For Rent San Diego

By Goldenwest Property Management

Did you know that your property listing literally has 20 seconds or less to impress a prospective tenant before they move on to searching for another listing?

Yes, this is true.

Most people who are searching for properties for rent San Diego, or elsewhere in the United States, will glance at the first picture (otherwise known as the “Money shot”) you have posted of your property then briefly read the first 2 lines of your property description before deciding on if they want to review the property further or move on to another listing.

If you’re interested in increasing the effectiveness of your online listings here are 3 tips which will help you to write better property listings.

Tip #1 – Avoid Using CAPS!

One of the biggest problems with online property listings occurs when people use CAPS to describe their properties.

Example: “AWESOME PRICE! WON’T LAST LONG!”

Although using capitalized letters does convey emotion, the reality is that when you use CAPS this is the same as shouting if you were having a conversation with someone face to face.

Tip #2 – Stop Using Abbreviations

Stop using abbreviations that are confusing in your listings, and when possible write the whole word again, like you may have been doing when you originally started in the business.

Abbreviations like “3br/2b” are what everyone else is using to market their properties online and you can make your listings stand out by taking 5 minutes to actually write about your properties so that prospective tenants are aware of what your home for rent San Diego can really offer them.

#3 – Write Shorter Sentences

Last of all, but most important, when writing property listings make sure you write short and sweet sentences, instead of long sentences.

Shorter sentences are important since people who are searching for properties For Rent San Diego are accustomed to reading shorter sentences online anyway, and you can use a short sentence as a bullet point to capture the reader’s interest with little points about what your property can offer them.

Examples:

This 3 bedroom / 2 bath home has a big backyard with plenty of room for children to play.

The home offers a spacious kitchen with plenty of cabinet space and a large pantry.

For Rent San Diego

Why spend another minute marketing your property For Rent San Diego? Contact the experienced team of property managers at Goldenwest Management, Inc today by calling us at (866) 545-5303 or click here to connect with us online.

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By GoldenWest Management

There’s no denying that more people than ever before are searching for properties for rent in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, but the big question is what are they really looking for?

If you just purchased a Phoenix Valley Rental Property, or you’ve owned a home for a while but have been unable to rent it yet, here are 7 things renters are really searching for in rental properties.

#1 – An Updated Rental

In 2015 renters are searching for single family homes, town homes, condos and rental properties which are updated and include modern features especially in the kitchens and bathrooms. This includes newer or refinished cabinets and upgraded counter tops.

#2 – More Storage Space

Since many renters these days are also long term renters who are searching for properties which include: bigger closets (think walk-ins), garages with cabinets or attics, as well as any other onsite storage.

#3 – Usable Outdoor Space

Your Scottsdale or Paradise Valley Rental Home may have an outdoor space but is it really usable? If not, you should consider adding faux grass or pliable gravel for kids and animals to play on. In addition, stamped concrete or patios should include tables, chairs and a grill so your tenants can enjoy the outdoors more.

#4 – Safety

Yes, tenants are searching for updated rentals with good amenities but they are also searching for safe rentals as well. You should consider replacing old doors, locks and windows to make your tenants feel safer / more secure.

#5 – Clean Rental Property

It doesn’t matter if you are renting a single family home which was built in the 1950’s, or a new townhome which was built in 2014, your property for rent in Scottsdale must be clean when it’s ready to rent since a dirty rental can easily turn away prospective tenants. Don’t wait to have the home professionally cleaned, carpets steam cleaned, and bathrooms and tubs caulked.

#6 – Close To Everything

Let’s say that your rental is close to all of the best stores, shops and restaurants that Scottsdale has to offer. You should be promoting your rentals close proximity to everything when you market it either online or offline.

Market Your Property for Rent Scottsdale

For more information on what prospective tenants are really searching for, or to speak with us about our property management services, contact Goldenwest Management today by clicking here to contact us online or by calling us for a free consultation at (602) 765-4750.

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By GoldenWest Management

Thanks to the demand for Las Vegas Rental Property, you decided to buy another rental, but then there’s a problem.

After advertising your rental on and offline you haven’t received any applications from prospective renters yet and you’re starting to wonder if there’s something about your property that’s potentially scaring renters away.

In today’s post we will help you to look at your Rental Property  with a fresh perspective. As experts, GWM sees hundreds of homes every month on the rental market, so you can see right away  if there are one or more areas of your property that are scaring away potential renters or not.

Bad Curb Appeal

Traditionally one of the first areas with any property that can scare potential tenants away is bad curb appeal.

If the landscape surrounding your rental property in Las Vegas has overgrown bushes, shrubs, trees or grass, and there is trash strewn around the yard, then prospects aren’t going to bother to stop the car.

One suggestion is to desert scape the front yard with a few arid plants for a touch of the oasis feel. Have a gardener come by once a week for a mow and blow at least till the home is rented. If this takes a month, you won’t pay more than $100 for a nice clean exterior.

Make sure the house numbers and trim are freshly painted and all the exterior lights function. Wipe away cobb webs near the entrance to make it inviting.

The Inside of Your Rental Needs Some Sprucing

After enhancing and improving the curb appeal for your Las Vegas Rental property the next step is to improve the inside of your rental by doing the following:

  • Paint interior walls – two tone paint has gotten the best feedback:
    • colors like tan, Navajo white, or greys for walls with swiss coffee color for ceilings and baseboards and trim
    • Whenever possible steer clear of flat paint…it gets dirty quickly, go with an eggshell or satin
  • Professionally Clean carpets and floors.
  • Caulk bathrooms, showers, sinks…it makes them look cleaner
  • When possible Remove and replace dated fixtures (stove, dishwasher). Stainless steel, is the best followed by all black or all white depending on your cabinet and countertop colors.
  • Add Deodorizes (plugin’s when possible) to upstairs and downstairs. A sweet breeze versus a musty smell is important.

There is no need to completely remodel you’re the home, although you may get that itch. Its all about light and bright and clean. Prospects will come if your home shows that it is cared for.

Get Professional Las Vegas Rental Property Management

To learn more about things you can do to increase the value of your Las Vegas Rental Property, or to learn more about the property management services we can offer you, contact GoldenWest Management today by calling us at 702-685-7696 or click here to connect with us through our website.

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By GoldenWest Management

It’s 2015 and your friends and family members encouraged you to purchase San Diego Rental Property, so you bought a multi-family unit and are ready to start renting.

When leasing to your first Tenant, ask yourself how familiar you are with the Landlord-Tenant laws for our state?

Today’s post cover’s just some of the Landlord-Tenant Laws for that you may want to consider when working with prospective Tenants who are interested in your San Diego Rental Property.

Support and Service Animals

Surprise!!! There is no difference in the eyes of the Housing Authority anymore. Don’t make the mistake of denying a prospect with a Pet after they disclose to you that it is a support animal (of any kind): Emotional support, service animal, etc…The ADA statutes require that you treat that animal as if it were a “wheelchair” meaning you need to make “reasonable” accommodations. If you don’t heed this warning, HUD and the California State Attorney General will be knocking on  your door!

Registered Sex Offender Database

When creating a new rental agreement you must include the following verbiage in your rental agreement:

“Notice: Pursuant to Section 290.46 of the Penal Code, information about specified registered sex offenders is made available to the public via an Internet Web site maintained by the Department of Justice at www.meganslaw.ca.gov. Depending on an offender’s criminal history, this information will include either the address at which the offender resides or the community of residence and zip code in which he or she resides.” (Cal. Civ. Code § 2079.10a)

Tenants and Utilities

Before a tenant signs a new rental agreement you must disclose to them if they are responsible for paying gas, electric or other utilities including what the cost is for those utilities just so the tenant can know if they can afford to pay rent plus utilities in their monthly budget. (Cal. Civ. Code § 1940.9)

Toxic Mold Disclosure

Did you know that before you can rent to a new tenant you must disclose to them if your San Diego Rental Property has toxic mold or not? (Cal. Health & Safety Code §§ 26147, 26148). If you have had major water damage or past complaints of mold, and you don’t disclose this…you could be liable for a lot, including health costs, an environmental specialist, lost rent and moving/storage costs for the Tenant.

This is important to know because mold that exceeds exposure limits which are permissible has been known to post serious health risks and must be dealt with.

Non Smoking Policy

In this day and age it’s not uncommon for most San Diego Rental Property to have a no smoking policy.

If your decision is to not allow tenants to smoke on your property, you must outline this in writing, and provide tenants with specific instructions for where they can smoke on site, just so you can have assurance that your Rental Property In San Diego will be smoke free once you decide to rent it in the future.

Helping San Diego Rental Property Owners

If you think its smart to save a few dollars “managing your own property,” review the above and think about if you had any clue these were REQUIREMENTS in a lease. GoldenWest Management knows Landlord-Tenant laws in San Diego, and if we aren’t sure, we have legal counsel that deals with this EVERYDAY at our disposal. Call us to learn more about our affordable property management services, contact GoldenWest Management today by calling us at (858) 792-3442

phoenix arizona

By GoldenWest Management

You just purchased another Phoenix Rental Property and your life is starting to get busier than ever before.

With managing your properties, investments, and family life, there’s not a lot of time left in the day for you.

Instead of continuing on running your business this way, and sacrificing quality personal time for yourself, here are three reasons why you should hire a property manager.

#1 – Efficient Management of Your Phoenix Rental Property

From handling potential tenants, work orders, repairs, rent collection and all of the other day-to-day responsibilities which come from managing a Phoenix Rental Property you can count on GoldenWest Management to efficiently manage all of your rental properties.

#2 – We Will Save You More Time During Your Day

When you decide to use GoldenWest Management to manage your Phoenix Rental Property you will have more time in your day to live your life and enjoy all of the benefits that come from owning income property.

#3 – You Will Save Money

Another benefit which will come from using GoldenWest for your property management needs is that you will save money with us since you won’t have to deal with issues like tenant calls in the middle of the night or the hassle of having to drive out to your properties for repairs or maintenance issues.

With GoldenWest Management on your side you will have confidence that your Phoenix Rental Property is being efficiently managed so you can focus on growing your portfolio of income properties.

To learn more about the property management services we can offer you contact us today by calling (858) 792-3442 or click here to contact us online.

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As we approach Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, we would like to wish all of our property owners and tenants a joyous and safe holiday.  Please note that if you do run into an issue with your property, you can use the traditional channels for requesting a repair.  Our offices in San Diego, Phoenix, and Las Vegas will remain open all week except for Christmas Day (12/25) and New Year's Day (1/1).  Thank you for your patronage, and we hope these holidays find you well!

The Las Vegas office has been busy gearing up for the holidays.

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Tomorrow, Thursday, November 27th, 2014, we celebrate Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, family, and gratitude for the many blessings we have as Americans.  We will not forget all of the sacrifice required to bring the many freedoms and privileges we enjoy today.

As a property management company, we are very thankful to be able to serve our landlord and tenant customers in the Phoenix, San Diego, and Las Vegas areas.  Thank you for your loyalty and patronage.  We look forward to a peaceful and happy holiday season.  Please let us know if there is anything we can do to serve you better.

Please note that in observance of Thanksgiving, our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday.

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One of the biggest disappointments a tenant will face in a rental property transaction with a property manager or landlord is when he or she opens up that check for their returned security deposit.  We've seen and heard about many times where tenants were not happy with the return.  This is unfortunate because, as we've stated in previous articles about security deposits, losing a security deposit is completely preventable.  Disappointment over security deposits is typically a result of the following: ...continue reading

"What is a Utilities Addendum?"  This was a question recently posed to one of our offices.  As a way to inform all of our landlord and tenant customers interested in this topic, we're answering this question through our blog.  Here's our take on the utilities addendum - A utilities addendum might be something that is added to the lease for the following purpose:

Adding the monthly amount of a utility bill, usually one that can’t be placed into the tenants' name but that they are responsible per the lease, to the monthly rent.

 

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