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Vandalism in Your Community? How Propman Property Management Can Help.
04-07-2016
04-07-2016

A friend of ours recently called Propman Property Management and told us about some minor vandalism that had been happening in her Northern Virginia community. It involved several teenagers who were pulling pranks on the homeowners and causing minor damage in the neighborhood.  She didn’t know how to handle the problem – whether to confront the vandals herself or call the authorities – so she turned to us.

The right thing to do was to call the property manager, who could then make the correct decision on how best to handle the problem.  The property manager is experienced in handling small incidents like vandalism and can best determine the next step of action, whether it is to contact the offending residents or bring in the police.

It is important not to approach the perpetrator yourself, as this could involve you in liability, or stimulate retaliation from the vandals. It is best to let the professionals handle the situation, after all, that is why you have a property management company. We not only monitor and secure your property, we can serve as your advocate in cases of problems such as vandalism.

Another reason to contact your property manager is to build a record. The property manager may already be aware of other incidents or witness reports, and this can help build a case against the offending parties. If you have photographs or videos of the perpetrator, these can also be helpful, but do not put yourself in harm’s way to take them. Also, provide photographic evidence of the damage if you can. This creates a documentation chain.

Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, and you deserve the right to live in your home without fear. If you witness vandalism occurring, see evidence of it, or have had it done to your property, please do not hesitate to contact your property manager.

For information regarding Propman’s property management services in Northern Virginia, call us today at 703-569-5702.

Propman Sells Homes
03-24-2016
03-24-2016

Propman Property Management is well known for its excellent properties and service in managing properties for owners in the Northern Virginia area.  But did you know that Propman also sells properties? We have 40 years’ experience!

A number of our home owners decide they want to sell their property, for one reason or another, and we’re glad to provide the same stellar service to help them there. Our sales division is under the same roof as our property management services.

Meet Propman’s Principal Real Estate Broker: Mark Andersen.

“The best way to transition from renting to selling is to notify your property manager that you want to sell rather than renew the lease,” Realtor Mark Andersen said. “It’s a very simple process, and we give our owners a discount on the commission.”

“In addition, our properties usually sell very quickly because we keep them up and they are in good shape. I’d say our average sale is in about 30 days,” Andersen continued.

Because Propman has been managing the property we have experience with it, and with its condition. We have the marketing system in place to sell as well as to rent, and we list your property in the MLS system and on other online websites for you. We have one other broker and two salespeople with our sales team who would be delighted to help you.

If you want to sell a property, or just find out more information about selling, please give our sales team a call at 703-569-9323 ext 205 , or contact Propman online.

Why is Northern Virginia a Great Rental Area?
02-09-2016
02-09-2016

As a property management company, Propman is often asked, “How’s the rental market in Northern Virginia?” We can almost always answer, “It’s great!”

Since our region is so close to Washington, D.C. and the governmental operations and its contractors, there is a plethora of government work in this area. And since the government is always in operation, the area experiences some of the best employment stability in the nation. When the rest of the country goes into a recession, you don’t really feel it here.

We also find that government employees and military personnel are very good tenants. We have several military bases nearby, including Ft. Belvoir, Ft. Myer and Marine Corps Base Quantico, and we are practiced in the intricacies of working with government and military employees.

Northern Virginia is also a higher-income area, meaning that you can generally receive a higher rent on your investment property than if it was located in another region of the state.

If you have an older property to rent out, you can particularly benefit because your mortgage is typically lower, or you may have paid off your house. This means you can start reaping benefits from your rental investment immediately.

To understand more about the Northern Virginia rental market, give us a call here at Propman Property Management. We’ll be glad to review the marketplace and give you advice on how you can rent out your property or properties safely and securely with our professional property managers. Our region includes the counties and cities of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Loudoun and Prince William.

What You Need to Know About Propman Lease Renewals
01-07-2016
01-07-2016

 

Propman Property Management manages residential property for our property owners, and part of that process is renewing tenant leases. To ensure the smoothest transition from one lease to another, or for renewal from year to year, we have solid systems in place.

 

 

 

The Propman Lease Renewal Process

The renewal process actually begins 60 days before the lease termination date. We check with each landlord to ensure that they want to renew a current lease. Then, we contact each tenant listed on the lease, asking them if they wish to renew. If both are in agreement, and there are no adjustments such as rent increases or decreases, we issue a lease extension that covers the same terms listed in the existing lease, and extending the expiration date for one year. If the tenant chooses not to renew, they are required to give us 30 days’ notice.

After the tenant vacates the property, we make sure the utilities are put back into the landlord’s account and inspect the property and make or suggest needed repairs, if there are any. We strive to make the process seamless for owners.

In addition, at the point of lease renewal, the property owner has the option of putting the property on the market instead of issuing a new lease. He or she can also sell the property with a tenant in place at any time of the year, with the tenant’s lease conveying to the new owner.

Do You Need to Rent Out Your Home?

Since 2003, Propman Property Management has been providing professional property management and rental of residential properties in Northern Virginia. If you have a property you’d like to rent, please contact us.

Are the Holidays a Good Time to Rent or Sell a Property?
12-29-2015
12-29-2015

At Propman Property Management, we often get asked the question whether the holiday time is a good time to rent or sell a property or not.

Here in Northern Virginia’s property management market, we find that people are generally not thinking about renting at this time of year. Renter cash flow is low and it is a relatively dead time in the market. We do find, however, that the military market moves no matter what the season.

We also believe the rental market is slowing because the people who lost their homes a few years ago with the market downswing, and have been renting, are now becoming qualified to purchase a home again. Their three-year waiting period after filing bankruptcy is now up.

Advice We Give to Our Rental Property Owners

For Propman’s property owners whose leases end in December, we often recommend partially extending the lease if they can to at February or March when the market opens up again.

With our owners’ approval, Propman can negotiate lease terms with the tenant who is already in your home on your behalf, with the goal of extending the lease until more favorable rental times are available.

Propman Can Also Help You Sell Your Home During the Holidays

If you want to sell your home during the holidays, we can also help. With the proper staging and marketing, any time of the year is good for selling, although the peak season falls between mid-February and early June. Contact our sales team at 703-569-5702 ext 205.

The holidays might not be the most popular time to think about renting, selling or buying a home, but people do relocate during this time, so there is always a market. For more information, please contact Propman Property Management.

Propman Inspections protect Both Owners and Tenants
07-14-2015
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Propman Inspections Protect both Owners & Tenants
12-29-2015

 

 

Propman Property Management is known for the care we take of our  rental properties. We believe it is our mission to provide safe and  pleasant housing and to protect the owner’s investment at the same  time. One way we ensure a favorable outcome is through regular  inspections.

 

 

Move In Inspection

Before a tenant moves in, a Propman representative will walk through the property with the new tenant. We run down the list of items left by the landlord that can include the number of keys for entry and mailbox, remote controls, and any mechanical equipment such as lawnmowers. We also point out major systems and show tenants how to change their filters, including those for the furnace, refrigerator water system, and smoke alarms, and explain to the tenants their responsibility in maintaining the property. Overall, we note the condition of the property prior to move-in, using pre-printed Inspection Reports that are uploaded to the landlord’s online account once completed.

This procedure protects not only our client’s investment, it helps the tenant avoid problems down the line as well. If they understand how to operate and maintain the property as defined in their particular lease, fewer maintenance issues, and certainly fewer emergencies, will occur.

Periodic Inspections

Periodical, scheduled inspections are performed to check for water or tenant damage, safety hazards, and filter operation. Our Propman representative will help turn off outside spigots for the winter, and check for lease violations such as pets, additional roommates, clogged gutters, leaves, or tall grass, for example. We speak with the tenant to see if they are experiencing any problems and find out if any repairs are needed. We also advise the tenant if we find an issue and encourage tenants to properly maintain the unit. These inspections are also reported to the landlord or owner.

Move Out Inspection

Once a tenant vacates the property, Propman’s inspector will check for tenant damage, inventory owner items, inspect all appliances and appliance literature, and review the property’s lights, filters and carpet and gutter cleaning receipts. We thoroughly inspect the kitchen: its cabinets, oven, refrigerator, microwave, cooktop. In the bathrooms we check functionality and the caulking (tenant responsibility). Any repairs necessary to prepare the property for the next tenant are noted. Owners are informed of any maintenance items to which they need to attend as well, including painting, deck cleaning/staining, or power washing.

If you are considering renting out your property, or are looking for a rental, please contact Propman Property Management. You’ll find a listing of our available properties on our website.


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