Serving All of Merced County
Merced County Property Management
The Merced County area is one that is highly populated. There are tons of things to do in the area, as well as businesses that are looking for quality workers. That is one of the main reasons that so many people are moving into this area. However, are they all buying homes? No, they are not! Recent news would make it sound like more people are buying a home rather than renting. While it may be true that more people are buying right now, there are still many people not interested in buying a home. They want to rent a home or apartment for their time in this county. Why the interest in rentals?
Many people simply do not want to be homeowners. They want the freedom that comes with having a rental property rather than having to take on the responsibility of being a homeowner. With this being said, for those who have property in this area, they are going to find that now may be the time to turn this into rental income. However, we recommend that you do not do this on your own.
Work With Us
Who are we? We are Merced County Property Management. We are a full service property management firm that has the experience that it takes to make rentals successful on the market, while also ensuring that the owners of this property are happy. We take away all the guess work of getting a home onto the business and handle this with capable hands. For those who are new to this market, they are going to find that our expertise is going to be invaluable and can save them a lot of stress later down the road.
What Do We Do?
As stated before, Merced County Property Management is a full service property management firm. This means that we do it all when it comes to your rental property. Our goal is to take away all the work from you while you simply enjoy having rental income. Some of the things that we do include:
– Ensuring that the home is ready for the rental market. We know what renters are looking for and this advice is going to prove valuable when you are wanting to ensure that your home is one that renters want to rent.
– We also suggest a fair price for the home each month so that you are not getting ripped off or charging too much resulting in no one being interested in this home.
– Once the home is ready to be advertised, we handle all the advertising for you. We reach a huge audience in hopes that we will attract even more applications. The more applications, the greater the chance of getting a person that is going to truly respect this home.
– We use our tenant screening services to ensure that the tenant chosen is going to be one that will treat your home as it should be treated, and trustworthy in terms of paying.
Then we handle the day to day managing of this home. You cannot go wrong when you work with us!
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 Merced County located?
Located in the heart of California's San Joaquin Valley, Merced County is known for its central position and rich agricultural heritage. It shares borders with San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, and Santa Clara counties. The county seat and largest city is Merced, while other prominent communities include Atwater, Livingston, Los Banos, and Dos Palos. With its fertile farmlands and strategic location, Merced County plays a vital role in the region's economy and serves as a gateway to various neighboring areas and attractions.
What is the climate like in Merced County?
Merced County has a Mediterranean climate, characterized by distinct seasonal variations. The county experiences hot, dry summers with average temperatures ranging from the 90s to low 100s Fahrenheit (mid to high 30s Celsius). Limited rainfall occurs during the summer months. Winters in Merced County are mild, with average temperatures ranging from the 40s to 60s Fahrenheit (5 to 15 degrees Celsius). The majority of precipitation is received during the winter, primarily from November through March. Overall, the county's climate showcases hot and dry summers followed by mild and wet winters, offering a notable contrast throughout the year.
What are some popular attractions in Merced County?
Merced County boasts a variety of popular attractions that cater to diverse interests. Aviation enthusiasts can visit the Castle Air Museum to explore its collection of vintage aircraft and military exhibits. Nature lovers can immerse themselves in the Merced National Wildlife Refuge, renowned for its opportunities for wildlife viewing and birdwatching. Those intrigued by history can delve into the county's past at the Merced County Courthouse Museum, while the Merced Multicultural Arts Center hosts a vibrant array of arts and entertainment events. Outdoor enthusiasts can bask in the natural beauty of Lake Yosemite or embark on exciting hiking and camping adventures at the San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area. With its wide range of attractions, Merced County offers something special for visitors with diverse interests to enjoy.
What are the transportation options in Merced County?
Merced County offers a range of transportation options to meet the needs of residents and visitors. The county is served by the Merced Regional Airport, providing domestic flights for convenient air travel. The Amtrak station in Merced connects the county to major cities along the Pacific Coast and beyond, facilitating rail travel. The county is also well-connected by highways, including State Route 99 and State Route 140, making it easily accessible by road. Within the county, the Merced County Transit operates bus services, offering various routes for local commuting and transportation. With these transportation options, Merced County ensures convenient and efficient travel for both local residents and those exploring the area.
City of Fresno Website: https://www.fresno.gov
Ultimate Guide to Fresno California: https://www.visitfresnocounty.org
Fresno County Official Website: https://www.co.fresno.ca.us
Fresno California is home to approximately 542,000 people, making it fifth in rank of California’s largest city populations and in the top 50 cities in the Unites States. City limits span 116 square miles.
The city of Fresno is in central California in the San Joaquin Valley. It sits at the crossroads of major Highways 99 and 41, as well as the Yosemite National Park southern access road, making it a pivotal tourist pit stop for anyone travelling in California. There are actually three large National Parks within an hour and a half travel from Fresno: Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon.
Woodward Park, in northeastern Fresno has a dog park, Japanese Garden, three playgrounds for families, and over seven miles of trails within its 300 acres.
The Fresno Water Tower, built in 1894, is one of the oldest buildings still standing.
The main state school located in Fresno is California State University, Fresno which has over 25,000 students enrolled during the Fall 2020 semester.
The Fresno Yosemite International Airport serves the Valley with 7 major and regional airlines and is home to the Fresno National Guard Base. Commercial flights serve over 1 million passengers a year.
Fresno averages 300 days of sunshine per year. Summers are quite hot, often 100 degree days, but not humid. Winters tend to be foggy.
The largest industry in Fresno is agriculture. Nearly half of the county’s acreage is farmland. Top 5 crops are almonds, grapes, pistachios, garlic, and onions. Residents boast of having access to fresh fruits and veggies at local markets year round.
The average 2-bedroom apartment to rent in Fresno is priced at $1190, with studio apartments running slightly cheaper at less than $900 a month.
The housing market is Fresno is extremely competitive and the average house price has risen over 15% from last year, with median sale values lying at $310,000, or $175 per square foot. It’s still known as one of the most affordable places to live in California.