I've been told I make Property Management look EASY! I think I make it look TOO GOOD!

Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.

I'm having lunch today with a 30-something who wants to go from RETAIL to PROPERTY MANAGEMENT.  

She has dealt with "the public" which is a better training ground than someone having been in the military or just graduated; however, I suspect she thinks will be EASY.


I took me a long time to gain the knowledge and experience to make my job look EASY....unlike AGENTS A,B,C, etc....few are chosen who will actually L♥VE the work and it takes a long time to get all of the pieces of the job to work well together for residents and clients.

...it took me a long time to MAKE MY JOB LOOK GOOD and EASY!

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Wallace S. Gibson is a Certified Property Manager with over 50 years of property management experience and expertise.  She maintains a specialized property management business in Central Virginia serving Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna and Louisa counties  


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Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

We've seen several people/companies try to start property management here- they come and then they go. It ISN'T easy. When they find that out they quit. Fine with me.


May 31, 2013 03:39 AM #4
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Wallace, I am sure Property Management is not easy, and your experience has sure worked out for you to make it look Easier.

May 31, 2013 03:58 AM #5
Nancy Laswick
United Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
Your REALTOR® For The Valley Of The Sun

You do make it look easy Wallace, that's what the great ones do. I'm not looking to become a property manager, it's tough enough being an agent, but if I did I'd your email would be on a post-it note next to my computer and your phone number on my speed dial. You have to give her credit she wants to learn from the best.

May 31, 2013 04:42 AM #6
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

This is exactly the thing that I tell my clients . . . I make it seem easy, so they don't have to fret.  But you're right, someone looking at the job you do and how you've managed your business over the years, sure it looks easy.  I'm working on a newsletter, it's taken me over a day so far, once done, it will look good and seem "easy" . . . HA HA HA  

May 31, 2013 05:50 AM #7
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Wallace, You have my respect for being a good property manager, I can tell you from experience, it is n-o-t  e-a-s-y!  

May 31, 2013 10:18 AM #8
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

Property management is tough! Our sister company is a property management firm and I hear the stories every day.  It takes a special person to excel in that business.  Tenants are brutal!

May 31, 2013 12:07 PM #9
Chris Frampton
Equity Real Estate - Stansbury Park, UT

Sometimes working with the public is the best training ground...or at least close to it. There's always that one tenant or owner that expects the moon.

May 31, 2013 01:59 PM #10
Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
Greater Good Group

Wallace- you do make it look easy! But that comes from having the knowledge and putting in the time to learn the business! I love realestate as a career because it always challenges me, each day is different!

May 31, 2013 07:55 PM #11
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Real estate is a 24/7 job, being a landlord, property manager means you have to be on the ball all the time, your many many many years of experience is what makes it look easy.

May 31, 2013 08:21 PM #12
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Wallace, You are a good property manager . If I know anyone looking for a property manager in your area  I will refer them to you

May 31, 2013 08:44 PM #13
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

If property management was a NASCAR race. .you will be the one that drafts behind the leader and pass them on the last lap to win the race. . you are a true professional that has seen it all and makes it look easy. .

May 31, 2013 09:50 PM #14
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Well it appears to be handlable...until the problems kick in. You see unless you have had training or experience, those problems will have their way with you and some become quite expensive too...Managing property? I would find a good manager and pay the fees....

Jun 01, 2013 12:35 AM #15
Farooq Khan
5 Star Realty Partners - Newark, CA
Real Estate Broker/Owner - CDPE

Wallace, Sure you make it look easy. I have just a few tenants and I may confess its not easy to handle them. Sure you have to keep up will all the laws and have a good Attorney on your side. What would be your advise to some one just starting off in Property Management business.

Jun 01, 2013 02:47 AM #16
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

This was  good post... look at all of the compliments from your peers!  Congrats Wallace.  What we do is NOT easy and it does take experience to make it look so.

Jun 01, 2013 03:00 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Someone needs a reality check. You have simply shown the expertise, competency and wisdom that comes from experience. From someone NOT in the know, yes you make it look simple. But they haven't a clue.


Jun 01, 2013 01:01 PM #18
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


PRICELESS, you do make it look easy, but we both know that "easy" is 40 years, 3 states and a lot of battle scars!

Today, we actually got a rental application for a home we didn't officially have the Executive Leasing and Management Agreement signed for... we made it look "easy" as folks call us for upcoming homes, as there is NO inventory!  

All the best, Michelle

Jun 01, 2013 01:05 PM #19
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Wallace.  Consummate professionals like you do make it look easy.

Jun 01, 2013 08:45 PM #20
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Wallace - It is only when you are truly good and knowledgeable that you can make it look easy.

Jun 02, 2013 02:42 PM #21
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Wallace-being extremely experienced makes your job look effortless. If they only knew the countless year put in honing your skills to make it look easy. 

Jun 05, 2013 04:07 AM #22
Dulcey Schuster
Rentec Direct Property Management Software Tenant Screening - Grants Pass, OR
Property Management Software

With a good mentor (maybe yourself) your 30 something can learn the tricks of the trade with training wheels.  The only issue with that is the mentor has to take the time to train that person which may not be an option.

Jun 11, 2013 07:15 AM #23
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