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A key aspect of owning a property in another country is to consider how it will be look after and maintained. Also, if you are expecting to generate income from the property by renting it out, consideration needs to be given to how those prospective tenants will be sourced. Property Management companies in most areas of the US, with the more popular areas boasting many companies in this field.

Most property management companies that deal with overseas owners have 2 distinct divisions in their company that work in tandem to achieve the best results for the property owner. The first is in the area of maintenance. This is ensuring that the property condition does not deteriorate, or at least as little as possible (all overseas property owners should be concerned with this). The second area is that of generating rental income (if that is what the overseas owner wants). A good management company will balance these two, often-conflicting demands, to ensure that the goals of the owner are achieved. The reason the two activities can sometimes conflict is that renters generally produce wear and tear on a property, and therefore create maintenance requirements.

Property owners who would like to enjoy staying in their home when they come to visit should not consider a long term rental as the property will not be available for such use. Usually lease terms go from 9 months to 2 years and would be more appropriate for an investment property. Short term rentals are a better choice when considering the purchase of a vacation or holiday home that is more of a hybrid for both personal enjoyment and also to make some income.

Buyers who are considering leaving their property in the hands of a property manager should interview a few potentials, and compare the pros and cons of each situation. Some property managers are better with certain sorts of properties, or better in certain geographical areas than others. In addition, companies will have different methods of charging for their services, either in terms of flat-fees, or commissions, and these to be borne in mind by the owner, and considered in view of their own personal aspirations for the property in question.

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