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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Memphis TN

    Default Property Management in the USA

    From my latest newsletter may be of interest to some of you.

    Running costs, soft costs, ongoing charges or just plain another #!*)%^%# bill.
    If you own real estate you are going to incur costs.
    One unavoidable cost is property management and my observation is that many people get hung up on the % and don’t see the wood for the trees as it were.
    I have used a number of companies over years including doing it myself and the ACTUAL cost of management is unrelated to the % fee in fact.

    The REAL elephant in the room with managers is how they handle inspections and maintenance.
    If a tenant leaves unexpectedly and the manager doesn’t know because they aren’t inspecting the property then it is 99% likely to get trashed. This will typically be uninsurable and can run you tens of thousands.
    If a property isn’t being inspected then when the tenant rings wanting a list of things done at the landlords expense the manager typically does the work and charges YOU for damage the tenant did!

    Lastly some companies have a habit of “nickel and diming” clients in low margin industries like property management. They take a margin on all service calls, maintenance items and in bad cases they simply invent small items and charge you without actually doing anything.

    So here’s a real example of one of my own properties and a friend of mines recent experience.

    Rent $1000 a month

    Manager A only charged my friend an 8% fee.
    On paper he had a cost of $960

    But due to the lack of inspections and diligence he got a $500 bill one month, $250 3 months later and then the tenant vacated and it took the manager 2 months to discover the vacant property.
    $2000 loss of rent plus more damage but we’ll leave that out for now.
    So his $960 ended up at $3710.

    Manager B charged me 10% so their expensive fee is $1200.
    In addition they charge me $70 every quarter to inspect the property so my minimum cost is $1480.

    Both houses were almost identical but my maintenance costs were $500. PLUS they kept the property rented and the tenant paying. So I had 0% vacancy and 0% non collection. At the end of the year my property is also in much better shape as the tenants know they are being visited regularly so take more care.

    Total cost $1980 almost HALF of the “cheap” fee.

    So if your management is not working for you make sure you ask yourself the right question. Are you saving money or losing it?
    And if you’re in Memphis email me, if you need help with getting your management straight!
    Last edited by donna; 25-01-2014 at 10:23 AM. Reason: set up a signature for your email, links etc 3 lines, font size 2 allowed

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2013


    Property management becomes easy if you have a proper planning abut it. With planing we also have some knowledge about property analysis & industry statistics. We analyze current & future trends about the property. It includes maintenance, rent collection, trash removal, security and some renovation activities.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2013


    Property management covers up a wide range of topics & the duties of a property management requirements. In that whole process manage the construction, development, repair and maintenance on a property. But at that time you must keep up to date with current country laws and practices.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Memphis TN


    Great post Steve. You might try actually making sense, or maybe you are just a troll of course!

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    Process of Maintainance include construction, development, repair and maintenance on a property. If you have not sufficient time to maintain your property.You can hire a agent which maintain your property time to time .

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Memphis TN


    Such good England there Kane, do you even real estate?

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2015


    Most states of USA such as New York,Texas and Colorado require property management companies to be licensed real estate brokers if they are collecting rent, listing properties for rent or helping negotiate leases and doing inspections. A property manager may be a licensed real estate salesperson but generally they must be working under a licensed real estate broker.


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