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Real Estate Broker/Owner - Gibson Management Group, Ltd.
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RECENT BLOG POSTS
  Each year at move-out time, some of my departing residents demonstrate why I need to refine my check-out cleaning instructions annually.   Although I provide the names of my PREFERRED service providers for house cleaning, carpet cleaning and yard work, every year some residents what to color ou...
06/24/2014
With the local rental market for single family homes getting VERY tight....rental prospects are having to look outside of their housing budget for suitable housing. We have lots of new apartments and townhouses for rent in our area; however, few single family homes are available because...1) many...
06/23/2014
I have several new properties where the owners are relocating elsewhere and moving out of their home which I will be managing.  This will be a very hectic time for them so taking as much of a load off of them is a benefit for us all.   In my initial property presentation, my frequent comment is ...
06/19/2014
Wallace,    I have been called many things - impatient, arrogant, condescending... but I am always able to admit when I am wrong. Please accept my heartfelt apology for my assumption that our cooling issue was some sort of intentional oversight or what have you. I was tired, sore, and hot and if ...
06/17/2014
I am in HEAVY move-out mode with approximately 15 residents moving between NOW and the end of July.   I have changed my move-out procedure as I experienced residents wanting to get “checked-out” at odd times over the last couple of years.   ENTER my SMARTYPHONE....to paraphrase The Eagles in Hote...
06/17/2014
I RARELY take condo/townhouse properties in self-managed HOAs because of the burden of educating many board members on the nuiances of their rules and regulations NOT conforming to state and federal laws.   I did take a townhouse a few months ago and got it rented with almost a month lee-way to g...
06/12/2014
This is happening more NOW that there are fewer rental single family homes in the area.   Rental prospects just don’t realize that they need to come to the area to view rental homes late Wednesday afternoon and PRE-schedule viewings Thursday, Friday and sign their lease on Saturday and return hom...
06/09/2014
RENTAL PROSPECT from my web site:  Will you inquire of your client if they would consider lowering the rent ? I know that a higher payemt is chosen to deter residents who would not take care of the property. I relocated from Fairfax county and I get it. I will take care of it, but I am asingle p...
06/06/2014
I recently wrote a blog post about charging a tenant with half of the cost of a HVAC service call.  Tenant wants RECONSIDERATION of $ervice Call....Sure, I'll REconsider! At about the same time, I had a showing request from an insistent rental prospect who demanded I show him and his girl friend ...
06/05/2014
I used the flashlight app on my first smartyphone (3 phones ago) within the first week....I must have learned to download it because I do not think it came loaded on the phone; however, I used it to show the basement of a 3-story townhouse with the basement bulb had burned out.   I have also advi...
06/04/2014
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