Odest Riley

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    • Member Type(s): Expert
      Media - Other
    • Title:CEO
    • Organization:WLM Financial
    • Area of Expertise:Real Estate, Inglewood, Gentrification
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    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Real Estate, Inglewood, Gentrification
      Summary of expertise:
      Odest Riley, Jr. is CEO of WLM Financial, a real estate brokerage and lending firm, based in Inglewood, California. With nearly 15 years of real estate experience and over $25 million in closed transactions, he has an ever-expanding service portfolio, ranging from the sale of single family homes, condominiums and apartment buildings, to real estate financing and commercial leasing.
      Odest Riley is a regular guest on KNX 1070 radio. He has been featured in The Wave and Inglewood Today for his understanding of Real Estate, Finance and Gentrification. He is also the founder of WLM Financial a Real estate and Lending company in Inglewood California.
      Blog/Web site: odestriley.com
      Awards/associations/memberships:
      His greatest strength is in building lasting relationships with his clients, and providing services that are highly-personalized and customized to meet his client’s specific needs and preferences.

      By making an industry leap to real estate from corporate management, Odest found professional success in a broad spectrum of transactional disciplines, including: saavy negotiations and financing strategies, marketing analysis, and assisting both buyers and sellers with tenant buyouts and relocations. He also has a long record of successfully guiding his commercial clients with their acquisitions, lease obligations, asset repositions and dispositions.

      Of particular note, Odest is a graduate of the USC Ross Program in Real Estate, Co-Chair of the Real Estate Associate Program, Los Angeles, and was recently appointed to the City of Inglewood’s Housing Advisory Commission by Mayor James T. Butts. In addition to his B.A from Columbia College, Odest has also earned an A.A. in Real Estate and Finance.

      Educational background:
      Odest’s launched his real estate career while pursuing his B.A. in Marketing and Public Relations from Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. To help supplement his academic expenses, he purchased his first piece of property: two condominium units in Chicago, where he lived in one and rented the other. Upon graduation, Odest spent 10 years gaining corporate management experience, including his work as an Executive Manager for Walgreens. However, his longstanding love of real estate and finance drove him to make a drastic career change in 2011 when he co-founded WLM Financial as a means to helping individuals and families create inter-generational wealth through investments and long-term estate planning.
      Story interests:
      Real Estate, Lending, Tiny Homes, ADUs, Infrastructure, Investment, Housing Market, Commercial Real Estate.
      Publication history:
      Odest’s extensive knowledge of Los Angeles’s real estate market is unparalleled. His clients have consistently sought his advice and trusted judgment on many multi-million dollar deals; and prides himself on giving his clients the most up-to-date feedback on emerging trends, as well as realistic outlooks on what they can expect to achieve in today’s market.

      In addition, Odest’s sterling reputation and diverse professional background often affords him the opportunity to be interviewed and booked as a subject matter expert on such topics as: real estate sales and financing, homebuyer education and training, gentrification and community redevelopment; as well as community relations and public affairs. He is also an active member of several professional organizations, including the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce,…

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