Can you be a successful residential property manager working 9-5?

Managing Real Estate Broker with Full Circle Property Management

Here is the easy answer: Probably not!

Why you say? Unlike commercial property management you need to be able to be flexible to when tenants and prospective tenants are available. Residential tenants normally are busy during the day, so the best time to show properties, inspect units, and gain access to property to perform inspections is normally weekends and evenings. Without being available after normal hours it is going to make your job a bit more difficult.

Could you be successful working 9-5 in residential management? Maybe-but it will be more difficult. Best managers are available nights and weekends, at least occasionally, to take care of their prospects.

So if your goal is to be more successful as a current manager or getting into the field of residential property management, remember to be flexible with your time and you will be more successful.


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Patricia Kennedy
Redfin - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Dennis,  people who want to work 9 to 5 jobs should try the Department of Agriculture instead of real estate in any form!

Dec 21, 2011 02:03 AM #1
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA


Anyone who wants to be successful in real estate, as an agent, lender and escrow officer, will know immediately 9-5 isn't going to cut it.

There goes the twisted impression that people have of our industry as being an easy ride.


Dec 21, 2011 06:19 AM #2
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

There are also the emergencies Dennis, that seem to always occur after hours and on weekends.  It must be some law that says the air conditioner can only break after 5PM.  Have a Great Holiday.

Dec 24, 2011 04:25 AM #3
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