Friday, March 22, 2013

Rising stress levels causes landlord, tenant and agent relationships to break

Just ask anyone and they will tell you: “I’m so stressed!”  
While  just enough stress can be a good thing, stress overload is a different story — too much stress isn't good for anyone. For example, feeling a little stress about getting a rental property or a property let can motivate you to be organised and professional throughout the process.  But stressing out too much over it can increase  stress levels and in turn, tempers flare.
Some stressful situations can be extreme and may require special attention and care.
But for most of us we just let everything get on top of us. Prospective tenants can get tense and anxious as the clock ticks towards when they must find a suitable property. Landlords see their savings disappear as the mortgage payment which now must be made by them if their property isn’t letting quickly enough.
Financial burdens and concerns are commonly a cause of stress. This leads to landlords not wanting to spend money on maintenance and tenants not wanting to pay the rent or wanting a reduction if maintenance isn’t being done
Everyone experiences stress a little differently. Some people become angry and act out their stress or take it out on others. Some people internalise it, resulting in negative consequences, often detrimental to their health and wellbeing. Some people who have a chronic illness may find that the symptoms of their illness flare up under an overload of stress.
Keep this in mind if you are a landlord, tenant or agent. Usually there is a reason behind a person’s behavior and that could be stress, so take a breath and put yourself in the other’s shoes.

An agents’ role is to be the mediator between the two parties and to assist relationships. A good agent will do this diplomatically serving g the best interest of all parties.

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