Serving All of Kern County
There’s an argument to be made that Kern County is one of the most underrated areas in all of California. Folks who happen to live a bit down south of here may look down on the area a bit. However, there are beautiful natural parks out here. The weather is a bit milder than in other parts of the state, and it has become a calmer area over the years. This has actually prompted more people to want to move out here. You don’t get the heavy traffic, and the rat race mentality that we see in other parts of the state, yet you can still catch some of the benefits particularly when it comes to the weather.
We know that there are plenty of folks out here who own buildings and homes that at one point may have had some trouble finding decent tenants. It certainly does seem like the tides are starting to turn a bit perhaps due to some of the factors that we’ve already mentioned. How hard is it really tough to find the right tenant and essentially live happily ever after as a property owner? If you get help from the right property management company it can be much easier than what you potentially anticipated.
The first thing that you can get out of a good property management company is either a decent client base or at the very least a proven method of finding decent potential tenants. Once you’ve got the property occupied the real hassle starts for certain property owners that want to go through this process alone. Tenants are going to have needs, and issues that they want to have resolved quickly. There’s a chance though that being a landlord is not what you wanted your full-time job to be. Get your rental properties to work for you, and not you for them with the right property management firm.
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
What is the cost of living like in Kern County?
Kern County has a cost of living that is slightly below the national average. Housing costs in the region are relatively affordable, while expenses such as groceries, transportation, and healthcare are also slightly lower compared to the national average. However, utilities in Kern County are slightly higher. The cost of living within Kern County can vary depending on the location within the county, with some cities or neighborhoods having higher expenses than others.
What is the median home price in Kern County?
As of March 2023, the median listing price for homes in Kern County was $359.9K, reflecting a 3.1% year-over-year increase. The median listing price per square foot was reported to be $213, and the median home sold price was $355K.
What are the local transportation options in Kern County?
Kern County offers multiple options for transportation, including Kern Regional Transit for public transportation, ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, taxis, car rentals, biking, walking, and personal vehicles. Kern Regional Transit provides an affordable bus service that connects various cities and communities in the county. Ride-sharing services and local taxi companies offer convenient alternatives for those seeking a faster or more personalized mode of transportation. Car rentals are available from both national and local companies. Kern County also has several biking and walking paths, as well as personal vehicles as a commonly used transportation option, with highways and freeways connecting different areas within the county.
What is the climate like in Kern County?
Kern County is situated in the southern portion of California's Central Valley, characterized by a semi-arid climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters. The area experiences Mediterranean-like weather patterns, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) and winter temperatures dropping to the 30s and 40s Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). Precipitation is relatively low throughout the year, with the majority of rainfall occurring during the winter months. The county is also known for its strong winds, particularly in the mountain and desert regions.