I have a buy and hold home under contract in Hampton VA. I do not live there and It is my first venture in that market. I have bought in other out of town markets and have found the hardest part is finding a great property manager. Maybe because I am a Realtor myself, I never have a problem finding a great agent but I've had slow starts due to the wrong property manager.
So, if you use a property manager in that market and have great things to say, please let me know. Let me know how many properties you have under management with them and their area of strength - quickly finding tenants, tenant selection, repair cost management, great communication, etc. I do have a recommendation and am curious if they pop up in the responses.
By the way the Realtor I used in Hampton I found on Bigger Pockets. When I saw John Leviege of Exit Realty on this site and also saw him on the CIAS site (certified Investment Agent Specialist) I knew he was worth calling. He has done a great job.
I would love to talk to you, my team and I currently manage 213 units, and we started using some pretty great software to facilitate quicker occupancy. But it is one of those things I can reccmend myself all day but that is just first person. You are more than welcome to look at my website, I believe yelp and Google+ for the reviews or I can send you a list of clients that are willing to speak to you about the services I provide.
If you have a chance to call today, I will be at a NARPM (Nathional Association of Residential Property Managers) meeting this morning, but I should be in the office by 10:30.
I look forward to talking with you.
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