About Us

Meet the Team

We’re a modern company firmly grounded in our unique history.

Werner Ludwig founded Zen Rent Property Management in 1991. He had been a real estate agent since 1975, and he was often known to say - “real estate is tuff.” He wasn’t afraid of the hard work, and became a successful real estate agent, eventually ranking as one of the three top sales agents in the U.S.

Property management was a natural progression, and with his wife Annette, Werner began managing residential homes. As the property management part of his business really began to take off, Werner began Zen Rent to focus on managing investment homes for owners.

Zen Rent Property Management was founded through real estate experience, diligence, and the innovative idea that real estate investors could use the same experts to purchase investment properties and have them professionally managed. Werner and Annette Ludwig created the most effective model for professional management in the East Valley.

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Russell Hathcock Designated Broker

Russell Hathcock became the Designated Broker and co-owner of Zen Rent Property Management in 2009, and bought the company from Werner and Annette when they retired in 2014. Russell owns his own investment properties, and brings that perspective to the management values of the company. An expert in real estate trends and local market topics, Russell has published numerous articles and can often be heard on the Rex Parry radio show on 1100am KFNX. Russell participates in numerous professional associations, including NARPM, the National Association of Realtors, and the Southeast Valley Association of Realtors. He holds leadership positions on several boards and chapters.