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CW Sparks Management

CW Sparks Management

Dallas, TX

36 years in service

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Licensed in TX – Validate
Real Estate - Salesperson/Broker – 0433280

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“Quality Management at an Unbelievable Price - Guaranteed!”

Bio

CW Sparks has been leasing and managing residential real estate in DFW for over 35 years. We work with single home owners, individual and institutional investors both locally and around the world.

About CW Sparks Management

- Leasing and Marketing
- Property Management
- Maintenance and Renovation
- Eviction Services
- Property Accounting
- Vendor Management
- Property Evaluation
- Sales
- Much more...

We're a fully licensed real estate brokerage with an A+ rating with the BBB! We service single family homes, condominiums, and multi-family dwellings, and we're also members of NARPM, NAR, TAR, Metrotex, and ABoR!

Location

4344 Congress Ave
Dallas, TX 75219

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Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Leasing vacant homes, and solving maintenance problems

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Hire experience. Otherwise your valuable properties will be used to learn, (and make expensive mistakes) with.

Property management is very different from simply selling and leasing homes. The knowledge base, strategies, software and office systems are completely different. I can tell you that a Realtor who does not fully engage in property management will be vastly less qualified than a dedicated manager.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. The world revolves around your tenant. You can have a low quality property and a great tenant, and the tenancy will work. Conversely, you can have a great property and a terrible tenant, and the tenancy will never work. Pay attention to screening your tenants - it's the secret to success.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. First question..."Is this CW Sparks Management?" If the answer is "Yes", you have found the right property management company.

All kidding aside, ask them what percent of their revenue stems from property management activities vs sales. If it's less than 75%, I believe you should seriously consider your other options. If it's less than 50%, look someplace else.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We use systems and procedures that, to my knowledge other property managers are not even using. We have a quality staff who care about the end result, and have heard over and over how our services are superior to our competitors.

To be a good manager, you must know a whole lot about a whole lot - everything from how much a pound of R-22 costs to who can break a lease and how. From the new water heater regulations to the newest marketing techniques. From knowing how to show a property safely to how to interpret a credit report, to advising an owner on HUD Fair Housing laws.

Leasing can be a mine field - you definitely want someone with experience.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. The satisfaction we get from solving problems quickly and efficiently, and the gratitude that our owners bestow because of it.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. "Who are those 4 good looking, short people standing next to you?"
"That's my wonderful family! My 3 children, and my beautiful 4'10" wife" :)

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. There are so many stories, good, bad, and funny. For good - at times we've been able to lease homes for several hundred dollars more PER MONTH than the owner was getting. For funny - one time a handyman blew out a clogged AC drain that was improperly plumbed...he came down out of the attic to find that black tar had exploded across the entire bath downstairs. Once an elderly caller became belligerent and called us racist when we asked if she was a real estate agent..(she thought we said real estate 'Asian'???). These are tame, but we have lots and lots and lots of stories.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Problems don't only arise from 9-5 M-F. We are on call 24-7 to handle them, so property owners don't have to. We live much more stressful lives because of it, but the benefit is that our owners are free to relax and enjoy their time without worrying about their rental property.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. My father has been a broker and real estate investor for decades.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. We just recently saved an owner several thousand dollars by creatively solving a maintenance problem.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Absolutely. As licensed agents we are required by the TREC to take continuing education, but we exceed those requirements.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. Technology. We are on the cutting edge in our industry, and we've made tremendous gains in efficiency because of it.

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