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Elly Johnson

Elly Johnson stands at the forefront of content research and online branding at Utopia Management. As the Content Marketing Manager, she delves deep into understanding local real estate and rental markets, fueled by her passion for travel and keen research skills. Elly is dedicated to empowering individuals with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about where to reside. A proud alumna of the University of South Florida, located in the vibrant heart of Tampa Bay, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her academic background and extensive travel experiences uniquely position her to provide insights that resonate with diverse audiences.

Preparing Your Property and Your Tenants for Disaster

28 Dec 2023

“Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst,” is a mantra that many use and can be wisely remembered for landlords and their properties. Natural disasters can occur anywhere, so it is essential to make sure that you, your tenants, and your property are prepared if and when disaster strikes. Know Potential Threats in Your Area Before investing in property, familiarize yourself with …

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How to Choose the Ideal Property Management Company in 2024

20 Dec 2023

it’s crucial to stay of the curve and embrace strategies that drive success. In this article we’ll delve into the factors that are shaping the evolution of property management companies. We’ll explore how advancements, in property management software have simplified operations and enhanced tenant relations through round the clock help desk support. Additionally we’ll discuss the importance of catering to tenant needs by offering …

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Pros and Cons of Investing in a Vacation Rental Property

20 Nov 2023

Vacation rentals have grown in popularity greatly over the past decade, and with good reason. Vacation rentals allow for more privacy, more space, full kitchens, and are often more affordable than hotels for longer stays. This surge makes vacation rentals a very attractive investment for property owners looking to diversify their portfolios. Of course, with any investment comes perks and downsides, so it is …

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8 Questions You Should Always Ask When Hiring a Property Manager

10 Nov 2023

Whether you own one property or several, you’re here because you’re considering hiring a property manager. Conducting a thorough screening process can help you select the perfect property management company or individual that will suit your needs and help you run your rental property/properties with ease. And while interviewing companies to fill the role can feel tedious and stressful, it doesn’t have to be, …

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A Guide to Financing Your Next Investment Property

10 Nov 2023

There are many perks beyond additional income when it comes to owning investment properties. Whether you are buying to fix and flip for profit, purchasing land for a future endeavor, or acquiring property to rent out for a steady flow of income, the cost to get started can be high and seemingly unattainable. But there are ways in which you can obtain the finances …

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Renter-Friendly Upgrades that You Can Make as a Tenant

01 Nov 2023

Renting a home does not preclude you from adding your own unique style and making it feel like your own. There are plenty of renter-friendly upgrades you can make to a home that add warmth and personality while ensuring your security deposit remains intact. Paint One of the most obvious but often overlooked upgrades you can make to your rental home is to paint …

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Updating Your Property’s Flooring: Here’s What to Consider

01 Nov 2023

Replacing the flooring can be a transformative and impactful upgrade to any rental property increasing the aesthetic appeal, improving the functionality of the space, and increasing the value of the home. But with all of the modern options to choose from, making a selection that best fits the profile of your property can be challenging. There are several key considerations to take into thought …

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How AI and Machine Learning are Revolutionizing the Commercial Real Estate Industry

30 Oct 2023

The commercial real estate game, once known for its (frankly) sluggish ways, is in the midst of a mind-blowing transformation thanks to lightning-fast advancements in technology. Powerful technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, are turning the commercial real estate industry upside down, taking efficiency and profitability to awe-inspiring heights. The global machine-learning market is projected to grow to a staggering $20.8 …

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Strategies to Boost Your Tenant Retention

25 Oct 2023

Business 101 says that it is five times cheaper to retain a customer than it is to acquire a new one. This same concept should be applied to property owners/managers and their tenants. We know It takes great effort to find a reliable and responsible tenant, just as much effort if not more, to keep them around. An effective property management company will have …

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Setting your Property Up for Success: How to Properly Screen Tenants

25 Oct 2023

Screening is the first step in determining whether or not a prospective tenant is a good fit for your rental property. Implementing effective and thorough screening practices can minimize future risks and help ensure the success and profitability of your investment. 1. Set minimum standards and requirements  If the rental application is pre-screening, then consider the rental posting to be pre-pre-screening. When listing your …

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