The city of Flint has been in the nationwide spotlight the past few years and to the chagrin of the many dedicated, passionate residents who are working to restore its proud legacy while forming foundations for an enduring, optimistic future. However, there is a movement happening that may help enhance a positive perception for our community along with having a little fun while at it too. Jack R. Galvin is on the brink of presenting a new reality TV series titled “Just Renting,” based in our hometown of Flint, where the premise features renovation of old homes into new ones to be rented out. It goes beyond the typical house flipping show by exposing the more humorous side of dealing with extreme properties and people involved in the process.
Galvin lends a provoking perspective: “There seems to be a notion in people, if you buy a couple rental properties you just put them in your retirement, make some money and you get rich someday. That is not the case.” Having been in the property management business for many years now, he realizes firsthand this business is entertaining in general because it can go from serious difficulties in the rental aspect to many spontaneous, amusing crises that occur daily.
“Anytime you’re dealing with many people in their normal surroundings, fun stuff seems to happen!” he says with a laugh. “Our hope for the show is to poke a little fun at ourselves and have a good time with it.” This is a “script” to spread some sorely needed levity for our area. Galvin is teaming up with Flint’s Gebrael Management as they buy bulk rental properties in Flint and get them rented – sort of a real-life game of Monopoly. Although this concept for a reality show is unique, the way Galvin got involved with Gebrael Management is even more exceptional.
While residing in Las Vegas, Nevada, and a partner in Nationwide Property Partners, Inc., Galvin is a person of many talents. In an office discussion one day, he was made aware of the real estate market in Flint just as the water crisis was exposed.
“We read where property prices in Flint were going for astonishingly low prices – a ‘That’s not possible’ type of pricing!” he recalls. “So, I decided to just pick out a local property management group, fly in to Flint and check it out myself.” Arriving at Gebrael Management’s offices on Court Street in Flint, he simply walked in without an appointment and asked to speak with proprietor Nadeem Gebrael. According to Galvin, this worked to an advantage as he was able to observe employees in their dealings with clients.
“It is important to me they care about families and the way they will treat people in the office indicates to me how they run their business,” Galvin says with conviction. As he sat in the office working on his laptop, he personally witnessed how the staff worked. What he saw was all the employees talking to their clients – either in person or on the phone – with sincere respect. He surmised there was definitely a very good business atmosphere going on in this lobby. When the door opened to Gebrael’s office, Galvin introduced himself and they just started talking about the show like they were buddies having a beverage at the local pub. Galvin admits he was trying not to laugh at times because in all reality, what was happening was quite extraordinary. Since that initial conversation, Gebrael and Galvin have seen great efforts to clean up the area despite the water crisis.
“The people of the Flint area are full of great resolve,” Galvin says with sincerity.
According to Galvin, the show will highlight the community and its people along with underscoring its families and bare what really goes on from a rental business outlook. He adds, “We are going to give the viewer an in-depth look at the entire business, and in every episode, we will highlight a different business in Flint. So far, the response from people in the area is exciting!” The show’s pilot is complete and features the Flint Farmers’ Market while Galvin is looking to produce 12 episodes per season, with filming beginning this spring. While Gebrael Management plays an integral part in each story, Galvin is appreciative of its involvement in this project.
“They are part of the community and very knowledgeable about the business,” he says. “The team that Nadeem assembled is dedicated and hardworking. I see what talent he has, and I can see firsthand he is very good at what he does. Basically, I would say that comes from running an ethical business.”
While still in the process of securing a major network contract, Galvin has a plan to air with or without a major network. “That’s called going for broke!” he says. “I seriously concern myself with the responsibility of producing this show. Flint granted me the opportunity and I have tremendous support not only from Gebrael Management but from the residents as well. I do carry a genuine responsibility of delivering something great to the city of Flint.”
For more information on “Just Renting,” visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JustRenting or contact Rhonda Zippro: [email protected] For information about Gebrael Management’s real estate services, go to www.MIForRent.com.