Company Bio

We are a growing real estate acquisition and management firm specializing in multifamily residential properties across Maryland and the DC metro area.

Founded in 2007 in Downtown Baltimore, we dedicated ourselves to creating beautiful spaces and innovative living through the revitalization of forgotten communities.

As of 2017, our portfolio has expanded throughout Maryland and the DC metro area with over 9 multifamily properties across the region. We are committed to providing beautiful and enjoyable homes and communities for thousands of Maryland and DC residents.

Key Team Members
Michael Katz
CEO

Mike Katz, CPA, has a combined twenty-eight years of experience as a practicing CPA and Real Estate Investor. He founded his first company, Katz and Company, CPA’s in 2003 and grew it to become one of the largest and most respected accounting firms in the Washington DC suburb of Ellicott City. In 2007 he founded Signature Properties, to buy value add multi-family assets in the Baltimore/DC corridor.

It began with one small property in Baltimore. Mike’s ability to quickly and dramatically add value through extensive renovation, allowed him to purchase an additional property less than one year later. This property achieved a 40% increase in NOI within one year, again primarily as the result of aggressive and targeted renovations and property improvements that resulted in significantly increased rents. With this increased revenue stream and capital obtained through refinancing, Mike acquired several more multi-family properties in Baltimore.

Over the next ten years, Mike added a total of ten more properties to the Signature portfolio using this strategic business model focused on value-add properties in working-class neighborhoods. Each property is currently meeting its stated investment objectives, and often exceeding those goals. To date, Signature owns and manages 1700 units in eleven different properties.

In 2017, Mike sold his accounting practice to focus on Signature Properties. In addition to leading the strategic vision for Signature, Mike’s focus is on identifying, underwriting and securing debt and equity for new opportunities.

Jay Myers
Director of Operations

Jay joined Signature after 15 years experience in the multi-family construction industry. His expertise is finding cost saving measures throughout all phases of apartment renovation and maintenance. He is responsible for managing the construction and renovation projects throughout the portfolio.

Erika Orlaskey
Director of Property Management

Erika has over 17 years of experience in property management with proven success driving outcomes through the establishment of strategic initiatives focused on aggressive financial growth, comprehensive organizational development, and ultimately a constant and determined commitment to all stakeholders.

In her role as Executive Vice President at Signature Properties, Erika works directly with ownership to develop and implement high-quality business strategies with the goal of optimizing benefits to the company and its investors, customers, and employees. She is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations and business activities and ensuring desired results are achieved and are consistent with the overall strategy and mission of the company.

In addition to extensive experience in Operations and Management, Erika is also extremely well-versed in the areas of Marketing and Sales, Training and Development, Human Resources, and Risk Management, having previously held roles as Marketing Director, Training Director, and Director of Performance and Organizational Development. She spent over 10 years at a large REIT (40k+ units) and several years at small-medium sized privately held companies in the Baltimore area before joining Signature Properties in May of 2018. This vast collective career experience allows her to bring a uniquely comprehensive perspective to her role at Signature.

Erika is also active in industry associations including the Maryland Multi-Housing Association where she has been Chair of the Education Committee for over 10 years, an active member of the Community Outreach Committee, and currently serves on the Board of Directors. She has also donated her time and talent to the organization consistently since 2007 and has designed/ delivered over 50 sessions including CAM/ NALP designation classes, Customer Service programs, and various Sales, Management, and Human Resources courses.

Erika was also the proud recipient of the Shining Star of Property Management Award in 2017.

Erika holds a BA in Public Relations and Public Administration, and when not working is likely to be with her family in search of good food, great adventures, and lasting memories (sometimes while traveling near and far, and sometimes while right at home in downtown Baltimore!).

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(443) 708-0422