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Being an investor and being nice, don’t always work well together

photo courtesy of taludaFor the past couple years I've had an investor that I have been working with and he is one of the kindest people that I've ever met. However, I've always been concerned about him because he always was so trusting of people and never would press his tenants when it came to contract breeches.

Well, today I found out that he has to file bankruptcy because he hasn't been receiving rent for over 4 months on one unit and 5 months on another. One of the people he has been trying to get out of his unit the whole time and the other was a family and as he put it, "I just don't have the heart to put them out on the street."

Well, now he may be losing his own home because he can't get these people to pay the rent on these properties. I hope I am wrong and he is able to recover once he gets these people out, but why should he lose his life and credit because other people abused his trust?

I hate to see such a kind person lose faith in mankind, but over the last couple months, I've seen one of the happiest and most giving people I know become depressed and I am slowly seeing his outlook on life changing because of these two renters.

Please, if you own properties and you are a kind soul that just has a hard time when people give you a story, I suggest you hire a property management company to manage your properties or you could find yourself in a situation like this one.

I'm not a property manager, but I do see the value in them if you are a kind soul. I don't want to see a kind soul turn dark because of another person's abuse of your kindness.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsRespect Realty LLC • January 25 2009 01:07PM


Hi Todd,

Isn't it too bad that being nice alone doesn't cut it!


Posted by Michael A. Caruso (Surterre Properties) over 10 years ago

I don't have a property manager on my one investmenet property, but I can FULLY understand the importance of one. I do plan to get one in the future when the cash flow is a little higher on the place.

Posted by Stephen Kappre, Helping You Home (KW Hometown) over 10 years ago

Hi Todd,  I could tell you a very scary story of an owner and how he would confront the renter, show them the biggest gun I've ever seen and remind them that he will be back on the first of the month !

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) over 10 years ago

One of the soundest pieces of advice was from a property manager that owned millions of dollars of investment properties.  He told me that you had to treat renters as a business not as friends.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

Todd, those people are committing outright landlord abuse!  I wonder if they understand the consequences of that they are doing, and how it is impacting their landlord.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Todd, I hired a property management company because I wanted the freedom. I only have to call if I see something I don't like. I get a report once a month and I have a real bull dog to do the dirty work...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 10 years ago

He is too kind to be a landlord but it also sounds as if he is not wealthy enough to be an investor if these two incidents are pushing him into bankruptcy.  People who depend on renters to make their rental property payments and who can't go a few months without the rent need to back off some.  There may be more to the story than you've been told.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 10 years ago


We'll probably see more of this kind of story...But you're right...A property management expert is certainly a valuable service!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 10 years ago

Todd - I sure hope things work out for him. I just hate to hear these stories, however they are becoming more common. Let us all dig in and support change. Thanks for the post Todd.

Posted by Gwenn Tanvas NMLS# 274839, The Mortgage Gal, 920.267.7891~ SMART - INNOVATIVE (AMEC Home Loans | NMLS# 150953) over 10 years ago

That's an unfortunate situation and definitely an example of someone who NEEDS a property manager to handle their rentals. It's good to be nice but not when it's to your detriment.

Posted by Monica Bourgeau, Business Coaching (New Phase Business Coaching) over 10 years ago

Sorry to hear this.  How sad.

Posted by Bruce Brockmeier, Coached By Crouch (Internet Marketing Consultant to REALTORS®) over 10 years ago

You could be talking about my dad, (except for the going into bankruptcy part).  He is forever being taken advantage of, because he can't stand the thought of a family with no place to live.  I tease him that he has "sucker" stamped on his forehead, but I know he is just too kind hearted,  Fortunately his properties are paid off. 

Posted by c m over 10 years ago

Todd, always enjoy your statistics and the beautiful presentation. Thank you for sharing and hope all is well up in Beaverton.

Posted by Tom Priester, Paradise Sharks (Paradise Sharks ) almost 9 years ago

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