When the economy took a dive in 2008, so did the real estate industry. That was the catalyst I needed to leave my job in new home sales to search for something better. What I found was a career in residential property management (RPM), which offers a steady income in an economically resilient industry and much more.
Working in banking gave me customer service and analytical skills, but I wanted a career with a stronger connection to the community. That desire to help people led me to residential property management (RPM), where I can improve the lives of both residents and the members of my RPM team.
As a student at The University of Texas, I switched my major from education to real estate finance — but my RPM story is still all about learning. In fact, my commitment to education is why I decided to become an RPM Careers ambassador.
You could say I was driven to RPM. I was working 12-hour days selling cars, and I knew it wasn’t the long-term career choice I was looking for. When I became a new mother, I also needed a new career with flexibility.
How did I get into residential property management? I was looking for an apartment — and found my new career. When the property manager who was showing me a residential community asked if I wanted to be a leasing consultant, I didn’t know much about the industry. The more I learned, the more I realized that RPM was a great fit for me.
As a financial analyst for WinnResidential, and an industry professional working and growing in RPM for three years, I recently joined RPMcareers.org’s Ambassadors program to help bring the next wave of talent to our industry.
My residential property management (RPM) story started a bit earlier than most: My mother was a property manager and my father owned an industry vendor company, so you could say I was born into it! With family ties giving me such a strong connection to the industry, it’s no wonder that I’m now an RPM Careers ambassador.