Welcome

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Excellence Property Management, Inc.

OK, here it is.  It seems like I need to get dragged into things lately in order to participate.  Maybe it's a sign of getting older.  So, this is my first blog.  I've been playing with computers for over 20 years and i've been "on-line" since the old AOL days of the last century but I've never gotten into this blogging stuff.  I don't know where it'll all go but, hey, such is life - especially in Real Estate.  I'll be sending off the link to some of my peers who've been asking me to do this for some time but, for those of you who haven't met me yet - maybe a little intro is in order.  I'm an associate broker with RE/MAX who started a property management business with a partner (also a RE/MAX broker) early this year (2008).  Both my partner, Ron, and I felt that the area suffered from a real problem with property managers.  It became impossible to find one that our buyer clients could truly depend on.  That is why we're here.  Over the years I've worked with many different "property managers" who have mostly followed this interesting course - First, they start out with the best of intentions - Then, they take on too many properties too fast without all of the business systems needed to actually handle the work.  Normally, the way that they take on too much business is that they take over some other property managers book of business - from someone who didn't tell them that the reason why they're getting out is because of being overwhelmed.  Finally, in just a few months, our new property manager realizes that they are now the ones looking for a newer property manager to 'sell' their book of business too.  Of course, the property is a mess, the bookkeeping is non existent, and the tenants are hostile at this point.  Most importantly, No One knows where the money is.  It truly is a vicious cycle.

What's different about us?  We started this business with the premise that "Everyone needs to walk away happy".  In fact, this is our motto - right at the top of our letterhead.  Building on that, we decided that we needed to organize the business in such as way as to be "designed for growth".  Most investors are taught to ask property managers how many properties they manage and to stay away from manager who have more than a certain amount.  That's because most property managers are simply a guy with a toolbox and a pickup.  Our business must be designed for growth in order to live up to our motto.  We use contractor for all of our service work so if we have more work, we simply employ more contractors. 

OK, I could ramble on and on.  That's it for now, talk soon.

Comments (15)

The Trumm Team Omaha Homes for Sale, Real Estate
Keller Williams Greater Omaha - Omaha, NE

Welcome to ActiveRain!

If you would like a few tips on getting the most out of ActiveRain, please visit my blog Welcome to Active Rain.  It has a few simple steps of what to do now that you have joined.

If you ever have any questions, just let me know.

Troy Trumm

Sep 20, 2008 01:47 AM
Michael Bishop
Excellence Property Management, Inc. - Buffalo, NY

Thanks for stopping by.
Mike

Sep 20, 2008 01:58 AM
Stefan Geyer
SOA Realty - Aurora, CO

Great motto > I think many would be afraid to adopt the mottow because that is a lofty goal in real estate sometimes.  Well done.

Sep 20, 2008 04:18 AM
Anonymous
Anonymous

You're right, Stefan.  It means that sometimes we have to say No, sometimes to tenants and sometimes to owners.
Mike

 

Sep 20, 2008 04:25 AM
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Ron Brown NMLS #270845
NMLS ID: 40831 - Federal Way, WA

Michael,

Welcome to Active Rain! Congratulations on your first blog.  Check out my daily update for a quick summary of what's moving Markets, and Interest Rates.  You'll find this is a great site for sharing ideas, networking, and growing your business.  If you ever have a question about VA loans, or FHA loans I'd be happy to help!

Ron Brown

VA Loan & FHA Loan Specialist

First Mortgage Company of Washington

Puyallup, WA

Sep 20, 2008 10:36 AM
Marcy Fedalei
Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain and thanks for sharing your ideas.

Sep 20, 2008 12:47 PM
Susan McQuaide
Keller Williams - Simpsonville, SC

Welcome to Active Rain! I hope you find this site as informative and entertaining as I have!

Sep 20, 2008 01:57 PM
Bill Kennedy
Keller Williams Realty - Greenville, SC
Homes For Sale Greenville SC

Welcome to Active Rain! This is a great website for building your business, as well as learning from others.  Pat yourself on the back, because you made a GREAT choice in joining the blogosphere!

Write often, and write whatever comes to mind.  Blogs about personal topics and non-real estate items are often the best.  It helps your readers to bond with you, and ends up bringing you a lot of business!

Good luck with your future blogging.  If you'd like more info on points in Active Rain, I just wrote a blog about it (click here). Feel free to ask me any questions if you need a hand!

Sep 20, 2008 04:16 PM
Keith Elliott Jr
KEIRE Realty Group - Manassas, VA
Principal Broker/Owner

Hello Michael,

Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first post! The opportunities to learn and network are incredible here. Best of luck to you!

-Keith

Sep 20, 2008 04:19 PM
Scott Magaw
The Bill Kennedy Team - Keller Williams Realty - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to active rain! By joining our community, you have made a great choice, and a very profitable choice. This is a great site for learning as well as sharing. Check out some blogs, join some groups, and enjoy! -- Scott

Sep 20, 2008 04:30 PM
Lorena Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC
Co-Founder/Co-Owner

Hello, welcome to Active Rain! This seems like a wonderful environment to network as well as learn from others. I hope you enjoy yourself and participate often in the Active Rain environment!

Sep 20, 2008 05:12 PM
Kirk Westervelt
Van West Realty - Greenville, SC Realtor -Short Sale Expert! - Greenville, SC
Kirk Westervelt, Broker In Charge, Van West Realty - CDPE - Short Sale Agent - Home for Sale - Greenville, Simpsonvil...

Hello and welcome to Active Rain! I encourage you to learn from others, share your knowledge and experiences with all of us, enjoy yourself, and try to log in and join us in the Active Rain community as frequently as possible. I look forward to your future blogs and comments! Take care, --Kirk.

Sep 20, 2008 05:19 PM
Ginger Ryals
Prudential C Dan Joyner and Young Realtors - Spartanburg, SC

Welcome to Active Rain!! This is a great site to network and share ideas!! Have fun with it!!

Sep 21, 2008 06:33 AM
Peg Gilliland
Charlottesville Solutions - Charlottesville, VA
Broker, GRI, CDPE

I see that you are new to Active Rain and I just wanted to welcome you. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do and that you find it a great resource.

Sep 22, 2008 05:13 AM