Mike Woessner founded Investment Realty, Inc. in October 1984 in Rolla, MO with a sole focus on property management. By early 1985, the company had grown enough for him to invest in an office on North Bishop Ave in Rolla.
In 1989, Investment Realty branched out into residential, farm and commercial real estate sales, which necessitated the need for more staff and more space, leading Woessner to commission construction of a 4,000-square-foot main office. From 1989 to 1998, the company grew from managing 500 to over 2,000 residential and commercial units in Rolla alone. In 1998, another 2,000 square feet was added to the main office and the company annexed the building next door to meet expansion needs. In 2013, Investment Realty expanded further by opening a new 5,000-square-foot office in St. Robert, to serve the Fort Leonard Wood Community. This office, lead by Matt Woessner and Shane Crawford, quickly grew to more than 1,000 units under management.
The decision was made to expand into the Springfield/Branson market and in June 2021, Investment Realty took up residence in Fox Grape Plaza on East Battlefield.
“Springfield has always been one of the communities in our state that you just never hear anything negative about,” Woessner said of choosing to grow the company into the Springfield/Branson market. “People really enjoy living there and visiting there.”
Even though Springfield is a much larger market for the company, he knew it would be a natural fit. “We’re just really excited to be here,” he said.
Shane Crawford, who previously managed the St. Robert branch, made the move to Springfield, and now runs the third arm of the company.
“There are 37 years of property management experience behind this great company,” said Crawford. “That alone creates a large difference in the quality of customer service we provide and a clear understanding of this business. One hundred percent of our focus is based on providing a top-notch customer service experience for our clients and customers.”
Crawford continued that regardless of someone’s phase of life, if they’re looking for housing, or real estate investing, Investment Realty can help with that process.
“Whether it’s someone looking for their first apartment or someone looking for 55+ housing, we’re able to provide for them. We have been entrusted by more than 450 real estate investors to protect their real estate investments and provide safe housing for our customers. This is something we do very proudly and efficiently,” Crawford said.
The company has a 24-hour emergency line for any property-related issues that may arise. “There’s always someone that is ready and willing to take care of our residents,” he said.
Investment Realty also hosts a mobile friendly website for tenants and property owners. Tenants can pay rent or request maintenance, and property owners have their own personalized portal from which they can check monthly statements, expenses, tax documents or anything else related to that property.
Crawford explained that Investment Realty is providing more than a one-size-fits-all management style.
“When it comes to the investors we manage for, it doesn’t matter if that person has one single family home or a large apartment complex, we want their business,” said Crawford. “We manage everything including single-family homes, student housing, apartments senior housing and commercial units.”
Assisting with the portfolio growth of new or seasoned investors and helping to provide quality housing are a couple of his favorite things about the work.
“Watching a brand-new investor purchase a single-family home or duplex with our firm and allowing us to use our expertise in educating them through the process, then manage that property and watch their investment grow over the years is very fulfilling,” he said.
“We understand that it is a real privilege to help people with housing, which is one of the basic necessities of life,” said Woessner. “Everybody needs a place to live and that is something we take very seriously. Whether it’s a tenant or a businessperson looking to expand their investment opportunities, we take great pride and pleasure in helping them.”
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