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The Difficulties of Managing a Rental Property from Afar | Redmond, WA Landlord Advice for Out of State Owners

There are some unique difficulties that landlords have when they’re managing from afar, whether that means they’re out of the general area, out of the state, or even out of the country. If you are a landlord who isn’t in the same town as your investment property, there are several things you want to think about. (more…)

Managing Your Emotions When Self-Managing a Rental Property | Professional Tips for Redmond DIY Landlords


Today, we’re talking about an issue that comes up quite a bit in landlord forums and rental property management in general. It’s how to keep your emotions in check when dealing with your tenant. The best way I found to do this is to manage your rental like a business. It really is a business, and you have to treat it that way. The biggest mistake self-managing homeowners make is to get into personal relationships with their tenants. This is great, outside of the property management field. When it comes to real estate investing, you need to treat your tenants the way you would treat anyone else in a business relationship. This will bring better results and keep you out of emotionally charged situations. (more…)

DIY vs. Professional Property Management | How to Be an Effective Landlord in the Seattle Area

SJA Property Management is an industry leader in the Puget Sound area including Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland and Seattle.

Property owners often ask whether self-management is a good idea. There are a few important questions you need to ask yourself before you decide to pursue DIY property management. First, will you be in the general area? If you’re moving out of state, you should hire a management company. There are too many issues that can cost you money when you’re not in the same city or at least a neighboring city. If you are going to be in the area and you’re an active investor, it might work for you. You need to consider it a part time job, and to be effective and limit your risk, you need to consider a few things.

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Why Real Estate Brokers Should Work with SJA Property Management

SJA Property Management values the relationships we have with local Real Estate brokers. We are a resource for brokers from all the major Real Estate companies in the area. We provide those brokers and their clients with property management services and advice.

Benefits to referring brokers include:

  • Referral Commission
  • You receive a referral commission when the home is successfully leased, all without having to do any of the property management work yourself!

  • Protection of Your Relationship with Your Client
  • SJA will proactively protect and promote your relationship with your client to eliminate the risk they will go elsewhere for real estate services at the end of the lease. Also, SJA will notify you three months prior to the lease expiration so you can contact your client to see if they are ready to list their home.

  • Comfort
  • You will feel comfort in knowing that you can refer your client to SJA with full confidence, knowing that we will not only meet but exceed their expectations.

  • Liaison Services
  • You are provided a liaison who knows the demands of being a real estate broker intimately. Our team can answer any questions you may have about SJA’s services, philosophy or the market in general.

    Benefits to a broker’s clients include:

  • Maximize their Return
  • SJA is committed to maximizing revenue and minimizing expenses for your client throughout the term of the lease. SJA property managers are trained to treat our clients’ properties as if they were their own.

  • Asset Preservation
  • SJA’s regular inspection and, if necessary, repair of the home, ensure that the value of your client’s real estate asset is preserved throughout the lease. Our goal is to return the property to your client in better condition than when we took over management.

  • Monthly Reporting
  • SJA provides regular, monthly reports to your clients so there are no surprises related to the management or finances of the home.

  • Communication
  • SJA’s property managers and staff are trained to “over-communicate” with our clients and tenants so the chance of misunderstanding or confusion is minimized. SJA’s communication policy allows us to solve problems before they even are problems.

    If you are a broker who has a need for a good property management resource, we’d love to talk to you. Together, we can help you provide a more comprehensive service offering for your clients, and keep those client relationships strong for years to come. Give us a call.

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