Worst advice for property managers

Geoff Roberts
Geoff Roberts | 2 min. read
Get the latest industry insights.

Published on January 17, 2014

We asked a few property managers what was the worst advice they got as they started their property management careers. Here’s what they said.

“’Property Management is nothing but drama and you have to deal with it.’ Worst advice ever, and what a terrible way to view the world and the people in it.”

Bobby Russo
Ace Mulligan Homes

“Choose the low bid, no matter what.”

Ken Kmet
Condo Voice

“Lead with fear.”

Stephanie Burch
Gianikas Property Management

“The worst advice was that we are therapists, councilors, maintenance people, nurses, and very profession except that of a property manager. Once I understood what my real role was — and that is to maximize returns, optimize growth and nurture clients and the property — I was able to work like a professional in a proactive manner rather than working reactively to every situation we encountered.”

Jo-Anne Oliveri
ireviloution intelligence

“Left without any supervision and little training, I encountered a sink-or-swim mentality. Luckily I am a very good swimmer.”

Loretta Morgan
Jam Property

“‘Everybody does things differently and just because you do things a certain way, does not mean everybody needs to follow your methodology.’ It sounded good as a statement, but in reality it was not good advice. My style of working was to be diligent and effective and do things right the first time. That is the way things should be, and if there are other managers or colleagues who do things differently, it generally results in issues and problems. It is very hard work to do things right the first time, but it is the way you need to work, no matter how difficult.”

Linda Day Harrison

What’s the worst advice you’ve received? Please contribute to the discussion by adding a comment below.

Read more on Team
Geoff Roberts

Geoff is a marketer, surfer, musician, and writer. He lives in San Diego, CA.

Trending Stories For You
Scaling 11 property management KPIs you should be tracking
The property management industry is highly fragmented. Some companies have only a few employees, some operate independently, and others have massive portfolios. No matter your…
Amanda Maher
| 9 min. read
Associations 6 steps to airtight tracking for HOA violations
When a resident moves into an HOA or community association, they agree to follow a certain set of rules created by the board of directors.…
Laurie Mega
| 6 min. read
Maintenance & Improvements 15 HOA landscape maintenance tips to enhance your community’s curb appeal
Prospective buyers love walking into a beautifully renovated home—but it’s tough to get people in the door to see stunning interior improvements if they’re turned…
Amanda Maher
| 8 min. read

Be a more productive
property manager