I am an investor living outside the US and have a single family in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Milwaukee.
I am interested in a property management company who works in the area and you can recommend him. My plan is to rent out the property for the long term
In our experience, the #1 mistake landlords make when selecting a Property Management Company (PMC) is ASSUMING instead of CONFIRMING.
It's often a case of not doing enough research, as they don't know what they don't know!
Landlords mistakenly ASSUME all PMCs offer the exact same services and operate the exact same way, so price is the only differentiator.
So, the first question they usually ask a PMC is about fees - instead of asking about services.
This also leads them to ASSUME simpler is better when it comes to management contracts.
The reality is the opposite - if it's not in writing then the PMC doesn't have to provide the service or can charge extra for it.
We have a 12 page management contract that we've added our real experiences to over the years, with the intent of protecting both us AND the landlord. Beyond the Monthly Management, Placement & Maintenance fees, all other fees in our contract are IF EVENT -> THEN fees.
We don’t know any PMCs to recommend in the area mentioned, but since selecting the wrong PMC is usually more harmful than selecting a bad tenant, you might want to read our series about “How to Screen a PMC Better than a Tenant”:
We recommend you get management contracts from several PMCs and compare the services they cover and, more importantly, what they each DO NOT cover.
EDUCATE YOURSELF - yes, it will take time, but will lead to a selection that better meets your expectations & avoids potentially costly surprises!
P.S. If you just hire the cheapest or first PMC you speak with and it turns into a bad experience, please don’t assume ALL PMC’s are bad and start trashing PMC’s in general. Take ownership of your mistake and learn to do the proper due diligence recommended above😊
Smart Asset Realty manages quite a bit in the Milwaukee area. That's who I use for my portfolio.
I use Alex and Bryan at City Wide Rentals and they do a fantastic job. I can't say enough good things about my experience with them. If I didn't use them, I'd use Mike at PMI or Ed at Welcome Home Milwaukee---both also get excellent reviews from the local investor community.