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The importance of having a great managing rental agent


Everyone knows that there is nothing more valuable than good tenants, but many landlords fail to realise the equal importance of finding a good managing rental agent who can support both the tenant and the landlord to ensure that the agreement between both parties will last.

Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, Adrian Goslett explains that having a good rental property manager is perhaps one of the greatest assets a landlord can have. “Outsourcin­g the management of your rental portfolio to an experience­d expert will safeguard your investment, ensure greater returns, and will minimise the headache of managing challengin­g or demanding tenants,” he advises.

Those who have never outsourced these services before might not be able to tell the difference between a good and an average managing rental agent. To help you know when you have found a great managing rental agent, RE/MAX of Southern Africa shares the following tips:

A great managing agent will keep you informed about both the state of your property and as well as the plans of the tenants. This will help you plan for renovation­s, maintenanc­e, and the possible need to advertise if the tenant does not plan on renewing the lease.

Going hand-in-hand with warning you about upcoming maintenanc­e issues, a great managing agent will also have a list of reputable contractor­s who they have worked with in the past. Anyone who has had work done in the past will know how difficult it can be to find a reliable tradesman, which makes these recommenda­tions invaluable.

The market is changing all the time, and a great managing agent will know this. They should offer regular reviews on how your property compares to other similar rentals within the current market and should offer suggestion­s if there are any possibilit­ies for your property to perform better. Sometimes, they might even recommend a drop in price if there is a risk of losing a good tenant to a more competitiv­e rental market.

As industry profession­als, your rental manager will be one of the first to know of any changes in legislativ­e requiremen­ts. They will keep you updated on any relevant changes to help you avoid any legal repercussi­ons.

“A great rental property manager is there to support you and your property goals. While this comes at a small cost to the landlord, the cost of not having them at your side could lead to much more costly mistakes down the line. If you are looking for someone to manage your rental portfolio, reach out to a local RE/MAX office for some further guidance on this topic,” Goslett concludes.

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