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Sponsoring the Next Generation - Smart Money Decisions – Ramsey Financial Education at Forest Park...

Michele - Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Property Management Blog

Over the past 25 years, my late husband, Lee Odems, helped hundreds of young people buy their first home (and sometimes their second, and their third).   Typically, when Lee met with a potential buyer looking to achieve the American Dream, they were not actually ready to do so.  Quite often, Lee had to first provide guidance on how to get their financial house in order.  He found that the best way to help people understand the steps needed to be ready to purchase a home was to introduce them to Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.  Dave Ramsey teaches elimination of debt using the snowball method, the importance of saving, and the power of paying cash rather than using credit.    These important philosophies and techniques set young people up for success!  And for home ownership!!  Nearly all financial experts agree that owning a home is a key cornerstone in accumulating assets that are likely to appreciate over time.  In other words, home ownership is an essential step toward a strong financial foundation for life.

When Lee passed in 2020, many of our family members, friends, colleagues, and clients shared with me how impactful Lee’s introduction to t...

Doing our Part to Create Jobs!!

Michele - Saturday, January 14, 2012
Property Management Blog

Last January, during the State of the Union Address, President Obama's words inspired me to set a goal of expanding our business by 35% in order to create one new full-time job at our company. On December 5, 2011, we reached that goal and hired Lisa Cochran as our Maintenance and Leasing Coordinator.

While many segments of the economy have been devastated over the past three years, the Property Management industry has been given the opportunity to grow and flourish. In our area, many Military Service Members who are homeowners find themselves being transferred out of the state or out of the country and unable to sell their homes. These home owners often become "unintentional investors" as they convert their homes into rental properties. Given the distance from the property, the difference in time zones, and the time requirements of their jobs, these homeowners often seek the services of a professional Property Manager to ensure their home is properly maintained. 

RPM Direct ha...

Areas of Expertise and Professional Limitiations

Michele - Monday, December 12, 2011
Property Management Blog

As a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM), we are required to provide our customers with a disclosure of our areas of expertise as well as our professional limitations.

Our firm's Principal Broker, Lee Odems, has been a licensed Realtor for 24 years and a license Broker for 17 years. He is an Ethics instructor, an ABR, and has held a variety of leadership positions at the State and Local level of Real Estate Governance including serving as the President of the Prince William Association of Realtors.  

Our firm’s Property Manager, Michele Odems, is a member of NARPM, but not a license Realtor. She is also a Real Estate investor with 8 years of experience managing residential properties. 

All services that require a licensed Realtor and performed by Realtors who are independent contractors associated with RPM Direct LLC or our sister company, Buyers Advantage Real Estate Corp. Additional administrative tasks are performed by unlicensed assistants and staff. 

While we provide year end 1099s and maintenance summary reports, we cannot provide any form of tax advice. Each landlord's tax scenario is unique and we must recommen...