Our Real Property Management offices strive to improve the lives and communities in which they operate by elevating property management standards, and some of our franchise offices include family members in their businesses, including the Kollar’s. While some people may find running a family business difficult, this family has found the experience incredibly rewarding.
Real Property Management Rental Direction – Peter and Olivia Kollar
Peter Kollar started investing in rental properties when his daughter Olivia was very young. He found a fair amount of success with his rental properties, and used company profits to send his three daughters to college. As his portfolio grew he started becoming overwhelmed with the responsibility of managing his own properties, most of which were more than 30 miles from his home. He always wanted to go into business for himself, and after realizing other landlords were likely similarly overwhelmed, he began considering property management opportunities. Peter’s search led him to Real Property Management and he opened Real Property Management Rental Direction in South West Florida in 2011.
As a young girl, Olivia was interested in real estate and would spend time with her father looking at the homes listed in the Sunday paper. The appeal of real estate never went away, and she minored in Real Estate in college. As she worked toward her degree, she worked part time at her dad’s office to get hands on experience in the real estate industry, and half way through grad school Peter offered his daughter a job as the Marketing and Business Development Manager. She couldn’t resist such a terrific opportunity, so she is now working at the company full time, while also building her own portfolio. She is also sharing her love of real estate with her friends and family by urging them to build their own portfolios (with her as property manager, of course).
Olivia and Peter have enjoyed working together in a professional setting. They have found it is nice to come together at the end of the day to reflect. Olivia likes to think of it as having a close friend to bounce ideas off without judgement. She says, “my father is hard on me and expects the most out of me, but he only does it because he loves me.”
Because the property management business is 24/7, it’s impossible to completely detach from the job, but Olivia considers herself lucky to have friends and family that are so understanding and respectful of her job. She loves to stay active in her free time to stay sane and detach from work. While a Sunday night tenant phone call can cut into her schedule, she understands that in this business, the job never stops.