Our History

Rietberg Realty Company began in 1971 with an office in the Southwest metropolitan Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

The firm was incorporated as Rietberg Realty Co., Inc. in June 1973. By late 1977, in addition to sales and land development, the Company substantially expanded its services in residential real estate. This required additional sales and office personnel, sales tools, training procedures, and implementation of the newest marketing techniques. This led to the purchase of the Century 21 Real Estate Franchise in November 1977 and operated as Century 21 Rietberg Realty Co., Inc. The residential sales staff increased to approximately 45 sales associates with two offices. Century 21 Rietberg Realty Co., was consistently in the “Top 21 Offices” award out of 292 Century 21 offices in the state.

In July 1978, the Grandville ACE Hardware building was purchased and remodeled in downtown Grandville. In 1983 the Simerink & Duthler Realty Co. was purchased and served as an additional office in Southeast Grand Rapids.

During the mid ’80’s, the Company began to concentrate more of its time and talents to commercial, industrial and investment real estate. The Company was handling a substantial amount of land development and ‘turn-key’ packages of site selection, construction management and property management.

In 1988, the Company began to work exclusively on commercial real estate and began operating under the name of Rietberg Companies. Area of focus included office, multi-family, retail, industrial, vacant land, and investment transactions. The company redesigned the logo, signs and promotional materials to reflect its “new” direction.

In April 2005, expansion and additional growth prompted the relocation of Rietberg Companies to a two-story building located at 3083 Washington Avenue in Grandville. The Company continues to operate from this location today.

Al Rietberg

Al Rietberg was the founder of Rietberg Companies and served as president from 1971 – 2016. He is a 1965 graduate of Calvin College. In 1976, he earned a R.A.M. degree in real estate and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is a past director and President of the Grand Rapids Association of Realtors. He is a past director, district V.P., Treasurer and President of the Michigan Association of Realtors. He was awarded the Realtor of the Year Award in 1982 and received the award for the Commercial Transaction of the Year in 2005 for the Metro Health land site acquisition. He was a director and a National Committee Chairman for the National Association of Realtors. He holds NAR designations of GRI, CRS, CRB, and SIOR and is a CCIM candidate. He has served as a State Certified Appraiser and has served by Governor’s appointment as the Chairman of the State of Michigan Board of Real Estate which governs the activities of all State of Michigan real estate licensees.

Rietberg Companies
3083 Washington Avenue, Suite B
Grandville, MI 49418

For all of your commercial real estate needs.

  • Commercial Sales and Leasing
  • Industrial Land Development
  • Multi-family Investment Sales
  • Farmland Sales
  • Commercial Business Sales
  • Investment Property Management
  • Real Estate Consulting
  • Client Investment
  • Portfolio Management
  • Site Procurement
  • Municipal Bond Financing Projects
  • Tax Abatement (Act 198) Applications
  • Tax Deferring (1031) Property Exchange
  • State DNR Wetlands, Floodplain & Farm Preservation Act (P.A. 116)
  • Zoning, Planning and Municipal Commissions Real Estate Development Presentations
  • Turn-key Development Project Management (site procurement, construction, financing, and leaseback)