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Career Story: Property Manager

Property Manager

Job Title: Property Manager

Type of Company: It is a small corporation with great potential for income.

Education: none

Previous Experience: none

Job Tasks: I need to keep the properties running smoothly, I need to maintain business and financial records, I need to hire/fire workers, I need to show apartments to prospective tenants, I need to haggle with contractors and have a full understanding of what they're doing so I know that things are done right. I need to insure that forms are completed properly, whether for the lead laws or the bank security deposits or the plethora of other paperwork that comes with renting apartments.

I once had an application that was totally fictitious but well-written. It wasn't until I checked with the town's assessor that I realized that the supposed property owner wasn't really the property owner. A quick phone call to the real owner opened enough doors so I probably could have sued the applicant. Moral is: gotta be careful, know your stuff and what can go right and wrong.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The worst part of the work are the hours and unreasonable people. Someone like the person in the story above would have beaten the application process and signed a lease and could have been considerable source of grief for years to come. Diligence avoided a terrible predicament. There's no telling when or how someone might try cheating the system. Likewise, someone who moves out and takes everything not secured, like light bulbs, leaves a lot to do. Turnovers typically require painting and sometimes other improvements to the unit. This can be simple or difficult depending if a permit is required or if it's just a simple paint job.

The best part is the money.

Job Tips: Just treat others as you'd like to be treated. One's word and credibility are very important. Expecting someone to proceed on a handshake or saying "It's a deal" is a great way to do things. Of course, sometimes a contract is necessary but oftentimes it's not worth the paper it's written on.

Additional Thoughts: It's a good business,

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