Property Management Brainstorm

Property Management Brainstorm Podcast

The Property Management Brainstorm podcast show was created to provide information to homeowners and property investors looking to learn more about best practices in renting and managing their residential investment properties, tenants, and vendors. This podcast series is conducted in an interview discussion format by Bob Preston – president, owner and real estate broker of North County Property Group, a property management company located in Del Mar, CA. Bob will interview some of the top professionals and experts in their respective fields related to the real estate and property management industries with the goal of providing insight and best practices to maximize your property value and income while maintaining top notch tenant relations.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Five Minute Friday #25: Don't Be a Weenie
Five Minute Friday #25: Don't Be a Weenie
Last week on FMF I talked about being the Lighthouse, a metaphor for being a strong leader to guide your team during times of crisis like this current COVID-19 pandemic. This week, I plead with you to not be the opposite of being the lighthouse. Don’t be a weenie! Weenies are whimps, lack resolve, and avoid tough decisions. If this...

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Episode 37: Landlord/Tenant Law during COVID-19, Featuring Tracey Merrell of Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
Episode 37: Landlord/Tenant Law during COVID-19, Featuring Tracey Merrell of Kimball, Tirey & St. John LLP
Our listeners have been eager to hear the latest updates on being a landlord during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, Bob discusses this topic with Tracey Merrell, Managing Attorney of Education, at Kimball, Tirey & St.John (KTS), a law firm with a practice in California residential landlord/tenant law.Comments made for this bro...

Friday, May 1, 2020

Five Minute Friday #24: Be The Lighthouse
Five Minute Friday #24: Be The Lighthouse
On this episode of Five Minute Friday, Bob shares the story of key decision making at North County Property Group in adapting the company to telecommuting, new workflows, technology for virtual tours, self-showings, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of the changes were proactively made as early as March 13, 2020, six days before...

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Episode 36: Hot Water is Essential During COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Scott Costa of Water Heaters Only
Episode 36: Hot Water is Essential During COVID-19 Pandemic, Featuring Scott Costa of Water Heaters Only
One of the most common water related incidents at rental properties is leaking or failing water heater. There has never been a time when hot water might be more essential, with all of us on stay-at-home orders, than during the COVID-19 pandemic. A failing water heater can sometimes be a big mess if there is leakage that requires further r...

Friday, April 24, 2020

Five Minute Friday #23: We're Back on the Air and Podcasting!
Five Minute Friday #23: We're Back on the Air and Podcasting!
Property Management Brainstorm had temporarily paused producing the show, taking a brief hiatus, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is so much to catch up on and we are pleased to let you know we are back in production!  On this episode, Bob explains the reasons for taking a break with the podcast and what changes his te...

Friday, March 27, 2020

Episode 35: Temporarily Suspending Podcast Production
Episode 35: Temporarily Suspending Podcast Production
We’re all feeling uncertainty around the mounting COVID-19 health crisis. And what serves as a best practice today may change tomorrow.On this episode, Bob shares his decision to temporarily suspend production of Property Management Brainstorm in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. He discusses the daily changes in processes and mind...

Friday, March 20, 2020

Five Minute Friday #22: Being a Landlord During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Five Minute Friday #22: Being a Landlord During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic is on everyone’s mind right now. So, what can we do as landlords to protect the health and safety of our staff, property owners, tenants and vendors?On this episode of Five Minute Friday, Bob explains how the North County Property Group team is staying on top of our job responsibilities through a remote work...

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Episode 34: A New Approach, Tenant Management Software, Featuring Dave Spooner, Cofounder at Innago
Episode 34: A New Approach, Tenant Management Software, Featuring Dave Spooner, Cofounder at Innago
If you’re an individual, self-managing landlord or you manage a small portfolio of rentals, what is your best option when it comes to property management software?Dave Spooner is the Cofounder of Innago, a free property management software platform designed to help small, independent landlords manage their rentals. Today, Dave joins...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Five Minute Friday #21: Rent Collection and Owner Distribution
Five Minute Friday #21: Rent Collection and Owner Distribution
If you enlist the help of a property management company to manage your rental, you may be curious how rent is collected from the tenant and then forwarded to your bank account.On this episode of Five Minute Friday, Bob walks us through North County Property Group’s best practices around the flow of funds in a rental property. He exp...

Friday, March 6, 2020

Five Minute Friday #20: Tenant Placement
Five Minute Friday #20: Tenant Placement
Placing a new tenant in a rental property seems simple enough. But the fact is, there are A LOT of moving parts at play from the time a property is listed until the tenant moves in and starts paying rent. So, what does the tenant placement process look like? On this episode of Five Minute Friday, Bob walks us through North County Pro...

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