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Julia van Mook
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services - Pittsburgh, PA

I think its not necessarily making a nice person mean - but a nice person tough.  You are constantly put in stressful situations & you just have to find a way to be firm, keep your cool, and stick to your message.  You do grow a thick skin working as a Property Manager

Jun 23, 2015 11:10 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

it can be difficult at times as some  people try to take advantage of you . 

Jun 23, 2015 09:26 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Chuck - Being a landlord automatically makes you the bad guy when it comes to a lot of different things. It just sort of comes with the territory.

Even if you act nice, you sometimes have to be the bearer of bad news, so people perceive you as mean.

If that person does not have a strong backbone, perhaps they shouldn't become a property manager.

Jun 23, 2015 03:39 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Start out mean and you'll be all set.

Mar 12, 2019 09:45 AM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I do not know about mean, but greedy for sure. Money is changing anyone.

Jun 27, 2015 08:56 PM
Chuck Willman
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

Someone sent me a link that could not be more perfectly appropriate to this question. It's from the podcast "This American Life" and in this segment a new landlord posits almost the very same query. It's available for listening here: Please Re-Lease Me.

Jun 24, 2015 04:28 AM
Beatrice Briseno
RE/MAX Unlimited - San Antonio, TX
Beatrice M. Briseno, GRI, CDPE, San Antonio, TX

I have been in property management for over 20 years and I do not think I am "mean"!! However once you deal with tenants you do tend to become more assertive and that can be confused with "mean"

Jun 24, 2015 02:55 AM
Keith Whited
RE/MAX Gateway - Alexandria, VA

I almost with it did. I have 17 and let myself be taken advanage of way too often.

Jun 24, 2015 02:04 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Well I think we as agents stay nice in some tough situations.  So I think Property Manager could learn to take a deep breath and keep smiling.

Jun 24, 2015 12:18 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Chuck Willman Leave it to the professional property managers and you won't have to worry about getting a call at 3 o'clock in the morning that the bathroom is flooding. You will remain a nice person.

Jun 23, 2015 11:52 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I've been there done that ...... It's not for me. 

Jun 23, 2015 11:36 PM
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Be fair, respond quickly to complaints and maintaining the property should keep a smile on the principals faces. Be consistent in your expectations and responses to the tenant!  

Jun 23, 2015 11:20 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Chuck, in my YOUNGER days, I had 23 units and I managed them myself.... I was always "all business".....THEY NEEDED TO BE NICE TO ME.... I was always fair and was visible often and unannounced on the property.... had coin op machines and that was my reason to show up every week....had to empty the containers of quarters!!!  everyone paid the rent... after they tested me, they didn't do it again.... "rules were different then"

Jun 23, 2015 09:50 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Chuck. I hope that is not true, as I have been a landlord for any years.

Jun 23, 2015 05:59 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Always take a complete set of pictures before anyone moves in.

Jun 23, 2015 03:29 PM