Barb graduated Purdue and married soon after. Her family settled in Indianapolis in 1980.
Tragedy struck in 1992, when her son was killed in a car accident and divorce followed soon thereafter. She bought a small home needing repairs, and following the fix-up, she and her daughters moved in.
Pleased with that first project, Barb purchased her first duplex (with little money, no credit and no experience), hoping she had the wherewithal to be a landlord. Today, she owns 27+ units — a mix of single and multi-family, low and middle income rentals. CNBC.com interviewed her recently and the article also appeared in USA Today. She’s also been quoted in 2011 and 2012 issues of the Personal Real Estate Investor magazine. Barb has also added consulting and speaking engagements to her business, and her property management company handles middle and upper-middle income homes for in- and out-of-state investors who find the Indianapolis market attractive. Most recently, she has obtained her realtor’s license and real estate broker’s license.
Although she hasn’t had an easy road, Barb is both financially and emotionally invested in her work. Click below to watch a video showing scenes she faces as a landlord in the inner city. It’s very compelling.
Armed with a positive attitude and a strong sense of humor, Barb Getty is making a difference in her tenants’ lives, the neighborhood and the city as well.