J. Ellis Apartment Locators (972) 316-3800

Meet the Dallas area apartment location professionals of J. Ellis Apartment Locators:

Rick Ellis, CPM


Rick is our company founder and real estate broker. Seeing a need for a more professional and friendly approach to locating, Rick began J. Ellis Apartment Locators in 1985. J. Ellis grew and quickly became the preeminent apartment locating service in the DFW Metroplex. Rick is an “apartment expert” and consultant who provides an array of services to the multi-family industry nationwide. He lives in Coppell with his wife, Diane, and caviler spaniel, Marley. The couple love travel, music, and being with their four children and large extended families. Rick teaches in Volgograd Russia twice a year, religiously follows the Dallas Cowboys, and chooses Monday as his favorite day of the week! Preferred vice: coffee!

Todd Van Doren

General Manager & Senior Apartment Locator

The complete apartment locator, Todd leads the J. Ellis office providing the team with support, experience, and lots of love! He loves helping people find one of life's basic human needs; shelter! With 25 years of experience both locating and owning his own apartment locating service, Todd provides a level of expertise that is unsurpassed in apartment knowledge and locating skill. He encourages the J. Ellis team and reminds them that a quality performance starts with a positive attitude.

When he is not finding customers a new rental home, you will find him engaged in baseball with his son, or enjoying his daughter's most recent animated creations. Todd's passion is his family, wife Shelly and twins, son Scott and daughter Sloan. The Van Dorens love attending ball games, serving at church, and holidays with grandparents. Life is good; they feel blessed.

Laura Bavec

Senior Apartment Locator

“Leasing Laura” (as we call her) began her career in the apartment industry as an onsite leasing professional with several DFW area management companies. She now uses that industry knowledge to help apartment hunters find the best rental options for their lifestyle and pocket book. Laura is very compassionate, outgoing and energetic. She has a great sense of humor too. She is also a certified personal coach through the International Coach Federation. She helps young adults achieve personal goals and challenges them to reach their maximum potential. Laura loves to explore new places and learn different cultures. She plans to learn the Italian language and travel again to Italy. She gives back to her community by volunteering through Christian Community Action.

Marisa Meanza

Senior Apartment Locator

Energy, responsiveness and enthusiasm are the words to describe this veteran J. Ellis Apartment locator. Marisa specializes in upscale and urban apartment homes but also knows where those “real deals” are located in case you are on a budget. She understands the frustrations of looking for the right apartment for yourself or family and loves to find the best rental for your lifestyle and your pocketbook. Marisa enjoys travel (Las Vegas, Baby!), spending time with husband Chris, and relaxing (er, actually partying!) with friends. You will love working with Marisa because she won't quit till you find the right place to call home.

Jodi Killingworth

Senior Apartment Locator

With 35 years helping choosy renters find the perfect apartment home, Jodi is a veteran apartment locator professional. She loves a challenge and will gladly help renters with credit and rental history issues. She always puts her prospects needs first before her desire to earn a commission. Jodi has been married for 30 years to a wonderful man for whom she continues to have a deep love! She has one daughter and one grandson. Jodi loves working in the yard and caring for her flower garden.

Phillip Ellis

Senior Apartment Locator, Madrid

Based in Spain, Phillip is our European connection for J Ellis Apartment Locators. While he actually assists apartment seeker in the DFW area, he is also happy to help you find a place in his hometown of Madrid. But don't call during an Atlético futbol match. He is a raving soccer fan and season ticket holder for this Madrid team. When not teaching English at his inner-city grade school job, you will find Phillip playing keeper on his club team or anywhere in Europe with a cheap weekend airfare. He lives with 6 Spanish roommates in a large flat in the city.

Loretta Taylor

Office Manager/Accounting Services

Loretta has been the company office manager and financial services director for over 17 years. She is also responsible for major projects and risk management. She remains the pulse of our company and is the go-to person if you need to find the whereabouts of boss, broker, and company owner Rick Ellis. Loretta and her husband, Gary, are extreme NASCAR enthusiasts and are die-hard Dale Earnhardt, Jr. fans. Loretta says the only thing better than auto racing are her nine grandchildren.

Most importantly, the J. Ellis team of apartment locator professionals have identified the most desirable apartment communities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. We are able to match all apartment seekers with a new rental home that best fits their lifestyle…and their budget. Let us help you find your way through the confusion of online apartment advertising and listings. We are your unbiased source of apartment information in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. We have done the apartment shopping for you. Save time. Save money. We look forward to serving you.