There's little doubt that selling or leasing property can be a stressful affair. Often, there is a lot of personal and financial investment involved, and when things don't go exactly as planned, it is difficult to keep a cool head. In addition to your own personal concerns with the property you've worked so hard to buy and maintain, the stress can sometimes only increase if you don't enlist professional, dependable property management in San Antonio.
With that in mind, it's worth considering a few things before settling on a company to represent you.
Undoubtedly, your realtor, agent, or representative needs to be establishing a professional, respectful relationship with you right from the start. But, while they will understand the financial aspect thoroughly, they will also be completely understanding of the emotional aspect. It is worth bearing in mind that sometimes looking for a sale, a lease, or a tenant can take a very long time, which means you will be in regular contact with your representative for quite a while.
That is why you need to treat your initial meetings with them as though they are job interviews. You need to find out if you are a good fit and whether you can be sure of an open, honest, and communicative relationship in the future.
One way of getting a good handle on how they work with their clients is simply to ask those they have worked with before. As with all services, property management companies in San Antonio will have had their fair share of success and failures, and there is a good chance that clients in both cases will be willing to share their thoughts. Look for reviews, testimonials and feel free to contact previous clients for further clarification if you need to.
Following on from the idea of using your initial meetings as an interview stage, you need to also look at the previous experience of the property management team. Of course, it will look fantastic if they have a great number of sales under their belt, but that is certainly not the only thing you should be looking at. You should be looking at the quality of experience as well, namely what kind of properties they have sold and how the markets they have worked in relation to your property.
Things that you should look out for when assessing their experience should include:
- An understanding of your particular property type. Have they sold or rented out similar properties before? Do they understand the maintenance or costs or repair that might be needed?
- The market for your property. Do they have an understanding of the current market trends for your property? Do they know what demographic is likely to rent, lease or buy it?
- Appropriate pricing. Critically, they should be able to offer you a sensible price that is in line with market values for properties just like yours. Be wary of any house property management companies promising sale prices that are way over the usual asking price.
Finally, any property management company should be focused on the local market. They need to understand all the benefits (and potential issues) of the area, as well as a thorough understanding of current and past trends.
If you need and advice regarding the management of your San Antonio property, rich out to Red Wagon Properties, we'll be happy to help.