Serving All of Downey
Until 1999, Downey – the “birthplace of the Apollo Program,” was home to Rockwell Aviation, a key contractor in the Moon landing Program. It is also the site of the oldest McDonald’s restaurant in America, and of the first Taco Bell. Today, Downey boasts a population of more than 111,000, is known for its good schools, its central location in Los Angeles County — covering the ZIP codes between 90239 and 90242 — its proximity to Los Angeles, and the many parks within its 12.5 square mile area.
At Utopia Management, we have more than 20 years of experience managing properties in Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, and San Diego Counties. We make it our job to learn everything there is to know about the rental market in the cities we serve. Our experts can work with you to tailor your rental strategies to the realities of the Downey rental market. The services we offer include:
Marketing: These days, it takes more than just placing a sign on the front lawn of your property or posting an ad in the local paper to attract clients. We take full advantage of modern technology to advertise your property on a wide range of websites. Our goal is to have a tenant signed and moved in within 30 days.
Tenant Screening: We know that you want the right tenant for your Downey rental property, so we conduct background and credit checks and we verify employment, income, and identity for all prospective tenants. All of these checks help to ensure that your new tenant is a great fit for your property.
Management and Consulting: Because we’ve been in the real estate business in Southern California for more than 20 years, we have the knowledge to help you with every step of the rental process – from setting market-competitive rents to preparing your home or office for a showing. Our knowledge of the market can help to take much of the stress out of the rental process.
Maintenance: You don’t need to worry about doing your own maintenance when something breaks, or to concern yourself with finding someone to do it for you. We hold a general contractor’s license (Lic. #792427), and we have our own team of skilled and experienced professionals who can do any repair work both cheaper and faster than a third party.
Accounting Services: We will keep you informed about how your property is doing financially. Our accounting team will send you monthly reports detailing every item of revenue and expenses, which you can then access through your personal and private Utopia web portal.
Utopia property management is not just another rental company. We will handle every part of the rental experience – from marketing your property and screening your tenants, to taking care of any necessary maintenance and providing a complete monthly financial record. This level of service has helped to make us the premier property management agency in Southern California. Call us today to take advantage of our services when you are ready to rent your Downey property.
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 Downey situated?
Situated 13 miles southeast of Downtown Los Angeles, in Southeast Los Angeles County, California, United States, is the city of Downey. It's regarded as a component of the Gateway Cities. To the west and northwest are the cities of South Gate and Bell Gardens; to the northeast is Pico Rivera; to the east are the cities of Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk; and to the south are the cities of Paramount and Bellflower. 12.6 square miles make up the whole area of the city, according to the US Census Bureau. Its area is divided between 0.2 square miles of water and 12.4 square miles of land.
What is the average weather in Downey?
Downey's summers are brief, hot, and dry, lasting roughly 2.9 months from July to September on average, with daily highs above 81°F. The hottest month is August, with an average high temperature of 83°F. Downey experiences lengthy, chilly, and rainy winters that last roughly 3.9 months from November to March and with daily highs that are typically below 70°F. The coldest month is December, when the average low temperature is 48°F. The average annual temperature is between 47°F and 84°F; it rarely drops below 41°F or rises beyond 92°F.
What are the educational options in Downey?
The Downey Unified School District, which serves Downey primarily, has named its two primary public high schools after Governor John G. Downey and Chief Justice Earl Warren of the US Supreme Court. In addition to several middle and elementary schools, such as Stauffer, Doty, Griffiths, Sussman, Alameda, Carpenter, Gallatin, Gauldin, Imperial, Lewis, Old River, Price, Rio Hondo, Rio San Gabriel, Unsworth, Ward, and Williams Elementary Schools, the city is home to three public high schools: Downey, Warren, and Columbus High School. The Montebello Unified School District includes a few areas. Private school choices in Downey include Saint Pius X-Matthias Academy (9–12), Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (TK–K–8), Saint Raymond's Catholic School (pre–K–8), Saint Mark's Episcopal School (pre–K–8), and Calvary Chapel Christian School (pre–K–12).
How do you get to Downey?
Four freeways make it convenient to travel to Downey: I-5 travels through the north, I-605 runs along the east side, I-710 is located immediately west of the city, and I-105 and the Metro C Line travel through the south. The city of Downey is serviced by the Lakewood Boulevard station on the C Line, and bus services are provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro). Furthermore, Downey runs a neighborhood bus system called DowneyLINK.
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