Buildium

Who Uses Buildium?

Residential property managers, property managers with mixed portfolios, and managers of community & homeowners associations.

What Is Buildium?

Buildium's property management platform makes it possible for managers of residential and association properties to take complete control of every aspect of their business, including mastering their operations, making their residents feel at home, and taking on new doors. A monthly or annual subscription includes award-winning support from our dedicated customer care team, as well as on-demand help and training.

Buildium Details

Buildium

http://www.buildium.com

Founded 2004

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Buildium pricing overview

Buildium does not have a free version but does offer a free trial. Buildium paid version starts at USD 50.00/month.


Starting Price

USD 50.00/month

Pricing Details

Our pricing plans are designed to grow with you as your business grows.

Free Version

No

Free Trial

Yes

Buildium deployment and support

Support

  • Business Hours
  • Online

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Buildium Features

  • Chapter Management
  • Committee Management
  • Dues Management
  • Election Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Event Management
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising Management
  • Jobs Board
  • Member Communities
  • Member Directory
  • Member Portal
  • Membership Management
  • Website Management

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  • Calendar Management
  • Committee Management
  • Document Management
  • Event Management
  • Member Database
  • Payment Processing
  • Property Database
  • Website Management
  • Work Order Management

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  • Accounting Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Commercial Leases
  • Contact Management
  • Document Management
  • Lease Origination
  • Portfolio Management
  • Property Management
  • Residential Leases
  • Retail Leases

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  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Commercial Property Management
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Check
  • Financial Management
  • Insurance Management
  • Late Fee Calculation
  • Lease Management
  • Maintenance Management
  • Owner Portal
  • Payment Processing
  • Portfolio Management
  • Property Database
  • Rent Tracking
  • Residential Property Management
  • Tax Management
  • Tenant Portal
  • Tenant Tracking
  • Vacancy Tracking
  • Website Management

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  • Credit Check
  • Online Payments
  • Tax Management
  • Tenant Portal
  • Tenant Tracking
  • Vacancy Management
  • Website Management

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Buildium Reviews

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Overall rating

4.5/5

Average score

Ease of Use 4.3
Customer Service 4.5
Features 4.3
Value for Money 4.4

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Nicholas N.
Owner
Real Estate, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    3 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/06/2020

"Buildium reduced my workload by approximately a factor of 5!"

Comments: Overall, my experience has been fantastic. I took my time onboarding over a period of about 3 months, then I ran the software concurrent to QuickBooks for 2 months, cutting Quickbooks off on Jan 1 and using Buildium exclusively.

Pros: Residents having 24/7 access to their account to make payments and submit requests is a huge time saver. Requests go to the right place automatically and payments are deposited into the proper account. Accounting is a breeze since it is all done online - reconciliations take no time at all!

Cons: I wish it were easier to add residents to leases that have already been signed and to assign leases mid-lease.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 27/06/2020
William A.
Property Manager
Real Estate, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    3 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    7/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 06/10/2020

"Overall a Quality Property Management Software Platform"

Comments: Overall Buildium is a really good platform to use especially if you want things to be automatically done or updated. I like that customize dashboard that lets you know when leases are expiring and need to be renewed. They also allow you to auto list properties for rent. This is extremely helpful for us. One down side of this platform is the inability to send debts to collection like other platforms have. Overall, I would recommend Buildium as long as they were made aware of the extra charges and services they continue to try and promote to tenants.

Pros: The thing I like the post is that it automatically applies late fees to accounts. It also auto notifies tenants once they make a payment on their account. I like that you can email every tenant using one email instead of trying to email them individually. The site is very user friendly with a customizable dashboard to help you get a quick snap shot of your rentals.

Cons: I don't like some of the auto emails that get sent to tenants to help sell some of the products Buildium is promoting. For instance, they want all tenants to have insurance and will continually email them to get them to purchase insurance that Buildium gets a cut of. They also are encouraging tenants to set up ACH payments, which if you don't have the top account level, charges the owner to use the service. I feel like Buildium continues to try and do add ons from both the tenants and the owners which is frustrating considering the amount of money we pay for the software.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 06/10/2020
Karen E.
Realtor/Rental Property Mgr Owner
Real Estate, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
  • Overall Rating
    5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    5 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    10/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 05/02/2021

"I Love Buidium!"

Pros: This software is extremely easy to use. In addition to using this program now for my personal rental properties, I also used this when I was previously employed as a Rental Property Mgr. I managed 60 properties. It save me a tremendous amount of time and assisted me in organizing what I needed to do on a daily basis. I absolutely love this software and highly recommend using Buildium for managing a rental property portfolio of ay size.

Cons: The only thing I can think of that I did not care for was the constant reminder to the tenants about their insurance. When it went into effect, all tenants received the notice. I don't recall recall or seeing an opt out to manage this. It was difficult time-wise to update all of the tenants at one time.
Also you have to update each tenant. It would be nice if you could combine the tenants. I required additional type of coverages, ie. adding mgmt co/owner as an additional interested party and water back-up coverage. I recommend adding a field to show so you know if the tenant's policy is updated or not.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 05/02/2021
Tom L.
  • Overall Rating
    3.5 /5
  • Ease of Use
    5 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    2 /5
  • Customer Support
    4 /5
  • Value for Money
    Unrated
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    Unrated
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 30/01/2013

Comments: We've been using Buildium for about 2 years, long enough to get a good feel for its strengths and weaknesses. My overall impression is that this is a good product for small to medium size residential property management firms (10-100 units). If you have fewer than 10, this product is overkill. If more than 100, you'll probably find it too simplistic. The product is geared to residential properties and residential associations. Managing commercial portfolios with it can be difficult. The Good:
Accounting functionality is pretty strong. GL, AR, AP, budgets and property ledgers are handled seamlessly. Very easy to use even for beginners. I like the global search functionality. You can pretty much find anything using it without navigating through the menus. Pricing is relatively inexpensive.
It's cloud-based, so you don't have to maintain any software on your own computers. You can access it anywhere with a web browser. Some people see this as a negative, but we've not had any issues with Buildium being down unexpectedly. The scheduled maintenance times are generally late at night. Support is good if you're having problems with the standard functionality. In general I would say the support staff understands their product well. And you can get them on the phone to explain things. That's becoming less common with companies today. Document management is hit & miss. I love that I can post a PDF receipt for every expense right there in the ledger. However, documents at the property- or owner level are less helpful. It's just one big bucket per property or owner. Having a folder structure would be a big help. (Not there today.) Buildium offers tenant bill-pay through an online portal for rent payments, and also outbound electronic payments to property owners. It's done through a 3rd party vendor and at additional cost. This is a double-edged sword. Very convenient; it makes the bookkeeping entries for you automatically. But if you're doing outbound payments, make sure to treat it just like an online banking account (long passwords, be careful of who in your office has access to it, etc.) Allowing for extra security questions or letting users limit the IP addresses that have this outbound payment functionality would be helpful. The Bad:
As noted, you'll get frustrated if you're trying to use this for commercial properties. The designers make assumptions that you're doing residential.
CRM functionality is practically non-existent. This is an accounting package. They do have some decent (and customizable) postal-mail templates and can do mail-merge so you can send notices to tenants and owners. But this does not extend to email. You'll need another product to do CRM and do double data entry between systems. There is no integration layer or API, so no chance of integrating this with your CRM system or generating custom reports. The reports, while nice-looking, are as-is and not customizable in any way. You're stuck with what they give you. They make some odd design decisions sometimes. For example, you can't generate an association owner invoice for an owner who lives someplace other than the managed property. The invoice is always addressed to the managed property, even if you entered a different mailing address for the owner, as if an association owner would never rent out the property. These types of oddities abound, and the product support folks will never acknowledge it as a problem. They'll tell you to fill out an enhancement request, which may be considered for implementation someday, or may not. You'll never know. Providing a way to customize reports or providing an API would help in this area. In Summary:
Buildium is good at what it does, but what it does is pretty limited. You will likely be happy if you're in their demographic sweet spot (10-100 residential units). It's cheap enough to sign up and try it out to see if it's right for you. If you manage commercial properties, have a very large or complex portfolio, or need integrated CRM capabilities, it's probably not for you.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Source: SoftwareAdvice
  • Reviewed on 30/01/2013
Jay H.
President
Real Estate, 2-10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
  • Overall Rating
    4 /5
  • Ease of Use
    4 /5
  • Features & Functionality
    4 /5
  • Customer Support
    5 /5
  • Value for Money
    5 /5
  • Likelihood to Recommend
    9/10
  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 09/02/2021

"6months Buildium user"

Pros: Easy to use once you have found your way. Do downtime always up and any device or platform works very well. Staff are very nice and knowledgeable.

Cons: We own and manage all properties. Coming from 5 companies in QuickBooks tor 15 years, it is a little challenging on the initial workflow but each month is smoother and easier.

  • Reviewer Source 
  • Reviewed on 09/02/2021