A Day in the Life with Ben Long – Property Manager
When most people think about a career in real estate, often a sales agent is the first thing that springs to mind. However, an equally popular career path in real estate is property management.
Property management is a rewarding career that will rapidly develop your interpersonal, communication and time-management skills. The difference a great property manager makes to the lives of tenants and property owners is invaluable, and is the reason why there’s always such a high demand for quality property managers.
We asked Ben Long, General Manager at TCM Rentals to share his insights on a typical day in the life of a property manager. You can watch that on the REIQ’s Instagram here, under the #ADayInTheLife highlight. From routine inspections to leasing properties, budding real estate professionals will get an inside scoop of what their career might look like if they transition to the world of property management.
Since our Instagram followers loved seeing a typical day in Ben’s working life, we sat down with him to ask a few more questions about his career, his favourite part of being a property manager and much more!
The REIQ: How long have you been working within real estate?
Ben Long: I’ve been working in real estate and property management since the age of 21 (20 years now!), with two of those years spent working at the Residential Tenancies Authority as a conciliator in the dispute resolution centre.
The REIQ: What is your favourite part of being a property manager?
BL: Getting out and about and meeting new people!
The REIQ: On any given day, what tasks are you expected to do as a property manager?
BL: Dealing with maintenance items (some urgent during the wet season), exit inspections and potentially letting people know that they have not cleaned their rental properly, inspecting and appraising new properties, signing on new landlords, routine inspections, checking people are taking care of the properties… basically, it’s a lot of driving around and answering many emails!
The REIQ: What is your advice to someone thinking of becoming a property manager?
BL: You’ll need to have a tough skin, the ability to dissolve conflict, and a very open mind. But in general, the role can be very, very rewarding.