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Bearded Man

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Thinking of starting a property management business
« on: June 28, 2015, 08:14:30 AM »
I'm considering starting a part time property management business. I manage several of my own rentals, and got to thinking: as passive as this is (I hardly ever get called) and as much as PM's charge on houses like these, I'd be making about 1K a month just by taking on 5 more properties. I could do this now or even as a "retirement job" when I retire.

So half of first months rent, then 10% of the rent for the months thereafter. I think since I could note than I'm an investor and own and manage my own rentals could be a good marketing/sales tactic. "I know how important your investment is and I will manage as well as I do my own..."

Thoughts? Should I get an LLC started, web site, etc.? It doesn't need to be a big add campaign, as all I need are 5 clients to produce the above income. I'm in Washington state in case there are any regulatory issues.


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Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2015, 08:26:45 AM »
What's the requirements for your state?  In mine you need to be a broker or under one.  You can't just randomly manage other people's property because you want to.

I'd start with looking into that requirement.

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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2015, 08:31:50 AM »
Some states you need a Real Estate license.  If you have 5 properties, you probably have more than most managers.

If you only have one level of tenant class, you may be in for a surprise if you have to manage a low quality tenant building.

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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2015, 09:11:32 AM »
Yeah my state requires a RE license, but I wanted to get one anyways to become a Listing Agent. Maybe kill two birds with one stone.

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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2015, 09:20:16 PM »
I have a friend who started his own PM. Everyone else does 10% fee off of collected rents, so he does 6% off collected rents but $500 fee for new tenant with a 12 month warranty. He points out that most of the "work" is in finding tenant, and undercutting the competition by 40% is note worthy. Good luck.
I believe becoming a real estate professional will also change your tax status as an RE investor, not fully clear on how but maybe worth considering.

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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2015, 09:26:03 PM »
Ouch you sound pricey.  PM's locally in central Ohio are usually 7-9% gross rents, and those are experienced groups. 

Look into the tax implications if you do go the realtor route.  Your rentals may no longer be passive income if you are a real estate professional.


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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2015, 01:06:24 PM »
Honestly, if you think you can do good at it and keep your landlords/owners happy then go for it as long as you meet all the legal requirements of course.  Im going to send you a PM with a link of what I think are the most important qualities in a PM.  If you think you can provide that, then I would imagine you will be a better PM then most of them out there today.
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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2015, 01:31:11 PM »
I was thinking about going this route too, but sadly, CA requires a broker's license to become a property manager.
Between the fees, classes, and 2 years apprenticeship under a licensed broker, it's getting a lot less attractive.

There appears to be an exemption for managing units on behalf of a HOA.
So maybe if there are condo units nearby, that could be another option.

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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2015, 01:48:40 PM »
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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2015, 03:17:30 PM »
Some states you need a Real Estate license.  If you have 5 properties, you probably have more than most managers.

If you only have one level of tenant class, you may be in for a surprise if you have to manage a low quality tenant building.

I take it you meant multi family properties like four unit buildings? I'm looking at doing single family homes primarily. Houses in my area are ritzy, and a lot of the Jones' upgrade every few years leaving behind 500-700K houses that they keep but rent out to manage. A lot of them don't want the hassle, so I will gladly step in to manage the properties for a fee, even reducing it below market, since on a 2-3K monthly rent per house, you're still getting paid well...

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Re: Thinking of starting a property management business
« Reply #10 on: July 15, 2015, 05:21:32 PM »
Can you manage properties without a broker's license if you don't collect the rent or list them? I'm thinking people would pay for you to be the person renters call if something goes wrong.