About Us

We pride ourselves as leaders in our local real estate market and the property management community. Modern Properties blends technology and experience to deliver a consistent and reliable way to manage your investments. We are involved in the community and stay current on the latest property management industry trends.

Meet the Team

James Akers, Jr. » PIC/Co-Founder

James was born and raised in Lexington, NC (the BBQ Capital of the World!). For more than five years, he worked as a store manager, then a district manager for a wireless retailer, managing stores in Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Concord, Pineville, Matthews, Spartanburg, and Greenville. After living in Charlotte for three years, James moved to Greenville and fell in love with the Upstate. James currently lives in North Main area of Greenville with his three dogs, Domino, a Parson Jack Russell; Graycie Mae, an Italian Greyhound, and an American Staffordshire Terrier, Faith, who was rescued after being thrown from a car. Prior to moving to the North Main area, James, Domino, & Graycie lived in the Overbrook area of town, as well as the Augusta Road area where James and his partner renovated a condo at McDaniel Heights.

James graduated from The Wyatt Real Estate Institute in 2005. In 2009, James was selected as one of Greenville's Best and Brightest 35 and under by Greenville Magazine and in 2015 was selected as part of The Greenville Chamber of Commerce's yearlong Leadership Greenville Class 42. James is very active in both local and statewide politics and has served as the First Vice Chair of the Greenville County Democratic Party in 2011-2012 as well as a Greenville County and South Carolina Delegate.

In November 2013, James was named one of the Top 99 Realtors on Twitter by WebsiteBox as well as one of the 32 Most Popular Realtor's in America by Home Buyer Nation. He has served on Greenville Forward's Inclusion Task Force Committee as well as the Buildings & Grounds and Communications Committees at the YWCA of Greenville.

He is a Charter Member of Greenville Rotaract and served as the Social Media VP in 2011-2012. In 2012 he joined the Julie Valentine Center's Run2Overcome 5k/10k Committee and later joined the Board of Directors for The Julie Valentine Center from 2012 - 2015. James served as a Commissioner on the Greenville Municipal Elections Commission from 2015 - 2017 and is currently the Chairman of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Small Business Policy Council.

In late 2016, James woke up during a stroke. By the time all was said and done James had survived several strokes and a week in the GHS Neurological Trauma ICU. As a result of his experience, James was tapped to be the Patient Advocate on the SC DHEC Stroke Advisory Council, a council which was formed by the Legislature in 2011 to help adopt uniform policies statewide to ensure better care and a higher survival rate for those impacted by strokes. In addition, James serves on the GHS Stroke Advancement Council as well as on the board of Greenville Polo Classic which benefits the GHS Neurological Institute.

Lee B. Vining » Co-Founder

Lee offers Veteran Services and serves as our Home Solutions Specialist to former servicemen and women and their families in the Greater Greenville area. Lee believes “America’s heroes deserve the best representation to help navigate all the intricacies required to fulfill their dreams of owning their home.”

Following the terror attacks of 9/11, Lee felt compelled to join the military. At Ft. Lewis in Washington state, Lee served the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3/21 Infantry, Charlie Company. It was from Ft. Lewis that Lee was deployed for the first time to Mosul, Iraq where he would spend twelve months. Upon his return, Lee was assigned to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division. With the 82nd Airborne, Lee deployed to Iraq for the second time, this time to Baghdad and then to Haiti. After serving for ten years, Lee had no choice but to leave the Army due to medical conditions, but he refused to let his injuries stand in the way of service.

Lee relocated to Greenville, where he dedicated himself to developing and implementing a justice program for Veterans at the Greenville Detention Center. Since its start, the program has offered nearly 800 veterans the opportunity to enroll in VA medical services, find employment, connect with counseling services, and return to normalcy stateside.

Lee has since partnered with Upstate Warrior Solution to help veterans find an emergency, temporary, or permanent housing in our community. With a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Troy State University of Alabama, Lee manages the Veteran’s Treatment Court, a diversion program for veterans with the 13th Circuit Court.

It is not uncommon for Lee to seek out opportunities to better the lives of his fellow veterans. Often Lee and his wife Teresa meet homeless veterans in Greenville and get them matched with VA medical services as well as community resources.