When you don’t have the time to sit down and read (or maybe just not the patience) a podcast can act as a nice substitute. Whether you’re in the car on the way to work, dropping off the kids at school, out for an afternoon jog, or whipping up a quick dinner, podcasts are the perfect way to multitask learning with your everyday activities. And the podcast industry is booming—you can listen to true crime, fiction, political shows, and, yes, you guessed it… even shows on property management. While we can admit that the first thought that probably comes to mind is the idea of some guy droning on and on about the business, that’s not always the case. In fact, one example of a really engaging and interesting property management podcast has a name that’s pretty easy to remember: The Property Management Show.
Hosted by Alex Osenenko, CEO of Fourandhalf, The Property Mangement Show is all about overcoming obstacles in fee-based property management and helping those looking to enter the business. The episode topics are pretty diverse and fascinating as well, often delving into other industries. The most recent episode, “What if Property Management Companies Recruited Like Tech Startups?” explores a pretty complicated “What if?” about the potential, hypothetical future of property management jobs. If topics like that seem a little over your head, there are also episodes as direct as “10 Property Management Business Growth Hacks,” that might just help you with your business. So if you’re intrigued, go ahead and have a listen next time you’ve got a long drive—if it’s free, why not?
We at Genet Property Group read a lot about the current trends in real estate and property management, all in the hopes that our efforts will benefit our clients and our business. However, reading about property management isn’t always… how can we put this? A totally pleasurable experience. Don’t get us wrong, this business is our passion, but there’s a difference between reading about interest rates and reading Harry Potter (as I’m sure any other property managers who are reading this know full well). Because of this, we try to find any resource that injects a little pizazz into property management info. Not only does this smooth along the process of learning, it makes the information a lot more memorable too.
Looking for recommendations? We’ve got them! Plenty of resources provide infographics and videos for learning more about property management. For infographics, PropertyManager.com is perhaps the best place to look. The writers at PropertyManager have a section of their website dedicated to infographics that outline common mistakes on property management websites, home buying trends in the United States, and many other topics. Click here to check it out. For videos, RENT Like a Pro on Youtube has great how-to videos and information about managing rental properties. You can check their channel out here. Their video, “Real Estate Property Management 101: 8 important facts,” gives tips from how to rent your house to just general information for anyone looking to get into property management and rental management. If it’s ever too difficult to pick up a book, look for these great resources that make learning much easier.
If you’re already living and breathing in South Florida you’re bound to know the rules when it comes to storm protection. But, just in case, we’re here to give you an overview of the steps that should be taken to keep your property safe and relatively damage-resistant when storm season hits and things get a little bumpy (and a lot a bit wet). So buckle up, grab some extra cash (you’ll need a little), and let’s get started.
Hurricane shutters are possibly the easiest protection for your windows in the event of a larger storm or strong winds. The shutters will guard your window and keep it safe from debris or winds that might shatter the glass.
If you’d like a step up from hurricane shutters, impact windows help to keep window frames in place to fight off structural damage that may occur if a window gives way in the event of a hurricane. These will get the job done, and if you bundled them with shutters you’d be a shoo-in.
Make sure to have appropriate insurance policies for any damage that might occur regardless of preparedness.
Keep all of your properties supplied with kits containing flashlights and first aid items in case anyone is stuck in the event of a storm.
Be certain roof shingles are secure and there is no structural damage to the tops and sides of buildings—it’s best to do checks regularly and especially before big storms are forecasted.
In the event that property is damaged during a storm, make sure to take pictures of the damage for your insurance company!
Sometimes there’s no avoiding a little trouble from stormy weather, so it’s best to be prepared in every way possible in the event that anything unfortunate does happen. Your property is more than something you own, it’s your business. That means it deserves extra care and attention.
It’s our belief that tying a little bit of real world news into these regular blog posts makes them more interesting. So, with the recent news of Sean Spicer’s resignation from the role of press secretary in President Donald Trump’s administration, we thought it would be a perfect time to post about hiring your own administrative staff, and just how to search for and find the right people for the job. Despite the fact that workers are always coming and going and the pool of potential employees is vast, it makes sense to find an employee who can stick it out for the long haul and grow within your business (whether you’re a property manager looking for help or a lessee looking to fill some office space with happy faces).
What can your business do to stand out when advertising for a job, interviewing potential employees, and when you’re trying to convince them to stay?
The first rule: go beyond the job description template. Don’t just copy and paste any old description for, say, a secretary or accounts receivable job. Try to characterize your business and write with a flourish—if your business comes off as interesting, interesting and excited people will apply.
Rule number two: look beyond the resume. Because there are literally hundreds of thousands of people looking for jobs, it’s tough to stand out on paper. Supplement a request for resumes with a questionnaire that will give you an idea of a person’s character and their work ethic. A+ if they go beyond the obvious answers.
The final tip? Employees are one of the greatest costs in a business, but they’re the greatest benefit. Treat all of your employees with the respect they deserve and build a positive environment that encourages hard work, openness, and honesty. You might be surprised at how much it will benefit the business.