The Hardest Partners to Find - Looking for an Arizona Property Manager?

Real Estate Agent with Utah Homes 9334967-SA00

New Property Manager

A couple years ago, I asked my broker if he knew any good property managers to recommend.

He said, "that's one of those questions that's hard to answer. I don't know if there is a good one... it's sort of like asking if you know any good landscapers."

Clearly, my broker had issues with landscapers and property managers.

I asked a few other agents who ranked on their "hardest to find" list.

One said 'auto-mechanic', another claimed 'family doctor', a third interjected 'cosmetic surgeon'.

The last one I put in the "too much information" category.


Well... the longer I live the more I've begun to think my old broker was right.

Though I've discovered a couple good landscapers, I haven't found too many great property managers.

I know they are out there- but I realize their job is quite difficult. It's one of those professions that is pretty thankless- if the property manager performs well 99 times, they're great. Mess up once and prepare to feel the wrath.

What do property managers do for the real estate investor? They find the good tenants. They evict the bad ones. They make sure everyone is paying on time or bill extra to those who don't. They're hard working, seldom appreciated and underpaid. Beyond this, they perform many other essential services the client doesn't see.

I wouldn't want to be a property manager.

But a few people do. And now they work for my brokerage.

If you're needing a good property manager in the Phoenix metropolitan area, let me know.

We have several agents that are new to our brokerage, but not new to the business.

They've handled hundreds of clients in their day. And they're willing to handle hundreds more.

If you're interested, drop me an email.

Comments (10)

Ann Heitland
Retired from RE/MAX Peak Properties - Flagstaff, AZ
Retired from Flagstaff Real Estate Sales

Finding a good property manager is very tough -- but you are right that it is a tough job. If we in sales have a tough client, we're done with them in 60-90 days.

Jan 26, 2009 01:40 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Ann- I was thinking of you as I wrote this... in this section of the state we have a tough time finding people who have the skills necessary to succeed in property management- it's clearly not something that most people can do effectively. I'm glad there are people like you who are up for the challenge.

Jan 26, 2009 03:12 PM
Cynthia Tilghman, RealtorĀ® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC

I have run into a few very good property managers but it is a difficult and demanding job and I think those that would make good managers prefer not to take on the job.

BTW, I know some fantastic landscapers and one terrific family doctor!

Jan 26, 2009 11:24 PM
Kent Simpson
Realty One Group Mountain Desert - Tucson, AZ
Real Estate Is About People

Chuck - this is a subject that all too often gets pushed into the "do later" pile & quickly forgotten.  A good property manager is worth their weight in gold.  I've found a few that I feel comfortable referring people to, but haven't taken the time to really check & see if I would want them managing MY property.  Thanks for bringing up the topic.

Jan 27, 2009 01:52 AM
Gail MacMillan
Titusville, FL

Hi Chuck- I'll tell you what, property management is a job I will NEVER do....they have to be a lot tougher than most...not for me.  Hey congratulations of passing 200,000 recently, WOO-HOO - huge milestone.

Jan 27, 2009 02:03 AM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

Tough job for sure... even worse than being involved with or on a condo association! I'd definitely have to keep some of Popcorn's moonshine around if I was a PM!!

Jan 27, 2009 02:55 AM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

We manage around 100 properties in Payson. And we get referrals from most of the agents in town. Not to toot my own horn, but we do it right. It really isn't that hard- you just follow the letter of the law, but you treat people with respect and be as nice as you can even when you must be firm.

The other key is checking out the prospective tenants REALLY well, and not putting the problem ones in to begin with.

Jan 27, 2009 03:46 AM
Renae Bolton
Marketing 4 Realtors - Garfield Heights, OH
I'm your Professional Real Estate Marketing VA!

Having information like this is what will make you a valuable asset to your peers.  Many agents need to know good property managers, and landscapers, plumbers, and so on.  Having that information is a great way to develop relationships with other agents!  I'm just sayin'!


Jan 27, 2009 04:56 AM
Lee & Pamela St. Peter
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522 - Raleigh, NC
Making Connections to Success in Real Estate

Hi Chuck - good post/topic.  Aren't you lucky to now have good property managers to work with.  I agree with you in that I don't think I'd like doing what they do.  But your investors will be very pleased with the service you can now offer.

while your at making that list how about; punch list guys, painters (that'll do a smaller job too), plumbers, HVAC, handyman, roofers...  I could go on and on

Wishing your new property managers - good tennants and little hassles. 

Your Raleigh Realtors

Jan 27, 2009 10:53 AM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Cynthia- You've got them all covered!

Kent- It's nice to have a few to recommend. Very often the best ones will have an increasing workload... the challenge of success.

Gail- I'm not keen on property managing either. I'm glad that there are "born" property managers who wouldn't want to do anything else.

Susie- Yes- condo association member... that's another one not on my dream jobs list.

Leslie- We could use someone like you in this part of the state.

Renae-It's nice to have a short list of people that you can count on... mine includes: loan officers, escrow officers, home inspectors, termite inspectors, home maintenance experts, landscapers, hard money lenders, foreclosure data providers, etc.

Lee & Pamela- OK... I forgot painters... I have an excellent resource for that.

Feb 07, 2009 01:40 PM