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How to Become a Property Manager

Written by Autumn Granza on Tuesday, 17 March 2020. Posted in Career

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Each state may have its own rules and regulations regarding the steps to take to become a property manager, so it's important to research what your state requires before pursuing education in the field. However, the first step in most career journeys begins with education! Our online Property Management Certificate program can help you prepare to learn the foundational knowledge that can allow you to move forward on your career path.

What is a property manager?

Property managers may oversee apartments, houses, condos, shopping centers, and more. There is a need for property managers in both commercial and industrial real estate.

In our online Property Management Career Diploma program, you’ll learn how properties are maintained, how to attract good tenants, and how to make a profit. You’ll also take courses like

  • Managing Owner Relations and Marketing. In this lesson, you’ll learn about the business relationships between property managers and owners, the preparation for management contracts, and the manager's reporting obligations.
  • Managing Reports, Insurance, and the Office. You’ll learn reporting procedures in the management of different kinds of properties, budgeting, and preparing profit-and-loss statements. This lesson will also cover tax implications, tax records, cash flows, and more.
  • Managing Retail and Industrial Properties. In this lesson, you’ll learn about industrial real estate, types of properties, the industrial markets. and tenant qualification.

What is a property manager’s job description?

As a property manager, you’ll oversee the operation and maintenance of real estate. You’ll ensure that the properties in your care run smoothly and maintain their property value. As a property manager, you may advertise and fill vacancies, negotiate leases, and establish the rental rate. Other duties include resolving tenant complaints, ensuring the property is secure, and keeping up routine maintenance.

Do you need a certificate for property management?

The qualifications to become property manager vary state by state. To become a property manager you can be certified and you may need to hold a valid real estate license.

How much do property managers make?

Pay for property managers varies based on the properties they manage and the size of those properties. In 2018, the median salary for property managers was $58,340 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Prepare with an online property management course.

Property managers have great customer service, listening, and organization skills. As a property manager, you’ll have various day-to-day responsibilities, but most often you’ll be working with people. Our Property Management program may help you learn the skills to oversee multiple real estate properties. If you’re ready to start studying for a career online, at your own pace call an Admissions Advisor at or enroll online.

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