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Westside Property Management
Do you own property that you are not using right now? Or maybe, you are living in a home but looking to move soon? In either case, you have two options. You can sell the home or you can put it onto the rental market. Which is the best choice to make? While the news is full stories about how the market is a seller’s market, that homes are only sitting on the market for days until they are scooped up by buyers, this is not always the case. And you may find that selling your home is not the best decision for you for other reasons. For example, are you going to sell your home at a loss? Or maybe you hope to one day move back to this area and would love to keep this home? For these reasons and so many more, putting your home up for rent can be the best and most logical choice to make.
Why is this a great choice? Consider the many benefits of putting a home onto the rental market:
You get the income from using this as a rental. For those who are facing a loss on their home if they were to sell, they can often pay the mortgage with the rental income they are getting from this and simply own two homes.
If you have ideas that you may move back into this home later, then renting it out for the time being is going to give you a little extra income. And who couldn’t use a little extra income these days?.
You will find that having a rental home is not has hard as you think, especially if you work with Westside property management to get this taken care of.
Why Work With Us?
Why should you work with us? Here at Westside property management we take what we do seriously. We have several layers that all potential tenants go through in order to live in a home. Our idea is that we want someone who is going to treat this home with respect and just as good as if you, yourself, were living in this home. We don’t want just anyone living here that could wreck it. That is why we use tenant screening services to ensure that each tenant meets our high expectations of what a tenant should be.
Secondly, do you really have the time that it takes to be a great landlord? Most people don’t, because being a landlord can often be like having a full time job. Let’s face it, you have better things to do with your time.
When you work with us you are getting a complete team of professionals who are going to manage your home. We even make sure that it is advertised correctly in order to get the most interested potential tenants. These are things that you may learn to do on your own, but working with Westside property management, simply makes it that much easier to make the decision to own rental property.
We know how to market your property.
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
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
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 Westside located?
Westside Fresno is situated on the western side of the city of Fresno, California. It encompasses a range of neighborhoods and communities, each with its own distinct character. Spanning from Highway 99 to the east and extending towards the city's western border, Westside Fresno offers a mix of residential, commercial, and cultural areas. Notable neighborhoods within Westside Fresno include the vibrant and eclectic Tower District, the desirable Fig Garden area, and the surrounding communities near Fresno City College. This region of Fresno provides residents and visitors with a diverse and engaging environment to explore and enjoy.
How is the weather in Westside?
In Westside Fresno, the weather aligns with the Mediterranean climate found throughout the rest of Fresno. Summers are characterized by hot and dry conditions, often with temperatures surpassing 90°F (32°C) and occasionally exceeding 100°F (38°C). It is important to stay hydrated and take precautions to beat the heat during these months. Winters in Westside Fresno are generally mild and cool, with average temperatures ranging from the mid-40s°F (7°C) to the low 60s°F (15°C). Occasional light rain and frost can occur during the winter season. Spring and fall offer pleasant temperatures, with mild days and cooler nights.
What are schools like in Westside?
In Westside Fresno, schools offer diverse educational opportunities for students in the area. The majority of schools are served by the Fresno Unified School District, which encompasses public elementary, middle, and high schools. Private schools are also available, providing alternative options for families. These educational institutions in Westside Fresno are committed to delivering a quality education, with dedicated teachers and a focus on academic excellence. Furthermore, Fresno City College, located nearby, offers higher education and vocational programs for individuals seeking further education. Overall, the schools in Westside Fresno strive to provide a supportive and enriching learning environment, empowering students to achieve their full potential.
How is the cost of living in Westside?
Westside Fresno offers a relatively affordable cost of living compared to many other areas in California. Housing costs, one of the major factors in the overall cost of living, are generally more reasonable compared to cities like San Francisco or Los Angeles. Rental prices and home prices in Westside Fresno tend to be more accessible, providing residents with more affordable housing options. Other essential expenses such as groceries, transportation, and healthcare also align with or slightly below the national average. Overall, Westside Fresno provides a more affordable living option within the state of California, making it an attractive choice for individuals and families seeking a more manageable cost of living.
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.