Serving All of Modesto
Have you always considered being a landlord? Perhaps you have a Modesto home that you are not using at the moment? The problem is that many people do not want to take on the responsibility that arises when you are a landlord of a piece of property. It can mean a lot of time and stress. That is why we are here to help.
How We Help?
We are a full service property management firm that handles rentals in the Modesto area, as well as the other Stockton Branch areas. Our goal is to be the acting landlord on your behalf so that you do not have to invest your time in this investment. This can also mean less stress for you!
Our services are designed in a way that takes all the hard work away. For starters, we advertise the home to the market in order to attract renters who are looking to move into this area. Once people start to look at this home and show interest, we get the applicants and put them through our strict tenant screening services that looks not only at past rental history but also is comprised of a background check. This way, we are certain to get you someone living in your home who not only pays on time, but is trustworthy. After this process, we still manage the property. Which may mean collecting rent, arranging for maintenance or even home repairs.
Why is the Modesto area getting so much attention? People love the atmosphere that the area offers. For this reason people want to live here. However, as people are moving into new areas they are often renting rather than buying. That is why turning a property in this area into a rental will pay off in the long run, and when combined with our services, you cannot go wrong!
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 Modesto situated?
In the Central Valley, Modesto is situated 68 miles south of Sacramento and 90 miles north of Fresno. The distances from other locations are as follows: 24 miles south of Stockton; 66 miles west of Yosemite National Park; 92 miles east of San Francisco; and 40 miles north of Merced, California. The county seat and largest city of Stanislaus County, California, is Modesto.
What is the climate like in Modesto?
With chilly winters, hot, dry summers, and moderate rainfall, Modesto has a climate that mixes elements of a cold semi-arid and hot-summer Mediterranean climate. The majority of the year's precipitation, about 13.2 inches on average, falls in the winter. Periodic droughts and heavier rainfall brought on by El Nio episodes can be experienced in Modesto. Streets occasionally flood during winter storms since the city doesn't have a complete storm drain system. Temperatures normally range from 30°F to 103°F, and snowfall is uncommon. While highs in July hover around 95°F, January's daily average temperature is 56°F and at night it is 34°F. The "delta breeze," which brings relief from the heat in the nights, makes Modesto slightly cooler than other Central Valley locations.
How is the cultural scene in Modesto?
Modesto has a thriving cultural scene and a rich history. With the sound of the Maddox Brothers & Rose as its foundation, it is the home of Rockabilly music. An annual festival honors the city's mid-century modern architecture, while Graffiti Summer events pay homage to George Lucas' "American Graffiti" film. The Modesto Symphony Orchestra and MoBand, one of the first American bands, are available for music lovers to enjoy. Ballet, opera, and other performing arts are available in Modesto. Mexican folklorico ensembles, regular Art Walks, and the Modesto Area Music Awards are a few examples of its varied culture. McHenry Mansion and the Gallo Center for the Arts, both historical gems, beckon, while the Graceada Park area is home to quaint old houses and parks.
What are the educational options in Modesto?
The Modesto City Schools, which were founded in 1871 and serve about 32,000 students through 23 elementary schools, four junior high schools, seven comprehensive high schools, and alternative education programs, are the main provider of education in the city. With its International Baccalaureate curriculum and county certification, Modesto High School distinguishes out. Additionally, the city is home to several private religious schools, including Central Catholic High School and Modesto Christian School. With approximately 20,000 students enrolled, Modesto Junior College provides two-year degrees as well as a number of sports teams. Specializing in industries including medical offices, bookkeeping, and solar technology, Community Business College offers vocational training and job placement services.
How is the economy in Modesto?
The agricultural sector of Modesto's economy is thriving, taking advantage of the rich farmland nearby. Notably, it is the location of the biggest winery in the world, E & J Gallo Winery, as well as the biggest producer of wine bottles, Gallo Glass Company. Foster Farms Dairy, Fiscalini Cheese, Sciabica Olive Oil, and 5.11 Tactical are a few other well-known private businesses with their headquarters in Modesto. The city has a cannery, and Ceres adds with a factory that makes cereal and snacks. There are additional steelworking businesses in the region. In 2008, a number of road projects with a combined budget of around $120 million were in progress. Top employers in terms of employment are Modesto City Schools, Memorial Medical Center, and E & J Gallo Winery.
With over 311,000 residents across 75 neighborhoods, Stockton is the 13th largest city in California and the 63rd largest in the US. Stockton was named an All-American City in 1999, 2004, 2015, and 2017.
Stockton Visitor’s Information: https://www.visitstockton.org/
Trip Advisor’s Discover the Best of Stockton: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g33130-Stockton_California-Vacations.html
Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce: https://stocktonchamber.org/