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by Taylor Short,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: December 1, 2016


For property managers, the ability to work remotely and access data from different locations is essential. In this guide, we’ll explore native mobile apps as one answer to this need. We’ll cover:

What Is a Property Management App?
Common Functionality of Property Management Apps
How Apps Differ From Browser-Based Mobile Solutions

What Is a Property Management App?

Native mobile apps are software programs designed for a mobile device’s operating system. Property management apps allow users to perform a variety of tasks that might need to be handled remotely: for example, listing a vacancy in real time or accessing property data while on-site.

Tenants can also use apps to make payments or submit maintenance requests directly from their iPhones (or any mobile device).

Common Functionality of Property Management Apps

Apps usually offer a few key capabilities that are best suited to working on a mobile device while in the field. Some common functions of mobile property management apps are:

Property Management Track vacancies in real time; check potential tenants’ rental and credit histories.
Property Maintenance Perform on-site inspections; submit maintenance requests; send work orders; document damages with device camera.
Property Marketing List vacancies; photograph units; upload photos and info to popular listing sites.
Accounting Collect payments; track past transactions.

Rent Manager’s mobile maintenance app, rmService, allows users to create and manage work orders from their Android or iOS device

How Apps Differ From Browser-Based Mobile Solutions

Native mobile apps are just one mobile property management solution. Cloud-based software, which can be accessed anywhere with Internet, can also be viewed on the browsers of compatible mobile devices.

Here are some key differences between a native mobile app and cloud-based software accessed from a mobile device browser:

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