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Who We Are

1217 Realty Group is a real estate investment company based in Philadelphia, PA.  It is the sister company of 1217 Capital Group which is a Private Equity company that focuses on lower middle market companies companies with EBITDA of $1,000,000 and above.

We have a regional focus on the real estate market throughout the Mid-Atlantic with a specialization on multi family, land entitlements/subdivisions, and ground up development.  1217 researches and markets to property owners in locations with strong economic growth and positive demographic trends.

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Our Commitment

We are committed to upholding our most cherished values in every project and task we take on. Our company specializes in sourcing off market deals through leveraging technology and data as well as innovative marketing methods to create a dynamic portfolio of real estate holdings in various asset classes.

1217 Realty Group was founded by Walter Marino who is an entrepreneur by trade and actively invests in small to mid-size business in the Mid-Atlantic and North-East corridor.  Walter develops strategic investment plans geared towards turn-around and funding for real estate holdings that both compliment and add value to the current portfolio of holdings.  Mr. Marino responsibilities at 1217 include overseeing the development and construction process of all projects along with raising capital (both debt & equity) for 1217’s various holding companies.

Walter has co-founded and funded over 10 successful business ventures ranging from Construction Management, Real Estate Management Companies, Real Estate Development, Retail, Restaurants, Transportation, Sightseeing Tours, Technology and Hotel Guest Services.  Each venture has created shareholder value, positive cash flow, and consistent investor dividends and returns.

Mr.  Shemesh has over 10 years of experience in real estate acquisitions, development, and sales. His professional experience includes tax compliance and consulting services for alternative investment clients at KPMG and BDO USA, LLP.  His experience and responsibilities during his time as a public accountant included tax planning for high net worth individuals, hedge funds, real estate and private equity funds ranging in sizes from $50 million to $5 billion in net assets. During his time at BDO, he was an instructor of Continuing Professional Education programs for investment partnership and high net worth tax planning.
Over his career in real estate Mr. Shemesh has developed and sold a portfolio of residential and mixed-use commercial real estate in Philadelphia exceeding $50 million in value. For 1217 Realty Group his responsibilities include: investment review and due diligence to determine projects feasibility; managing the zoning, entitlement and permitting process; financial modeling for real estate investments; non-performing loan sales, loan workouts, foreclosures; and tax research for various complex partnership transactions, including the formation of joint ventures, basis step-up calculations and §704(c) partnership allocations.
Mr. Shemesh completed college at the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Accounting. He is licensed real estate salesperson Pennsylvania and holds a non-active license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Pennsylvania.

Over the past decade, Mr. Keyes has been involved in logistical coordination and management. Having been the lead coordinator for elite athletic competitions across the nation, Mr. Keyes has been a pivotal asset to the foundation and growth of nationwide events. Whether it is has been from coordinating national lacrosse tournaments, music festivals and concerts, or managing successful catering companies, Mr. Keyes has helped numerous companies streamline their organization and create additional profit through strategic planning and coordination.

Working as a real estate analyst for 1217 Realty Group, Mr. Keyes helps acquire off market properties through statistical analysis. By providing 1217 Realty with financial, marketing, and acquisition support, the company is able to add value to our bottom line for our portfolio and investors. With experience in event logistics/event coordination, as well as having majored in psychology at Drexel University, Mr. Keyes is able to provide a unique insight into acquiring new properties as well as help facilitating the management of 1217’s real estate portfolio…


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-1217 Realty Group

1217 Realty Group LLC
111 South Independence Mall East, Ste 820
Philadelphia, PA 19106
T: (888) 215-1217 Ext: 701 (Toll Free)
T: (215) 551-1500 Ext: 701 (Office)