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Wojciech Kic, the founder of MANAGERENTHOUSES, has published several articles which have become well-known in the property management world. They appeared originally in the Enricher, Houston Business Journal, San Antonio Business Journal and re-appear here by permission. These articles are filled with insights into human nature and the art of property management. They are based on the experience of managing over 5,000 individually owned rent houses over the last 30 years.


Periodic Inspections Of A Tenant Occupied Property

For a landlord, the periodic inspection of a rental property is one of the many essential ownership responsibilities.The technical aspect of a physical property inspection will vary from property to property and from landlord to landlord.The age of a property and the type of construction will impact the focus of a rental property inspection. The […]

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Net Present Value Of A Smile

Making money is what drives many people in the business world.The character of a salesman and the strength of his or her desire to succeed determine the difference between success and failure. Lets consider some examples. John was a real estate broker. His small but successful company carved out a market niche in a stable […]

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Renting Vs. Owning In Houston

There is a certain amount of perplexity in Houston’s real estate market.The Houston real estate market is unlike any real estate market in the world.The real estate here is abundant.There are no real estate shortages in any price category or category type. Anybody who is employed for at least minimum wage can afford to own […]

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Self-Management Vs. Hired Hand

When boarding an airplane for a trip a passenger usually feels comfortable about the flight’s outcome. After boarding the plane she, a diamond dealer, may sip a glass of wine, enjoy a conversation with a stranger, and even take a nap. Upon arrival at the planned destination she walks up to an awaiting limo, and […]

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Communication Breakdown

I enjoy watching my no longer so little, little boy, play video games. Ever since playing the first game, he must have played literally hundreds of games, well over hundreds of hours. He is very good at playing video games. On occasion, he will challenge me to play with him just so that I can […]

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Tenant As Manager

Many owners of rental properties hire real estate management companies to manage their holdings.The reasons for hiring a property manager vary. Some owners desire no interruption at their place of employment; others turn to a property manager due to the perception of advanced property management knowledge and experience. The decision to hire a property manager […]

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Neighbor Managers

Horse racing is an exciting spectator sport. On any given Sunday during a racing season large crowds gather around racing tracks to cheer for their favorite horse.The spectators are very similar in their kibitzing manner. Standing, screaming, and jumping, spectators seemingly act as one. In between the races they all stand in the same line, […]

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“A Holding Deposit” Means H-O-L-D-I-N-G A Deposit

There are many parallels between the worlds of sports, business, and politics. For one, winning IS everything. Coming in second or third just ain’t worth it. The coaches, executives, and political consultants with different winning formulas are searched for all over the world. Once hired, to some CEOs it is all about the raw talent […]

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Yet Another Word About The Real Estate “Bubble”

In an everyday conversation about residential real estate, inevitably a common question arises regarding current values.To many observers real estate values are past their peak awaiting a downfall. In the opinion of others the climb toward the higher values is not yet over. These observers are divided into two opposite camps: buyers and sellers. While […]

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Playing With An 800 Pound Gorilla

In sports, a handicap is about equalizing the odds of the outcome of the event. For example, if I played tennis with a Wimbledon champion, I would have to start with a two set advantage plus a 5:0, 40-0 lead in the third. If this spectacle ever took place, I would expect to have 50:50 […]

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