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Proudly Serving Jacksonville and surrounding areas

Welcome to FPM Properties, Northeast Florida's premier residential property management firm. Our commitment is to care for your property as if it were our own and ensure that you can be confident that it is well maintained and your asset is protected. 50+ years of professional business experience and two Master Property Managers leading the team contributes to making us an industry leader. Due to the evolutionary nature of the industry today, our commitment to ongoing industry education and certification further ensures the protection of your asset to the benefit of both owner and resident.

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FPM Properties is a highly engaged member of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers), an association of real estate professionals who know firsthand the unique issues of managing single family and small multi-family residential properties. Michael Hodges recently returned from Washington D.C., having chaired the 4th annual NARPM Day on the Hill and 1st annual Day on the Hill Seminar. Joined by approximately 40 of his fellow members from across the country, the group conducted meetings with their respective Representatives and Senators to discuss the issues currently most pressing and impactful to property managers and property owners.

Among these issues were requests for improved guidelines regarding emotional support animals and criminal background screening, ADA lawsuit reform and National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization. The group hosted the Deputy Asst. Secretary of HUD, Krista Mills on the first afternoon. She spoke on HUD’s compliance and enforcement processes. The second day was devoted entirely to meeting with various members of Congress, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and going through nonstop to 5:00 p.m.!

This commitment to advocacy on behalf of property owners is just one indicator of the wisdom of working with professional property managers like the members of NARPM and FPM Properties.

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Owner Newsletter

May 2018

So, we've had an unseasonably long cool period here in (northern) Florida --probably indirect or direct result of the extended long winter our northern neighbors have endured-and we are grateful!...Read More

Resident Newsletter

May 2018

The summer is coming and we want it to be a good one for everyone! We've been thinking about this a lot: what makes a good landlord/property management company for you, the resident? We believe this is a part of it:..Read More

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The Cost of Prevention…or Lack Thereof

Web Admin - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

So…let’s say for some reason you choose not to have a preventative maintenance plan or delay maintenance on your AC system. As mentioned before, systems work hard-- from Julington Creek to Ponte Vedra Beach to Riverside--especially in the long summer months, i.e. (May to October). “Less than” maintenance will have consequences. We know this. So let’s say something goes wrong that typical troubleshooting doesn’t remedy—and your system is out of warranty.

First there will be assessment of the following: cost of the potential repair, condition/age of other key components, risk for contamination or repeat failure and (typically) no warranty on workmanship. Bear in mind, too, some components need to be functioning in order to evaluate others so you may be facing repair of one to assess the other only to find it is failing as well. If any or all of this bottoms out to a cost of 2/3+ of a system replacement, start shopping for your new system.

Regardless, let’s say you’ve taken all this into account and you’re replacing the part anyway. Here are some ballpark price points (on just a few that seem to come up more frequently) and bear in mind most likely will not be under warranty. Oh, and add labor……

Compressor: $1500-$2500

Blower Motor: $350-$800

Evaporator Coil: $350-$1100

Condenser Coil: $1200-$2000 (non R-22)

Condenser: $1500-$2500 (non R-22)

Obviously, in some situations, repairs can be made, especially if the system is a more current unit (after 2008 and not using R-22). We simply advocate for careful consideration of all the variables before deciding as these are big numbers—some of the component costs are nearly half the cost of a system replacement alone (depending on size).

Lastly, this is why we do insist that a preventative maintenance plan can be advantageous—not only to check and service the system routinely but to identify possible issues before they become big problems. Don’t take our word for it—consult with your preferred vendor or one of ours (like Bold City Heating & Air who provided assistance with this content).

Keep Your Cool and Take Care of Your AC

Web Admin - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

It’s May already and soon the seasonal heat will be upon us and our air conditioners will be running nonstop. Property managers are vigilant of major systems in the homes they manage for myriad reasons. Aside from the significant investment they represent to the home owner, it gets very hot & humid here in the summer and your resident will be running the AC a lot and expect it to be operational at all times!

While there are no guarantees, especially based on the age of the system, you can reduce the likelihood of a malfunction (and worse yet an unexpected one) by maintaining the system. What does maintaining the system involve, really?

Yes, changing the filter consistently is one of the easiest steps. Keeping the vents clean and the areas around the handler and compressor clear/debris fee. Keeping the condensate drain clear. One of the best ways to insure optimum performance and minimal surprises is checking the system at least annually—the provider will run diagnostics. This typically includes assessing the coils, capacitors, compressor and refrigerant. This can reduce the chances of that sudden call that the system just isn’t cooling (or running at all) that sends your resident into a panic and frankly can make for sleepless nights if not remedied swiftly. Trust us, no one wants to experience that and a comfortable resident is a happy resident! A less than maintained system can lose at least 5% efficiency as well…..

Check back later this month when we get into the costs associated with not maintaining your system as compared to the investment of doing so…..

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Testimonials

Wanda Franklin has managed our two properties for at least 20 years, first as a property manager at another company and then as owner of Heth Realty (now FPM). She has kept us well informed of all issues, has been prompt in dealing with any problems/issues with tenants, repairs, etc., and has been a pleasure to work with. If we email or call, I know well receive an answer right away. Its difficult being 3000 miles away so its important that we have someone we can trust watching over our properties.

Vince Boley

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711 Margaret St
Jacksonville, Fl. 32204

Main: (904) 497-4200
Fax: (904) 387-6436

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​ Disclosure: First Place Management Properties, LLC is "not" a real estate brokerage and does not lease or sell properties.
All sales and leasing activities are conducted through FPM Properties, dba. & First Place Management, Inc. both are licensed Florida Real Estate Brokerages. ​



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