Suggestions for Software

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Southeast Realty Group

I am in the process of becoming a Certified Residential Property Manager. Have all the classes scheduled but won't actually be done with them until after the first week in May. I am very excited about getting into the property management side of real estate and was wondering if anyone out there could give me some feedback on what type of software programs that they are currently using and which ones to avoid. I was hoping to use a system that is very versatile and could be used for both single-family properties as well as multi-family units. In addition, it would be nice if it were also able to be used for homeowners associations since I am in the process of getting my C.A.M. license.

I know that I may be jumping the gun here because I am sure that they will go over the most popular systems in the classes I will be taking, but you know how that goes. I don't want someone pushing a program on me just because it might benefit them. I am looking to use a program that can benefit me for a long time without having to convert to something different in a few years.

I have done a little research on Yardi and TenantPro7 and they both look like good programs. Yardi looks like it is much more popular and used by a variety of different companies, but it does look like it is a little more difficult to learn.

TenantPro7 looks pretty simple and seems like it would be pretty easy to learn, but when I searched out several large management companies that handle multi-unit housing they all use the Yardi system

Any advice would be helpful.

Thanks

Comments (2)

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Gibson Management Group, Ltd. - Charlottesville, VA
LandlordWhisperer

PROMAS * they will actually be having training classes in Orlando in Oct...easy to use, easy to learn and you pay for the features you actually want to use.  I just added the work order/maintenance module and it is great!!!

I strongly suggest you stay away from web-based programs....having the software and data under your control in your office is safer and easier in the case of an emergency!!

Apr 12, 2009 11:09 PM
Cindy Oglesby
Southeast Realty Group - Macclenny, FL

Thank for the advice. I have been debating a web based program versus the other and am still not sure. I am with you on the fact that I like to have total contraol of my programs though. I downloaded the promas trial version and it seems a little difficult to use to me. The tennantPro looked like the most user friendly and i can merge it with my quickbooks. I will be at the convention in May so hopefully I can see a few good demonstrations.

Apr 14, 2009 01:07 AM