There's no place like home. News, tips, and ideas from WJD Management.

Home Warranty for Rental Property? Save Your Money…

April 27th, 2017 by

As an owner of multiple rental properties, I used to think having a home warranty for rental property was a great idea. Managing over 400 properties for Northern Virginia landlords, though, has taught me a different lesson. Keep that cash in your pocket–here’s why that “good idea” is a waste… Read More

WJD Management Wins Fairfax Small Business Excellence Award

February 2nd, 2017 by
Fairfax 2017 small business excellence award

In January, WJD Management was honored to be selected as a recipient (in the local services category) of the 2016 Fairfax Small Business Excellent award for 2016. The Fairfax Small Business Excellence Award Program vets area businesses through a combination of their own independent consumer research and a variety of… Read More

The Northern Virginia Agent’s Guide to Easy Leases

January 23rd, 2017 by
Northern Virginia Property Management tips for Realtors

10 Rules for Simplifying Rental Showings Call 1st or appointment only? Wait for callback or show the property? Help! Agents, we’ve heard you. Here’s your 5-minute guide to simplifying rental property showings–courtesy of WJD, the Northern Virginia property management firm with more than 30 years’ experience in residential rentals and… Read More

Realtors: How Property Management Referrals Build Your Business

April 15th, 2015 by
How realtors get listings through property management firms

Advice from Top-Producing Agent Beth Kenney Introduction: Recently, in an effort to thank the Northern Virginia Realtor community, WJD Management sponsored its first-ever contest drawing for agents. The prize was reimbursement of a full year’s MRIS dues—a $660 award. Real estate agents are the lifeblood of a firm like WJD—especially… Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: Rent or Buy a Home?

March 22nd, 2015 by

The Rent-or-Buy Home Guide Northern Virginia property management firms like WJD Management are in a unique position, in that we see both sides of the big (and very individual) “rent-or-buy” home question here in our local real estate market. And we know the best tenant is one who’s made the choice to rent… Read More

5 Questions Every New Renter Should Ask

March 21st, 2015 by

(Editor’s note: For answers to these typical new renter questions, we turned to local expert and career Realtor, Harry Yazbek, Broker and Branch Vice President for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Vienna.) So you are not ready yet to buy a home and have decided to rent a place, here are FIVE things… Read More

Our Clients are Local. So is Their Data.

March 16th, 2015 by

When software for the property management industry moved into the cloud, WJD Management’s remained local—in the truest sense of the word. Here’s our story of how a 25-year relationship with a Northern Virginia software developer transformed our business—while allowing us to co-create the exact technology we needed to serve our… Read More

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Millennials are Choosing Renting Over Buying

March 4th, 2015 by

Why Millennials are Choosing Renting Over Buying With home sale prices trending lower in Arlington and Fairfax Counties, now is a good time for metro-area homeowners to consider riding out the slump by renting. And here’s the good news for Northern Virginia landlords: The current population of young professionals under the age… Read More

Property Management for Investors: Lessons in Tenant Screening

March 1st, 2015 by

How I Became My Own Property Manager I never intended to manage my own investment properties–I sort of fell into that role as a bootstrapping investor and learned the hard way. Unlike the mature markets in Fairfax and Arlington Counties, the market I invested in (in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley) doesn’t… Read More

What Does a Property Manager Do?

February 10th, 2015 by
What does a property manager do

We are often asked, “What does a property manager do?” It’s a great question—and we have a simple answer for it: “We do everything you’re going to have to do if you don’t hire us!” Here are a few of those challenging tasks… Find the Right Tenant Make a mistake… Read More