Properties Managed by Homeowners Vs. Property Management Companies: INSTANT TENANTS

The question of which one is best has been asked over 1000 times, however, those tenants that have experienced both choices , typically choose the management company. Top 3 reasons renting from a property management company just makes sense:


Moving is considered one of the top most stressful times in life. The thought of having to move is already hard enough, but then it just gets progressively worse. Now you have to pack, find a truck, transfer utilities and find a new place to live. The latter one is what causes the hardship . When you finally have the time to search the web or drive an area, you call on a few rentals that you are interested in. Our top grievance that we hear from tenants is that no one will return their calls. And the homeowners that do finally call back, wait a few days or even a week. Many ( not all ) are simply just not professional or responsible. Which already places a bad taste in the tenant’s mouth. A rental agent however, works to assist tenants and answer questions as a full time job. His/Her phone is always ready and waiting. They text, they email, they Facebook and talk in person. That is why, for example, the agents at usually find a good qualified tenant for Jacksonville properties in (on avg.) 7 to 21 days. Their attentiveness to potential tenants-while they are looking- is their most important trait- which seems to make the tenants and landlords of those properties very happy! Why settle for less? Life is simply already too hard.

2. PROfessionals WITH PROcedures

If you’re a tenant, you probably have money to pay for rent. And if you have money for rent, then that means that you probably have a job. And if you have a job, you probably do not have a lot of spare time to waste. So why do homeowners, continually think that a contemporary tenant would want to fill out a paper application and then drop it off, meet them at a good time for the landlord to hand over a deposit check and then answer calls at work ( where the homeowner usually calls), and then meet them personally to do a walk through a week before moving in and then fill out a lease that is so homeowner biased that the tenant is bound to loose in the long end?
Time is too valuable!

Now enters the professional property management company. There’s an actual office, with a/c, water, and a full leasing staff ready to help.
Paperwork and procedures are all in place along with a few offerings such as :
1. Online applications with online payments
2. Online background and credit checks
3. Agents who will answer your questions from 9 to 5
4. Printed multiple listings with viable information that would help a tenant to find just that perfect rental quicker…choices!
5. Walk through forms and streamlined leases that are not one sided towards tenant or the homeowner
6. Email, texting and call choices for communication
7. Online easy maintenance requests
8. Online rental payments
And more, more, more!


And lastly, but most important, are all of the choices that a property management company typically provides. A medium sized agency will average about 20 to 30 openings at all time. These choices are invaluable to the potential tenant. Remember, time is money and you can see five or so of your favorite choices in two hours with your agent. Then, you can inquire as to what is “coming up”
The agency will also help with local schools and pet friendly properties…and doing all of this for the tenant for FREE!

Author: Christina Starmer
Licensed Broker and Investor
First Coast Rental Management
2099 Park Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32204
904-701-3276 office