Re: Property Management concerns!?!?!? - Posted by mark
Posted by mark on September 09, 2003 at 11:15:02:
I don’t think you can have a completely hands off business and make money in single family homes as far as rentals go. You would have to put a lot of money down and since we are buying creatively most of the time we are not doing that.
In my area, if you buy for under $100,000 then it is a pretty good deal so with rents around $850.00 your mortgage eats $725.00/mo with taxes and insurance; if you pay $85/mo. and then some vacancy and repairs you are a slight loss.
I am managing my own rentals right now. I did sell the ones that were 25 miles away cause they were too far. I only have two rentals that are far away.
I did have a 10 plex that was 25 miles away and I didn’t have time to manage so I hired a management company. I was losing a lot of money per month and eventually sold the property. It was in an area that had a bad reputation but in terms of the management company I noticed that when they fired the one girl and the new one took over the results improved.
It was costing me $300/mo to have them manage but since I wasn’t available to go show the apartment it didn’t really cost me anything. I think that I could have made money on that apartment but I had an expensive loan of 8.75% with prepayment penalties. I would then also have to find another lender because the lender I had didn’t do that small a loan anymore.
No matter what you do you have to stay on top of your investments.
I have single family houses that I am managing myself. My plan is to take these houses and then trade for a multifamily which could be somewhat hands off.
I traded a 4 plex, a single family house and refinanced another single family for a 39 unit complex. I have a onsite manager. an older couple where the husband does most of the repairs but I am still involved. I don’t have to show apartments which I didn’t like doing and didn’t have time to do. I have to manage and motivate my managers.
If you are going to buy and sell to make money then it might not be worth your time to manage but that part of your investment plan would probably be losing money or barely break even.
By the way, I don’t do any repairs myself. If something is broken I call someone.
anyway, do your research and it might be worth it to turn over a management company especially if you are not going to spend the time to do it but overall you might be better off to just sell the house rather than operate at a loss.
Only you can decide your plan.