Whether you’re a landlord, property manager or community manager, chances are, you’re in constant contact with your network, whether it’s scheduling walk-throughs, answering questions, responding to complaints or scheduling maintenance appointments. Every interaction you have is an opportunity to increase trust, foster loyalty and build your reputation. That’s why honing your communication skills is so critical. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Nobody’s perfect, and property management professionals are no exception. Making mistakes is something that happens in business. Thankfully, those mistakes don’t have to be yours to make. By identifying and understanding some of the most common blunders made by property managers, you can hopefully sidestep them in your own career. Check out our list of the top five property management mistakes to avoid below.
Being successful in the property management industry is no easy feat. It takes commitment, dedication, time and yes, sometimes blood, sweat and tears. Property management software is designed to make juggling the day-to-day tasks of a property manager or landlord infinitely easier and more efficient.
Inspections are a key function of property management. Not only do they provide the opportunity to regularly assess property condition and identify the need for maintenance, but they also protect you against serious and costly problems down the road. As with any business process, however, there is a right way and wrong way to carry out inspections. To optimize this process and keep your residents happy, we recommend using the following guideline.
The ability to negotiate effectively is a key element in establishing successful and mutually-beneficial business deals. Without strong and strategic negotiation skills, whether it’s with potential business partners, vendors, customers, or even employees, you’re likely to come out of a meeting with a deal that only satisfies a fraction of what you wanted. While not everything in business can be done completely on your terms alone, insufficiencies can have rippling effects on your goals for business.
A barrier to entry is an obstacle a business must incur to enter a marketplace. Barriers to entry can vary from one industry to the next. The property management industry boasts an overall low barrier to entry which enables higher market saturation. Because of relatively easy entrance into the industry, there are over 280,000 property management companies operating in the US and more than 31,000 are active in Canada, meaning the number of industry competitors in North America exceeds 300,000.
When you’re ready to kick off a vendor-guided software implementation, one important question to ask is ‘who should be involved’. For every property management company and every software application the answer could vary. But for an ERP there are some key choices for an implementation team that can facilitate the experience and ensure ongoing success throughout the lifetime of the relationship.
Email is ubiquitous, it’s heavily relied on by businesses for internal communication, external communication, and marketing. There are expected to be 4 billion email users worldwide by the end of 2020 and that number is projected to climb to 4.3 billion by 2023. Adopting the right email practices can improve connectivity between teams, collaboration, and productivity while helping to foster positive work relationships.
There has been an unprecedented growth of cloud-based software and SaaS platforms, Gartner estimated that cloud services would grow 17.5% in 2019 and continue to grow exponentially by 28% in 2022. The monumental movement to cloud-based software may have some property management companies weighing out whether or not there is enough reason to transition from self-hosted physical servers to a cloud-based SaaS platform.
Relationships are essential in business. An organization must create a team that is reliable, they must ally with partners that are supportive, and foster loyalty with customers. Creating these relationships with key players is essential to the success of property management company. You can’t manage properties with a customer, you can’t serve customers without a team, and you can’t build your service without partners. No matter how you look at it, there is no situation where it is not important to develop and strengthen relationships.
Here are 5 ways to create longevity in your business relationships.