Serving All of Cerritos
Once known as Dairy Valley because of its numerous dairy farms, Cerritos, California is now a leading commercial juncture in the heart of Los Angeles. Cerritos has long been a pioneering metropolis – from leading the nation in clean energy efforts with the country’s first solar heated City Hall complex in the 70s, to the unveiling of the revolutionary Cerritos Library, referred to as the world’s first Experience Library. With an estimated median income more than 30 percent higher than the state average, 28 beautifully functional parks and recreation facilities, a center for the performing arts, gorgeously manicured neighborhoods and thoughtfully designed retail districts, it’s no wonder that nearly 50,000 Californians love calling Cerritos home.
Utopia understands the needs and desires of Cerritos property managers and residents. We provide an exclusive collection of services that enable you to maintain your properties in the most efficient, cost-effective, profitable manner possible. A sampling of the services we offer in the 90703 zip code include:
Advertising and marketing: Posting a rental ad is no longer enough to find the best quality renters who seek a property just like yours. We will draft a comprehensive, innovative campaign, merging tried-and-true traditional techniques with leading-edge marketing tactics and technology to quickly attract the ideal tenant. In fact, our goal is to deliver a signed contract within a 30-day window.
Tenant screening services: You know better than to judge a book by its cover, but the legwork required can be time consuming. We offer a complete screening process and a thorough investigative procedure that includes background and criminal checks that can weed out applicants who may have a history of breaking leases, damaging property, evictions or salacious behavior. In addition, we will confirm their identity, examine their income level and credit ratings, and verify their current employment.
Management and consulting services: As a leader in California property management for more than 20 years, we can provide the expertise, efficiency and support you need to accomplish your property management goals. Whether you may benefit from help in preparing a property to show to a prospective renter, reviewing an up-to-date market analysis, or assistance with rent collection, we are here to help you.
Repairs and maintenance: You can be a first-rate manager without possessing any repair or maintenance know-how. There is no need to dig out the yellow pages when your property needs repairs when you can call on our team of skilled professionals. Since we hold a general contractor’s license (Lic. #792427), you can rest assured that we will handle everything from routine issues to emergencies swiftly and properly. If there is ever a job outside of our scope, we will field a pro from our pool of approved third-party vendors to make sure that the job is performed correctly and quickly.
Accounting: Our proficient and experienced accounting team will give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your financials are in capable hands. They will support you in reducing costs, increasing revenue, and mitigating risks.
While Utopia Property Management is the largest property management company in Southern California, we are known for so much more. We are here to support you in every step of the management process – from finding ideal tenants to maintaining your property. Contact us right now and let us show you why we are the leading property managers in Cerritos.
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 Cerritos situated?
One of the cities that make up the Gateway Cities in southeast Los Angeles County is Cerritos, which translates to "Little Hills" in Spanish. Cerritos is located at the boundary between Orange and Los Angeles counties. On the Los Angeles County side, the cities that border Cerritos include Bellflower, Santa Fe Springs, La Mirada, Lakewood, and Artesia in the middle. On the Orange County side of the city are Buena Park and La Palma. Other cities in the area are Long Beach and Hawaiian Gardens in Los Angeles County, as well as Cypress in Orange County.
What is the average climate in Cerritos?
The Mediterranean climate that Cerritos experiences is marked by pleasant winters and warm to scorching summers that hardly ever drop below freezing. Winter is when the majority of precipitation falls. Interestingly, Cerritos in Los Angeles County has a unique "semi-marine" climate pattern. The Pacific Ocean breeze along the San Gabriel River has a significant cooling impact, even though the usual coastal fog rarely reaches Cerritos. As such, the city is rarely impacted by the Santa Ana winds, smog, and extreme heat that are typical of the Los Angeles Basin.
What are the recreational opportunities in Cerritos?
Among the many recreational opportunities available in Cerritos is the Cerritos Olympic Swim & exercise Center, which is well-known for its involvement in the 1984 Summer Olympics and offers year-round indoor swimming and exercise activities. A cutting-edge senior center honoring the late First Lady is located in Pat Nixon Park. While the Cerritos Sports Complex, a skate park, and outdoor swimming pools, including an artificial lake, are located at Don Knabe Community Regional Park, neighborhood and community parks like Liberty Park and Heritage Park offer a variety of amenities. Cerritos offers a wealth of recreational options for its people, including two community gymnasiums on school campuses, an executive golf course, and eighteen local parks.
What are the educational options in Cerritos?
The Bellflower Unified School District is in charge of a tiny portion of western Cerritos, while the ABC Unified School District serves the majority of the area. Kids start at local elementary schools, go to middle schools, and finally high schools until they are accepted into Whitney High School, which is known for being the best school in California. Grades 7 through 12 are taught at Whitney High School. One of the biggest private Protestant schools in Los Angeles County, Valley Christian High School, is another choice for private education. Residents of Cerritos can also pursue higher education at establishments like Fremont College and Cerritos College. Education is important; in the town, 85% of high school graduates pursue postsecondary education, and a considerable proportion possess associate's, bachelor's, and advanced degrees.
How is the transportation system in Cerritos?
With its fleet of Cerritos On Wheels (COW) buses effortlessly integrating to local transit systems, Cerritos has an efficient transportation system. A tribute to the city's past as Dairy Valley, the propane-powered COW buses provide Wi-Fi internet connectivity and a Dial-A-Ride service for senior and disabled passengers. Alondra Boulevard and Artesia Boulevard are two of Cerritos' main thoroughfares. The community is situated along three major California freeways: SR 91, Interstate 605, and Interstate 5. Because of the city's advantageous position, import and export operations are made easier by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Residents may easily access major airports such as Long Beach Municipal Airport and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the US, with more than 10 million residents (as of 2018). The City of Los Angeles, which began in 1781 with 44 original settlers, is currently the second most populous city and metropolitan area in the US.
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