The Dos and Don’ts of Property Management Software

Central to the business of brokerage, leasing and investing is property management. To maintain a smooth operation, it’s crucial to pick the right property management software.

As an owner of a property management company, in addition to my brokerage and development business, I can tell you the dos and don’ts of property management software options online today.

Do: TenantCloud

tenant cloud property management software

The software is free to use for up to 75 units and operates on the cloud. With just a few clicks, you can access details on the property, rental regulations and more. Not only that, but the software allows users to pay bills in minutes. TenantCloud makes it easy to record payment information into a concise report that can easily be stowed away for record keeping.

The small team at TenantCloud also offers a service to renters, looking for an efficient application process and easier route of communication to landlords.

Do: Buildium

buildium property management software

Dubbed the “property management software designed by property managers,” the software excels in usability. Buildium is also cloud based and is an optimal option for all types of computer users, making it easy to introduce the software to employees and others new to the portal.

In 2015, the software received recognition by Inc. 5000 for the fourth year in a row and has grown its user base to more than 12,000.

Don’t: Yardi Systems Inc.

yardi property management software

If you’re looking to save a buck, don’t look here. The price point begins at $10,000 to $15,000 just to implement the property management software and an added $15,000 to $25,000 to purchase it. I’ve reviewed the trials and while it comes in handy for residential and commercial management, the barrier to entry is just too steep.

The company has a staff of 5,000 with offices in 30 locations throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia and claims to have set the standard for real estate software solutions.

Do: AppFolio

appfolio property management software

I’ve been using this software for more than two years and, by far, it’s my favorite. The software is managed through the cloud and can be easily accessed on a mobile device. At any time, I can login and get a clear snapshot of the status of a property, including details on delinquencies, rent collection and more.

To say the least, it’s a time saver. It even helps out with the dreaded triple net reconciliations which need to be completed by the end of the year. Before purchasing the software, which costs $1 per unit, my staff and I spent months tallying up the costs. Now, with just the tap of a button, it’s done in a matter of seconds—forget the pen and paper.

I recommend testing out all of the software I’ve mentioned on the list. Talk to people, do your research, ask the right questions and see what works for you.