PropertyManagementMaven * LandlordWhisperer

Property Manager - Gibson Management Group, Ltd.
A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from the Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge. Wikipedia



About 20 years ago, I started getting would-be client requests for current client references.  I talked to several local clients * 2 of which were real estate agents * and they agreed for me to provide their contact information....problem solved. Then verious DIY books * including Property Manage...
I've been plagued recently by tenants who have misplaced/LOST their lease agreement.  Now, I provide a 19+ page Resident Handbook in 3-ring binder with back pocket where they SHOULD keep their copy of the lease. When I present my 6-page/8.5x11 lease printed front to back (went GREEN when postage ...
While syncing my TENANT Contacts in my Palm cel phone, I was comparing tenants with properties and came to the realization that almost 20% of my current rental residents are actually LANDLORDS elsewhere. They moved to the Charlottesville/Central Virginia area for new jobs or to attend school.  So...
Why should I write down my callers' phone numbers?  My office phone LAND line forwards to my cel phone and has for over 3 years....there is a way for Realtor offices to utilize their incoming land OFFICE line with a voicemail menu that will make their agents' CEL PHONES their extension phones so...
In July, I received an e-mail from a property owner whose daughter had just graduated from UVa Med school and who was leaving the area and he wanted to keep the townhouse as an investment.  I arranged to meet with the daughter, view the unit and I gave a realistic rent estimate with the caveat t...
This late in the season, many prospects who move locally have sold their homes and want to rent while they build a new home or prior to leaving the area in the next year or so...many prospects currently work in the area so seeing property on the weekend is the only alternative to viewing property...
At my age, there are several moments in my life where I remember EXACTLY where I was when an event occurred!!!! ....when JFK was shot ....when SPUTNIK went up ....walk on the MOON ....assault on WACO ....9 * 11 * 2001 On that day, I was in my office meeting with a would-be client in my conferenc...
I received a phone call yesterday from a local man who is assisting his son with purchasing an investment property in the area.  He was referred to me by a long-standing client who went to college with his son....after asking me many questions on our current rental market, he advised me that his ...
Although several fellow realtors suggest we should not be political, I drove my RX with local GOP bumper stickers (Race Fans for McCain, Snow KNOWS, Bob McDonnell, Cuccinelli (for AG)) on my back window to the beautiful Auburn Hill farm in Milton (part of the original land grant of Monticello) t...
Yes - landlord friendly states.....just like BUSINESS FRIENDLY states, this feature should be in the TOP 5 FACTORS when deciding WHERE to invest $$$ for rental property well the purchase $$$ work will be immaterial if all the investor's profits go down the drain with a 3 month e...

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

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