Property firm expanding already
By Brent Cole
When Rose Abbaspour and Brandi Christie decided it was time to leave their jobs at a Bellingham property management company and start their own property management service, they searched throughout the area for the best location.
“After searching the area, Rose and I determined that Blaine/Birch Bay was in dire need of quality property management services,” stated Christie.
According to census statistics, 43 percent of the 1946 occupied units in Blaine are rentals compared to 34 percent in Ferndale and 33 percent in Lynden. Bellingham had the highest rate in the area at 52 percent, but it’s also a college town that relies on rental properties.
Christie said although some realtors offer management services, their primary focus is real estate sales. “With rising gas and labor costs, Bellingham property management companies are not able to adequately address the needs of the north county,” she added.
So far the response to the newly created Property Watch Inc. has been positive. “We’ve had a lot of response, talked with lots of people,” said Christie, adding, “We’re working with quite a few different people, with lots of things in the process. One of the things we like about doing business in a small town is you get the opportunity to deal with people face to face as opposed to big property management companies that have a huge number of units.”
Property Watch had their grand opening on May 1. “It was a lot of fun and a great success,” said Christie. The company has already begun to grow. Chuck Levy joined Abbaspour and Christie on May 24, specializing in residential and commercial sales.
The company is located in the Drayton Harbor professional building at 477 Peace Portal Drive. In addition to rental property services, Property Watch, will include commercial property management and leasing, real estate sales, vacancy property watch, notary and bookkeeping services.