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Stout Associates Realtors has a combined 40+ years of rental property management experience.  You will also save on all maintenance and repairs as we do not have our own maintenance crews (unlike companies that make extreme profits on repairs) and you will benefit from the discounted bulk pricing we receive by giving the work to quality licensed and insured contractors.

Allow our experience to help you! We handle all sizes of business, whether it’s one apartment, a single house, 100+ apartments or condos, and more. We pride ourselves on taking on challenging properties and turning them around for our clients,

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What are the Benefits of Using a Property Management Company?

A competent property manager can add significant value to your investment, which is why many seasoned real estate investors will tell you that a good management company is worth their weight in gold.

Here are a few ways that a good property manager earns their keep:

Higher Quality Tenants

Think of tenant screening as the moat and draw bridge around your castle. It is certainly possible to get a bad tenant out of your home once they are in, but it’s a real hassle and you are so much better off never accepting them in the first place. A thorough screening process results in reliable tenants that:

  • Pay on time
  • Rent longer
  • Put less wear and tear on the unit
  • Generally cause less problems

An experienced property management company has seen thousands of applications and knows how to quickly dig for the real facts about candidates and analyze that information for warning signs. By allowing a management company to handle the screening, you will also be shielding yourself from rental scams directed at owners, and discrimination lawsuits resulting from an inconsistent screening process. This kind of experience takes time, and insomuch as it means avoiding bad tenants, scams and lawsuits it is arguably one of the most significant benefits a property management company will provide.

Fewer Costly and Time Consuming Legal Problems

Think of tenant screening as the moat and draw bridge around your castle. It is certainly possible to get a bad tenant out of your home once they are in, but it’s a real hassle and you are so much better off never accepting them in the first place. A thorough screening process results in reliable tenants that:

  • Pay on time
  • Rent longer
  • Put less wear and tear on the unit
  • Generally cause less problems

An experienced property management company has seen thousands of applications and knows how to quickly dig for the real facts about candidates and analyze that information for warning signs. By allowing a management company to handle the screening, you will also be shielding yourself from rental scams directed at owners, and discrimination lawsuits resulting from an inconsistent screening process. This kind of experience takes time, and insomuch as it means avoiding bad tenants, scams and lawsuits it is arguably one of the most significant benefits a property management company will provide.

Shorter Vacancy Cycles

A property manager will help you perform three critical tasks that affect how long it takes to fill your vacancies:

  • Improve and prepare the property for rent – A property manager will suggest and oversee cosmetic improvements that maximize revenue.
  • Determine the best rent rate – Too high and you are stuck waiting, too low and you’re losing money every month the tenant is in the unit. Determining the optimal price requires knowledge of the local market, data on recently rented comparable properties, and access to rental rate tools.
  • Effectively market your property – An experienced property management company has written hundreds of ads and understands what to say and where advertise in order to get a larger pool of candidates in a shorter period of time. Additionally because of their volume they can usually negotiate cheaper advertising rates both online and offline. Lastly, they are familiar with sales and know how to close when they field calls from prospects and take them on showings.
Better Tenant Retention

While its easy to see the effects of lost rent, there are other equally serious problems with a high tenant turnover rate. The turnover process involves a thorough cleaning, changing the locks, painting the walls and possibly new carpet or small repairs, not to mention all the effort associated with marketing, showing, screening and settling in a new tenant. This is a time-consuming and expensive process that can often be averted by keeping tenants happy and well cared for.

A good property management company will have a time-tested tenant retention policy that ensures happy tenants with lengthy stays in your properties. These kinds of programs require a consistent, systematic approach, which is where a good property management company will shine.

Tighter Rent Collection Process

The way you handle rent collection and late payments can be the difference between success and failure as a landlord. Collecting rent on time every month is the only way to maintain consistent cash-flow, and your tenants need to understand this is not negotiable. By hiring a property manager, you put a buffer between yourself and the tenant, and allow them to be the bad guy who has to listen to excuses, chase down rent, and when necessary, evict the person living in your property.

If you let them, your tenants will walk all over you. They have to be trained to follow every part of the lease or deal with the consequences. Property managers have an advantage because tenants realize that they, unlike the owner, are only doing their job and are obligated to enforce the lease terms. Many property managers will tell you that it is considerably easier to manage other people’s units rather than their own for this reason.

Regarding evictions, there are strict laws concerning the eviction process, and doing it wrong, or trying to evict a “professional tenant” can be a MAJOR fiasco. A good property management firm knows the law and has a good process for obtaining the best possible outcome given the circumstances. Never having to handle another eviction can be a compelling reason to consider hiring a property management company.

Assistance with Taxes

A property management company can help you understand which deductions you can claim, as well as organize the necessary forms and documentation to make those claims. Additionally, the property management fees themselves are also tax deductible.

Lower Maintenance and Repair Costs

Good maintenance and repairs keep tenants happy and preserve the value of your investment which make them a very important part of land-lording. By hiring a management firm you gain access to both their in-house maintenance staff, as well as their network of licensed, bonded and insured contractors who have already been vetted for good pricing and quality work. This can translate into significant savings compared to going through the yellow pages and hiring a handyman yourself. Not only is the firm able to get volume discounts on the work, they also know the contractors and understand maintenance issues such that they are capable of intelligently supervising the work.

Increase the Value of the Investment

Preventative maintenance is achieved through putting systems in place that catch and deal with maintenance and repair issues early on, before they grow into larger more costly problems. This requires a written maintenance check program, detailed maintenance documentation and regular maintenance visits. The management firm can also offer you suggestions and feedback on upgrades and modifications, both how they will affect the rent you can charge, as well as their impact on maintenance and insurance.

Personal Benefits for Owners
  • Less stress – Avoid having to deal with middle of the night emergencies, chasing down rent, evicting people from your property, tenants who wreck your property, rental scams, lousy vendors, piles of paperwork.
  • More freedom – Live and invest wherever you want with the constraint of needing to be near your properties. Additionally you can live and travel without the requirement of always being available in the event that your tenants have a need you have to tend to. Once you have found a good management company, it doesn’t matter if you live in the same state. Some landlords live in other countries and simply collect their check every month without ever seeing the property.
  • Free up more of your time – Time is money, and for many investors, their time can be more profitably spent in areas other than servicing their properties. When you focus on asset management you’re working ON your business, when you manage your own properties you work IN it. Additionally you have more time to spend with family or friends doing things you enjoy.

What We Do for You

Rent Out Your Vacant Property

  • Advertise the property.
  • Personally show the property and detailed logging of the property.
  • Run credit reports, verify current and previous employment, contact past landlords, and have either a face to face or telephone interview.
  • Review every recommended tenant with owner if that is the owners request.
  • Enter Client and tenant into a 1 year lease (or less, if agreed upon by both parties).
  • Collect the 1st month’s rent, security deposit, and all additional fees or terms.
  • Photographs of property taken prior to tenants occupying the premises.

Manage Your Rental Property

  • Follow the tenant/landlord act.
  • Collect rent(s).
  • Ensure tenants pay their required utilities (water/sewer//trash/recycling) directly to township/borough or reimburse property owner.
  • Answer all tenant complaints/concerns.
  • Contact owner(s)/contractor for repairs (24 hour emergency repair line).
  • Inspections on properties are available upon request. How often these inspections would occur (if even desired) would be up to the owner. Quarterly, Semi-annual, Annual, and customized.
  • Provide both monthly and annual invoice statements for our clients.
  • Direct Deposit available for owners to receive their rent proceeds.
  • Dedicated line for owners to call in case of emergency 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
  • Eviction Process: File Complaints, Attend Court Hearing, Request for Order of Possession, File for Tenant Removal.

Take Over an Existing Rental

  • Notify tenant of transition.
  • Ensure the transition is smooth.
  • Enter into a new lease if applicable.
  • Eviction Process: File Complaints, Attend Court Hearing, and Request for Order of Possession, File for Tenant Lockout.

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Oskar Properties, LLC - Since 2010

"Our real estate company had been working with Stout Associates for the last five years. We are extremely pleased with them. Their property management team is excellent, they are very responsive and work under our guidelines which includes timely collection of rent, payment and repairs etc. They are experts in their field, we highly recommend them."

The Mellinger's - Since 2013

"We have been clients of Stout's for 9 months and have received excellent service. Our property was filled with tenants very quickly and the process went extremely well. The response time to inquiries or concerns is taken care of in a timely manner. We are very pleased with Stout's and would recommend them to other property owners."

Eagle Contracting Prop Inv Grp - Since 2011

"I came to Stout Realty in a panic when I found that my current contractor/property manager was misrepresenting me in all of our dealings and the monies he collected were not being forwarded to me. Tom and company calmed me and have been doing all the right things at the right times. I am an out of town investor and they have been taking care of my investments for about 3 years with very good success. From repairs and inspections to legal issues, they are watching out for me. I sleep better at night! I would certainly recommend their services whether your need is property management or real estate services!"

Mr. Bowers - Since 2012

"I needed to move and buy a bigger house for my expanding family, however my home (at that time) was worth less than what I owed on the mortgage. Stout Associates was able to rent my house out and get me a new mortgage for the purchase of my current home. I've always received my rents on time and their communication is second to none. When I was up against a wall, Stout Associates helped guide me to my goal and has been excellent since. I have had no bumps in the road and it's been over 2 years. I would highly recommend Stout Associates to anyone!"

Mr. Weiss - Since 2009

"I have had 2 property managers for my 9 rental units over 3 years. During that time I have had many long terms vacancies, high repair/remodeling bills, poor communication, and very poor accounting. I was very close to just selling the properties and giving up. I gave Stout Associates a call (from a referral) to see if they might have a different approach They convinced me to give them a chance to change my poor outlook on rental management. Needless to say that was over 5 years ago and I've received higher rents, minimal vacancies (2%), excellent communication and accounting, and greatly reduced repair bills! Don't give up until you try Stout!"

Mr. Marsh - Since 2011

"The dealings with Stout Associates as my rental/property management company have been a great experience. They were able to find me a great renter in a short amount of time. They do the proper screenings to find you a reliable renter who is financially able to pay the rent. I always received my monthly rental check on time and now it is even better that they can direct deposit. I referred one of my colleagues to Stouts and they were able to find him a renter for his house very quickly. All in all a great company to deal with which makes renting a breeze."

Trinity United Church of Christ - Since 2010

“Working with Stout Associates has freed us from the worries of property management so we can focus on our church’s ministry. Thank you, Stout Associates!”

Mr. Osenbach - Since 2011

"The best move I ever decided to do!"

Stout Associates Realtors

4718 Kutztown Road
Temple, PA 19560
Office: (610) 921-3141
Fax: (610) 921-3142

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