Serving All of Laurel
For those who are looking to move into the Laurel area, they are going to find that they are not alone in this desire. This area is desired by many. They love the look of it, and they love the friendly vibe that it has. However, many people who are looking to move into this area are wanting to rent rather than buy. There is good reason for this, as many people are not sure where they want to call their forever home. Secondly, many people often like the freedom that comes with renting, since someone else has to worry about the shape in which the home is in and make repairs where needed. For those who own property in this area, they are going to find that now is the time to put this onto the rental market.
Why Rent Your Property?
Maybe you have never considered turning your property into rental property. You are going to find that in doing so you are going to get several benefits. The first being is that you are going to be able to move to the area you want, rather than waiting for this home to sell. Remember, there are those who have their home sit on the market for months on end waiting for it to sell. Secondly, you are going to find that this is an investment that is going to pay off in the long run. And better yet, when you work with us, you are not going to have to take an active role as the landlord, since we will do the hard work for you.
What We Do For You
When we take on a person as our client for their rental property, we handle everything. We are a full service property management firm that holds our clients near and dear. We want to be the one firm that they trust to handle everything and anything that may arise, and we do this! Our past clients are often happier as they are not having to make those hard decisions or having to deal with everything that can come up. Our services are designed to take on all the hard work. These services include:
Advertising the home once we have it prepared to enter into the rental market.
We take pictures that are going to show the property in its best light to ensure that our marketing plan will catch attention.
We use several methods to advertise this home for rent so that we can reach a huge audience of renters.
Once people start to call about the property, we show this for you. You do not even have to be there.
As applications are received, we use tenant screening services to ensure that the person chosen is going to be the best option for your property. These screening services include background checks, past rental histories and the like. We want someone who can be trusted with your home.
After the tenant has been chosen, we handle the daily issues that may arise, ensuring that you know it is all handled.
We know how to market your property.
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
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
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 Laurel situated?
Laurel, a community in Whatcom County, Washington, is situated between the cities of Bellingham and Lynden, along State Route 539. As an unincorporated area, it is not governed by its own municipal corporation.
What is the climate like in Laurel?
Laurel has mild, wet winters and cool, dry summers. The average high temperature in summer is around 70°F, while the average high temperature in winter is around 45°F. The area receives around 45 inches of rainfall per year, with the highest amount of rainfall occurring during the months of November through February.
What are some popular attractions near Laurel?
There are several popular attractions worth visiting near Laurel. The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, located to the east, offers stunning natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Bellingham, a vibrant city approximately 20 miles away, boasts a charming downtown, waterfront parks, and cultural activities. Larrabee State Park, located northwest of Laurel, features coastline, hiking trails, and camping facilities. Whatcom Falls Park, situated in Bellingham, showcases beautiful waterfalls and picnic spots. The Fairhaven Historic District in southern Bellingham offers Victorian architecture, unique shops, and a lively atmosphere. For a luxurious retreat, Semiahmoo Resort near Blaine provides golf, spa services, and waterfront views.
What is the cost of living like in Laurel?
Being located in Whatcom County, the overall cost of living in Laurel is generally moderate compared to the national average. Housing costs, which can vary based on factors like location and size, tend to be the largest expense. Other aspects such as transportation, groceries, healthcare, and utilities align with the national average.
What are schools like in Laurel?
Mount Baker School District is responsible for providing educational services in Laurel, which includes an elementary school, a middle school, and a high school. The district has a good reputation, and the schools located in Laurel have a strong academic record. Besides public schools, several private schools and preschools are also available in the surrounding region.
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