Jeffrey Davis had an interest in real estate since early in life, but a 27-year career in the U.S. Army kept him from pursuing that dream. That all changed when he retired from the Army in 2005 and three years later bought a HouseMaster franchise. The company offers home and building inspections for residential and commercial properties.
Davis originally got involved in real estate investing with a friend in the construction business after retiring but says his timing was less than ideal. "We started buying houses, renovating them and flipping them right as the housing market was crashing," he said. "The timing was not good, and we weren't going to have the wherewithal to stay in the business."
As he started looking around for another concept in real estate, some themes started to emerge. "I was an officer in the army, so I was always inspecting something," Davis said. When he combined this with the fact that he loved real estate, the home inspection business seemed to be a good option.