Serving All of Lakewood
A boom city that emerged as part of the post-World War II economy, Lakewood is an upper-middle class area with a prime location and a growing economy. Populated by just over 80,000 people, Lakewood’s median household income was nearly $78,000 in 2010. The Los-Angeles suburb features many government and education jobs, making the area appealing to landlords, as many residents have solid, steady incomes. In addition to its economic advantages, the city’s claims to fame include Denny’s – the first restaurant of the popular national chain was founded here. Additionally, Sports Illustrated named Lakewood as “Sportstown USA” in its 2005 issue. If you’re a Lakewood landlord who hopes to make your investment grow, Utopia Property Management is eager to help.
With more than 20 years of Southern California property management experience, Utopia Property Management is now the top property management company in the area. Our years of experience, and passion for helping landlords make the most of their rentals, has made us a favorite among Lakewood rental property owners. From marketing and tenant screening to comprehensive management, we offer a wide range of services designed to help you boost the success of your rental in the 90711-90716 and 90805 zip codes.
Because we know Lakewood, as well as the rest of the Southern California region, we know how to get your rental listing in front of people who are looking for a property like yours. This requires some strategic planning, as well as a combination of digital and traditional methods. Part of our successful marketing plan always includes listing your rental on all of Lakewood’s most popular rental websites.
From credit and background checks to employment and income verification, our comprehensive background screening tools ensure that your applicants are ready to be reliable tenants. In addition to verifying your candidates’ ability to pay, we confirm identity, mitigating legal risk.
Management & Consulting
To optimize your income in Lakewood’s picturesque planned community, you need a consultant who is familiar with the area and its unique housing market. In that regard, Utopia Property Management is your go-to-guru. We use our knowledge of the Lakewood area and our understanding of property management dos-and-don’ts to help you make beneficial decisions regarding pricing, operations, and compliance.
Out of all the contractors in Lakewood, only one is guaranteed to provide you with cost-effective and error-free service – Utopia’s internal contracting team. With a general contractor’s license (792427) and a full staff of competent professionals, we can manage most of your upkeep and emergency situations, ensuring you never need to struggle to find a good contractor in the heat of an emergency.
Your Lakewood rental has the potential to make a significant improvement in your overall income, but only if you understand your profit gains, losses, and risks. When you partner with Utopia, we make financial recordkeeping simple. Each month, we send you a digital copy of all of your gains and losses, making financial decisions a breeze!
A historic community with a reputation for economic excellence, Lakewood is a great place for property owners to maximize their rental profits. At Utopia, we are excited about helping you do just that. Connect with 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
Where is Lakewood situated?
The American state of California's Lakewood is home to the city. The communities of Bellflower, Cerritos, Cypress, Long Beach, and Hawaiian Gardens encircle it from the west and south, northeast, and southeast, respectively. The city has a total area of 9.5 square miles, according to the US Census Bureau. Water makes up 0.1 square miles, or 0.54%, of the total area, while land makes up 9.4 square miles.
What is the weather like in Lakewood?
In Lakewood, the climate features short, warm, and arid summers, accompanied by long, cool, wet winters. The temperature ranges from 47°F to 83°F throughout the year, seldom dropping below 40°F or exceeding 92°F. The warm season spans 2.8 months, from July 3 to September 28, with August being the hottest month, boasting an average high of 83°F. Conversely, the cool season spans 3.9 months, from November 27 to March 25, with December as the coldest month, showcasing an average low of 48°F.
How is the education system in Lakewood?
The Lakewood Education Foundation was founded by locals in the early 1990s with the goal of creating a distinct school district. The organization now raises money to assist teachers in the classroom. The Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD), Bellflower Unified School District (BUSD), ABC Unified School District (ABCUSD), and Paramount Unified School District (PUSD) are the four school districts that serve Lakewood. Cleveland, Gompers, Holmes, MacArthur, Madison, and Riley Elementary Schools, Hoover Middle School, and Lakewood High School are among the LBUSD schools located in Lakewood. The Intensive Learning Center, Craig Williams, Stephen Foster, and Esther Lindstrom Elementary Schools, as well as Mayfair High School, are BUSD schools. Aloha, Melbourne, Palms, and Willow Elementary Schools are part of the ABCUSD, in addition to Artesia High School. The only comprehensive high school in the PUSD is Paramount High School.
Who are the top employers in Lakewood?
Establishing itself as a major economic center, the retail complex Lakewood Center was opened in 1951. According to the city's 2014–2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Bellflower Unified School District, Walmart, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Albertsons, Long Beach Unified School District, Lakewood Regional Medical Center, the City of Lakewood, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, and Bellflower Unified School District are among the major employers in Lakewood. To further add to the city's varied economic profile, the retail scene includes businesses such as Allen Tire Company.
Long Beach California is an urban utopia, running along the Pacific coast it covers about 50 square miles with a little over a square mile of waterfront. The beach stretches over seven miles down the west coast, which is where the name Long Beach came into fruition.