Our History

If the idea to start RLV Homes didn’t just drop out of the sky, it may as well have. RLV Homes Co-founder, Rachael Veldkamp, had been in the real estate game for nearly a decade, and had often talked with husband, Dave, about the possibility of starting their own venture. One weekend, when business had been especially busy and life a little too hectic, Dave took Rachael on a weekend excursion to Traverse City, saying, “Let’s just get away from real estate for a weekend, and give you some time to refresh.” And as the pair walked through the front door of their hotel, ready for some relaxation, Rachael spotted the iconic RE/MAX balloon on a lobby sign and realized that an unsuspecting Dave had accidentally brought her on a relaxing escape from real estate… to a RE/MAX Real Estate Convention.

“We’ve always tried to listen to what God has told us in our marriage, but this sign was so direct, it was impossible to ignore.” Ignoring the signs became even more impossible when, just weeks later, a giant RE/MAX hot air balloon happened to be floating overhead in the front yard of a home Rachael was showing. The rest was a match made in RE/MAX history and RLV Homes was born, bringing with it an already-established legacy of providing meaningful home buying and selling experiences.