The Essential Team

Michele Stephen


 “As a landlord, I was constantly frustrated by the lack of communication from my Property Manager. I wondered if I could do a better job? Essential Property Management was born through that sheer determination to be better and do better.” — Michele

About Michele

Michele has over 15 years’ experience in property management and is an avid residential property investor.

Michele started Essential Property Management (EPM) over 10 years ago, due to the frustration she experienced working for large franchised real estate companies.

She suddenly realised why she’s always been frustrated by her experience as an investor. Selling Principal’s showed less than no interest at all in the Property Management departments and staff were offered no training, support or development at all.

Michele strives to provide a point of difference within the industry and ensures her team at EPM consistently uphold her strong core policies, morals and beliefs.

Skills & expertise

  • Michele is an avid investor in the South Australian market and is able to demonstrate a cash flow positive investment strategy. In other words, Michele’s portfolio makes money annually.

Michele Stephen has been in the industry since 2010.


  • 2019 – FINALIST – REISA – Property Management, Small Agency
  • 2013, 2014, 2015 – FINALIST – REISA – Property Management, Small Agency


Jason Wright

Operations Manager

Jason has a wealth of experience in property management, business development and portfolio management, with a passion for cash flow positive investment strategies. Jason rejoins Essential Property Management after leaving 4 years ago to further enhance his skills at Ray White Commercial Northern Corridor Group.

Jason started his Real Estate journey working in his family business – a boutique property management service in South Australia.

Prior to this, he was general manager of a winery and function centre in the Adelaide Hills, and has owned and operated a number of successful businesses including a restaurant, café and coffee cart chain, as well as holding senior food and beverage executive roles in Adelaide and Melbourne hotels.

His high level of customer service acquired over the years, as well as his own experience as a real estate investor, means he has an innate understanding of what clients need and expect. He is a multi-award winner in both the hospitality and real estate industries, and is a licenced Real Estate Sales Person, has a Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Cert III and IV in Property Services, and a Diploma in Property Services.

Erin Payne

Property Manager

Kaitlyn Wright

Property Manager Associate

Kaitlyn has over 15 year experience in customer service and management that will highly benefit her new role.

Working closely with the team to ensure all our properties are maintained to the highest possible standard and to give the best possible return and service.

Kaitlyn has received training from the best in the business, Jason Wright, Olivia Knott and the IGT training team, who have been a large influence on her and her career.

Melad Ahmad

Trainee Property Manager

Melad is currently completing a traineeship with EPM.

We believe that under the guidance of our extremely experienced property managers and administration staff Melad is on track to become an exceptional property manager.