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Who We Are

Ever wondered who that company is that snaps up the best deals and the highest discounts on properties in the area before anyone else ever even hears about them?  Well thats us.  And we help investors like you push cash in your pocket by passing along the areas best deals on great properties so you can profit from them and put cash in your pocket.

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Vaughn Bethell

Ceo/visionary

Kelsey Earle

Lead Manager

Will Strickland

Acquisitions Manager

Michelle Gantt

Dispositions Manager

Kristin Blake

Office Manager

Ben Earle

Acquisitions Specialist

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Garry Hansel

Dispositions Specialist

Mariana Mesa

Owner Finance Specialist

Our 3 core beliefs

Everyone deserves a nice place to live if they are willing to and ableto take care of it.

Everyone deserves an opportunity to be a homeowner should they want to be and can afford it.

Someone paying $1000/month in rent, would much rather pay $1000/month to own.

Our 3 core beliefs

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Everyone deserves a nice place to live if they are willing to and ableto take care of it.
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Everyone deserves an opportunity to be a homeowner should they want to be and can afford it.
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Someone paying $1000/month in rent, would much rather pay $1000/month to own.

core values

core values

Integrity

The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.It’s as SIMPLE as honoring GOD by doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of Integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose. Never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.

Accountability

The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility. Being responsible for your actions or non-action is instrumental to success. And being accountable to someone for those actions increases the likelihood of getting things done. Starting with us, we have committed to facilitating this within our organization and team.

Goal-oriented

A goal-oriented person or team works hard to achieve great results in the tasks they have been given. We strive to be goal-oriented individuals that are always improving and have a desire to be better. We want the same for our team. Therefore, we will commit to providing clearly defined goals and expectations.

Over-deliver

To deliver in excess of a nom, standard, or requirement. We don’t believe in being normal, average, standard, or whatever you may call it. Our job is to deliver an EXPERIENCE. We want everyone that does business with us to rave about how it is to do business with us.

Serve

Perform duties or services for (another person or an organization). This business was started for a reason. That reason was not to serve ourselves. It was to serve as many people as possible by providing solutions as well as opportunities through real estate. Our greatest Leader was also our greatest Servant.

core values

Integrity

The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.It’s as SIMPLE as honoring GOD by doing the right thing at all times and in all circumstances, whether or not anyone is watching. It takes having the courage to do the right thing, no matter what the consequences will be. Building a reputation of Integrity takes years, but it takes only a second to lose. Never allow yourself to ever do anything that would damage your integrity.

Accountability

The fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility. Being responsible for your actions or non-action is instrumental to success. And being accountable to someone for those actions increases the likelihood of getting things done. Starting with us, we have committed to facilitating this within our organization and team.

Goal-oriented

A goal-oriented person or team works hard to achieve great results in the tasks they have been given. We strive to be goal-oriented individuals that are always improving and have a desire to be better. We want the same for our team. Therefore, we will commit to providing clearly defined goals and expectations.

Over-deliver

To deliver in excess of a nom, standard, or requirement. We don’t believe in being normal, average, standard, or whatever you may call it. Our job is to deliver an EXPERIENCE. We want everyone that does business with us to rave about how it is to do business with us.

Serve

Perform duties or services for (another person or an organization). This business was started for a reason. That reason was not to serve ourselves. It was to serve as many people as possible by providing solutions as well as opportunities through real estate. Our greatest Leader was also our greatest Servant.

Vaughn Bethell

Ceo/visionary.

The best way to describe Vaughn is as a serial entrepreneur.

He’s a very dedicated, focused, and hard-working person, with a real passion for Real Estate Investing.

He likes to work with driven and intelligent people who think outside the box, inside the box, and right on the edge of the box.

Vaughn moved to Greenville, SC from Lakeland, FL in 1998 to join the Furman University Men’s Soccer Team where he was a member of the most successful team in Furman Soccer history in 1999 and graduated with a degree in Health & Exercise Science.

Vaughn has a beautiful wife named Ashley, two wonderful kids, Mya & Brooks, and three fur babies (dogs), Blue, Chippy, and Gabbie!

Vaughn loves spending time with his family and friends as well as watching Manchester United play soccer and Clemson play football.  When he can do both at the same time, he is in his happy place!

Kelsey Earle

Lead Manager

Kelsey oversees the marketing department and the underwriting department here at REI Junkies.

She loves matching a seller with a problem property to an Acquisitions Specialist who has a solution.

Prior to joining our team, Kelsey worked in the world of financial planning, both in Boston and here in Greenville.

Originally from Maine, Kelsey came down to Greenville to attend Furman University and fell in love with the Upstate.

She graduated from Furman in 2005 with a degree in Political Science.

Kelsey and her husband Ben have been married for 16 years and have 5 sons; Connor, Caleb, Eli, August and Judson.

She and Ben serve with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Furman and have various other ministry commitments.

She loves to walk the Swamp Rabbit Trail and is passionate about really good bagels. 

Will Strickland

Acquisitions Manager

Will heads up our Acquisitions Sales Team and helps them acquire off-market properties.
 
Outside of his coworkers, he most enjoys getting to know our clients and finding creative ways to help each one in search of a win-win scenario for all parties.
 
Prior to joining our team, Will previously worked for 10 years in Denver, CO as a teacher and department head of a non-profit organization where he also built a craft coffee shop from the ground up.
 
Then, after moving to Greenville, he managed the Swamp Rabbit Cafe for 4 years.
 
Will holds a Bachelors in Music and Christian Education from Bryan College.
 
He has been married for almost 12 years to his amazing wife Erika and they have two beautiful children, Paxton and Finnley.
 
Will is a musician, artist, and lover of all things that bring beauty into this world be it food, interior design, architecture, or plants.
 
He enjoys hiking, kayaking, and simply enjoying a cup of coffee with a good friend.
 

Michelle Gant

Dispositions Manager

Michelle leads the team that markets our properties to buyers, whether that buyer is an investor or a first-time home buyer, or somewhere in between.

She enjoys cultivating relationships with all types of buyers.

Michelle holds a degree in Business Administration from Bob Jones University and has experience in many fields, including Accounting/Tax Prep, Property Management, Retail, Catering, and Cleaning.

She is the proud Mama of three teenaged boys who tower over her; Owen, Micah, and Jack; and spends a lot of her spare time watching them play basketball, baseball, and soccer.

She also loves cooking, playing games, decorating, and organizing. 

Kristin Blake

Office Manager

Kristin has the pleasure of implementing the day-to-day functions of the business and doing a lot of “behind the scenes” tasks.

Before working with REI Junkies, Kristin worked in a lot of different industries and positions such as Office Management, Event Coordination, Children’s Pastor, Account Management, Vehicle Titling, & Accounts Payable/Receivable.

She also holds certificates in Child Development and Child Safety.

Kristin has been married to her husband Henry for almost 17 years and they have two daughters, Bailee and Zoe, and one son named Cooper.

In her spare time, Kristin loves to spend time with her family playing games and having movie nights.

Her favorite places to be are at church, snuggled by a fire drinking coffee, or sitting on a cabin porch in the mountains.

Ben Earle

Acquisitions Specialist

Ben is a part-time Acquisitions Specialist and loves creating relationships with sellers to help them sell their properties.

His “day job” is as Campus Minister with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Furman University, his Alma Mater.

However, with an extensive sales background, Ben loves using his relationship-building skills in his spare time with REI Junkies.

Ben is the proud husband of Kelsey and father of five knuckleheads.

In the little extra time he has, Ben coaches basketball, flips houses, leads worship at church, builds furniture, supports Paladin Athletics, and wishes he could golf more.

Ben loves making new friends wherever he goes, so if you’re ever in the office, be sure to say hey!

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Garry Hansel

Dispositions Specialist / Lead Driver

As Dispositions Specialist and Lead Driver, Garry both helps us find properties and find buyers for them.

Hailing from Michigan, and with a military background, Garry has worked in many different industries.

He and his wife Karen have four teenage children.

In his spare time, you can find Garry hanging out around a fire or a cornhole board with good friends or cheering on his beloved Michigan Wolverines and their favorite son, Tom Brady.

Mariana Mesa

Owner Finance Specialist

As Owner Finance Specialist, Mariana works with the Dispositions Team to help identify home buyers who, for whatever reason, are not able to obtain traditional financing.

She believes that everyone deserves to own their own home if they have the desire to and are able to afford it.

She loves to help make that dream come true for deserving families in our community.

Mariana also owns a cleaning business and loves spending time with her family in her free time.