Managing rental properties takes much more than finding good tenants and handling the occasional maintenance request. Perhaps most important is the task of managing your rental property management company’s cash flow, which can be pretty complex. To achieve this, your business must maintain excellent accounting processes that are in line with your company’s overarching objectives. Here are a few hacks that can make this monumental task a little bit more manageable.
Think about all of the data your property management company collects, uses and stores. Now think for a moment about what would happen if an unauthorized party were to gain access to that data. Security breaches occur to businesses of every shape, size and industry, and they can cause much more than just a minor headache. In fact, some companies suffer so much financial and reputational damage, they can never recover. Here’s how can you avoid becoming the next victim.
The economy may finally be bouncing back for the long-term, with new businesses cropping up and others relocating and expanding. This opens many doors of opportunity for property managers. Of course, the growing number of prospective renters doesn’t automatically mean your company will reap the benefits. To be successful, your business must be organized to cater to that particular market. That’s where commercial property management software can help. Here’s how.
The term property management may seem simple, but it encompasses a vast number of duties and requires a variety of skills and expertise. In order to be successful, property managers must wear many hats, handling everything from customer service and maintenance requests to inspections, collections, legal disputes, emergencies and more. Considering these hefty demands, it’s easy to see why those in the industry strive to optimize their business practices as much as possible.
With the start of 2018 upon us, now is a great time to start thinking about what your strategy will be for the coming months. As you’re already well aware, marketing comes in a wide variety of options and not every approach will yield the kind of results you’re after. If you’re in the process of developing your property management marketing plan for next year, here are a few important things to keep in mind.
One of the most important roles of a property management leader is to track and manage employee performance. But a lot more goes into this process than many realize. It’s not just about making sure their day to day work duties are completed. It’s about setting real, actionable goals and objectives that align with your company’s overarching mission. Developing, implementing and tracking key performance indicators for each individual and team can help ensure that everyone is working toward the same end-goal.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that in the property management business, the one thing that remains certain is change. Year after year, we’ve seen fluctuations in the housing market, different generations of renters and a whole new breed of client. As we edge ever-closer to another new year, we’re tasked once again with planning ahead. But how can you effectively plan for a future that is uncertain? Here are a few tips that will help you prepare your business for anything.
Nowadays, fewer and fewer people are using computers to surf the web. Instead, the emphasis is on mobile devices, which allow people the convenience of searching whenever and wherever they happen to be at any given moment. This includes searching for property management services as well as property listings, and if your company isn’t properly optimized for mobile, you are missing out on a good deal of potential new business.
Most companies already have the key C-Suite players in position – CEO, CFO and maybe even a CTO. What about the role of Chief Information Officer? Is it worth it? Many organizations put off hiring for this position until it’s absolutely necessary, but by then it’s often an uphill battle. The fact is, for the digital property management organization, the job of CIO can be of just as much importance as other senior managers. Still not convinced? Here are four reasons you may want to reconsider.
One of the nicest features of modern property management software is that it offers the ability for residents to handle many of their own actions electronically, without the need for assistance from a human agent. Through the self-service portal, people can process online payments, access details about their rental contract, submit maintenance requests and more. Not only is this more convenient for them, but it’s also good for your busy staff. Of course, not everyone will be willing to jump onboard right off the bat. Here are four things you can do to gently persuade them to give the portal a try.