History of KDR Real Estate Services
Our parent company was founded as Knight & Dorin, Inc. in April 1986 by Edward G. Knight, MAI, SRA, and Allen G. Dorin Jr., MAI, SRA, R/W-NAC. Three years later, J. Parks Rountrey, MAI, SRA became a stockholder and the name was changed to Knight, Dorin & Rountrey, Inc.
Primarily operating as a real estate appraisal and consulting company, the principals decided in 1995 to broaden the scope of services to include right-of-way and easement acquisition. Having collectively completed appraisal assignments for the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Dominion Virginia Power, and Richmond MSA localities for over two decades, the expansion into the field of acquisition services was logical.
Our entry into this line of services included hiring several former VDOT employees who had extensive experience in project management and negotiation procedures. In the organizational stage of our new venture, our philosophy was to employ experienced right-of-way specialists who could provide the highest quality of work with a keen recognition of the importance of construction schedules and deadlines. We currently can mobilize right of way agents, title researchers, appraisers, and attorneys to accommodate our surplus needs to complement our full range of services.
In 1999, the Right of Way Division of Knight Dorin & Rountrey, Inc. was formed specifically to accommodate our clients who had need of right of way and easement acquisition services. In 2002, KDR Real Estate Services, Inc. was spun off from the parent company and now acts as a full service right of way and easement acquisition provider. The two companies maintain a close working relationship.
Since 1995 we have completed over 150 right-of-way and/or easement acquisition projects with estimated contract costs over $18 million and involving in excess of 4,800 parcels. Primarily serving VDOT in our early years, we have expanded our client base that now includes local public agencies, engineering companies, legal firms, utility companies, road contractors, and private developers. Our service area is concentrated in Central Virginia; however, our marketing efforts are statewide.