How a Combat Veteran Built a Property Management Business in 4 States (& channel intro)

From an Army XO (Executive Officer) with the 501st Military Intelligence Battalion to CEO of Mars Hill Realty Group, here’s the story of how I got started. If you love real estate investing, are a property manager or thinking about starting a property management company, here’s an opportunity to get the inside scoop on property management techniques and processes that enabled me to scale my business to 300+ rental units in 4 different states working from home…here’s my story:

My name is Edward and this is actually part 2 of me trying to combine my passion for real estate and my secret love for videos by putting together a YouTube channel. I first attempted this 10 years ago when I started my company, Mars Hill Realty Group in Georgetown, TX.

Since that first video I’ve been able to do a lot more than just create a logo for the company. My original intention was to grow Mars Hill into a full service brokerage, but if you do the math, 10 years ago was right after the financial crisis of 2008 and real estate guys like myself were starting to get out of the business left and right. Not the best time to recruit. Instead, I ended up, by accident, growing the property management side of Mars Hill Realty and we now have over 20 people on our Mars Hill Team spread out over Texas, Virginia, Maryland, Washington D.C., Wisconsin, New Jersey, Canada and the Philippines.

In this video, I thought it would be neat to give you a brief background of how I got into real estate. And then I’m just going to introduce some of topics you’ll see on this channel.

I went to college at the University of Rochester on an ROTC Scholarship. The Army denied my educational delay to go to law school and, instead, sent me to Germany as a Military Intelligence officer. I deployed to Kosovo, Saudi and Iraq with 5/7 ADA PATRIOT Battalion, 501st MI Battalion, and 4th Infantry Division respectively.

After 5 years, I transitioned out and jumped into real estate. First year of real estate, was super difficult: working 80+ hours/week, sold air purifiers on the side, and attended free real estate open house events for the food and prizes just to make it!

Eventually, my veteran owned business got established and consistent over the next 5-7 years. I started managing other properties and transitioned my buy/sell real estate business to my brother Edwin (Check him out at I moved to VA about 6 years ago to help start a church but instead started a family farm instead! Now Mars Hill manages almost 350 residential units in TX, VA, MD and DC.

The content on this channel will fall under 3 main topics:

Great if you want to learn about for self management of your own properties, starting a property management company, or an existing property manager looking to learn. We’ll be interviewing other property managers and creating a Vlog to give you the inside scoop on how I plan to take Mars Hill from 350 units and scale to 1000. After watching this Vlog, that may convince you not to do property management at all and just hire it out!

I’ll also be sharing with you my experience with other real estate investments like long term rentals that I personally own, short term vacation rentals (airBNB)…and I am also in the middle of purchasing my first home to flip (BRRRR strategy) so pretty excited to bring you along in that journey.

3. MISC info based on your comments below
I love all things real estate, let me know what topics you’re interested in and I’ll do my best to cover it in a future video so please comment and give me some ideas or just to let me know what you think of this video. Be nice 🙂

Until the next video, this is your favorite HOMEboy, signing out!

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