Online Property Management Firms Fill a Genuine Need

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Are you familiar with the concept of home-sharing? If you haven’t heard of it yet, you likely will in the coming months as the popularity of home-sharing grows.

The idea is that you rent out your residence when you’re not there — if you’re traveling for business, on vacation, et cetera. There are a number of online companies, like Airbnb and Proprly, that facilitate this, and assuming you’re okay with the notion of strangers living in your home, it’s a great way to earn extra income.

But one of the problems that has come up with home-sharing is that the companies that make the arrangements only make the arrangements — that is to say, they don’t do any more than that. Getting your place cleaned, handing off your keys, and arranging for specific items that the renters have requested has, to this point, been all on you.

Enter online property management companies. These companies handle everything from cleaning to assigning key couriers for key handoffs, and some brick-and-mortar versions also handle package delivery and luggage storage. Because of the convenience and relatively low cost of these services, online property management companies have already become an indispensable part of home-sharing.

Could this online model eventually supplant the traditional onsite property management company? If it works really well and it ends up being considerably less expensive, anything is possible.

Pilera is a best-of-class, easy-to-use, comprehensive online property management solution for apartments, condos, and associations. Pilera provides the easiest, most comprehensive data management capability available to property managers, leasing agents, boards of directors, and back-office personnel. Quickly and easily access whatever you need, whenever you need it, from wherever you need to be with office or mobile phone connectivity. You are never out of touch. Act on the document/information accessed from the office or “on-the-road” with Pilera-supported mobile capability. Contact us today!

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