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7 Attributes of Successful Property Managers

7 Attributes of Successful Property Managers“Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.” – Arthur Ashe

The concept of success in the property management industry, as with just about any other field, is not so much where you need to be, but rather the journey you take to get there. Successful property managers tend to have many characteristics in common and they leverage these attributes as they push forward on their path to bigger and better things. Let’s examine 7 of these commonalities and see how they apply specifically to the property management field.


Our industry is extremely competitive. If you’re not “in it to win it,” so to speak, you’re going to get left behind and quickly. Successful property management professionals have a deep down determination and drive that pushes them to do what it takes to get things done.


Do you love what you do? If not, then you’re not going to last very long in this field. Property managers that boast the best numbers have an intrinsic passion for the work that they do and they channel that passion into every task they tackle.

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There may be many bumps along the road as you work your way toward a profitable future. If you’re not the type that can look at the bright side of things, you may find these challenges simply too much to overcome. Those who are successful in this business possess unwavering optimism.

Communication Skills

We may be in the business of managing properties, but our jobs are more about helping people. Whether it’s fielding calls from your clients, helping your employees work through a particular challenge or developing and fostering strategic alliances with other professionals, the ability to communicate well is critical to your ongoing success.


Whether you’re the CEO of a multi-million dollar property management organization or you’re a manager at a much smaller firm, believing in yourself is something that will push you forward in your career and within the industry.


Not to be confused with management, leaders are those who have the ability to inspire others and bring out their very best. They empower people and make them want to give their all to achieve the big-picture goals of the company. Successful property managers possess this natural ability.


If you want people to do business with you, either as employees or clients, you have to instill a sense of trust. This comes from a place of integrity, through which a property management professional develops character and a sense of honesty.

Do you have these characteristics? What other attributes do you think it takes to make a property manager successful? Please share in the comments below.

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