“I already have two fulltime jobs: building manager and a mom of two kids,” says Coleman. “So studying for the real estate license was a challenge, but worth it. It increases my knowledge of the business, and I’m looking forward to helping people transition from renters to homeowners.”
Coleman likes challenges and her work history shows it. A Southern University graduate with a degree in marketing, Coleman worked for the Make it Right Foundation before becoming a building manager for West Chase Apartments in Harvey.
She quickly acclimated to the demands of the position and learned how to ensure her residents’ comfort while managing the daily operations of a large complex. After more than two years with the company, Coleman decided she wanted more out of her job, and that led her to Green Coast and The Pythian.
“I heard about The Pythian’s history within the African American community and how it had played such an important role in the city’s culture,” says Coleman. “That intrigued me and then I learned more about the different aspects of the renovation: affordable housing component, restoring the architecture and making it energy efficient. I wanted to be a part of that.”
Managing the day-to-day operations of a 69-unit multi-use property requires versatility. It means ensuring residents’ comfort, monitoring the building’s ongoing maintenance and repairs, addressing any complaints, handling leasing, move ins and move outs, and anything mechanical within the building.
“I have to be a general and oversee it all,” Coleman says. “But I love it, and I’m lucky to have such an incredible staff. The Pythian means much more to me than just an apartment complex; this is a community.”
Coleman says her experience as a building manager should prove to be a benefit for her clients and Green Coast Realty.
“I’m used to providing hands-on service to our residents, and that’s Green Coast Realty’s approach to real estate services,” Coleman points out. “Plus there’s a lot of moving parts in real estate and that’s something I’m very familiar with.”