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It's important to find real estate experts who will guide and support you in building a successful property portfolio

Given the many aspects that go into building a successful investment property portfolio, it’s advisable to surround yourself with a team of experts who can provide guidance and support along your journey. 

Experts in the fields of planning around risk mitigation, finance, asset acquisition and management are often all required to endure a smooth journey.

Importantly, you’ll need to identify and engage industry professionals who understand the mechanics of residential real estate as an investment vehicle.

Post-property purchase, when you’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in your future nest egg, the person you may most rely on can be your property manager.

Although some investors think anyone can be a property manager (even them!), there’s actually an art to effectively juggling market conditions and investor and tenant expectations. It requires a certain skill set that not everyone has.

How your property is managed has the potential to heavily correlate directly to the long-term sustainability of your entire asset base.

Most investors rely on their rental income to meet the monthly repayments and general holding costs associated with their investment property. Therefore, what you require from your property manager is pretty straightforward: the best possible rate of market rent to ensure your property remains tenanted, with minimal vacancy periods and maximum yields.

To achieve this, you’ll need to identify and engage a property manager who possesses four key traits.

1. Strong communication skills

Think about how frequently your property manager is required to speak with you, your tenants and prospective tenants. Often money or emotions will be involved too so they need to know how to tread firmly but fairly at the same time.

You want a good negotiator who remains composed in the face of a potential crisis. Property managers must be excellent problem solvers and relationship managers.

Strong communication is a must.

2. Knowledge

It takes more than time to make the best property managers. It also takes a willingness to learn.

You can ask your property manager about the most difficult tenant situations they’ve had to deal with during their career and how they’ve tackled tricky scenarios. Life experience and empathy are valuable qualities in a property manager.

3. Strong systems and processes 

How does your property manager keep track of upcoming inspections, rent reviews and communicate with regard to maintenance items that require attention?

Many specialist property management agencies now offer more personalised services, recognising that the needs of overseas property investors, for instance, will be different to those of the investor who lives around the corner.

Good property managers will have set processes in place to effectively look after your asset, while remaining flexible enough to recognise that property management is not a ‘one size fits all’ proposition.

4. Local expertise

The best property managers know their local area inside and out. They'll know the services and amenities in that suburb that are most likely to appeal to prospective tenants. 

Knowledge about local schools, shopping centres, public transport and parks will help your property manager sell the benefits of living in your property.

Investors need a combination of happy tenants, a rental property maintained to a high standard and regular reviews of your rental position in order to consolidate your net returns. In turn, those returns will help to sustain your investment.

Find out more about how Little Real Estate’s property management services can help you get the most of your property.