Property investments have the potential to generate passive income, but that doesn't mean property management is an idle pastime. The best real estate investors know that constant engagement with the industry is key to finding success within it.
This engagement can take many forms: getting involved with local investment groups, attending trade shows and conferences, and staying up to date on new property rules, regulations, trends, strategies, and opportunities. To this last point, reading property management blogs is one of the best and easiest ways to keep current.
In this article, we run through seven of our favorite property management blogs. There are a lot of them out there, and we encourage you to conduct your own exploration of the field. To get you started, here are the blogs we're reading and why you should be reading them too:
BiggerPockets is an industry-leading real estate blog, and for good reason. Their long-form articles are written by seasoned investors and other experts and have been featured by sites like Realtor.com, Business Insider, and the Huffington Post.
In addition to their blog, BiggerPockets offers lots of great resources for property managers. The site provides access to forums, webinars, podcasts, eBooks, PDF guides, and more. For this reason, BiggerPockets makes a great launching point for any investor's online engagement.
RentalChoice.com is a free resource for property managers and real estate investors. The site offers informational articles in a variety of categories like “Background Checks,” “Maintenance and Restoration,” and “Rules and Regulations.” Their stated goal is to “help property owners maximize their income potential from their real estate property.”
This blog is particularly useful in that it includes articles from the perspective of tenants, like “How to Negotiate an Apartment Rate Increase.”Pieces like these can help property managers prepare for potential issues and better understand their business.
Forbes Real Estate Council is an organization for senior-level real estate executives — and unfortunately, it's invitation only.
Thankfully, their blog is open to everyone. As you'd expect from Forbes, the articles are written by expert contributors and targeted to an audience of intelligent investors. These pieces deal with market trends and industry news, as well as more general topics like property assessments and asset diversification.
Multifamily Insiders is an online network of community experts in multifamily property management. In their own words, their goal is to “help coordinate professionals within our ranks, share knowledge, and brainstorm the future of apartment living.” To this end, they have a series of “Insider Blogs” that offer an array of useful perspectives from investors all over the country.
Though the articles are generally geared toward multifamily investors, the varied subjects and voices will be useful to all types of property managers.
Green Residential is a family-run property management company working in Houston. Their well-written, frequently-updated property management blog, however, serves the whole country.
The site posts multiple articles per week that span any and all topics relevant to property managers — categories include such varied subjects as “Eviction,” “Interior Design,” “Risk Management,” “Tax Deductions,” and both “Pets” and “Pests.” These are lucid, instructional pieces that could be of use to any level of property manager. And with an archive going back to 2014, there's no shortage of reading material for those looking to learn the ropes quickly.
The American Apartment Owners Association (AAOA) has been a robust online network for property managers since its creation in 2004. With over 100,000 members, it's now the largest landlord association in the country.
The articles on the AAOA blog are topical and targeted to the serious investor. In addition to advice and guidance pieces, AAOA offers thoughtful analyses of industry news and market performance. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of property investing — and know how to read the rhythm — AAOA is a great place to start.
As the name implies, All Property Management provides a thorough and comprehensive set of resources for property managers. Their articles cover everything from helping new tenants feel at home to growing a property management business, and are written in clear language that make them friendly and accessible to beginners.
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