Thirteen years ago, Jeremiah Oltmans graduated from UALR with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication and a Minor in Marketing, with a dream to begin a career in real estate. As he got his start in the business, he worked in various trades such as roofing, siding, brick laying and then, finally, real estate sales. After a short time in the real estate, he knew he wanted his own real estate business. He said that’s where his passion for building houses began, and it’s grown exponentially ever since.
So ten years ago, he received a $10,000 loan from his Grandma Jane for his down payment, built his first house, and has been in the real estate and construction business ever since. “I fell in love with all things home-related once I got started in the business,” explains Jeremiah. And that has paid off for Jeremiah, as he now is the owner of Arbor Creek Apartments, Oltmans Roofing, Oltmans Development and is the managing broker of the local branch of Crye-Leike Realtors.
Oltmans Development specializes in both homes for sale and property developments, and includes building quality custom and spec homes in locations throughout central Arkansas and Saline County. One of their main selling points to new clients is their ability to take any home from concept to completion, which means finding the perfect location and taking care of all the details afterward. Through focusing on quality control, leveraging industry relationships to negotiate volume pricing on materials and using their extensive knowledge and experience to build energy efficient homes, Oltmans Development has created a strong reputation in Saline County.
While they have completed projects in multiple subdivisions such as Hurricane Lake Estates, Remington Place, River Ridge Estates, Serenity Heights, Springhill Village, and Lake Catherine, they also build on various acreages around Saline County. In addition to building custom and spec homes, they also specialize in room additions, kitchen and bath remodels, roof replacements, and almost any updates or changes needed.
What Jeremiah loves the most is the variety and challenges that come with custom home building projects. He shares, “I get really caught up in the details. There is no such thing as too much attention to detail. I guess I take things slow so that I can take care of a lot of the small things and spend a lot of time on-site. I only build around five houses at a time so I can devote a lot of attention to each project.”
Currently in Jeremiah’s project pipeline is a Saline County gated subdivision with multi-acreage lots perfect for 3,000 square feet minimum upscale luxury homes. “I’m excited about what’s ahead,” he shares and promises to reveal more details to Saline County residents in the coming weeks.
When asked about past builds that stand out in his mind as a favorite, he shares thoughts on a 7,000 square foot home in the Serenity Heights neighborhood. “This was a beautiful custom home that took my creative skills to another level. Everything from the unique woodworking to a bookcase that also turned into a sliding door–that was a challenging and rewarding project.”
Jeremiah is very committed to Saline County, which is apparent by the time he gives to local organizations. He is a board member of the Bryant Chamber of Commerce where he chairs three committees, the Central Arkansas Multiple Listing Service Board Director, and a board member of the Saline County Economic Development Board.
As if that’s not enough, in 2016 he is going to be celebrating fifteen years of marriage with his wife, Shayna. They have two children, Sebastian and Ivey Clair. Every Sunday, after the Oltmans family leaves Midtowne Church, they get in the car and ride through neighborhoods and walk through open houses together. Jeremiah is excited that his love of homes has rubbed off on his children already. “It’s a family affair now, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The Oltmans believe that Saline County has a lot to offer central Arkansans, and sets itself apart from other communities by the hometown feel that is apparent in Benton and Bryant. Jeremiah shares, “The Saline County culture is unique. The excellent schools elevate the community to a different level, and allow us to compete with any community in the state.”
“Real estate and home building are my passion, and it’s something I do 24-7 because I believe in it.” The Saline County housing market reaps the rewards of his deep dedication.