If you’ve considered being a property manager (in the sense that you’re going to be a property owner), you may want to reconsider. The economy isn’t the best right now, and that’s no secret. People are doing anything that they can in order to make end meet in a lot of cases, including trying to buy property and rent it out so that they can get some income coming in. Unfortunately, where many of them go wrong is in thinking that they can rent it for more than they can actually get, and/or in thinking that it’s going to be easy to manage the property so everything that the tenant pays them in all profit.
While it’s easy to see why people would end up with these opinions, it can only succeed in driving them into a deeper financial hole than they were already in. You don’t have to let that happen to you. Who wants to be a victim of the economy twice? Instead of having that kind of problem, you can get a company to manage the property for you. Yes, you do have to pay them, but you’ll generally still get to keep more of your profit that way, because you won’t be spending all of it on something that breaks and needs fixed. The management company will be handling those kinds of things for you. That’s what your management fee is for.
Of course, some people do quite well managing their own properties. If you’re just gotten into the property management game, though, and decided that being a property owner will bring you some easy and quick money, it might be better for you to allow a company to handle the property for you. By doing so, you’ll be protecting both yourself and your tenant. That’s going to make the property easier to rent, which will benefit you in the end.