Serving All of Lakewood
The city of Lakewood is one that many people love. It is almost like a mini-city that has a lot of the luxuries that come with being in a smaller town. There are tons of things to do, including enjoying all that nature has to offer in this area as well. Those who are looking to move into this area are often looking to rent a location. Despite what many people are reporting, the rental market is still going strong in this area. For those who own property here and have always thought about getting into the rental market, then now is the time to seriously consider this. But, you also want to make sure that you do not try to go at this on your own.
Who To Turn To?
Just who should you turn to when you are looking to put your Lakewood property onto the rental market? You should turn to us! We are a full-service property management firm that takes out all the guesswork and hard decisions that come with being a landlord, as we do it for you. Just what are we going to do for you? Here is just an overview of what we do for every client:
- Make sure that the rental is ready for the market using our years of experience to help in making this decision.
- Advertise to the market to hit the largest demographic that would be interested in renting this home.
- Show this home to those who are interested and accept applications to live here.
- Use our tenant screening services to go through these applicants to find the best one for your property.
- Handle all the day-to-day activities associated with owning rental property.
With our services, you can rest easy knowing that we have it all under control.
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 located?
Located in Pierce County, Lakewood is a city in Washington, approximately 40 miles south of Seattle and about 9 miles southwest of Tacoma. With an area spanning approximately 18 square miles, the city is bordered by the picturesque Puget Sound to the west, offering stunning waterfront views and ample recreational opportunities. Lakewood boasts excellent connectivity, thanks to its convenient access to major highways like Interstate 5 and State Route 512, ensuring easy transportation options for residents and visitors. Additionally, the city benefits from its close proximity to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a prominent military installation that significantly contributes to the local economy and population. Situated between Tacoma and Seattle, with its coastal location and access to military resources, Lakewood is an attractive and accessible destination that offers a range of opportunities for both residents and tourists.
How is the weather in Lakewood?
Lakewood, Washington, boasts a mild and temperate climate throughout the year. This city falls into the category of a Mediterranean climate, featuring warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Residents and visitors can enjoy pleasant summers with average temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to low 80s Fahrenheit (around 24-28 degrees Celsius). Winters in Lakewood are characterized by mild temperatures, averaging from the mid-30s to low 40s Fahrenheit (around 1-6 degrees Celsius). The region receives moderate rainfall, particularly during the winter months, which contributes to the lush greenery and vibrant landscapes. Overall, Lakewood's inviting climate offers the perfect setting for year-round outdoor activities and enjoyment.
What are some popular attractions in Lakewood?
Lakewood, Washington, presents a variety of popular attractions that cater to diverse interests. Chambers Creek Regional Park is home to the stunning Chambers Bay Golf Course, offering world-class golfing amidst picturesque trails and beautiful open spaces. Fort Steilacoom Park stands out as another noteworthy destination, featuring historical sites, expansive green areas, and recreational facilities including sports fields and walking trails. For those seeking refined beauty, Lakewold Gardens boasts meticulously manicured gardens and elegant architecture. Completing the experience, the vibrant Lakewood Towne Center provides a range of stores, restaurants, and a movie theater, ensuring a delightful shopping and entertainment experience. Whether immersing oneself in natural splendor, exploring history, appreciating exquisite gardens, or indulging in shopping and dining, Lakewood's popular attractions offer something for everyone to enjoy.
Is Lakewood a good place to live?
Lakewood, Washington, has become a sought-after place to live due to its appealing attributes. With its convenient location near Tacoma and close proximity to Seattle, residents enjoy easy access to urban amenities. The city's adjacency to Joint Base Lewis-McChord also provides unique opportunities for military personnel and their families. Lakewood is renowned for its abundant recreational amenities, including picturesque parks, well-maintained golf courses, and access to the breathtaking Puget Sound. Additionally, the city offers a diverse range of housing options, catering to various lifestyles and preferences, from cozy single-family homes to modern apartments. With its prime location, ample recreational opportunities, and diverse housing choices, Lakewood stands out as an attractive and desirable place to call home for many individuals.