Serving All of Santa Maria
At 103,410 residents, Santa Maria is the most populous city in Santa Barbara County, even surpassing the City of Santa Barbara itself. In addition to its wine and culinary offerings, Santa Maria is also home to Allan Hancock college and the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, the latter employing nearly 2,000 people. The nearby Vanderberg Air Force Base is Santa Maria’s largest employer with a total of 6,623 employees. The zip codes used for Santa Maria addresses are: 93454, 93455, and 93458.
At any given moment there are thousands of renters looking for a place to call home (or a place to work) in Santa Maria. When you trust Utopia Management with your investment property, we’ll go above and beyond to ensure that the most qualified renters in the area are aware of your listing. We utilize all of the major online rental listings and we also use the expertise and word-of-mouth efforts of our local Santa Maria-based agents.
Our tenant screening process ensures that you get the best tenants, who will pay their rent on time and in full. To reinforce this, we subject all prospective tenants to a rigorous screening process. It begins with a thorough background check and credit report. We also investigate the prospective tenant’s employment to verify that they have enough income to support their rental obligations. We also investigate the interested party’s rental and mortgage history to ensure a pattern of timely payments and no eviction trouble. If everything checks out, then we’ll arrange to meet the prospective tenant in person via an open house showing or a scheduled appointment. Assuming there are no unexpected surprises, we will collect the first and last month’s rent, along with a security deposit, and then complete the contract.
When it comes to maximizing the financial return on your property investment, you need an experienced partner that you can trust. We’ve been managing property in Santa Maria and the surrounding areas for 20 years. Our licensed representatives will ensure that your rental property is always show-ready. We will also leverage our knowledge of the local market to ensure that you set your rental price at a level that will provide you with a maximum and reliable return.
Our in-house team of maintenance professionals can handle most any challenge. We don’t coordinate with third parties unless absolutely necessary. Most maintenance issues are resolved in-house via our licensed maintenance staff: (general contractor’s Lic. #792427).
Financial reporting tells the story of your investment property. Our goal at Utopia Management is to ensure that this is a story that’s told clearly. Our financial reporting is second to none. Our clients receive mailed reports and online access to balance statements, expense and revenue reports – and that’s just the beginning. At Utopia, we also strive to make life convenient. This is why we offer your tenants the option to use online direct-deposit to make their rent payments. For notices of rental increases, we prepare them and serve them on your behalf so you’ll never have to bother. We’ll always make sure that your property is renting at a competitive rate.
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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
Few cities come close to the famous coastal Old World beauty of Santa Barbara. The small city, located 90 miles north of Los Angeles, is home to year-round Mediterranean climates, historic architecture, and beautiful natural landscapes. It is promoted as the “American Rivera.”
Downtown Santa Barbara – Resource Guide: https://www.downtownsb.org/resources
Santa Barbara Activities – guides and information for tours, annual events, beaches, biking trails, and more: https://www.santabarbara.com/activities/
Explore and Discover Santa Barbara: https://santabarbaraca.com/explore-and-discover-santa-barbara/
City of Santa Barbara Business Resources: https://www.santabarbaraca.gov/business/businessguide/default.asp