Meet Your Instructors

Jamie Mertz

Jamie Mertz

COO, Instructor, Broker

Jamie Mertz, COO\Broker, has been with Virtual Properties for numerous years and is now a part of our Broker team. Jamie received her B.S. in Finance from the University of South Florida and has been a licensed agent since 1998 and a licensed broker since 2006. She is a Phoenix Award Winner, a Lifetime Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club, a Communities 100 recipient (three years in a row), and a Re/Max Platinum Club Award recipient.
Elaine Carpenter

Elaine Carpenter

Managing Broker / Instructor

Managing Broker/Instructor is in our Corporate Office in Duluth. She is a long time REALTOR® and has been a licensed broker since 2007. Prior to joining Virtual Properties Realty she was the Assistant Team Leader/Managing Broker for Keller Williams Lanier Partners and was also responsible for education as an Instructor/Mentor and developing classes for new agents. Prior to her tenure at KW, she was with RE/MAX International in several of their franchise offices. Elaine developed and wrote the “Jumpstart” program for new agents and those who need a “refresher” in one or more of the 13 classes. The class is certified for post-license education credit and continuing education credit. She teaches classes in GAR Contracts and License Law for the Hall County Board of REALTORS® where she is also a member of the Board of Directors and Education Chair. She has an extensive 25 year background in Human Resources Management and Business Management.
Mike Beernink

Mike Beernink

Instructor / REALTOR

*Million Dollar Club Phoenix Award Winner 13 Years in the Million Dollar Club! *Mike’s Accuracy Rate of Estimating Seller’s Net Proceeds at Closing is Over 99%! *Mike has closed nearly 600 Sides since June 2001! *Mike is a 5-Time Quality Service Award Winner! *Mike Works with Both Homesellers and Home Buyers! *Life Member Million Dollar Club *6-Time Company Realtor of the Year *2002 Floyd Wickman Courses Top Producer *Mike teaches real estate marketing for his entire company *Bachelor of Arts in Education 1991 *Cum Laude (3.72 GPA) Honors Graduate Hamline University St. Paul, MN *Before Real Estate, Mike taught in the Gwinnett County School System for 10 Years. He knows the Schools Exceptionally Well! *Mike has Over 120 References Available Upon Request That Attest to His Professionalism, Outstanding Service, and Fantastic Negotiating Skills!
Bobby Armes

Bobby Armes

Associate Attorney / Instructor

Bobby Armes joined O’Kelley & Sorohan as an Associate Attorney in 2010. He is responsible for Closing Residential Real Estate Transactions in English and Spanish. Bobby coordinates closings with the Real Estate Agents, Lenders, Title Insurance Company, reviews and clears title, issues title insurance policies, reviews contracts, closes purchase and refinance transactions, and advises clients on residential real estate matters. He has been the Attorney in Charge of the Short Sale Department since November 2012 and oversees a staff of 4 paralegals and legal assistants. He has 29 years of Legal, Real Estate, Financial, Business Development, and Management expertise.