Serving All of San Rafael
Known as “The City with a Mission,” – a tongue-in-cheek reference to the historical Mission building located in the center of the city, this city is the governmental seat of Marin County and boasts a population of more than 57,000 people. Residents in San Rafael enjoy a beautiful Mediterranean climate, with easy access to the mountains, shoreline and other nearby natural areas.
Owning investment property in San Rafael is a potentially lucrative and profitable venture, as the local housing market is quite hot and rental rates are definitely on the rise. From small bungalows to massive homes on intricately manicured lots, there is something for everyone in San Rafael. To maximize the performance of your rental homes or commercial properties in San Rafael, partner with Utopia Management today! We offer a full suite of management services, including:
Property marketing: We’ll use a proven blend of online and traditional marketing methods to maximize exposure of your rental properties. The goal is simple – to find a qualified renter and obtain a signed contract in 30 days or less.
Tenant sourcing: Finding the ideal tenant requires a series of background, credit, income, identity and rental history checks. Doing so takes some effort, but the result is a drastically lower rate of late payments, evictions or property damage.
Repairs and maintenance: Our incredible team of licensed repair pros can complete most jobs with ease – always using the highest quality in materials and workmanship, and priced competitively.
Financial report preparation: You’ll always know exactly where your portfolio stands thanks to the comprehensive financial reports prepared each month by our skilled team of accountants. Simply log in to your Utopia Web Portal to view these reports at any time using your computer, tablet or smart phone!
Owning San Rafael investment properties doesn’t have to be a chore. Contact the local market experts at Utopia Management today! With more than two decades of experience in the California rental market, we offer the expertise you need to maximize revenues and minimize expenses. Contact us today!
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
What is the population of San Rafael?
According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of San Rafael was approximately 60,769 as of 2021. San Rafael covers an area of over 23 square miles and has a population density of 3,622 people per square mile.
What is San Rafael known for?
San Rafael is known for its scenic location in Marin County and proximity to San Francisco. It is home to the Marin County Civic Center, a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building that serves as the county's administrative center. The city is also known for its historic Mission San Rafael Arcángel, which was founded in 1817 and is one of California's oldest missions. San Rafael has a thriving arts and culture scene, with many galleries, museums, and theaters. It is also a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with several parks and trails offering hiking, biking, and other recreational activities.
Is San Rafael a good place to live?
San Rafael is generally considered a great place to live due to its scenic location, proximity to San Francisco, and a range of recreational activities. The city offers quality schools, diverse dining and shopping options, and a strong sense of community. Additionally, San Rafael has a low crime rate and a thriving arts and culture scene.
What are the housing opportunities in San Rafael?
San Rafael offers a range of housing opportunities to suit different lifestyles and budgets. The city has a mix of historic and modern homes, including single-family homes, apartments, and townhouses. The downtown area has a mix of older homes and newer condominiums, with a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance. San Rafael also has several senior living communities and affordable housing options for low-income residents. Overall, San Rafael's housing market is competitive, with prices higher than the national average, but it remains a desirable location for those seeking a quality lifestyle in a scenic location.
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