Church & Educational Facilities Real Estate Services

The team of Eric Knowles, Robert Fletcher & Riley Rohde

Eric Knowles

Senior Vice President | Shareholder T 858.369.3017 LIC N° 00944210 eric.knowles@kidder.com vCard View Profile

Robert Fletcher

First Vice President | Shareholder T 858.369.3034 LIC N° 01706060 robert.fletcher@kidder.com vCard View Profile

Riley Rohde

Associate T 858.369.3041 LIC N° 02207141 riley.rohde@kidder.com vCard View Profile

Exclusive Focus

As religious and non-profit real estate experts, the team of Eric Knowles, Robert Fletcher and Riley Rohde, of Kidder Mathews draw upon over 32+ years of exclusively representing this highly specialized market segment.

Market Leader in Church Sales

Over the last decade, Team Knowles has sold 52% of all churches in Southern California, dwarfing all other agents who attempt to emulate our success. Additionally, as a by-product of our market dominance, we procured the buyer for the churches we sold over 40% of the time. This unmatched achievement is a direct result of our commitment to provide our clients with a superior service and actively tracking qualified church buyers throughout Southern California.

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Available Church Properties & Educational Facilities

Eric Knowles and Robert Fletcher specialize in religious and non-profit real estate throughout Southern California. They focus primarily on church property sales/leases and educational facility sales/leases.

Team Members

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Eric Knowles is a senior vice president with Kidder Mathews and leads the firms’ Religious & Educational Facilities Group. In this position, Knowles uses his veteran experience to assist faith-based non-profit institutions with creative acquisition and aggressive disposition of religious facilities.
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Robert Fletcher is a first vice president with Kidder Mathews and specializes in assisting faith-based nonprofit institutions with the unique challenges of dispositions, acquisitions, leasing, and the generation of additional income for religious facilities. Robert also serves as a valuable partner for religious organizations by educating religious leaders on the aspects of special use real estate including financial, zoning, conditional use permits, and guidance through relocation transitions or expansion.
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Riley is an emerging, young San Diego commercial real estate professional. She is a recent graduate from the University of San Diego with a degree in real estate from the Burnham-Moore’s Center for Real Estate.
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Team Stats


transaction volume

32+ years

specializing in religious properties

#1 in SoCal

we have sold 52% of all churches over the last decade

Trusted advisors

and exceptional service

Proprietary database

of religious organizations and active buyers

32+ years of experience exclusively representing schools and churches

Over the last decade, we are responsible for over half of all church/school sales. Our services are preferred by more churches and schools, making us the #1 choice in Southern California.

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Real Estate Services Provided

In addition to property acquisition and disposition, the religious & educational facilities group at Kidder Mathews specializes in providing religious leaders and institutions the following analysis, guidance and counsel:

ANALYZING space needs
CREATING unrelated business income
HIGHEST and best use
CONVENTIONAL, private and creative financing alternatives
DEVELOPING creative acquisition proposals
PHASING in growth plans
BIG BOX conversions
CONSTRUCTION, property and asset management

Areas of Focus

  • Churches for sale or lease
  • Religious facilities for sale or lease
  • Schools for sale or lease
  • Colleges or universities for sale or lease
  • Educational buildings for sale or lease
  • Preschools for sale or lease
  • Church redevelopment
  • Church land sale or lease
  • Church consulting

Active For Sale & Lease/Recently Sold

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Sampling Of Sold Transactions

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Significant Religious Facility Assignments

  • Roman Catholic Church San Diego Diocese
  • California Southern Baptist Convention
  • Roman Catholic Church - Orange County Diocese
  • United Methodist Church
  • Episcopal Diocese
  • Christian Missionary Alliance
  • Christian Church (Deciples of Christ) - Pacific Southwest District

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