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Opening the Book of 2022

System - Monday, January 3, 2022
Property Management Blog

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

2021 is behind us so we all have to keep moving forward. 

A new year is typically a time of hope and aspirations; a time to course correct if need be. 

Whether it be health or spending habits, work/life dynamics or intellectual/emotional habits; whatever it is, a new year traditionally is the time we reflect and decide to move forward into change.

Change can be hard but almost always goes hand in hand with “moving forward”. It is the only constant (besides taxes). 

So, what changes will you embrace and/or take control of in 2022?

Here’s something we found that may be helpful as you ponder that question….

So, open the book of 2022… may you find the answers you need and move forward in grace in 2022!

If it involves investment property, property management or community management, we have the answers!

We Love this Idea

System - Thursday, December 16, 2021
Property Management Blog

Supply chain woes…. Inflation……the Great Resignation……

Is this really the holiday season? There is so much angst circulating around right now (mostly trailing back to the above reference) and it’s supposed to be the season of joy!

We saw this recently and swiftly concluded this is the right approach this holiday season. We’re a little behind with advent but the time can easily be made up (or don’t’ even wait till Christmas eve—this could contribute to several households holiday dinners).

Embrace the true spirit of the season!

Attitude of Gratitude

System - Monday, November 1, 2021
Property Management Blog

Yes, it’s that time again—the year is hurtling towards a conclusion at seeming warp speed and the holidays are soon upon us. Despite 2021 being only marginally better than 2020 there is still plenty to be grateful for and that’s how we like to center our thoughts and close out the year!

  • Recovery seems underway—vaccinations are available for all that want them and seem to be helping.
  • Relief has finally made its way to rental residents and ultimately property owners
  • Many lucky individuals weathered this crisis with manageable disruption
  • Travel has resumed which is a welcome respite for many!

More importantly, let’s be grateful for and patient with all those who are showing up and trying to be of service—many under less than ideal circumstances that they have little to no control over!

Let’s support our local and/or small businesses in every sector—and we’re including agents and property managers in that reference! They are our neighbors.

Let’s truly embrace the spirit of the coming season—focusing on thankfulness for what we have in our lives, investing time with our loved ones and living in empathy for those who have lost them.

Jacksonville IS Great!

System - Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Property Management Blog

In the last month a lot has transpired—some of it good, some of it not so much. If you’ve been following the news of late, we don’t need to explain. Heartbreak abounds. 

Additionally, the housing “crisis” and its many iterations continues on. As we indicated previously, relief does seem to be moving its way where it needs to be but property owners are still feeling the pain the most. The market itself continues to spiral upwards and create its own set of challenges.

Despite all that, Jacksonville is still one of the most affordable cities to live in and is being recognized for that and much more. We’ve included a couple of links to recent press about the virtues of our fine city. 

Let’s be grateful for our hometown blessings.

Rent Relief: Worth the Hassle?

System - Monday, August 2, 2021
Property Management Blog

Answer: depends on the program. We’ve seen quite a few and recently successfully completed a local program (on behalf of the owner) that got the property owner reimbursed for approx. 2.5 months of unpaid rent (because the resident was able to pay except for 2.5 months of the qualifying time period).

The more accurate answer is: know the fine print. Every program we’ve seen comes with caveats of some kind. The process can be a bit tedious and time consuming but worth it in the end if the property owner recovers some lost rental income.

Many of the programs (if not all) are dependent on both parties making applications (resident and property owner). Most residents are willing to apply as they want to be relieved of as much of the unforeseen burden as possible. As for owners, we can assist them in that process as the property manager of said rental property. 

It’s a good amount of data gathering but once complete--as is the case with the newer Our Florida program ( could cover up to 12 months of unpaid past rent or 3 months of upcoming. All of this is predicated on criteria satisfaction/qualifying for both parties. 

Navigating the process on their behalf is just another way FPM Properties is proactively working to ease the angst for property owners whose residents have experienced a hardship and all are suffering as a result. 

For more details or to request assistance:

Eviction Moratorium Lives On….

System - Thursday, July 1, 2021
Property Management Blog

So, the moratorium was extended again, till July 31, 2021. 

This has created such a tangled web for both residents and property owners the likes of which we’ve never seen in our lifetimes.

While the moratorium has given residents some much needed breathing room, there is a huge amount of back rent coming due to all the property owners who were not receiving rent for their properties.

Both groups have suffered hardship but we would submit that for property owners, the burden has been greater as they have still been held accountable (without rental revenue) to pay property taxes and maintain insurance and property upkeep!

To compound this, the agencies handling the “relief” funds have done a less than admirable job disbursing funds and the property owners have been last in consideration. In some cases, the funds have gone into residents’ hands with no accountability to make current their back rent.

Our industry association, NARPM, was compelled to file lawsuits and write to members of Congress (some action taken in tandem with the National Apartment Association and Manufactured Home Association) to enact some action that gives immediate relief to property owners and attempt to address the housing shortage and administration of relief.

As the nation “opens back up” for business and vaccinations march on, we hope to see some positive trickles of resolution.

As we head into the Independence Day weekend, let’s all aspire to assert our independence from Covid 19 and government reliance. FREEDOM!

“JAX” No Longer Best Kept Secret…

System - Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Property Management Blog

Jacksonville and North Florida in general have been getting a good amount of press lately! Whether its touting the area as a great place to live/relocate for businesses as well as individuals or a place to visit and enjoy recreation, we truly do have a lot to offer here!

Much has been written as well about which are the” best” neighborhoods and particularly for certain demographic groups. We say Jacksonville has numerous neighborhoods or areas and all have something unique to offer so it’s just a matter of finding your fit. Are you renting or buying? What can you afford? Are nearby schools or public transportation an important factor? Where will you be working and is there a commute involved—and how does it relate to proximity of what neighborhood(s) you are considering?

No matter what you decide, the options are plentiful in our many and diverse neighborhoods and it seems everyone is finding out!

When the Storm is Coming…….

System - Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Property Management Blog

Important to think about this now, especially since storm season starts TODAY!  We have made available the 2021 City of Jacksonville Preparedness Guide to all of our residents in advance of storm season but we’ll hit some highlights here…. most important to remember: if a storm is coming here (like Irma and Michael in past years) it will not matter if you are in Atlantic or Neptune Beach, San Marco, Riverside or Julington Creek. From one end of the area to another, you are likely to experience some kind of symptom—and maybe multiples. This awareness is important no matter where in Clay, Duval or St. John counties you reside!

  • Know your evacuation route and have a plan for using it 
  • Know your flood zone status (and how it relates to above!)
  • Have your emergency preparedness kit ready
  • Know your family and pet plan (going to shelter? Have your personal supplies, i.e. prescription meds)
  • Have your home preparation done (secure loose items, remove loose branches, etc.)
  • Know your resources/contact information (insurance agent/carrier, JEA, City, Family contacts)

We think a great place to start is with the city’s preparedness guide which you can access right here on our home page “Emergency Preparedness Guide” & “Jax Family Plan”

Check out our newsletters as well for more summer and storm season related information…

Review or Rant?

System - Thursday, April 1, 2021
Property Management Blog

Like a lot of property management companies, we take (metaphorical) body blows occasionally over the outcomes of renting properties. Regardless of what you might read (and how qualified those sources may or may not be), professional property managers cannot control all aspects in a rental situation but DO follow processes and adhere to laws.

These processes are communicated up front to our residents and owners and include references to the laws and statutes we are required to follow.

As is the case in many situations and/or industries, the one thing we cannot exercise control over is human behavior and the resulting decision making.  We qualify residents according to requirements and rental criteria. We do not and cannot control lifestyle choices or circumstances. 

When there is a complaint or discontent, it is frequently the result of our refusal to circumvent or side step said statutes, requirements or laws.

So, when you read a rant about us or any professional property management company, refer to the above and consider getting both sides of the story before drawing conclusions. We’re happy to answer any questions about how we work and why.

Designations—It IS Something to Care About

System - Monday, March 15, 2021
Property Management Blog

So, in a follow up to why we made the case for the significance of designations, here’s a quick “real world” way to think about it:

Real estate transactions of any kind can be (and typically are) emotional experiences. They typically involve large sums of money (and the dollar amount doesn’t matter; the numbers are typically big to whoever is involved), require multiple parties to cooperate and seemingly endless steps to conclusion. A lot can happen along the way.

Most recently we’ve seen an increase in having to overcome obstacles from buyer financing as well as (in the past year) the pandemic and storms that shut down banks and other business entities. Those are hiccups that frequently aren’t easily resolved—especially when the clock is ticking. 

This is why you need to make sure you have an agent that can take control of the situation and navigate a difficult transaction. That agent usually has pursued additional education and training beyond their license. They get those intriguing letters after their names like GRI or SRS or are called Realtor® or Broker.  

An experienced, credentialled professional is uniquely prepared to navigate even the uncharted waters of today’s real estate transactions.

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