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Monday, October 19, 2009

Property Management

By Layla Vanderbilt

When you decide to purchase an apartment, it is good to decide beforehand whether to hire a property management company or to manage the property yourself. This is not a light decision and should be based on your current skills and your future goals.

When deciding our goals for the apartment building, first you should decide on if you want to be an investor or a landlord. Each role, either landlord or investor, has their own set of requirements. If you want to be an investor, you will need time securing investment properties and selling them. If you want to be a landlord, your time will be spent handling the everyday tasks required to manage the apartment building. This will include advertising, application processing and also maintaining the apartment building, to include fixing repair items.

Very few wealthy people spend their time doing the day-to-day operation of their businesses. They spend their time looking for new deals and properties, and hire a good manager or firm to run the property. This frees them to do what they real want ? make more money.

Many people opt for the do-it-yourself approach. After all, it is a straightforward way for the new real estate investor. It helps you reduce most expenses enabling you generate more cash flow as long as you do it right.

If you have to be the landlord because you cannot afford to hire someone to manage the property for you, you should review your business plan and cash flow forecast. You should also look to see if you paid and financed the property correctly. When buying rental investment property, the income should cover all expenses, including property management, even if you do it yourself.

Also ask yourself whether you have the skills to manage the property yourself. It takes a special temperament to be able to collect from late tenants. It takes special skills to be able to perform many repairs.

When factoring in the costs for a property management company, you should also consider the advantage that they can bring by keeping the units rented. They might have a source of prospective tenants that will keep the units rented more than if you did it on your own. In this case, they would have the ability to obtain more income for the units that you could.

Having someone to manage the property also means that there is someone available on a moments notice to prep vacant apartment, handle the carpet cleaning, painting, and housekeeping to get the property ready for showing sooner. The sooner you can re-rent the unit, the more income you make. Good property management can pay for itself in time and money savings. - 23212

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