Thibault Adrien admits that when he founded Lafayette in 2011, he had no real estate experience. “My investors really had to be fearless to support me in this adventure!” Adrien joked. In 2010, Adrien was a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group when he and some friends started to buy a few homes in the Tampa area. By 2011, Adrien had raised $40 million from investors, which he would use to buy 600 homes mostly located in Phoenix, Tampa and Atlanta. Today, Lafayette owns and operates 1,500 homes in nine markets across five states, and has its own property management teams. “In the beginning, we outsourced our property management until I created Brandywine Homes USA,” Adrien explained.