Property Management Brainstorm

Property Management Brainstorm Podcast

The Property Management Brainstorm podcast show was created to provide information to homeowners and property investors looking to learn more about best practices in renting and managing their residential investment properties, tenants, and vendors. This podcast series is conducted in an interview discussion format by Bob Preston – president, owner and real estate broker of North County Property Group, a property management company located in Del Mar, CA. Bob will interview some of the top professionals and experts in their respective fields related to the real estate and property management industries with the goal of providing insight and best practices to maximize your property value and income while maintaining top notch tenant relations.

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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Episode 45: Hosting Landlord Seminars, Featuring Mike Connolly, Broker/Owner of East Bay Property Management
Episode 45: Hosting Landlord Seminars, Featuring Mike Connolly, Broker/Owner of East Bay Property Management
This episode is dedicated to property managers wanting to grown their business. Bob discusses hosting landlord seminars with Mike Connolly, Broker/Owner at East Bay Property Management of Freemont, CA. Mike's company has successfully hosted landlord seminars to bolster their business development efforts and grow their rental property ...

Friday, September 11, 2020

Five Minute Friday #39: Is HVAC Maintenance Worth It?
Five Minute Friday #39: Is HVAC Maintenance Worth It?
There are two times of the year when a functioning HVAC system is critical for a tenant in a rental property, winter time when in need of heating, and the middle of summer when cooling is necessary during hot temperatures. In this episode of Five Minute Friday, Bob explains why regular HVAC service is not only worth it, but how his compan...

Friday, September 4, 2020

Five Minute Friday #38: Planning For a Paradigm Shift
Five Minute Friday #38: Planning For a Paradigm Shift
When society emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, will there be a paradigm shift across industries, our economy, and even how we live our lives?  Might that shift create a need for us to make permanent adaptations to the way we run our property management businesses?  In this Five Minute Friday, Bob Preston ponders these question...

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Episode 44: Setting Up Utilities for a Tenant Move-in, Featuring Peter Hernandez of Citizen Home Solutions
Episode 44: Setting Up Utilities for a Tenant Move-in, Featuring Peter Hernandez of Citizen Home Solutions
As landlords and property managers, have you ever experienced the dreaded “blackout” at your rental property when the tenant utility transfer was not handled properly? This is when you arrive to move your tenant into the home and guess what ... no power!  Even worse is getting a bill a month later and discovering that the...

Friday, August 28, 2020

Five Minute Friday #37 - Should My Rental Be a Smart Home?
Five Minute Friday #37 - Should My Rental Be a Smart Home?
We are starting to see them everywhere, “smart devices" installed for home automation. These devices might include thermostats, doorbells, home security cameras, lighting, appliance monitoring and more. Homes are becoming more efficient, secure and convenient. So is it something that makes sense for your rental homes as propert...

Friday, August 21, 2020

Five Minute Friday #36: The Listing Tracker Dashboard
Five Minute Friday #36: The Listing Tracker Dashboard
In FMF #36, Bob speaks to the importance of open communication as a landlord and property manager. This is true with all of our stakeholders: tenants, maintenance vendors, and property owners. One question Bob hears a lot from new San Diego Property Management prospective clients is: Will you keep me informed throughout the rental listing...

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Episode 43: Building a Solid Property Management Company, Featuring Kellie Tollifson of T-Square Properties and President of NARPM®
Episode 43: Building a Solid Property Management Company, Featuring Kellie Tollifson of T-Square Properties and President of NARPM®
On this episode of Property Management Brainstorm, the focus is what it takes to build and grow a property management business from the ground up AND the importance of the support provided by our National Association of Residential Property Managers, otherwise known as NARPM (N-A-R-P-M). Bob Preston discusses these topics with his guest, ...

Friday, August 14, 2020

Five Minute Friday #35: Don't Be a Bottleneck
Five Minute Friday #35: Don't Be a Bottleneck
In this week's FMF, Bob discusses one of the challenges he had in the early days of his company with the delegation of authority … the process of transferring responsibility for a task to another employee. When working in a small company, finding the time to properly offload an aspect of the business to another person, and more...

Friday, August 7, 2020

Five Minute Friday #34: Built to Last
Five Minute Friday #34: Built to Last
Built to Last. These are three simple words that communicate a powerful punch. It is actually the name of a a book written by James Collins and Jerry Porras in 1994. Bob explains how he was given the book 25 years ago by his boss at the time, Bill Krause, who had been an executive at HP and was the CEO of the start up where Bob was workin...

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Episode 42: Air Quality in Rental Homes, Featuring Andrew Smallwood of Second Nature
Episode 42: Air Quality in Rental Homes, Featuring Andrew Smallwood of Second Nature
On this episode of Property Management Brainstorm, Bob discusses home wellness as an essential part of healthy living with Andrew Smallwood, Director of Sales at Second Nature. One aspect of home wellness and healthy living is regularly changing filters on heating and air systems (HVAC) for improved air quality within a rental home. Secon...

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