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
Dave is our maintenance supervisor. He has been part of our team since 2013 and is vital to our daily operations. Dave has been working in older homes and fire restoration for over twenty years. He handles all of our code enforcement and HUD inspections and works with the rest of 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 and HUD regulations.
Kaitlyn Esparza is our Business Manager and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Indiana University. 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 is also a Notary Public and notarizes documents for our clients.
Vernella is our Operations Manager and joined our team in 2014. She works diligently to ensure our processes are efficient and serve our investors, our staff, our residents and our maintenance team. Vernella obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University, South Bend in 2005. Vernella grew up in South Bend and has experience in many different fields. Her local knowledge and background in banking and bookkeeping as well as operations make her a valuable part of our team!
Falana is has been one of our maintenance technicians since 2015. She is an integral part of our team & she does most of our painting and cleaning.
Joseph “Joe” Sergio
Joe joined our team in 2020 as a maintenance technician. Joe is a jack of all trades and helps with the constant handiwork required to maintain our rental homes. This includes: installing doors, windows, handrails and flooring, plumbing work, roofing, and more.
Jawaun has been working with us since 2016, off and on, assisting with general maintenance whenever we needed helping hands. In 2020, he became a more regular member of our team. He works alongside Dave to assist and learn about maintenance and also paints, trash outs/hauls, demo, and more.