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When a seller places a For Sale sign in their yard, the owner is looking for the right buyer.  The same is true when a property manager hangs a For Rent sign outside a property when looking for a new tenant.

Shirley Pikus of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management said she will wait for the right tenant. She said getting the wrong tenant is the most expensive, time consuming and costly issue that can happen. Patience is the key to finding the right person.

Pikus knows this from her decade of experience in real estate and property management in addition to her 13 years experience as a mortgage lender. She can tell from a credit check if the candidate is pre-qualified. Pikus is able to pick out trends in a clients background that could indicate a potential issue but is willing to work with clients whom she sees credit that is rebounding and may make excellent tenants. The ultimate goal is to get the client to stay and minimize the turnover.

Pikus Real Estate and Property Management offer many tenant services through The tenant portal offers the client the ability to pay online, make maintenance requests and view lease agreements and other related property documents. Routine maintenance issues can be sent through the online portal, but emergency issues are welcome by phone, text or email.

Satisfied clients are the key to happy clients. Pikus achieves this by treating each client tenant the same – no matter their profession, income or social background. Pikus uses her real estate and lending experience to find the perfect client.

"I get a feeling at the showing the way a client carries themselves, sometimes even looking inside their car to see how well it is kept."  A good credit score and a clean car are good indicators the house will be well kept and clean.

The other area that sets Pikus apart from competitors is getting to know her tenants on a personal level – their names, kids names and interests. "It's important to know your tenant and understand their specific  needs and challenges, while helping them understand that their obligation is to follow lease and submit timely payments. A property manager ultimately represents the interest of the owner of the property and needs to execute and follow that agreement."  



One aspect of real estate that is often overlooked is property management for homeowners. A significant share of the real estate industry is homeowners who turn to seasoned professionals to manage their property for a variety of reasons – job transfer, downsizing or perhaps using their first house for extra income. 

Shirley Pikus of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). Pikus is the only property management specialist in Stark County to belong to this association.

Pikus, who has been a licensed agent since 2006 and a real estate broker for the past two and half years, is well versed in all aspects of property management working with clients from the outset to set up the correct expectations. From the moment the initial contact is made via phone or email, to the initial property assessment, a homeowner will feel confident and secure with Pikus Real Estate and Management, who currently manages 35 single family and multifamily units and 85 leasing only units.

Curb appeal is at the top of the list in securing a renter. The lawn needs to be well kept, bushes trimmed, mulch spread, doors painted, gutters cleaned and a nice wreath on the front door to match the season goes a long way in making a great first impression.

Once the outside is in tip top shape, Pikus will conduct a thorough walkthrough of the inside of the property. Similar to a house for sale, the same rules apply – the carpets must be professionally cleaned and may even need replaced, walls freshly painted and a professional house inspection might be beneficial as well.

"The condition of the property you present directly reflects the tenant you attract," said Pikus. Once the property is listed, applications are filled out online at Pikus will screen the tenant before a lease agreement is signed. Once the lease is signed, tenants have access to an online portal to make online payments and report maintenance issues.

Pikus lists rental properties and units in Jackson, Lake, Plain and Perry townships, the cities of Louisville, Massillon and North Canton and the village of Hartville in Stark County and the city of Green in southern Summit County in middle- to upper-class neighborhoods. Expectations are set from initial monthly pricing to understanding the rental cycle process and tenant screening. Each owner has access to the owner portal located at  to see anything and everything taking place with their property.

To put Pikus Real Estate and Property Management to work for you, contact Shirley at 330.417.7525 or email