Are Property Managers Hired To Do God's Work or Dirty Work?

Property Manager with HomePointe Property Management, CRMC 00691121

I got a call from a prospective client this weekend.  She told me that she was tired of chasing late rents and needed someone to do it for her.  I got the feeling that she was not good at this aspect of property managment, probably too forgiving. 

I got to thinking about that.  Am I just the hired gun that does whatever it takes to make a property work?  Then the owner can go on with their life ignoring the fact that they just hired a mean guy to take care of business.

Then I recalled who the first property manager was, according to King James Bible.  It was God!  He evicted Satan for breaking the rules up in heaven.  Then he evicted that nice couple named Adam and Eve from Eden. Again, they broke the rules.

Both of these tenants lived in luxury yet God evicted them without ceremony or regret.  He did what was necessary to enfore His rules. 

Now God being all knowing did not have to hire a property manager to do His business.  He also did not have to deal with all the laws currently on the books. 

If you are needing a tenant evicted from your rental in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, or Placer counties, give me a call.  I am not all knowing, but I do know quite a bit about property management.  I will enforce the rules and we will both be on the right side of the issue.

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Robert A. Machado, CPM, MPM

HomePointe Property Management

Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, and Placer Counties

We manage residential and commercial property.

916-429-1205 x 105


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

Going to court is a requirement of the job.  Delinquent tenants almost always say "I don't want to go to court" and I say "I don't mind, it is part of my job".....if you don't want to do your job and evict people, then you should not be a property manager.

Fortunately, the sheriff lets them leave the property WITH THEIR CLOTHES on!! 

Jan 10, 2010 10:00 PM #1
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

"Firm but fair"- that's what we tell people we try to be. Kind of what God does with us. Here's the rules- here's the penalties.

Jan 11, 2010 05:27 AM #2
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


I had never thought about this that way, God is a property manager as well!  I am happy to be fair, but we also do what is intelligent and try our best not to take a "bad tenant" if at all possible.  However, sometimes there are SCREAMING red flags that tell me I am better off vacant:-)

Thanks for sharing this thought provoking post. 

All the best, Michelle

Jan 11, 2010 06:46 AM #3
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

I guess the one difference between God and us property managers is that God does not screen people from getting a chance.  But he has unlimited resources and does not seem to be vulnerable to what a bad tenant can do.  We property managers do not have that luxury.

Jan 11, 2010 04:27 PM #4
Juliet Johnson
Vizzitopia - St Johns, FL
Jacksonville Photography & Digital Marketing

It is the pre-screening process that is tripping me up at the moment.  I'll show most people what they want to see.  Then, after spending time with them, I'm emotionally involved in their story and start to care and fight for them, even if they've lied, etc.d  Not easy this, eh?

Feb 07, 2010 12:36 PM #5
Robert Machado
HomePointe Property Management, CRMC - Sacramento, CA
CPM MPM - Property Manager and Property Management

Juliet,  Remind yourself who you are working for.  There are plenty of social services for people that truly need it.  Let those agencies help them, not you.  You are paid to be the gatekeeper.  If you do not take that approach why would an emotionally involved owner hire you?

Feb 07, 2010 01:48 PM #6
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