Robert N. Coyle Sr., 67, of Glassboro, Gloucester County, N.J., is the son of an oil-burner repairman. He grew up in Kensington and became a self-made millionaire as a real-estate mogul. In 1997, he formed Landvest and launched at least nine other companies — all run from a rowhouse office on Allegheny Avenue near Aramingo in Port Richmond.
When the housing market grew sluggish, Coyle focused on renting his homes but let them slip into disrepair. He promised tenants they could rent to own, and many poured thousands of dollars into fixing shabby houses.