Hi, I’m Déja! Growing up, both of my parents were landlords. But, it wasn’t until college that real estate began to peak my interest. My parents worked extremely hard to invest in my college career and used their rental income to do it. I graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering. And, each semester while attending, I prepared to register for classes, like all the other students, only to find out that I couldn’t; my tuition was not paid. Like most college aged students, I was only concerned with my wants and needs not understanding the intricacies of the rental industry. The engineer in me could not let this go. I wanted to know why my parents or any landlords dealt with late or unpaid rent. So, I began doing my research and asking more questions.
Through my research, I concluded that consistent rental income is less about numbers and more about relationships. I conducted some market research on the industry, local property managers, and how their approach to managing properties. One property manager told me, “you shouldn’t care about them, because they don’t care about you”. This confirmed for me that the industry was certainly lacking the value in relationships that I was looking to add.
In 2017, I launched DéSector Property Management. DéSector Property Management is a full-service boutique residential property management organization, aiming to facilitate generational wealth for working professionals and entrepreneurs who own few or many single-family residences. In a $77 billion industry, our competitive advantage is our commitment to proactivity and a people first mindset.
In 2019, I became a licensed Agent in the Commonwealth of Virginia to expand company offerings. I plan to convert this firm into its own brokerage by 2023. DéSector is currently brokered by F & G Realty.