The SGI Story

2010 produced some of the darkest days that U.S. real estate had ever seen. Like most everyone else, I had watched over 60% of my home’s value disappear and I was pretty sure that it was gone for good. To say that real estate was already on my mind would be an understatement. Then, it happened…

It was early July, 2010 when I heard the news from two very close friends – on the same day – they were losing their homes. These were real-life people that were real-life friends, and I knew they wanted help. My problem was that I didn’t how to help them.

The next few weeks were spent quizzing everyone I came in contact with and I came to the conclusion that just about everyone was in the middle of their own real estate meltdown. It wasn’t just one of those national issues that you saw on the news. It was local. Very local. Like next door, across the street, and everywhere you looked and everyone you spoke with. Not only were  there a boatload of new “circumstantial renters”, there was also a massive number of homeowners that were “accidental landlords” who couldn't sell their underwater properties but had to move. To me, this meant there were a whole bunch of people that needed a hand. They didn’t want an expert or a guru (which was convenient because I was neither), they just wanted help.

I combed through the thoughts, feelings, and emotions of everyone I spoke with- and eventually I saw how I could help: property management and real estate brokerage. These “renters” didn’t want to be renters forever, and these “landlords” didn’t want to be landlords forever. Then, in the middle of one of the worst real estate markets the country had seen, we thought it would be a good idea to open up a real estate company.  Of course, we were crazy.  But it was a "good crazy". 

Alongside Erik Humphrey, Co-Founder and Designated Broker, and a whole team of superstars, we’ve been building what has become known as SGI.

While we’ve remained dedicated to assisting those who aren’t in an “ideal” position with a property, members of our client list now include hundreds of real estate investors (most of whom have less than 3 properties each), members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been deployed or transferred, countless property owners who are covering the mortgage waiting for home values toreturn, and several corporate clients that received an out of state job transfer.

Since SGI’s inception, we’ve put tremendous effort into becoming one of the top property management companies in Phoenix. Our staff is trained, certified, and licensed to ensure that our clients are working directly with an experienced professional through all phases of management. Our success is directly related the SGI Team Members that we’ve been able to assemble. Property Management is without a doubt a service business, and we are completely dedicated to making each client experience as personal and productive as possible.

Give us a call. We’d love to talk to you about how we can help.


Tim Melton

Erik Humphrey
Co-Founder & Designated Broker