Archive for January, 2012
MANAGE TO MAKE MONEY . . . With a Career in Property Management
Managing properties for someone other than yourself.
The following post is an excerpt from our new book: “Manage To Make Money . . with a Career in Property Management”. I will be posting various excerpts from it as it is a great resource for re-tooling your career for one in residential property management.
The property management company which we owned and operated was started back in the early eighties. It wasn’t necessarily a deliberate or planned event . . . it was more by default. The woman who started the company was a real estate broker and was selling homes and condos around The Orange County, California area to the many professionals there. After a few years, these professionals began to move up the corporate ladder and their companies began to transfer them around the country and the world. Knowing that if they sold their home in this expensive and forever appreciating market, and ever wanted to come back and buy another home it would be very difficult for them. They contacted the lady who sold them the home in the first place and asked her to keep an eye on their property for them and keep it rented while they were away for the next two or three years. They agreed on a fee and the company was born. Now, this was a one-at-a-time sort of deal. But over the years, with her doing the excellent job she did, her reputation spread throughout these companies, and as more and more people were transferred, they sought her out. After several years, her property management firm was managing 120 privately owned homes and condos!
As I said, the start up of our firm was clearly by default. Little did Lynn, the founder, know when she started managing properties that the area which she was operating in had two very key elements present that are very helpful for a property management firm: 1.) the area she was operating in has one of the highest education levels per capita of any major metropolitan area in the county and 2.) this area also has the highest percentage of non-owner-occupied homes (Owners who don’t live in their property) in the State. As it turns out, those proved to be a couple of very important ingredients to her success. Now that doesn’t mean that you have to have those ratings in order for your property management endeavors to be successful, but . . . you will want to be sure that they are at least, present in your demographics. The more they are present, the better the chances for success you will have.
If this positing has been helpful or interesting to you and you would like more to discover at your own rate, the book “Manage To Make Money . . . with a Career in Property Management” (along with many other resources) is available at our website: http://www.ManageToMakeMoney.com