Ridgecrest seeks to remove property-management stress

New Business Spotlight

June 09, 2013

Name of business: Ridgecrest Property Management LLC

Owner: John Laughlin

General manager: Kate Schwartz

Address: 223 N. Prospect St., Suite 204, Hagerstown

Opening date: Jan. 15, 2013

Products and services: The company provides management services to residential and commercial property owners throughout Washington County. It offers professional expertise in leasing and lease management, accounting services, upkeep and mechanical repairs, landscape, flooring and painting. To make the process of owning investment real estate stress-free, as well as affordable, the company requires no annual contracts for its management plans or services.

Target market: Residential property owners and commercial property investors in and around Hagerstown and Washington County, Md.

How did you get into your business, and what motivated you to start it? As an investment property owner of more than 500,000 square feet of commercial space and several residential properties in Washington County, the formal creation of a stand-alone property management firm was a natural extension of Laughlin’s current work. Additionally, he recognized the need for high-quality management resources in Hagerstown to share with current and potential rental property owners.      

Previous business experience: Commercial real estate development

Number of employees: Seven

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 24/7 availability

Phone number: 301-665-2838



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