Our History

The CR of Maryland team is proud to be Maryland born and raised! Craig Reich established CR of Maryland in 2004 as CR Property Group. The company focused on buying, renovating, and reselling homes. Within a few years, CR of Maryland became one of the largest home renovation companies in the northeast. As the company continued to grow, it expanded into a full-service turnkey real estate investment company that buys, renovates, resells homes and buys, renovates, and leases rentals.

With the experience of over 2,000 transactions, we have an unparalleled network of resources and relationships that we use to purchase and renovate houses. We have the advantage of performing high quality, modern renovations within an accelerated timeline and a premium ROI.

We are one of the only turnkey investment companies that can truly ensure our properties’ quality and high potential ROI for investors because we don’t outsource renovations or property management. Unlike other turnkey real estate investment companies, CR of Maryland has a hardworking internal team dedicated to rental recruitment and management. We operate a rental portfolio of over 300 properties that are fully renovated and occupied.

Our Vision

CR of Maryland's vision is to be the leader in affordable housing and benchmark of the industry for quality, integrity, and professionalism.

Our Values

CR of Maryland’s core values are the foundation of everything we do. The culture of CR of Maryland is built around a set of core values instilled by our founder Craig Reich. We have been able to maintain and grow this culture because we hire to our core values. Each team member not only understands our values, they have embraced and lived them long before they became part of our team.

Passion | Community | Integrity | Empowerment

Innovative Renovators

Unlike most “house flippers”, we don’t just give a home a “new coat of paint” only fixing the obvious cosmetic issues.

Quality is everything. We renovate 100% of the house: the roof, siding, electrical, HVAC, mechanicals, plumbing, foundation and more. We introduce modern designs, energy efficient appliances, materials and technologies. With more than 2,000 renovations, we have the experience to operate an efficient construction process and with the highest quality control procedures. The result is a stunning and reliable CR of Maryland home.

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Our Team

We are a full-service turnkey real estate investment company with a full-time team and support staff.

Yvonne Deardorff

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Yvonne Deardorff is an attorney, Lakeside Title’s CEO and sole owner, and CEO of CR of Maryland. She graduated from Villa Julie College with an AA degree in Paralegal Studies before obtaining a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore and then her law degree from University of Maryland School of Law in 1995. After spending several years in a law practice focused on real estate matters, she opened Avalon Title Corporation in 1998. She joined Lakeside in 2006 and established the second branch office of the company in Carroll County which she managed until 2009 when she was promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing in support of all of Lakeside’s business development. In 2011 she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer and in that role grew Lakeside’s footprint to 16 locations and over 90 employees until becoming the sole owner of Lakeside in March 2019. After building a strong professional relationship with CR of Maryland over many years, Yvonne became the CEO and President in 2022.

Yvonne’s mantra is to always work hard and be nice to people. Yvonne is a Carroll County native that now loves living on the Magothy River in Pasadena and relaxing at her home away from home on the bay in Ocean City, Maryland. She enjoys spending time on the water with her husband, Scott, and their three Labrador retrievers (one of each color), fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, and boating.

Alexander Cruz

Partner & Chief Operating Officer

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Office: (410) 560-2763

Alexander is a Baltimore native who began his Residential Real Estate career in 2011 after graduating from West Virginia University. ‘Xander’, as he is known, quickly realized a passion for the Residential Investment side of the business. He worked from the start with Craig Reich in developing CR of Maryland into one of the premier Residential Real Estate Companies in Baltimore. CR now owns and manages over 380 single family rental properties, and will renovate over 200 properties in 2022. Over the years, Xander has worn numerous hats and helped oversee each facet of the company through various stages of growth. Today, he is part owner and also the Director of Sales, overseeing all acquisitions and sales for the company. Xander is a Maryland-licensed real estate agent the listing agent on all CR homes. This also allows Alexander to build valuable relationships with other local Realtors in addition to our clients. Outside of the office, he resides in Baltimore with his wife and two dogs, is an avid Baltimore sports fan.

CR Maryland Turnkey Investing and Renovation Team Abby Lohr

Abby Lohr

Controller

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Office: (410) 560-2763

Abby is a Baltimore native who spent six years living in Texas and Arkansas after graduating from Towson University (Maryland) in 2010. Abby has been an essential team member at CR for five years, and has grown with the Company, serving in various roles including administrative, property management, accounting, and operations. She has additional experience outside of CR working in property management, social services, and non-profits. Abby’s knowledge of the internal workings of CR are unmatched. When not at work, Abby enjoys spending time with her son Cooper and their dog, reading, and visiting new restaurants with her friends.

Jeff Braaten

Director of Construction

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Office: (410) 560-2763

Jeff was born and raised in New England, brings is a 4th Generation Master Carpenter – coming from a family with incredible construction knowledge. Jeff relocated to Pennsylvania as a young professional to work with a custom home builder and has lived there since with his family. Jeff has a passion for Construction and creating beautiful homes. His vast scope of knowledge in all trades from carpentry to cabinetry, framing to drywall, & electrical to plumbing makes him well rounded in the building industry and translates into delivering homes renovated to the highest degree of quality. For the last 27 years, his passion has led to his stunning renovations of homes throughout New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. His integrity and service minded approach makes him a valuable team-player and essential to CR’s mission. In his spare time, he enjoys nothing more than hanging out and cooking for his four wonderful children- they hold his heart! If the kids are not around, you will most likely find Jeff enjoying the outdoors or working, as he truly has a passion for what he does.

Ed Hullett

Acquisitions Agent

Direct: (410) 967-2709
Office: (410) 560-2763

Ed is apart of our Acquisitions team, and has worked at CR of Maryland for 4 years. He has a daughter named Amelia, who is almost 1. He lives a very active lifestyle and enjoys spending his free time at the gym. He also loves going uptown for a nice cold drink!

CR Maryland Turnkey Investing and Renovation Team Tavon Brayboy

Tavon Brayboy

Maintenance Supervisor

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Tavon Brayboy, a Baltimore native, has been in the maintenance field for over 5 years. He brings experience and a unique skillset to the CR of Maryland team.  Tavon’s skills include advanced appliance knowledge, plumbing background, and concrete experience.  All of these skills make Tavon a great asset to the company.  When he is not working, Tavon enjoys spending time with his daughter, cheering on the Ravens, and playing videogames.

CR Maryland Turnkey Investing and Renovation Team Lauren Stuart

Lauren Stuart

Property Analyst

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Office: (410) 560-2763

After graduating from The Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, Lauren moved back home to Baltimore to start her career. She has worked as an Interior Designer in Baltimore & as a construction estimator for a property management company.  Her passion for helping people turn their house into a home with design goes hand in hand with the Property Analyst role of finding & purchasing homes for CR of Maryland to renovate & sell. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with family, cooking/ baking & working on renovating her own home.

Doug Friedel

Project Manager

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Doug was born and raised in Cockeysville, MD. He graduated from Carver Center for the Arts with a major in carpentry. He lives in Harford County with his fiancé Christine, and their three boys Austin, Nathan, and Liam. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and mountain biking.

Paige Reich

Transaction Coordinator

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Paige is a Baltimore native who graduated from the University of Delaware in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems & Operations Management. In her free time, Paige loves practicing yoga and being at the beach.

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Tia Degaitas

Construction Coordinator

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Tia is a Rhode Island native who moved to Maryland in December 2020. She graduated Boston University with a BA in psychology. When she is not working she loves exploring Maryland. She also enjoys yoga, hiking, travelling and the beach.

Kevin Riggi

Lead Manager

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Kevin is a Buffalo, NY native who moved to Maryland in 2013 and is currently residing in Canton. A graduate of University at Buffalo with a BA Business Administration, Kevin brings more than 13 years of operations management experience to the team at CR. When he’s not talking with all our great customers, Kevin can be found watching and playing sports, spending time with friends and family (including two dogs), traveling, listening to music, and cooking. He also has a deep passion for people and the community as a member of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America and Baltimore Italian American Civic Club.

Lloyd Yates

Property Manager

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Lloyd has 17+ years in property management throughout MD, VA, and DC. Prior to joining CR, he managed a downtown luxury high rise building. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family.

John Yackus

Project Manager

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John is born and raised in Annapolis, MD but currently resides in Canton, Baltimore. John started his career in construction in Colorado and has returned to Maryland to continue following his passion of home remodeling. In his free time he enjoys crabbing, boating, and taking full advantage of all the Chesapeake Bay has to offer.

Dominic Corson

Project Manager

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Dominic was raised in Towson Maryland, and graduated from Loyola Blakefield. Dominic developed a passion for real estate and construction at an early age. He began his career as a construction inspector with RK&K engineering, serving in different capacities to represent the state as he worked alongside various project teams on a wide array of infrastructure projects. To further his understanding of the real estate investing industry Dominic Became a licensed Realtor. From working with investors and owners on investment properties and commercial projects to assisting in heavy industrial and civil work, Dominic is well-rounded when it comes to the world of construction.

Melissa Hughes

Owner Liaison

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Melissa was born in Manhattan, Kansas but has lived most of her life in Maryland.  She spent 15 years working as a litigation paralegal in the Maryland and D.C. area.  Looking for a change, she brought her administrative skills to real estate as an executive assistant in our property management department.  In her spare time, she enjoys time with family and friends but also loves anything involving animals and music.

Ryan Wilson

Project Manager

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Ryan grew up in St. Louis, MO and has spent the majority of his professional life in various fields of the construction industry including insurance demolition and renovation, door and window installation, finish carpentry and commercial construction management.  He brings nearly 20 years of construction experience and knowledge to the team.  Ryan is a family man and enjoys spending time outdoors with his children and his fiancé on their hobby farm where they raise chickens, goats, pigs and dogs and also grow their own vegetables. He enjoys hockey and various forms of martial arts, hiking, camping, kayaking, hunting and fishing.

Erricka Johnson

Leasing Assistant

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Erricka became a Leasing Assistant with CR of Maryland as of July 2022. She has extensive experience in customer service and utilized those skills in the real estate industry having worked for a real estate agency in Virginia for the last three years before joining CR of Maryland. She is newly married and actively engages in volunteering with her religious organization in public speaking and public service. Erricka is a people person who loves using her skills to help others.

Justin Harrison

Project Manager

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Justin was born and raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Justin has a background in several different trades; but specializes in structural demolition. Before coming to work for CR, Justin traveled around the country for six years cutting his teeth and learning the ins & outs of project management on a wide variety of different projects including marine construction, city high rises, active medical facilities as well as classified government jobs. Justin is extremely proud to label himself “blue collar” and feels that it reflects in his work. Justin & his wife have two beautiful children and enjoys spending time with his family more than anything else. Outside of work , Justin enjoys riding motorcycles, being an outdoorsman, and just taking a few minutes to appreciate the small things in life. Justin is proud to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and hopes that he has a positive impact on the people that he interacts with daily.