Definition of "Property manager"

Celestine Johnson real estate agent
Celestine Johnson, Real Estate Agent Keller Williams Realty

A property manager is either a person or a company that supervises real estate units’ daily operations. They can either manage individual units or entire buildings, both residential and commercial real estate. Owners of real estate property can contract property managers if they are unable or unwilling to manage multiple properties, and so can real estate investors. An added benefit for investors or property owners is that the cost of employing a property manager is deductible against the property’s income.

Property managers can access professional designations that will better equip them to succeed in their careers. The first option would be Real Property Administrator®, which enhances their knowledge of administering commercial properties. The second option is to take the Institute of Real Estate Management courses and become Certified Property Managers if they want to manage any property type.

What does a Property Manager do?

Investors who do not live close to the property find property managers or management companies a great solution as they can not manage the property themselves. Property managers are also ideal for those investors or property owners who do not want to have to deal with tenants, property maintenance, marketing, or other property management aspects.

A property manager’s attributes extend to everything from light handy-man work to managing vacant units and collecting rent fees. Their role as property managers is to act on behalf of the owner to maintain the building, its value, and to generate an income for the owner’s benefit. Some of these attributes include:

  • Resolving tenant complaints;
  • Leasing vacant units;
  • Supervising building maintenance;
  • Advertising.

Contracting a property manager has the added benefit of not requiring the property owner to live close to the property or actively managing it. Like that, real estate investors can focus on investments, while property owners increase their income without spending too much of their time and money managing the property they own.

How to Become a Property Manager?

To become a property manager, there are no specific educational requirements necessary. However, those who want to become property managers must be aware that knowledge of the local real estate market is essential. When you start working in any field, you are expected to have some knowledge about that field. 


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