VPM & Pyramid Realty are a one-stop shop for both homeowners and investors. For our investors we facilitate both the buying and selling of their investments, place tenants, handle tenant issues, evictions, repairs, maintenance and rehabs. We can pay their property taxes from their rents and process property tax appeals when appropriate. The software we use offers an on-line portal for our investors to log in and see work orders on their houses, balances, tenant balances and more. Our investors also have access to documents through Dropbox to see their tenant leases, property tax bills, pictures of the property, letters, pictures of all monies received and more.
We also work with homeowners to assist them in finding their dream home. Purchasing a home for yourself or for a family is a unique experience and we take pride and being a part of that process. We also assist homeowners with remodel projects to make their current home what they imagine or preparing the home for sale. We facilitate all aspects of a home improvement project and can also assist those that prefer to DIY and just need a little guidance along the way.
Meet the Team
Valerie Swihart is the founder and managing real estate broker on site. Valerie graduated from the University of California at Riverside in 2001 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Her significant job after college was working for the Los Angeles County Assessor’s office as a Real Estate Appraiser. Valerie was a Certified Property Tax Appraiser in California as well as a Licensed Fee Appraiser for Residential property. Due to the high volume of appraisals processed by the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office she gained a lot of experience in the nearly five years she worked there. In 2011 Valerie was interested in acquiring some rental homes in a market that was less competitive than Los Angeles and was referred to an agent in South Bend. She flew to South Bend, Indiana to investigate the opportunity, and sitting next her on that flight was the man that is now her husband. Valerie started in this market as an investor and transitioned into a real estate professional to offer the services she was looking for so early on.
Scott is our Associate Broker. He is originally from South Dakota and obtained his bachelor’s degree in Bible & Pastoral Studies from the Trinity Bible College in North Dakota. He worked for many years as a minister, pastor and youth pastor. After leaving the ministry he utilized his customer service and people skills in various positions and eventually ended up as a contractor sales specialist at Lowes. He currently works in property management for our sister company, Marquee Property Management, in addition to his work as a realtor. Scott has a wide variety of professional experience making him very skilled at working with both investors and homeowners alike. Scott became our Associate Broker in 2020 and is looking forward to continuing to expand his client base in real estate.
Robert “David” Whiting
David is a key member of our maintenance team. He has been part of our team since 2013 and is vital to our daily operations. David has been working in older homes and fire restoration for over twenty years. David handles all of our code enforcement and HUD inspections and works with the maintenance team to ensure work orders and rehabs are being completed in a timely manner as well as done in accordance with city code.
Kaitlyn Esparza is our Business Manager and just graduated from Indiana University of South Bend with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She has been with our company since 2014 and is a vital part of our team. Kaitlyn oversees the majority of our data entry, receipt processing, obtaining and paying all bills and more. Kaitlyn also assists with the front office to help answer the phones, respond to tenant prospects, work orders and resident concerns. Kaitlyn helps fill the gaps as needed and assists in many areas of the office. She also recently became a notary public and notarizes documents for our clients.
Le Anna “Nina” McAfee
Nina McAfee is our Leasing Consultant. She joined our team in 2019 is responsible for helping to manage our residents and ensuring that the homes get rented in a timely manner. Her responsibilities include: answering phones, responding to tenant prospects, filing, scanning, entering work orders, processing applications, lease signings, and handling our day to day tenant correspondence. She has extensive customer service experience and enjoys getting to know our residents.