One key reason is that the potential savings are negligible compared to management fees billed by real estate agencies in an extremely competitive marketplace — and even more so because, by DIY-managing, you’ll forego any tax on professional fees.  Going down this path is becoming more popular with homeowners preferring to remain in control of how their property is sold and rented.  Selling your home privately is another alternative when managing property.

Giving a supervisor the flick will, by way of instance, save $20 on a $400 weekly rent at a 5 percent control fee or $32 on an 8 percent commission, or $48 on 12%. The effects of DIY-management in your running (leasing ) yields is just as paltry. A saving of $32 on an 8% commission on a $400,000 property with a weekly rental income of $400 will lessen your 5.2% return by 0.4%.

Time and resources
If any of those savings above seem attractive for you, the next point to know about is your workload, responsibility and legal liability risk that’s involved in DIY-managing a rental property — let alone a 10-property portfolio. Real estate agencies can provide their services on such slim margins due to the economies of scale they reach by typically having a vast number of properties in their rent rolls.

Even at these slender margins, agencies in several areas are easily offering discounts on the average 7 percent management fee, providing landlords much less reason to DIY-manage their possessions. This is because the continuing general lack of rental properties affects property agents as much as it does tenants, just for different reasons.

The bigger the rent roll of an agency, the higher the possible resale price. In times of a shortage of rental properties, therefore, an agency chief will frequently encourage the property managers to provide generous discounts to landlords on the publicised management fee.

Neutral intermediary
Never mind that a property manager is worth their fee several times over in juggling the many daily activities, which, incidentally, include advertising possessions, vetting tenants, chasing rents and deposit bonds, organising repairs, performing property inspections and, if necessary, attending the tenancy tribunal.

This eliminates the emotions that could quickly erupt between landlords and tenants even over minor tenancy difficulties. If left unresolved, these issues can become potentially harmful, leading to financial and legal consequences for a landlord.  Renting or selling without agents is accessible to homeowners and certainly achievable when using high quality resources.

Professionals balance the interests of the landlord with the requirements of their tenants, and in so doing they eliminate a whole lot of the stress, confusion and time-wasting of an emotional confrontation,” she says. By comparison, a DIY supervisor is usually not as likely to have the ability to put aside their self-interest to negotiate a balanced settlement.