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  • Hiring to Fit a Maintenance Team

    While speaking with a recently hired maintenance supervisor, I was asked an interesting question: How could this man’s current manager hire him after only asking questions such as, “Where do you see yourself in five years, “How do you deal with disagreements,” or, my favorite, “Can you name three things that you are good at and three things that you find challenging?”This maintenance supervisor’s...
  • Happy Little Trees—And Residents

    Three years ago, my friend dressed as Bob Ross for Halloween. Once brushed out, Joe’s curly hair was a dead ringer for the painter’s giant ‘fro, and he spent hours meticulously applying the faux facial hair he still had from an old role in a church play.  The resemblance was uncanny. As the evening progressed, and the drinks continued to flow, Joe’s ‘happy little trees’ were getting happier and...
  • Fall & Winter Maintenance: Will It All Fall Down? Or Finally Fall Into Place?

    I am the last person to admit that the seasons are changing, and as much as I want to deny it, fall will approach quickly. My friends are already dusting off their winter boots while I’m clinging to my flip-flops. However, when it comes to property management and the maintenance of investment properties, you have to acknowledge the inevitable. The demand for maintenance is as volatile as market...
  • Is the Property at War with Maintenance?

    Imagine making the commitment to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars in a property that you only had a few minutes to observe from the front yard. You write the check, go inside and see what you’re dealing with… Recently I’ve been watching a show on Discovery Channel where investors purchase foreclosed properties without actually knowing what issues the property has. There is no formal...

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