Commercial Real Estate Specialists

About Us

Cornerstone Realty, Inc. is a longstanding, family owned Commercial Real Estate Company serving South Florida since 1977. 


The “Cornerstone Team” has over a century of combined experience in all facets of the commercial real estate industry. As a team we place specific emphasis on the acquisition, disposition and management of income producing properties. Our team is well experienced in office, industrial and retail properties and has participated in the planning and development of a variety of property types from the site acquisition process to final lease up.


Our background in project development, real estate financing and general contracting has spawned an abundance of affiliations which are a deep resource for our clients. Our team members are currently officers and directors of the Realtor’s Commercial Alliance (RCA), Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), and as a member of the CCIM organization, have access to marketing and networking opportunities and data bases not only locally but also nationally and internationally.


Cornerstone Realty is well tooled to accomplish any commercial real estate assignment, large or small!

Our Mission

The Cornerstone team is dedicated to bringing value added to our clients holdings in their dealings with commercial real estate. Our mission is to deliver the highest level of service, expertise and integrity in the course of fulfilling the assignments entrusted to us by our clients.  We strive to insure that when our assignment is complete our customers know they have received professional services which exceeds their expectations and as a result will continue to patronize  the Cornerstone team recommending us to their friends and associates.

West Palm

Located in Sunny Florida, Cornerstone Realty, is ready for your commercial real estate needs!


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Frederick J. Schmidt

Frederick J. Schmidt
CCIM - Broker

Frederick J.  Schmidt founded Cornerstone Realty, Inc. in 1968.  Since then Mr. Schmidt's business experience as a State Licensed Commercial Real Estate Broker has always been focused on general commercial real estate, but has also included since, 1972, extensive work as a State Licensed General Contractor, and for a time as a State Licensed Mortgage Broker.  With his extensive background and experience in all facets of real estate, Mr. Schmidt offers buyers and sellers expert commercial real estate knowledge, service and full participation necessary to bring a contract successfully to close.


Professional Experience:

Mr. Schmidt successfully marketed industrial short sales, bank owned and investor properties. Built, developed, leased and managed a wide range of properties and facilities, including vacant land tracts, retail plazas, professional office buildings, office warehouses, single family residences and multi-family residences.


Professional Designations:

 “CCIM” in 1995, which is the most prestigious designation, considered the “PHD”, of the commercial real estate field. The initials mean: “Certified Commercial Investment Member”.


Professional Awards:

Designation of “POWER BROKER” by the CoStar Group for leasing and sales. The “Retail Deal of the Year” award for both 2011 and 2009 as well as the “Office Deal of the Year” for 2007 by the Realtors Commercial Alliance of Palm Beach County.


Professional Activities:

A founding member of the Realtors Commercial Alliance of Palm Beach County, served as President and a member of the Board of Directors for over 10 years.


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John F. Schmidt

John F. Schmidt

Sales Associate


John F. Schmidt specializes in all types of commercial real estate transactions, especially light industrial sales and acquisitions , leasing, and property management. Since late 2010, he has specialized in selling bank owned properties, working with a number of banks and REITs. He also possesses a very strong technical and management background which serves him well in helping clients acquire properties.


Professional Experience:

Mr. Schmidt has had international experience in Europe, particularly Germany, in his work in the coal mining industry. While not conversant with other languages than English, he understands and is sensitive to cultural differences, and works well with international buyers.


His experience covers a wide variety of real estate tasks: property management, leasing and sales, client representation in property acquisition and disposition, property research, due diligence packages for clients, marketing properties for sales or lease, broker's opinions of value for foreclosed properties.


He is also well-networked with residential property specialists to form a team that can serve the entire gamut of international buyer’s needs.


Professional Associations:

Realtors Commercial Alliance of RAPB (RCA): RCA President 2012, Board of Directors 2005-2011, Program Committee 2005-2013, Technology committee chairman 2005-2006, BOD Secretary 2007-2009, Ethics committee, 2009-2011.


National Association of Realtors (NAR) and an active member of the Realtor's Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), and the Global Business Alliance since 2012.

Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches
(RAPB): Board of Directors 2012, Government Affairs committee. 2012-13, Building and Facilities Committee 2012-13, Global Business Alliance 2012-13.

Florida Realtors (FR) Board of Directors 2012, FR Business Trends and Technology Forum 2012, FR Commercial Alliance committee 2012.

Professional Awards:
2012 Realtors Commercial Alliance (RCA) Realtor of the Year award,2007 RCA recipient of the deal-makers award in the multifamily category.


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Sherry Schmidt

Sherry Canterbury Schmidt
Broker Associate


Mrs. Schmidt has been Broker Associate for Cornerstone Realty since receiving her Florida Real Estate Brokers license in 2007. Her responsibilities in Real Estate have focused on leasing, management and sales of several million square feet of  Class A ++ office and retail properties for over 20 years in South Florida.


Professional Experience:

Mrs. Schmidt was previously Vice President of Trammell Crow and also was Director of Property Management for Crocker Realty Trust for over 10 years. She is also involved in the construction tenant improvement process and oversaw major renovation projects in Boca Raton, Cypress Creek and Downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Mrs. Schmidt is best known with her employees and tenants as focused on productivity and efficiency in the workplace, and customer service as the number one priority throughout her career.


Professional Awards:

The BOMA Building Owners and Managers Association Property Manager of the Year award, the NAWBO National Association of Women Business Owners Vista Award, the Key to the City of Boca Raton, the CREW Hartglass Vision Award for Community Service, and the Broward County Emerald Award for the Green Initiative.


Professional Activities:

CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women): Mrs. Schmidt was a founding member of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter in 1996 and remained a member for 15 years with over 10 years as a Board of Director and President in 2000. During those years, she and the Board established the Tampa and Naples Chapters.  Seeing a need for another chapter to encompass the north Palm Beach areas and further north for future development, she and others created the CREW Treasure Coast Chapter in 2010, and served as President 2012 and is currently on the Board of Directors.  She is also currently on the financial advisory Board of the City of Lake Worth.



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About Us

Cornerstone Realty, Inc. is a longstanding, family owned Commercial Real Estate Company serving South Florida since 1977.  The “Cornerstone Team” has over a century of combined experience in all facets of the commercial real estate industry.

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