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



I just received an e-mail from Richard Thompson - the HOA expert - announcing his new book * Trade HOA Stress for Success and I must say HALLELUJAH!       Available in paperback for less than $10 or for Kindle FREE for subscribers....this should be a MUST read for every HOA board member, new HOA ...
During January and February, I take the time "refine" my resident handbook that accompanies my leases, my written material * cleaning instructions * as well as my move-in procedure.   My PRIOR move-in procedure including new front door mat (old one to the deck, back entry or garage), water bottle...
My mother graduated from COLLEGE (actually Furman University) with a Home Economics degree so I WISH I had paid more attention to her cooking skills because she had WONDERFUL recipes written on 3x5 cards that have disappeared over the years.    So with my new kitchen, I have started in my quest t...
While many "non-real estate professionals" may not see the trouble brewing here, Tim Harris of Inman clearly sees a problem with the MAJOR MLS data feed to Zillow possibly disappearing in April.   Is the beginning of the end of Zillow?   I receive almost half of my rental inquiries from Zillow/Tr...
I already have a vew rental homes posted on my web site for occupancy this summer where I know that the residents will be leaving....and ALREADY rental prospects are getting frustrated with the VERY SLIM choices they have.   While I will certainly have more rental homes available after I send out...
I am about to start tenant move-out season and am looking forward to the items that tenants will leave me.   In the past, I have gotten whole dryers full of towels * wonder if that is the only time they have been cleaned * as well as yard equipment, potted plants and yard ornaments.     I also ge...
In my Craigslist listings, I frequently indicate that my rental listings are in EXCELLENT or IMMACULATE condition and when I show occupied homes, I get the response that the home does not look like "tenants" live there.     I'm not sure how a property is supposed to look that is tenant occupied; ...
New tenants just moved into a gorgeous townhouse that the owner lived in for 3 years and OVERimproved to the point that she would loose $100,000 if she sold it.    In true tenant fashion - where NOTHING was WRONG - they found items that needed repair.....after a month in residence, a gas burner w...
While I was in the line at a local popular bagel shop recently, a woman and her husband in front of me were lamenting to a friend how HARD homeownership is.   Their plumbing has a leak and she was unsure what to do.  Her quote was..."when she was a tenant, she just called her landlord" tha...
Nobody likes being called a when tenants of mine * who I served a 5-Day Pay Rent in Full or Quit notice yesterday * e-mailed me....   Hello Wallace,   I am quite sure that the latest date postmarked for the rent that has been sent to you has been the 5th of the month.  I always have t...

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

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