Looking for Property Managers/ Brokers

6 Replies | Nashville, Tennessee

Hey guys,

     Can you recommend any commercial brokers and property managers in the area that deal with medium sized multifamily properties? I am looking to invest in the area and will be flying out there in a month so I would like to start building my team now. Appreciate the referrals! 

Hi Pablo,

I am a Commercial Broker, licensed in '96, and a Nashville native. Happy to assist in any way - let's connect and discuss how we might best work together!

I look forward to speaking with you very soon -

I've worked with David Childers. Haven't closed a deal yet, so take it with a grain of salt but he's seemed pretty good to me so far. PM me your email and I'll do an intro.

We have used Stones River Properties for PM.  Like them, but as with any PM we have worked with it takes time and effort to manage your expectations with them.  You can find them with a Google search, or I'd be glad to make an intro if you want to message me.

You can start by going to www.narpm.org and search their directory of managers. These are professionals with additional training and a stricter code of ethics. It's no guarantee but it's a good place to start.

1. Ask how many units they manage and how much experience they have. If it's a larger organization, feel free to inquire about their different staff qualifications.

2. Review their management agreement. Make sure it explicitly explains the process for termination if you are unhappy with their services, but especially if they violate the terms of your agreement.

3. Understand the fees involved and calculate the total cost for an entire year of management so you can compare the different managers. It may sound nice to pay a 5% management fee but the extra fees can add up to be more than the other company that charges 10% with no add-on fees. Fees should be clearly stated, easy to understand, and justifiable. If you ask the manager to justify a fee and he starts hemming and hawing, move on or require them to remove the fee. Don't be afraid to negotiate!

4. Review their lease agreement and addendums. Think of all the things that could go wrong and see if the lease addresses them: unauthorized pets or tenants, early termination, security deposit, lease violations, late rent, eviction, lawn maintenance, parking, etc.

5. Don't just read the lease! Ask the manager to explain their process for dealing with maintenance or problem tenants. If they are professional, they can explain this quickly and easily. If they are VERY professional, they will have their processes in writing as verification that it is enforced equally and fairly by their entire staff.

6. Ask to speak with some of their current owners and current/former tenants. You can also check their reviews online at Google, Facebook, or Yelp. Just remember: most negative reviews are written by problematic tenants. The fact they are complaining online might be an indication the property manager dealt with them properly so be sure to ask the manager for their side of the story.

I hope this basic guide helps. If you have specific questions about property management, I'll be happy to help!

@Pablo Flores to find property management companies go on apartmentsdotcom. Dial in the criteria of your search to match what you want to be managed. On the right hand side of the listings most will have the property management company. Make a list and start calling them.