Who we Are
In 2007, as the housing market was crashing Justin and Jennifer Bajema were buying up single family homes and turning into rentals. After getting a few under their belt, they began to look for a company to manage their investments. They quickly realized they were not impressed with the lack of truly professional property management companies in Grand Rapids that executed with consistent results. Thus, Access Property Management Group, LLC was started.
Unit by unit, they grew the company, hired employees and together the team developed a successful and professional property management company which today manages over 650 rental units in the West Michigan area.
We eat, breath and sleep property management on a daily basis. We are focused on getting the absolute best bang for your buck. We are a lean, mean, property management machine (ok, maybe not so mean). It's been a blast and together we've built a pretty awesome property management system that we're really proud of!
Property Solutions Manager + Educator
Eddie has been enjoying Grand Rapids and all it has to offer for nearly 20 years. During that time, he has been serving the community in the areas of real estate, property management, building, and maintenance.
In 1997 his property management career began working at a student housing complex In Allendale collecting rent, placing students and showing apartments.
After joining the U.S. Marine Corp Reserves in 1997, he was called to active duty in January 2003 and returned from Djibouti, Africa late that year.
In 2004 he received both his Real Estate and Builders License. He then acquired his Real Estate Brokers License in 2011.
During the housing boom of 2005, he flipped homes in his free time. After a few years of flips and rehabs, he purchased his first rental homes to hold long term in 2007 on the Northwest side of Grand Rapids.
In 2010, Eddie joined Access Property Management Group and they have been working together since.
Property Solutions Manager + Spreadsheet Whiz
I moved to Kalamazoo in 2002 while attending Western Michigan University and have been involved in real estate and property management since graduating in 2005.
I began my real estate investing journey in 2014 by purchasing my first single family rental property in Kalamazoo and I currently own 5 rental units.
I served on the board of the Kalamazoo Area Rental Housing Association for 3 years in the roles of Secretary in 2015 and Treasurer in 2016-2017. This was a great experience that allowed me to make new relationships with local and new investors in the Kalamazoo market.
I really enjoy meeting new investors and talking to investors of all experience levels. It’s a win-win when I can listen and learn from their unique experiences and help them solve their problems when I can.
Front Line Awesomeness + Assistant Property Manager
Before coming to property management, I worked inside the sustainable energy business. I’ve learned from installing a solar panel on a rooftop to fixing HVAC systems all awhile managing the customer experience team.
I developed myself with Language Line as an on-call translator back in 2013. I did 911, 401k’s, court, jail and medical calls.
I am a passionate person who loves a good challenge, very ambitious and driven, highly motivated but definitively a cat lover and a proud mom who enjoys traveling and a good book to spend my day with.
Arlene had worked for several years in the customer service industry before coming into the Property Management industry.
She strongly believes that being transparent in business is the best basis for trust for all involved. She strives to add value in everything she does whether it be at home or at work. That's just what she does!
Arlene says "Working in Property Management is a rewarding career for me, it was indeed a great opportunity." Welcome to the team Arlene.
Justin Bajema, CPM®
Founder | Educator
Justin enlisted in the Marine Corps as an infantryman in May of 2001. He subsequently served two tours of combat in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. During his second tour of duty, he was severely wounded in an ambush when an IED detonated directly beneath his vehicle.
He was awarded the Purple Heart decoration personally by President George W. Bush.
Justin’s love and passion for investment real estate led him to begin purchasing foreclosed homes in early 2007 and 2008. In 2008, Justin and Jennifer started Access Property Management Group, LLC to manage both their portfolio and other investors real estate.
Justin has developed a diverse business background with over 15 years of experience in the acquisition, management and oversight of investment real estate. He holds the highly coveted Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM).
Justin is passionate about success and helping others to live incredibly full and fulfilling lives. He is an avid hiker and mountaineer with a love for enjoying the pristine Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon and Washington with a pack on his back.
Co-Founder + Educator
My entire professional adult life has been in real estate. My real estate career started with taking Real Estate Economics classes from Grand Valley State University. I started interning with another property management company and obtained my real estate license.
In 2007, before we were married, I was analyzing investment properties and walking through homes with Justin as dates. As the market was crashing, Justin and I were buying up properties, starting a property management company, and planning a wedding.
Throughout the growth of ourselves and our company, I have worked in every part of Access from showing units and scheduling maintenance to managing employees and building out systems and processes. Today my focus is on educating real estate investors and helping clients navigate the investment world. You won’t get a call from me, but you can read my blogs and watch the videos I edit and post.
I love the amount of personal development that being a business owner has allowed in my life. I read books, attend conferences and soak up any knowledge I can find. I am a mom, a runner, an investor, an adventure seeker and avid traveler.