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Property Manager’s toughest job

I know you probably think this blog is going to be about evicting an unruly tenant, or about marketing a rental for months trying to find that perfect tenant.   Surprise, neither of those are a property manager’s toughest job.  No the toughest part of the job for me is Mike Rowe Tough Jobhaving to tell a great tenant that they can’t rent the house I am renting out.

What you ask?   How is it possible that you tell a great tenant NO, they can’t rent the property?

In Fort Myers, Cape Coral, & Lehigh Acres the rental market right now is hotter than Mc D’s hot cakes.  Yeah it’s a hot right now.   Every property I advertise for rent I am finding 3, 4 sometimes even 5 great families, who are a perfect tenant.   In this kind of market there are some property management companies who take advantages of perspective tenants and there are others who do what is right.  I am one of the property managers that do it right.  I am honest with perspective tenants letting them know I am likely going to run 2 or 3 applications for a property (given all three applicants are completed within a 24 to 48 hour time frame).

What I am often finding with the tenants i choose to screen is; great rental history, stable employment, zero criminal history (not even speeding tickets), and a blemished credit report (which 8 million American’s who were served foreclosure papers from 2007 through 2011 have a blemish).  What’s my point when looking at two great prospective tenants I have to tell one of them NO.  That is the hardest part of property management.



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Justin Ruzicka, Realtor
Justin Ruzicka, RealtorThe House Guy
Much of my real estate career has been in buying, repairing, then selling the properties for a profit. I work for specific investment groups doing this, as well as manage a personal portfolio. The other 50% of my business is helping my neighbors, I have helped dozens of Families buy or sell their home.

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