008: Real Property Management Franchisee James Campbell Moves From a 30-Year Career In the Army to Helping Homeowners Manage their Properties

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After college, James Campbell chose a career in the US Army. Advancing to the rank of Noncommission Officer, he served at several posts in the states and then spent another dozen-plus years in Germany. When he and his wife decided that retirement sounded good, they chose Columbia, South Carolina where Mrs. Campbell could continue her career teach on a nearby Army base.

James’ 30 years in leadership, prepared him for thousands of post-military careers but he chose to join a local franchised real estate sales office. After proving his mettle again, he began considering opening his own franchised office when he discovered Real Property Management. Instead of selling homes, they work for owners who wish to own properties but lease them to others but avoid the hassles associated with being a landlord. With over 25 years in the industry, 270+ franchisees open, several industry awards and discounts for veterans, it didn’t take long for James to decide Real Property Management was the franchisor he’d been looking for.

Within a short period of time, James had opened his first office Columbia and in almost no time he’d invested in a second franchise to serve Charleston. Listen in to hear how the story unfolds by Clicking on the Heading Above…  

A Quote that Keeps James Going

“No one is more Professional than I. I am a Noncommissioned Officer, a leader of men.”

This is the first part of the NCO Creed. James mentioned that, when he’s making tough decisions about his business and wondering if he’s qualified to make the best choice, he reflects back on the Creed he lived under for so many years. This helps him build confidence as he knows Real Property Management, his franchisor,  “has his back” just like the Army did in the past.

Read the Full Creed Here.


Software or Business Resources

Real Property Management provides its franchisees with a customized version of AppFolio, a property management software program that James uses to manage most aspects of his franchise.

The office also uses many of the tools available in their Google for Entrepreneurs account and Dropbox for exchanging files with clients, vendors and the franchisor.

Favorite Business BookClick for Amazon Link

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!  

This book provides information on financial management and real estate investing. Kiyosaki’s perspectives on money and investing that often contradict conventional wisdom, Kiyosaki has earned a reputation for straight talk, irreverence and courage.

James’s Tips for Franchise Buyers

Campbell recommends that franchise buyers get a clear understanding of how the revenue stream of their favorite franchise system fluctuates, month-to-month and year-to-year. While he was having great success as a real estate agent selling homes, his monthly income fluctuated dramatically from zero to more than $10,000 a month. In addition, he knew he had little control over economic peaks and valleys that cycle regularly, often devastating the real estate sales industry.

He discovered that with Real Property Management’s business model, consistent marketing and networking helps him grow the base of properties that his franchise manages month-to-month and so sales rise consistently as well.

He was also looking for a franchise that would allow him to establish the business with low overhead and then add employees as revenues grow.  This has allowed him to advance into a management role, hiring, training, and coaching his team, rather than being the only producer of new contracts in the office.

Franchise System Profile and Link  

According to Real Property Management’s research, America is now a Renter Nation where over a third of all households rent, while home ownership continues to decline. With monthly rent rates increasing, vacancy rates decreasing, and an average revenue of $2,266 per property managed by Real Property Management offices, they believe it’s a great time to be in the property management industry.

For an investment of $60,000 to $100,000, franchisees receive full start-up training and support plus access to the network of existing franchise owners for support in launching your new office.

For more information on the Real Property Management Opportunity:

Franchising Website: http://www.PropertyManagementFranchise.com/

Website: www.RealPropertyMgt.com

Real Property ManagementReal Property Management Ranked in the Franchise 500 of Entrepreneur MagazineReal Property Management Among the Best Ranked Franchises in Military Times Magazine



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If you have a question or comment you’d like to share with James:

Email James@RPMMidlands.com

Website: www.RPMMidlands.com

Phone: 803-403-8838

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