EquityTeam

Our Story

Learn what made us the company we are today,
and what our goals are for the future.

2003
2003

Getting Started in Wholesaling

Our Founder and CEO, Mark Thompson, started his real estate career with a national wholesale acquisition company focused on finding below-market deals around Cincinnati, OH for a local investor network.

2004
2004

Ohio's Largest Residential Investment Property Services Company

Within a year, Mark became GM and Broker of the Cincinnati office and expanded the operations (wholesaling/acquisitions, realty, hard money lending, and title services) from Cincinnati into Dayton, Columbus and Northern Kentucky. From ’04-’08 the company sold over 1,000 deals, funded over $50mm in hard money loans, and had up to 25 associates located throughout Ohio.

2008
2008

Born out of the Housing Bubble

The nation was dealing with the real estate bubble, credit default swaps, etc.  Although business was going well in Cincinnati, the national company Mark’s brokerage was affiliated with was struggling with changes in other markets (mostly due to having multiple offices in Florida where values were plummeting).  At the same time, Mark was looking for a more residual relationship with his investor clients.  So, in 2008 Mark started EquityTeam as a niche, full-service provider of real estate investing services.

2012
2012

Shifting the Focus to Residential Property Mgmt

For years, EquityTeam tried to avoid getting involved in property management. We would refer clients to other local property managers  (at least 5 different ones) and even helped one management company get started just so we didn’t have to deal with it. However, it soon became clear that these property managers weren’t performing to even minimally acceptable standards. We knew good management was critical to long-term real estate investing success.  We decided “if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself” and focused on creating the owner-aligned property management company we wanted, and we felt the Cincinnati market needed.

2015
2015

A Cincinnati Market Leader

By 2015, EquityTeam became the highest-rated residential property management company in Cincinnati, and has maintained that reputation since.

2021
2021

Acquisition of Only Choice PM in Dayton, Ohio.

After years of managing a few properties in Dayton, we were fortunate to come across an opportunity to grow our portfolio, creating a foundation to build up our presence in Dayton.

Today
Today

Now, and in the Future...

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Latest Posts

Owners/Investors

9 Tips for “DIY” Landlords

If you have the time, money, and stress-tolerance, DIY landlording can be very rewarding and enjoyable! We put together some of our top tips to help Landlords. LANDLORDING RULE #1: A VACANT UNIT IS BETTER THAN A BAD TENANT! Screening tenants is one of the most...

Is it time to hire a professional property manager?

Deciding whether you should hire a professional for your residential single-family or multi-family property shouldn't be an agonizing decision. What are you needs? What are you expectations? Can you give up control? How much available time do you have? How much stress...

Tips For Collecting Rent During the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are many people who have indicated that tenants might not be able to pay their rent during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic; however, if landlords do not collect rent, they might not be able to pay their mortgages. With this in mind, there are a few tips that...

17 Reasons to hire a property manager for your cincinnati rental property

When considering reasons to hire a property manager, it’s important that you consider the value that they would provide to your business. Property managers must be experts in a variety of specialized areas, from real estate markets to tenant law. Here are just a few...

Renting vs Selling in Cincinnati, Ohio

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Industry & Market

Cincinnati makes Lists of Top Residential Real Estate Investment Markets 2017

The Queen City has been named one of the most active property investment markets of 2017. HomeUnion has labeled Cincinnati No. 6 on their annual list of the best real estate investment markets in the country. The city earned this spot thanks to the 2.1% increase in...

Landlord/Tenant Laws in Ohio

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The Link Between the Eviction Crisis and Application Fraud

Eviction rates have been rising for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed them to new levels. These evictions are having devastating effects on both tenants and property managers, and while there are moratoriums on evictions at local, state, and—most...

Tenants

4 Steps to Finding the Perfect Rental Home in Cincinnati, Ohio

Whether you’re a renting rookie or reevaluating your living situation, finding the perfect rental home can be incredibly time-consuming. About a third of all Americans rent, and while a good portion of them are young adults, there are also families, empty nesters and...

Finding a Rental Property in Cincinnati during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on everyone. Since the pandemic started, people have spent more time looking for a new place than they typically would during an entire calendar year. The good news is that even during the pandemic, the rental market is...

A Tenant’s Guide to Frozen Pipes

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24/7 Maintenance Line, WO oversight and management from our expert Property Services Managers (former inspectors and craftsmen) who advocate for the property’s best interest, ensure requested work is valid, and that any work performed is done well and at below-market pricing. Industry-leading technology allows us to communicate quickly and easily between Owners/Tenants/Managers/Vendors to make repairs in accordance with Owner’s “not-to-exceed” (NTE) amounts.

GUARANTEES (See terms)

1.   Reduced Repairs Guarantee: Save 10% or more off the retail cost of repair work or we’ll credit you the difference PLUS 10% of the difference amount!

Regular inspections help Owners stay connected to the condition of their property, reduce liability, strengthen Owner’s position in security deposit disputes, and keep maintenance costs down over the long term by catching small problems before they become major repairs.

Everything typically needed for a standard eviction in compliance with state law.

Simplify Tenant utility bill mgmt, and significantly reduce Owner’s utility liability and headaches

Bad things can happen to even the most qualified Tenants. Eliminate concerns about a Tenant damaging your property, bankruptcy, divorce, health issues, job loss, economic variables, malicious damage, theft, and more! EquityTeam’s EXCLUSIVE “Protection Plus” (PP) offers complete peace-of-mind that your investment will continue to produce income.

1.   Up to $35,000 in malicious damage

2.   Up to 12 weeks in loss of rent

3.   Up to $4,000 in eviction costs

4.   And more.

GUARANTEES (See terms)

1.   Property Protection Guarantee: We’ll cover Tenant damages

2.   Rent Protection Guarantee: We’ll cover rent payments

3.   Eviction Protection Guarantee: We’ll cover eviction costs

Identifying rent increase opportunities, and the negotiation and coordination of signing a renewal.

Our comprehensive Lease offers many exclusive benefits to the Owner and Property that are only available while the unit is under ET’s management.

GUARANTEES (See terms)

1.   Strongest Owner/Property advocating Lease the law will allow.

2.   Mandatory Tenant-paid liability coverage protects Owner up to $100k.

3.   Filter replacement program (tenant paid) to ensure HVAC systems are properly maintained.

4.   Flexible payment options electronically or at local retailers.

5.   Utility concierge and account management services keep an eye on Tenant-paid utility balances so they don’t become an Owner problem.

6.   24/7 maintenance with industry-leading technology.

Everything needed to quickly procure the most qualified Tenant for the property; from advertising to lease signing, in complete compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

GUARANTEES (See terms)

1.   12 Month Stay Guarantee: Our Tenant will stay for a minimum of 12 months or we’ll prorate the next Placement accordingly.

2.   21 Day or Less Leasing Signing Guarantee: We’ll find a Tenant for your vacancy within 21 days or we’ll credit the Management Fee until we do.

Rent Collection, Transparent Accounting, ACH Owner Draws, Dedicated Expert Property Manager Primary Point-of-Contact, Strong Tenant Management and Lease Enforcement, Owner-aligned pricing model

GUARANTEES (See terms)

1.   90 Day Satisfaction Guarantee: If either party wants to cancel within the first 90 days, we’ll refund ALL paid Onboarding, and Management Charges.

2.   Pet Damage Guarantee: We’ll cover pet-related damages up to $2000

3.   24 Hour Response Guarantee: We’ll return your call or email within 24 business hours, or we will credit your account $25

4.   Accounting Accuracy Guarantee: If we make an accounting error, we’ll fix it and credit you 10% of the error difference.