Home Encounter is the largest scattered-site single family property management firm in the Eastern United States. Co-founded by Peter Murphy and Chase Clark, the company was built from its roots in Tampa, FL as a mom-and-pop property management firm, managing primarily low-income single-family and small multi-family properties. Since its conception, Home Encounter has developed into a regional management powerhouse, managing more than 4,000 units at its peak for clients such as Colony American Homes, Progress Residential, Carrington Homes, and more than 900 other small and mid-sized clients, specializing in market analytics. Complete with an in-house maintenance team, Home Encounter Property Services, Home Encounter has been an excelling force in the field of single family property management and is expanding to major markets to meet a variety of client needs.
Our firm is full service and committed to provide our clients with the ideal real estate backing – a one stop shop for a variety of needs. The Residential Sales division provides consultation to investors for purchasing and to individual owners to buy or sell properties. The Association Services division provides management for Homeowner Associations and Condominium Associations serviced by a team of dedicated, experienced professionals. The professionalism of agents in the Residential and Association Services divisions has aided in massive department growth. The daily mission of all departments and service teams is to provide Real Estate Done Right and our mission, To Be the Most Desired Brand in Real Estate.
The Leadership Team
Peter K. Murphy, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO
Peter Murphy is the CEO and Co-Founder of Home Encounter, the largest scattered-site single-family property management firm in the eastern United States. Murphy built Home Encounter from the ground up with co-founder Chase Clark serving Tampa markets first, and has since expanded to further offices serving thousands of clients and customers. Murphy’s analysis of trends affecting the housing market and the rental-sector have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, and he has been a contributor to the Fox Business, CNBC, and numerous local news networks. He is the qualifying Broker for Home Encounter where he heads up the Property Management and Brokerage divisions of the firm. He also leads Home Encounter’s growth and expansion initiatives. Prior to Home Encounter, Murphy was a management consultant at Towers Watson and served for four years in marketing strategy on the agency and client-sides, primarily serving the automotive and restaurant sectors. Murphy holds a BS in Economics and an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Chase Y. Clark, MBA
Co-Founder & COO
Chase Clark is the COO and Co-Founder of Home Encounter. As COO of the largest provider of REO-to-Rental single family property management services in the Eastern US. Clark is primarily responsible for scaling operational systems to serve the multi-market property management needs for Home Encounter’s diverse portfolio. As a licensed Florida Real Estate Broker he also advises cornerstone clients in the acquisition, optimization and profitable management of real estate. Recently, Clark has lead the expansion of Home Encounter Property Services into all aspects of physical property management, including Inspections, Renovations and Maintenance. He has also overseen the successful scaling of the accounting and technical systems into one of the most successful and respected property management platforms in the US. Prior to Home Encounter, Clark worked as the Controller for Florida College, subsequently joining with Peter Murphy to found Falcon Investment Corporation – a real estate opportunity fund specializing in low-income rental homes. Clark holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Brad van Rooyen
Co-Founder & Director of HOA
Brad Van Rooyen was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He moved to the US in 1994. As the driving force behind Home Encounters expansion into association management van Rooyen has consistently strengthened the company’s position in the Florida community management marketplace by orchestrating the day-to-day operations while advancing processes and focusing on the vision of the company. The ever-changing needs of today’s community associations keep him challenged to find new ways to help associations solve the difficult problems that are facing them in today’s economy.
Van Rooyen serves as a volunteer himself, as the President of his homeowners association as well as through a position as an elected Community Development District Supervisor. This experience from a member’s perspective is extremely vital in understanding community association’s problems and solutions.
In addition to his service to community associations, Mr. van Rooyen is very active in the legislation affecting homeowners associations. He currently serves as the executive director of the Chief Executives Officers of Management Companies (CEOMC) for the State of Florida
Van Rooyen vision of a management company providing superior service with optimum performance has come to fruition with the associations Home Encounter oversees. Van Rooyen holds the following licenses: community association manager, real estate and is a Certified Property Management Specialist (CPMS)
Joshua D. Smith
Director of Property Management
Josh Smith, born in Brandon, Florida received his BA in Economics from Harvard University. He began his career in real estate following graduation, working as District Manager and then as the Nationwide Development Manager for Carrington Property Services. Smith’s career pivoted to a local family-owned real estate brokerage in 2011, where he oversaw all new business development efforts that expanded the company’s property management portfolio by over 40% during his tenure. In 2013, Smith joined Home Encounter to oversee the lease-up and management operations for two large-scale REIT clients. He developed processes and team structures conducive to large-scale investors and lead his team to achieve or exceed client leasing and management goals for their portfolios. In 2015, Smith relocated to Orlando to open a branch office and to oversee our existing office in Ocala. Following the stabilization of these markets, he oversaw further expansion in Florida with the incorporation of two portfolios in the Jacksonville market. He now serves as the Director of Property Management in Tampa, Florida, overseeing the property management and property services departments.
Kristina L. Elmore, MAFM
Director of Accounting and Finance
Kristina Elmore, an Oklahoma native, received her BSBA from the University of Tennessee and a Masters in Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Kristina joined the accounting department at Home Encounter in 2012 after several years of sales, service, administrative, and management experience in distribution and logistics. In her role as Director of Accounting and Finance, Kristina oversees the daily operations of the accounting department and is responsible for facilitating and coordinating the Firm’s financial operations, including firm and client accounting, budget monitoring, banking relationships, and financial reporting.