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The downsides of hiring in-house leasing teams in this market

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As the owner of a property management business, you bear the responsibility of leading the company and driving its growth. In your pursuit of expansion, hiring additional in-house employees is not without risks, particularly considering the current real estate market outlook and the potential for an impending recession.

Using a third-party leasing expert offers several advantages over hiring in-house. They bring specialized expertise, cost efficiency, scalability, time optimization, technology access, reduced administrative burden, market knowledge, and risk mitigation. With their industry knowledge and tools, they handle leasing tasks professionally, saving you time and resources. Their flexible services cater to your needs without the costs of a full-time employee. By partnering with a third-party leasing expert, you can focus on your core business while ensuring efficient and effective leasing operations.

Hiring in-house employees can bring unexpected headaches, including:

  1. Recruitment: Finding the right candidate is time-consuming and resource-intensive.
  2. Training: Onboarding and familiarizing employees with your processes can take weeks or months.
  3. Employee Management: Supervising, evaluating, and addressing performance issues can be demanding.
  4. Employment Costs: Beyond salary, there are additional expenses like benefits and office resources.
  5. Limited Skill Set: In-house employees may lack the specialized expertise you need.
  6. Staffing Flexibility: Adjusting staffing levels based on workload fluctuations can be challenging.
  7. Turnover: Employee departures disrupt operations and require repeating the hiring process.

Given the state of the real estate market, what should I take into account when considering hiring a leasing team in-house? 

  1. Economic Uncertainty: Recession brings financial instability and decreased consumer spending, making it challenging to forecast revenue and sustain new hires.
  2. Cost Reduction: Hiring involves additional expenses like salaries, benefits, and onboarding costs. Opting not to hire can mitigate financial risks and preserve resources.
  3. Demand Fluctuations: Recessions can cause fluctuations in demand, making new hires unnecessary or cost-inefficient. Prioritizing existing resources and operational efficiency may be more prudent.
  4. Flexibility and Agility: Hiring restricts adaptability during uncertain times. Temporary workers, outsourcing, or leveraging existing staff provide more flexibility.
  5. Staff Retention: Retaining existing staff becomes crucial during a recession. Not hiring helps maintain a stable workforce and fosters stability.
  6. Cash Flow Management: Cash flow is critical during a recession. Hiring requires upfront investment and ongoing financial commitments while prioritizing cash flow management is key.

Considering these challenges, exploring alternatives like outsourcing or leveraging technology solutions like Sunroom, offers flexibility, cost-efficiency, and scalability without in-house headaches.

There are distinct advantages that position Sunroom as a comprehensive leasing operations service beyond what a realtor or leasing manager can offer. By leveraging our expertise, technology, market reach, and dedicated support, you can optimize your leasing process, minimize vacancies, and maximize the return on your property investments.