To say that Justin’s Chrissa Hartle works hard is a huge understatement. She’s as focused as a pair of binoculars. And her level of positivity is off the charts. In 2017, Chrissa launched Contre Management, LLC, then branched out with Contre Property Management. Currently, the company manages 67 residential rental properties for real estate investors. ITS General Maintenance handles property maintenance and vendor relations, also owned by her. And the Contre Realty Group, supervised by Chrissa, consists of a real estate team of four licensed agents under the brokerage of Insight Realty Network, through which she obtained her Real Estate Brokerage License. For them, she is also property management supervisor for the State of Texas. A total of seven qualified and talented people are on Chrissa’s Contre team.
But Chrissa’s successes didn’t come easily. She married into an abusive relationship in 2005 and struggled for eight years, becoming all too familiar with the government’s Section 8 Housing Program while standing in food lines, receiving food stamps, and relying on the charity of others for clothing. By then, she had two sons to provide for, Trey (now 15) and Conner (now 13).
“They were my driving force to take control of my life and provide the best possible future for my kids,” Chrissa expressed with determination.
She enrolled in college and worked hard to break free of those charitable programs and become independent. Divorced in 2013, she moved from Grapevine to Justin to be closer to her parents, William and Gayle Coakley. Reflecting on those days, Chrissa said, “I see my 20s as ‘my old life,’ and it was a small setback for my bigger comeback.”
Undaunted, Chrissa obtained her real estate license in 2016 and graduated from UTA in 2019 with a BS in University Studies. Also during those early years, Chrissa held office manager positions and provided bookkeeping services for a local custom home builder in Argyle. “I fell in love with the role of property manager while working for someone else,” she said.
In 2014, Chrissa met Steven, her best friend, soulmate, and now husband. Along with her sons and parents, Steven became another source of inspiration and support. They were married in October 2020.
“He’s my rock,” Chrissa said lovingly.
To launch Contre in 2017, Chrissa sold the home they were living in. “It was one of the best decisions of my life,” she confessed. The company name is a clever combination of her boys’ names. Just one month ago, on April 15, Contre opened a new storefront at 105 West 4th Street in Justin, and Chrissa and her staff couldn’t be more excited.
As residents of Justin can attest, Chrissa has a servant’s heart and loves to volunteer. She strives to help struggling families and work with women to help them understand that they are capable. Currently, she serves on the Justin City Council, an elected roll, and is a member of Champions Rotary. Past committee involvements include Justin Planning and Zoning, Justin Community Development Corp., and the Grapevine Youth Sports Association. She has also held leadership roles in four non-profits.
“Nobody should give up their dream — no matter what it may be,” Chrissa advised. “I’m an example that it can come true.”
photo courtesy of Lisa Castle