Serving All of Fairfax
Fairfax is a great community and one in which everyone feels as though they belong. It is this sense of belonging that makes many people decide to move into this area. For those who own homes here, they will find that there is a great investment opportunity if they rent these homes to those who are interested in moving into the area. However, you do not have to do this on your own!
We Can Help
We are a full-service property management firm that deals with the Fairfax area. We know what people are looking for in a rental and we provide the time and dedication to make a rental home work for both the tenant and the landlord. When we are approached by a homeowner who wants to turn their home into a rental opportunity, we first advertise this to the market via traditional and online means. From there, we utilize tenant screening services to find the best tenant for your property.
Once you have a tenant, we then handle the rest of the landlord process. This may include repairing anything that needs to be repaired, maintenance issues from time to time, and even handling the accounting side of a rental. With the number of services that we offer, those who have property that they want to rent have to do nothing at all, we handle it all!
Why Choose Us?
Why are we the people to choose when you have a rental in the Fairfax area? We treat your property as if it is our own. We understand how stressful being a landlord can be, but also how hesitant you may be to hand this over to someone else to manage. However, when we have your property in our hands, you know that we are treating this with kindness, respect and watching out for your best interests.
ATTRACT TENANTS WITH PROPERTY MARKETING
Finding excellent tenants starts with making sure your property is visible and attractive. We install professional signage, create quality listings, describing your property thoroughly, and take beautiful photographs that showcase your properties highlights. We then list your property on all of the highly trafficked rental websites, including utopiamanagement.com. Our dominant position in the marketing place and years managing rental properties has allowed us to develop a sizable referral database. This positive reputation for being fair and responsive means many potential renters check with us first to find their rental home. We are able to consistently rent properties priced at current rates to qualified tenants. Our responsive property managers complete the marketing optimization by being available and knowledgeable, with phones and emails always answered swiftly.
- Advertising on most popular rental websites
- Quality listings including photos and video
- Showings 7 days a week by appointment
- Utopia referral base increases visibility beyond competition
Apartment Management Services
Owning an apartment complex brings a unique set of challenges. Utopia has spent years developing skills and systems to make your investment as profitable as possible. We manage apartment communities of all sizes, providing quality management services to suit the diverse needs of each apartment community. We provide comprehensive rental management, including scheduled property maintenance and rent-ready repairs, online rent collection, marketing and attracting quality tenants, lease execution, rent setting, and tenant retention programs. Our responsive managers help tenants feel welcomed and appreciated. Our experience leads to decreased vacancy rates and increased ROI. And our expertise and professionalism translates to profitable and headache-free investments for our clients. For an affordable quote and to discuss your needs, contact Utopia today.
- Online rent collection and direct deposit
- Extensive experience across a wide spectrum of multi-family properties
- High visibility marketing and promotion of your property
- Tenant retention strategies
- Responsive communication with calls and emails answered swiftly
- 24-7 emergency response
- Full monthly accounting and financial tracking via online portal
Commercial Property Management
When it comes to commercial property investments, Utopia’s property managers are professional and think like entrepreneurs. Investors have trusted Utopia for years for all types of commercial property: medical buildings, industrial and office complexes, mixed use, and retail storefronts. We offer extremely competitive management fees, customized to the size and complexity of your property and portfolio.
- Comprehensive Management Services: building maintenance, marketing to target audience, lease administration, inspections, evictions and collections
- Monthly Financial Accounting Statements
- Tenant Retention Programs
- Vendor Management
- Contract Administration
- REO Management and Disposition
- CAM & Operating Expense Reconciliation
- Customized Asset Management Strategies
HOMES & CONDOS: RESIDENTIAL RENTAL MANAGEMENT
Utopia represents a large network of single family homes of all sizes and values. Our residential professional management services both attract and keep tenants happy while keeping owners expenses and vacancy rates down. Our goal is to free you from the day-to-day management tasks, from showing properties to collecting rent in our online portal, while maximizing your ROI.
With 25 years experience, you can rest assured your property is in good hands. Our years in the industry mean we’ve seen it all, and developed smart systems to screen tenants, manage expenses, communicate with tenants, and maintain properties efficiently. We understand local law and legal aspects of rental management so we shield our owners from unnecessary liabilities.
For residential properties, we offer a competitive management fee, which is one of the lowest in the industry. Unlike some competitors, we do not add on hidden charges or leasing or set-up fees.
THOROUGH TENANT SCREENING AND LESS THAN 1% EVICTION RATE
Placing the right tenant is the single most important step in rental management. Our applicant screening includes income, rental history, employment, and eviction search to evaluate for potential delinquency issues. We verify identification, social security cards and pay stubs, along with contacting prior landlords for recommendations, keeping the delinquency rate to a minimum. Our thorough screening process for potential tenants has consistently kept our eviction rate at less than one percent.
Utopia also provides our owners with the optional “Utopia® Eviction Protection Program” for further peace of mind. As a management company, we have many procedures in place to assist in the elimination of potential liabilities.
- Exceptional property protection options for owners.
- Preparation, delivery, and execution of legal documentation for evictions.
- Optional “Utopia Eviction Protection Program” for additional peace of mind.
Quality Maintenance & Repairs
Maintaining your rental property, as well as being available to deal with emergency repairs, can be a source of frustration for landlords. At Utopia, we have a staff of in-house technicians available for most work, under general contractors license (#792427), meaning we can complete work as quickly as possible and pass the savings on to our clients. When necessary, we also have a network of trusted vendors for specialized work, some of which we have been using for over fifteen years. This relationship translates to purchasing power to help Utopia’s clients get a better than market price.
- Maintenance & Rent Ready Repairs
- Technicians on Staff or Preferred Vendors
- 24 Hour Emergency Maintenance
- Move-in and Move-out Inspections
- Licensed and Insured Vendors
All Financials Tracked & Reported
Managing both expenses and income is all handled by our accounting department with use of your owner web portal. Tenants appreciate the ability to pay rent online, which also decreases delinquency. All expenses and receipts are tracked online and available to you at any time. A monthly statement includes all financial activity and copies of the bills we paid on your behalf. Your December statement has all of your annual figures for tax purposes. If you ever have questions regarding your statement, you can contact one of our helpful accounting staff members.
- Custom Web Portal
- Accounting staff make financial management easy
- Rent and security deposit collection online
- Bills and year end figures available any time
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Fairfax located?
Located in the northern part of Marin County, California, Fairfax is a town that has been incorporated as a municipality. It is situated about 3.25 miles west-northwest of San Rafael, which is another city in the same county. The town of Fairfax sits at an elevation of 115 feet above sea level.
What is the weather like in Fairfax?
Fairfax experiences a Mediterranean climate, which is characterized by mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The majority of the town's rainfall occurs between November and April, while the summer months are generally dry. Winter temperatures typically range from the mid-40s°F to the 60s°F, while summer temperatures range from the mid-50s°F to the 80s°F.
What is the median home value in Fairfax?
The median home value in Fairfax is around $600,000, down 5.4% since last year.
Is renting common in Fairfax?
Yes, renting is common in Fairfax. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, around 44% of housing units in Fairfax are occupied by renters. The town has a mix of rental properties, including apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes. Rent prices in Fairfax can vary depending on the location, size, and condition of the property.
What is the economy like in Fairfax?
The economy of Fairfax is primarily driven by small businesses, particularly those in the retail, food and beverage, and healthcare industries. Additionally, the town is home to several nonprofit organizations, including the Marin Humane Society and the Fairfax Community Church.
What are the transportation options in Fairfax?
Fairfax is a small town easily accessible by car or bike. Additionally, several local and regional bus services, such as Golden Gate Transit and Marin Transit, provide transportation options for residents and visitors. These services offer routes that connect Fairfax to other towns and cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco and Oakland.
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