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Utopia Management is a Whatcom County leader for full-service rental property management. Our local and licensed staff provides our clients with hands-free income by caring for everything from the day-to-day administration tasks and tenant communications, to coordinating complicated maintenance needs and rent-ready repairs.

Individual web portals provide 24-hour access to maintenance request updates and online rent payments for tenants, while also providing landlords and owners with maintenance updates and comprehensive accounting statements including receipts for all expenses and income. We handle all tenant communications, with proficiency for prompt and effective resolution of any tenant concerns or requests.

For over 25 years, Utopia Management has worked with residential, commercial, and multi-family portfolios of all sizes, developing a wide range of innovative methods to maintain and grow profitable rental income. Our proven techniques and services are customized to the unique needs of your property, allowing us to consistently offer the most comprehensive and economical solution.

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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 Whatcom County located?

Located in the northwestern corner of Washington state, Whatcom County is bordered by the Lower Mainland of British Columbia to the north, the Strait of Georgia to the west, Skagit County to the south, Okanogan County to the east, and San Juan County across Rosario Strait to the southwest.

What is the population of Whatcom County?

According to the most recent data from the US Census Bureau, the estimated population of Whatcom County is around 230,677 people. Since 2010, Whatcom County's population has experienced a growth of 16.62%, with the recorded population reaching 201,140 in that year.

What is the local economy like in Whatcom County?

Whatcom County has a diverse economy with a historical focus on timber and salmon industries. Bellingham, the county seat, serves as a regional hub. Agriculture, including berry and milk production, contributes significantly to the county's economy. The largest contributors to GDP are manufacturing, real estate, government, and healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a recession in 2020, but employment has shown a remarkable recovery since then, with total employment approaching pre-pandemic levels.

What recreational activities are available in Whatcom County?

Whatcom County provides a wide array of recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts. With opportunities for hiking, biking, water sports, skiing, camping, golfing, wildlife observation, and cultural events, there's something to suit every interest. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural experiences, Whatcom County offers diverse options to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of its natural beauty.

What are schools like in Whatcom County?

Schools in Whatcom County provide a comprehensive education to students, with a mix of public and private options available. The county is served by multiple school districts, offering education from elementary to high school levels. In addition, Western Washington University in Bellingham provides higher education opportunities. Overall, Whatcom County offers a diverse range of educational options to meet the needs of its residents.

Bellingham

Forbes has ranked Bellingham as 3rd on its Best Small Places for Business and Careers list.

 

In 1903, the towns of Whatcom, Sehome, Fairhaven, and Bellingham, were merged and created the city of Bellingham as it is known today. The city features numerous historic downtown buildings, with 73 locations in the Local, State, and/or National Historic Registers. Bellingham has eight designated National Historic Districts.

 

The most populated city in Whatcom County, the city of Bellingham is approximately 21 miles from the US-Canada border, 52 miles southeast of Vancouver, and 90 miles north of Seattle.

 

The climate in Bellingham is typical of the Puget Sound region, with year-long average highs of 59, lows of 44, and an average of 35 inches of rain per year. Bellingham has one of the lowest averages of sunny days in the United States.

 

Bellingham is the northernmost city with more than 50,000 residents in the contiguous United States. The city is home to approximately 91,000 people, making it the 13th-largest city, and part of the 6th-largest metropolitan area in the state of Washington.

 

Bellingham is a popular tourist destination, and known for a wealth of outdoor activities. The San Juan Islands and North Cascades draw nature and outdoor enthusiast from all over.

 

The largest employers in Bellingham are the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, Western Washington University, and the Bellingham School District.

 

Reports from Zillow show that the housing market in Bellingham is hot. The median home value is roughly $455,000, which has increased 6.4% over the past year, and is predicted to increase another 5.2% over the coming year. The median rental in the city is $1,970, and the median rental in the Bellingham Metro area is $1,890.

 

There are over 61 miles of bike lanes, and over 68 miles of trails in Bellingham. The city has a number of public parks for fishing, swimming, and viewing beautiful landscapes and scenery. The popular Whatcom Falls Park is home to four sets of waterfalls.

Utopia Management is also offering executive suites in the Bellingham Metro area.

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