Nathan Brantley Joins Maryland Office of Principle Real Estate Consultants as Senior Appraiser

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. —­­ Principle Real Estate Consultants, a full-service real estate consulting firm with offices in Ellicott City, Maryland; Timonium, Maryland; York, Pennsylvania; and the Washington D.C. area, is proud to announce the addition of Nathan Brantley of Baltimore, Maryland as senior appraiser. This marks the fifth new senior team member addition to the firm since it began operations in March 2015.

“We are steadily growing the span of our expertise by hiring leading industry experts who are ready to advance our profession by joining a different type of firm,” said Ryan Hlubb, founder and managing partner of Principle Real Estate Consultants. “Our clients are seeing the benefit of working with a talented team of professionals and the addition of Nathan will allow us to continue to exceed their expectations.”

Brantley has 17 years of valuation experience with a variety of property types including office, industrial, retail, land, and subdivisions, most of which is centered around institutional grade assets. He holds certified general appraiser licenses in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and holds the MAI and AI-GRS designations from the Appraisal Institute. Brantley previously served as a senior appraiser with Valbridge Property Advisors | Lipman Frizzell & Mitchell LLC, and as a commercial review appraiser with Susquehanna Bank. As senior appraiser for Principle Real Estate Consultants, Brantley will service commercial real estate clients primarily in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. markets, and will work out of the firm’s Ellicott City, MD office.

“I’ve known Ryan and the other senior team members at Principle Real Estate Consultants for many years,” said Brantley. “I’m excited to join a team of professionals who are focused on industry innovation and client service based on the core values of leadership, trust, innovation and guidance.”

Father Joins Son’s Growing Principle Real Estate Consultants Firm as Senior Counselor

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YORK, Pa. —­­ Principle Real Estate Consultants, a full-service real estate consulting firm with offices in York, Pennsylvania; Ellicott City, Maryland; and the Washington D.C. area, is proud to announce the addition of Paul F. Hlubb Jr., of Ellicott City, Maryland, as senior counselor. Paul Hlubb is the father of the firm’s founder and senior managing partner Ryan Hlubb. This most recent addition to the Principle Real Estate Consultants Firm team demonstrates the depth of knowledge being assembled by the firm, which began operations in March 2015.

“Paul has been in the appraisal profession for 44 years and has extensive knowledge of the industry. In addition to being my father, he has also been my constant advisor and mentor since I was twelve years old, which is when I first began helping him research and appraise properties,” said Ryan Hlubb. “We are excited to welcome him to our growing team and look forward to the integral contribution he will make to the firm.”

Paul Hlubb’s career has spanned the fee world and has included considerable institutional experiences, culminating as the Chief Appraiser for First Maryland Bancorp, the holding company for the First National Bank of Maryland. While there, he helped mentor and train many appraisers. Most recently, he owned Hlubb & Associates, the firm which gave his son an early start on the career path to become an appraiser himself. Currently, Paul Hlubb is a member of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) and holds the MAI and SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute (AI).

“It gives me great pride to come full circle with my son in a profession that I have been involved in for more than four decades,” said Paul Hlubb. “I’m proud of Ryan’s continued efforts in establishing a successful company of his own. It will be a welcomed challenge for myself to help shape the next generation of real estate professionals.”

Principle Real Estate Consultants Announces Barbara Cantrell as Partner

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YORK, Pa.- Principle Real Estate Consultants, a full-service real estate consulting firm with offices in York, Pennsylvania; Ellicott City, Maryland; and the Washington D.C. area, is proud to announce the addition of Barbara Cantrell, MAI of Baltimore, Maryland as partner. This partnership announcement comes as a result of the firm’s expanding client base and positive growth throughout Maryland, Delaware, South Central Pennsylvania, D.C., and Northern Virginia.

“Expanding our team of experts is a big decision, especially when making a partner-level addition,” said Ryan Hlubb, founder and managing partner of Principle Real Estate Consultants. “Barbara will bring extensive expertise to her position here and will be a guiding force behind the future growth of the company.”

Cantrell has over 13 years of experience valuing commercial real estate assets and previously served as director at Valbridge Property Advisors. She holds a certified general appraiser license in the State of Maryland, Delaware, Commonwealth of Virginia, and District of Columbia, and will provide valuation services as well as oversight into daily business operations of the company. In addition, Cantrell plans to expand opportunities for entry-level valuation associates to gain hands-on experience by working with the company.

“This partnership and company are based on the principle values of leadership, trust, innovation and guidance,” said Cantrell. “As a partner, I’m looking forward to helping the company continue to grow their emphasis on providing clients with personal, industry-leading expertise while keeping a strong focus on these key principles.”

Cantrell specializes in all areas of commercial real estate including office, retail, industrial, multi-family, special purpose and land. She also has significant experience in Fannie Mae and HUD MAP valuations and HUD rent comparability studies. She’s well-versed working with clients of all types including lenders, attorneys, property owners and nonprofit organizations.

Cantrell holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Maryland and currently serves as president of the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. She is also a member of Commercial Real Estate Women group in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Our clients are excited to see us have the type of growth that warrants a partner-level addition to our team,” adds Hlubb. “They are dedicated to our success just as we are dedicated to theirs. Those types of relationships make this about more than just business; it makes it personal.”

Welcome to Principle Real Estate Consultants

I am pleased to introduce Principle Real Estate Consultants, LLC.  The firm was founded on the values of Leadership, Trust, Innovation and Guidance. We are a full-service real estate consulting firm with over one-hundred fifty years of combined real estate experience. We serve the entire state of Maryland, Delaware, South Central Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, and Northern Virginia.

Ryan Hlubb, founder and Managing Partner, directed the formation of the firm.  Two of the things I value most in life are People and Relationships.  Expanding our team of experts is a big decision, especially when making a partner-level additions. Developing, retaining and promoting quality associates to partnership positions is a critical principle.

Our clients are excited to see us having this type of growth and success. They are dedicated to our success just as we are dedicated to theirs. Those types of relationships make this about more than just business; it makes it personal.


Ryan is the Founder and Managing Partner of the firm. Prior to the founding of Principle, he was a Co-Founder and Principal at Hlubb and Goldstein Valuation Group, LLC, (HGVG). Prior to his tenure at HGVG, he gained valuable real estate valuation experience under his father (Paul F. Hlubb, Jr. CRE, MAI, SRA), at Hlubb & Associates. Prior to entering into real estate, Mr. Hlubb, worked at the largest digital security, domain and website service provider. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute, where he currently serves as a member of the National Board of Directors and Vice Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. He is the former vice president and president of the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute; has served on the Appraisal Institute’s National Admissions Designation and Qualifications Committee; and has previously served on the Real Estate Advisory Board of the University of Baltimore.

Ryan Hlubb awarded MAI Designation

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YORK, Pa. — Hlubb & Goldstein Valuation Group, a commercial appraisal and valuation consulting firm with offices in York, Pennsylvania and Columbia, Maryland, is proud to announce that Ryan Hlubb, one of the company’s principals and co-founders, has received the Appraisal Institute’s prestigious MAI designation.

The MAI is an elite professional designation held by individuals who are experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions. The designation requires real estate appraisers to meet rigorous professional requirements relating to education, testing, experience and demonstration of knowledge, understanding and ability.

Hlubb received the MAI designation after successfully completing a graduate-level curriculum, which includes a comprehensive exam, a demonstration appraisal report and attaining more than 4,500 hours of qualifying experience requirements.

“In today’s uncertain and ever-changing real estate market, continuing education is extremely important,” said Hlubb. “For us, continuing education opportunities like this ensure that we can continue to provide steadfast expertise to our clients every day.”

Hlubb followed the footsteps of his father and has been interested in the appraisal profession since childhood. He previously was awarded the SRA designation by the Appraisal Institute in 2008. The SRA designation is held by appraisers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential real property.

Hlubb is the former vice president and president of the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute; has served on the Appraisal Institute’s National Admissions Designation and Qualifications Committee; and has previously served on the Real Estate Advisory Board of the University of Baltimore. Currently, he serves as a 2014 regional third director for the Appraisal Institute. Hlubb has already been elected to serve as the Appraisal Institute’s vice chair for Region VI in 2015-2016 and as chair for Region VI in 2017-2018. In 2015, Hlubb will also serve on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Appraisal Institute’s national board. He is certified to perform appraisals in Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.