I grew up in Orlando. I graduated from Boone High School and later the University of Central Florida. In 1982 I received a commission in the US Army and spent four years in Germany. After I returned from overseas, I served two years in local law enforcement before deciding to transition to Real Estate. I eventually accepted employment as a Property Manager for Coldwell Banker. My semi-temporary job with Coldwell Banker lasted for over twenty-five years. During this time, I usually managed around one hundred residential properties. Late in 2014, I took a position with Don Asher and Associates, working as a licensed property manager.
There are many things you can do with a real estate license. Probably the least glamorous of these is to be a property manager. That said, I think it is an area that requires a great deal of skill and experience to represent your clients correctly. My twenty-five years in the business as a property manager has given me keen instincts and insights on how to set up a real estate investment portfolio and how to run it.
I typically work for individuals who own condominiums and houses in the Greater Orlando area. My work involves finding suitable units to purchase, finding good tenants for the property and then collecting rent and supervising maintenance. There are many places you can put your investment money, but I believe none are consistently safer than owning a physical asset like real estate. Orlando is an attractive market with more people moving to the area every year. This migration tends to generate positive appreciation, both in sales prices as well as rental rates.
If you are considering investments in real estate, I will enjoy sharing some insights with you. Likewise, if you are a tenant looking for a beautiful place to live, give me a call.
I like using Don Asher and Associates because their monthly and year-end statements are convenient come tax preparation time. And with Jim Payne I benefit from his many years of experience in the Orlando area, which is excellent for marketing properties and getting timely and competent repairs in any neighborhood. I’m an out-of-town owner and rely on Jim for several properties. He’s ethical, attentive, and efficient.
Alison T. - 4 properties
Don Asher & Associates has managed my property for over 20 years. I always feel free to contact my property manager with any needs or questions. I appreciate the quick responses and professional workers they send out to fix any problem. My current manager is Jim Payne. I’m delighted with his performance.
M. Davis - 5 apartments
Before Don Asher my rental portfolio was a disagreeable chore which consumed many hours of my life. After Don Asher and working with Jim Payne, my rental portfolio has become a source of pride and security for my family and I. I only wish I found them sooner. Thanks, Jim!
We want to express our sincere appreciation for the excellent service provided by Jim Payne. Jim has been managing 2 of our rental homes for several years now. He has been there for us in aspects of the property need from arranging lawn care to dealing with HOA issues. We feel confident investing in additional properties having Jim as our local teammate. We also appreciate the timely disbursement of the checks and electronic statements. Once again, thank you, Jim, for your assistance.