one office flex project in Austin, two apartment properties in Dallas and a residential development in Austin.

Typically, Richard remains closely involved with the properties he acquires, overseeing daily management and leasing. It is Richard's philosophy that management oversight by an owner/manager maximizes an investment's long term value. Richard strives to differentiate his management by providing responsive, timely, and personal service to his tenants. Properties are maintained in peak condition at all times. Leases are negotiated promptly and fairly at competitive rates and terms. The overall result is a positive and productive business environment for tenants and a well-maintained investment with appreciation potential for investors.

Richard is a licensed real estate broker in Texas.

Bernard Snyder

Bernard Snyder is also a principal of Berns Commercial Properties. Bernard has over 45 years experience in real estate brokerage in the Austin area. Bernard is a native of Austin and served 6 years on The Planning Commission of Austin. His experience with the workings of the City of Austin and his long-term knowledge of the city provide him with substantial expertise. His efforts have been focused on the brokerage of office and multifamily investment properties. Additionally, Bernard has recently been working with developers for residential and commercial land use.

Bernard is a licensed real estate broker in Texas.

Karen Berns

Karen Berns is also actively involved in the daily operations of Berns Commercial Properties. Prior to joining efforts in the real estate business with her husband, Karen was a senior vice president in the commercial lending and credit areas of a large Austin financial institution for 12 years. Her education and initial work experience were in the accounting field. Karen handles the accounting, financial, and investor reporting for Berns Commercial Properties.