PropertyManagementMaven * LandlordWhisperer

Real Estate Broker/Owner - Gibson Management Group, Ltd.
A maven (also mavin) is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from the Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge. Wikipedia
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 ...
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 ...
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 paraphrase The Eagles in Hote...
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...
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...
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...
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 fri...
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...
I have a property owner client who has known for 4 months her residents of 3 years were leaving the end of June.   I did a PRE-move-out inspection the end of March to assess what needed to be done in the “make ready” process for new residents.  I made the inspection with the Class B contractor I ...
Occasionally I have to collect monies from my residents in addition to bills for shampoo caps that fell into the toilet; HVAC service firm calls for NO HEAT when the filter is totally covered with debris from burning candles and incense. While I do try to talk(via e-mail)  most r...

Wallace S. Gibson, CPM

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