A Service Company
The Burchfield Companies provide real estate services in five broad categories: Brokerage, Development, Building, Investment and Management.
We are innovators, with a long history of providing value added service to our clients, functional development for the community and creditable returns to our investors. We have a strong sense of pride in Houston, in Texas and in the United States. We believe, as did our Grandfathers, in the value of integrity, the significance of a handshake and the bond of our word.
W. G. Burchfield & Bro., is the oldest real estate firm in the city of Houston. Established in 1906, its first office was on Franklin Street (fifty feet west of Main Street) in dusty early 20th century downtown Houston.
Initially the firm provided map making, cartography services. Many of the early maps, now considered historical objects and works of art, are on display at our current offices. Map makers were the most knowledgeable real estate experts of the time and corresponded with most of the land owners in the daily course of doing business. People interested in buying property would ask the W. G. Burchfield to help negotiate a transaction, and in doing so the “real estate brokerage” industry was born.
The Burchfield’s have been responsible for helping to:
- Write the initial Real Estate Laws for the State of Texas,
- Found the Society of Industrial Realtors (now Society of Industrial and Office Realtors),
- Bring billions of dollars in corporate investment to Houston,
- Market high profile developments (like River Oaks), and
- Bring the Port of Houston from an idea to the fourth largest port (in tonnage) in the world.
- Create a portfolio of apartments worth over a quarter of a billion dollars.
Robert (Rob) Burchfield, involved in the firm for over 40 years, is the third generation family member to lead the company, and Lee Burchfield,
involved with the firm for 17 years is now the fourth generation family member
to lead the firm.
Please view our Gallery for interesting historic photographs and documents spanning Burchfield's last 100 years.
We like to say that “we are a hundred years old, but just getting started,”
and, in many ways that is true. The company is actively involved in developing market rent and Section 42, affordable housing apartment projects, with multiple projects on the drawing board and under development. We are also building
single family homes through our affiliate BlueTec Homes. Our real estate
brokerage business, primarily commercial, is on tract to set records this year,
and our Real Estate Investment activity currently generate significantly more
return than most other forms of investment.
Be it a home, a subdivision or a whole community, we at Burchfield Companies are excited about the prospect of turning dreams into reality. Utilizing the human and financial assets of the firm, Burchfield intends to continue to create and develop opportunities in commercial and residential real estate in Texas, and beyond.