What does a Property Manager do?

Property managers are responsible for the overall financial and operational management of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Property managers aim to minimize costs while keeping tenants satisfied. They are tasked with addressing tenant concerns, collecting rent, dealing with maintenance, and managing the budget.

Property managers need to have a Bachelor's degree. Some states require property managers to have some type of professional designation or certification. While not all states do, most employers prefer property managers have a Certified Property Manager (CPM), Real Property Administrator (RPA), or Registered in Apartment Management (RAM) designation. Most of these designations have education, experience, and exam requirements. The best property managers are customer service oriented, have great interpersonal skills, and are extremely organized.

What responsibilities are common for Property Manager jobs?
  • Oversee, maintain, and inspect all designated buildings and properties
  • Coordinate ongoing maintenance and inspections to comply with all relevant laws, codes, and company policies
  • Select tenants through interviews and background checks
  • Collect rent, pay invoices, and analyze operating statements
  • Prepare the annual budget and report on financial performance regularly
  • Manage on-site staff, and vendor and contractor relationships
  • Address tenant complaints, violations, and problems
  • Prepare and maintain all records, correspondence, and files
  • Establish and maintain relationships with tenants
What are the typical qualifications for Property Manager jobs?
  • Bachelor's degree highly preferred; equivalent work experience in property management will be considered
  • CPM, RPA, or RAM designation preferred
  • 5 years of experience in property management
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to comply with operational policies and procedures, codes, and regulations
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English
  • Exceptional organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong familiarity and working knowledge of affordable housing laws and anti-discrimination legislation
EducationBachelor's Degree
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

How much does a Property Manager make?

$63,224 /yr
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Property Manager Career Path

Learn how to become a Property Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Property Manager Insights

Read what Property Manager professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
SecurCare Self StorageSecurCare Self Storage
Assistant Property Manager
May 6, 2022

“The manager Breanna is the best she friendly and I can't wait to starts..”

Apartment Management ConsultantsApartment Management Consultants
Property Manager
Oct 6, 2021

“Pay can be good but not worth it at the end of the day or night!”

Property Manager
Dec 21, 2021

“I had one of the best regionals that was super helpful and really made me confident in my role”

Streamwood Park DistrictStreamwood Park District
Building Supervisor
Jan 25, 2023

“Flexible work schedule Minimum workload which was great for a college student looking to get their work done.”

CSU SacramentoCSU Sacramento
Building Supervisor
Mar 9, 2023

“Working at the union was amazing and felt like you'd could really establish some leadership.”

Senior Configuration Management Administrator
Nov 5, 2021

“I worked with a good group of people and my boss was a great person to work for.”

Leo GroupLeo Group
Property Administrator
Dec 21, 2022

“With grit and determination there are ample opportunities at the Group to learn and grow in your career.”

Property Manager
Feb 23, 2023

“It was a toxic environment and leaving that business was one of the best things I did.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of property managers

Property managers oversee real estate like rental properties on behalf of property owners. They handle things like maintenance, rent collection, tenant issues and complaints, and filling empty housing. A career as a property manager may involve overseeing commercial and residential properties.

An advantage of working as a property manager is the opportunity to split time between the office and various properties. Moving from one location to the next also means there is little monotony throughout the workday. Individuals with great communication skills may enjoy the contact to tenants, including responding to phone calls and emails.

Yes, property managers get paid well. The average salary for a property manager in the U.S. is $63,224 per year. Pay varies based on location, types and amount of properties managed, and level of experience, with salaries ranging from $41,810 to $97,644 per year.

There are some difficult aspects to the job. When considering becoming a property manager, remember that these professionals have to deal with stressful situations, like difficult tenants, pressure to fill vacant properties, collecting delinquent rent, and property damage. They may have to deal with issues on weekends and holidays as well.

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