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More Renters Want to Be Energy Efficient

By GoldenWest Management

In today’s rental market with rising rents in cities like San Diego, Phoenix and Las Vegas more renters want to live in rental properties that are also energy efficient because they cannot afford to pay higher rents and high energy costs at the same time.

If you’re concerned that your rental property might not be energy efficient you can give yourself the advantage over other owners in your area by following these tips for making your rental energy efficient.

Tip #1 – Reduce Drafts

You can reduce drafts coming into your rental property and also the loss of heat or cool air from your A/C by using solutions like foam tape, door sweeps, and draft stoppers to seal doors and windows. These solutions are affordable, can be purchased at any convenience store and will save your tenants hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs.

Tip #2 – Install Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Take energy efficiency to the next level in your rental property by installing energy efficient light bulbs.

These bulbs are important because they have been proven to last up to 15,000 hours and energy efficient light bulbs are a sign to any tenant that you care about the environment and want to create the best possible environment for them to live in.

Tip #3 – Invest in One BIG Energy Efficient Upgrade

Another great way to make your rental property more energy efficient is to invest in one big energy efficient upgrade like a new washer, dryer, air conditioner or air purifier.

Investing in one new appliance now can easily save your renter up to $100/year in energy costs and also save you the time, money, and hassle of having to repair older appliances later on.

What to Do When You’ve Made Energy Efficient Upgrades

Once you’ve made energy efficient upgrades don’t forget to market your rental property as being “energy efficient”sustainable” or “eco-friendly” especially if you’ve made upgrades that are known to help the environment.

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What Are the Benefits of San Diego Property Management?

By GoldenWest Management

SAN DIEGO, CA. – Have you been managing your rental properties yourself and have been thinking about hiring a San Diego Property Management company?

Regardless if you own one or more rentals, hiring a property management company is important because it will free up your time so you will no longer have to manage those rentals yourself and you will also enjoy the following benefits:

Benefit #1 – Easy Rent Payment

Since most property management companies offer their tenants the ability to pay rent online you can expect easy rent payment from your tenants and you will no longer have to concern yourself with rent collection when your tenants fall behind on their rent.

Benefit #2 – Repairs & Maintenance

When it comes time for repairs or maintenance at your Rental Property you won’t have to plan for making those repairs or driving out to the rental to perform maintenance yourself, you can count on your property management company to handle those repairs or maintenance for you.

Benefit #3 – Thorough Inspection

Another benefit of hiring a San Diego Property Management company is a thorough inspection of your rental each time new tenants move in or move out. This will ensure that your rental property continues to be maintained to the highest possible standards and is in the best condition possible.

Benefit #4 – Tenant Selection

Last of all, but most important, another great reason to hire a property management company is tenant selection. We make screening and finding new tenants hassle free so you don’t have to worry about doing any of that work yourself.

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Tips for Managing Move Outs at Your Phoenix Rental Property

By GoldenWest Management

PHOENIX, AZ. – Do you have a Phoenix Rental Property that’s going to be vacant in the coming months? If so, here are tips you should use to manage move outs

Run the rental comps

Check out other properties in the neighborhood because, if you have to upgrade your rental you should look at what your competition is doing with their properties first so you can get a better idea of the upgrades or amenities you should add to your property.

Market the listing

Start marketing your listing at least 20 days out to minimize vacancy, during this time you should work with the current tenant so you can conduct showings 2 or 3 days per week.

During the process of marketing your listing don’t forget to have professional pictures and video taken of the rental since this will help your listing to stand out online.

Make sure you have the utilities ready to be transferred into your name

This is important to do, especially in the summer when you need the AC, and it’s also an important step because you cannot appropriately check the property or make repairs/clean when the utilities are turned off.

Make sure you have a lockbox

You will need a lock box so contractors and or your cleaning company can come and go anytime.

When adding a lock box don’t put it in plain sight where anyone can see it, and don’t leave your only key in there because this can make getting back into the rental difficult if the key is lost or stolen.

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Property Management Phoenix AZ

Searching for an experienced Property Management Phoenix AZ? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

At GoldenWest Management we specialize affordable and reliable property management for the entire Phoenix AZ area, including other communities like Tempe, so you can have confidence in hiring us to professionally manage your vacation home, condo, townhome or rental property.

Professional Phoenix Property Management company

What makes us different than other companies who specialize in Property Management Phoenix AZ is that we don’t just offer one property management solution, we offer a full suite of property management services including the following services:

  • Rent Collection
  • Tenant Screening
  • Tenant Placement
  • Customer Service/support
  • Maintenance
  • And More!

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We Make Owning Rental Properties Easy!

One of the most difficult things about owning rental properties is managing them yourself! Thankfully, with our Property Management Phoenix AZ service, you can get back to enjoying your life once again because we will save you the time, money and hassle of managing your rental properties and dealing with all of the day-to-day tasks that you may be doing right now.

Grow Your Portfolio of Rental Properties

What’s best of all, when you choose Golden West Management for managing your rentals you can focus on growing your portfolio of rental properties with confidence in knowing that our experienced team of Phoenix Arizona Property Management Company will be there to professionally manage your rentals so you can keep focusing on growing your portfolio of rentals.

 

Learn More About GoldenWest Management

The GoldenWest Management Team specializes in residential property management for Single Family Homes through the mid-sized Apartment Complexes in Arizona, California and Nevada areas. Our friendly and knowledgeable leasing agents strive to limit the vacancy times and increase the rental income of your property without sacrificing the need for quality tenants. GWM will market your property, run background checks on all applicants, conduct routine site visits, schedule and coordinate maintenance, and ensure your rents are collected ON TIME! Our on-call Contracting staff will be able to handle all property issues so that you don’t have to. We promise that you will not find a better full-service manager with our competitive prices anywhere else. All included at fixed monthly rate without any hidden fees!

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Happy Memorial Day From GoldenWest Management

Happy Memorial Day from your friends at GoldenWest Management!

As a reminder, all of our offices will be closed on Monday 5/29 and be reopening on Tuesday 5/30.

About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.[1] The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May,[2] originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers.[3] By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.[1] It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season,[4] while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

Annual Decoration Days for particular cemeteries are held on a Sunday in late spring or early summer in some rural areas of the American South, notably in the mountain areas. In cases involving a family graveyard where remote ancestors as well as those who were deceased more recently are buried, this may take on the character of an extended family reunion to which some people travel hundreds of miles. People gather on the designated day and put flowers on graves and renew contacts with relatives and others. There often is a religious service and a picnic-like “dinner on the grounds,” the traditional term for a potluck meal at a church. It is believed that this practice began before the American Civil War and thus may reflect the real origin of the “memorial day” idea.[5]

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

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Property Management Tips For New Landlords

By GoldenWest Management

LAS VEGAS, NV. – Are you planning on investing in your first Las Vegas Rental Property?

Owning rental property is a great investment especially in Las Vegas because property values are still affordable while demand for rentals continues to increase.

As with any new business or industry you’re going to go through a learning curve but thankfully you can avoid making the same mistakes that other new owners have made by following these property management tips for new landlords.

Tip #1 – Don’t Undercapitalize

As with owning your primary home, you have to be ready for unexpected problems that will come up while you own your rental property.

The way to be prepared for these problems is to have cash reserves in place to take care of things like emergency maintenance problems, pre-emptive repairs and surviving weeks or months that your rental may be vacant.

Tip #2 – Don’t Be a Soft Touch with Your Tenants

Another important thing you must do after buying your first rental property is not be a “soft touch” with your tenants.

Why? If you give a tenant the chance to take advantage of you, the most likely will, so you should stick to your standards and do things with every client like:

  • Call their references.
  • Run their credit.
  • Inspect the rental property every six months.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell your renters NO.

Tip #3 – Get Your Rental Property Ready for Renting

Although you may be ready to start earning income from your rental property right now you should take the time to inspect the property, make repairs, improve curb appeal and get it ready for renting since most renters will pass up a rental that’s fallen into disrepair rather than giving it a second thought.

Tip #4 – Treat Your Rental as A Business and Hire a Property Manager

Last of all, but most important, one of the top things that you should do before marketing your rental property online is to hire a property management company.

An experienced property management company will save you the time, money and hassle of managing your rental property yourself and help with tenant retention as well.

At GoldenWest Management we provide you with professional property management services including the following:

  • Tenant Screening/selection.
  • Handling Security Deposit.
  • Maintenance And Repairs.
  • Rent Collection.
  • Customer Service.
  • Dispute Resolution
  • And More!

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Happy Mother’s Day From Your Friends At GoldenWest Management!

Happy Mother’s Day from your friends at GoldenWest Management! We hope you enjoy this special day and have the opportunity to spend it with the mother in your life. 🙂

About Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s Day, Siblings Day, and Grandparents Day.

In the United States, celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4] However, in some countries, Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.[5] Wikipedia 

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San Diego Craigslist Rental Scams – Important Information Owners Need to Know

By GoldenWest Management

SAN DIEGO, CA – If you’re managing your San Diego rental property yourself, you most likely will be using Craigslist.org to list your property online and connect with new tenants but did you know that Craiglist is also one of the easiest ways for scammers to steal money from unsuspecting landlords and their prospective tenants?

Craigslist Rental Scams Revealed

Thanks to the Internet it’s never been easier for scammers to steal thousands of dollars from their victims every year and Craigslist is one of their favorite websites to use because with Craigslist.org a scammer anywhere in the world, even in Nigeria.

All a scammer has to do is use a VPN to mask their IP address and Craigslist will think that they are in the United States than when they combine that with a web-based email address like Gmail, it gets even harder for a scammers identity to be revealed, or for them to be found.

How Do San Diego Craigslist Rental Scams Work?

When it comes time for you to market your rental property online you’re going to probably take lots of photos to post on Craigslist.org along with writing a great description about your listing right?

Basically, a scammer copies the photos, basic verbiage and post the home on craigslist for a well below market price. Then they simply attach an untraceable phone number (think google voice) and generic email and they fish for potential targets.

Their targets include People who are in a situation where they need a home fast and are not very experienced with renting. These unfortunate prospects will make the mistake of believing the “story” they are being spun and will end up wiring money or worse giving personal information (social security, birthdate, driver’s license).

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The Scammers Succeed with Telling A “Story”

Sadly, people looking for rental properties on San Diego Craigslist get scammed every day because they will believe the scammer’s story which often will include something like:

  • They are on a missionary trip out of the country.
  • They had to move out of state at the last minute due to job transfer.

A scammer will typically talk with their victim via email and encourage them to visit the property, even peek in the windows, then email them back and let the scammer know if they are interested in renting the property or not.

Why Landlords / DIY Owners Get Scammed on Craigslist

Here is what we see from your general do it yourself landlord and how their property is scammed:

  1. Homeowners don’t use watermarks on their photos like professional companies, therefore the pictures they post are easily duplicated and posted online.
  2. This also applies to professional signage, flyers, etc.…Prospects directed to by the home or peek in the window don’t see any red flags to cause them to think that the scammer is not the homeowner.
  3. Homeowners tend to use craigslist exclusively – and you guessed it, that is the #1 place we find scams. Craigslist also syndicates to hot pads and pad mapper so eventually, just a few well placed “scam” ads can supplant the real advertisement throughout the internet.

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Can the Authorities Do Anything to Stop Craigslist Scammers?

One of the sad things about Craigslist scams is that the authorities are literally powerless to stop scammers because, proxy servers and VPN networks like www.hidemyass.com make it easy for anyone, anywhere in the world to mask their identity and real location.

Anytime a victim reaches out to the authorities or media their efforts are almost always met with zero results with bringing the scammer to justice because the scammer can always shut down their fake identity or email account and start over with another online identity.

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Casual businessman working at office desk, using mobile phone and laptop computer, typing, making phone call, smiling.

What should a landlord/owner do to avoid getting scammed?

Try changing photos and post a sign outside their home with flyers that lists the correct contact info and price, but the reality is that hiring a professional property management company is the best defense, especially for these reasons:

  1. A professional will use watermarks and embedded HTML listings…prospects will be able to discern that these are legitimate postings.
  2. Search engine power. Professional companies like GWM often are recognized by Zillow, Trulia, and other syndication partners throughout the internet. This means when there is conflicting home data, the syndication sites will opt for the more trusted partner: Scammers ads fall by the wayside while pro postings remain.
  3. Pro companies also have a database of prospects already…they aren’t stuck to craigslist and maybe a $30 rentals.com ad.
  4. Professional signage and flyers – When a prospect drives by, they see the sign out front and they call the number…this alerts them that the ad they saw is a scam and that helps shut it down quickly. Scammers don’t want to waste time on properties that are not going to bear fruit, so they will give up on the pro managed home and move on to the easier self-managed properties.
  5. Professional showings – having a dedicated and licensed agent to show prospects allows peace of mind for both the homeowner and the renter prospect. In addition, a professional application, usually online thru a secured system, gives a potential Tenant the confidence to apply without having to worry about their information being hijacked.

Scamming is a big issue that affects both homeowner and renter. Without a professional company advertising and representing your interest, Landlords may have difficulty procuring “A” rated Tenants. And with the rise of these types of scams, renters are being more cautious about pulling the trigger on a home that they believe may be “too good to be true.” That will have a dramatic effect on the do it yourself Landlord who is trying to cover their mortgage.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, call a property manager who can protect your investment.

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5 Things to Do Before Marketing Your Phoenix Rental Property Online

By GoldenWest Management

Are you planning on listing your Phoenix Rental Property online? If you’re like most landlords you’re going to be listing your rental property on Craiglist.org, hotpads.com Zillow or Trulia, but before listing you should get these 5 things done.

#1 – Inspect Your Phoenix Rental Property and Make Repairs

Regardless of how long your last tenant lived in your Phoenix Rental Property it’s important to have it inspected because, a full inspection will bring to light obvious problems that need to be fixed like electrical, flooring, or plumbing issues, and potential problems which cannot be seen to the naked eye.

#2 – Have Your Rental Property Thoroughly Cleaned

One of the “pet peeves” most people cite for not wanting to rent a property is the cleanliness of the unit so even if your last renter left your Phoenix Rental Property in excellent condition you should still call in your cleaning crew to have your rental professionally cleaned because this will also ensure that those hard to reach areas of your rental property are cleaned as well.

#3 – Inspect All Appliances

While you are having, your rental property cleaned and inspected you should also have all of the appliances evaluated, including ceiling fans, because if any of the appliances are out of date and ready to be replaced this will be a great time to get them replaced before new tenants move in.

#4 – Change Those Locks!

During the time that your Phoenix Rental is in between tenants, you should also change those locks because you just don’t know if your previous tenant made copies of keys and it’s also a great idea to have the locks changed to ensure that any old keys which may be floating around out there are rendered obsolete.

#5 – Think About Market Value

Once your rental property is ready to be listed online the last thing you should do is determine market value because rents in the area may have gone up since you last marketed your rental property and it can literally pay to research the market value of your rental before you post it online.

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Are You Highlighting Your Las Vegas Rental Properties Most Sellable Features?

By GoldenWest Management

LAS VEGAS, NV. – Are you still managing your Las Vegas Rental Properties yourself? If so, one of the keys to success in attracting quality tenants is to market your rentals most “sellable” features.

Prospective tenants are always searching for listings based on the features of a rental property and you can make your listing stand out by highlighting the following.

  • Size – How many bedrooms and bathrooms does your rental property offer?
  • Storage – Does your rental have an attached garage or on-site storage facility?
  • Location – Is your Las Vegas rental property conveniently close to the best entertainment venues, stores, shops, schools and recreation destinations in Las Vegas?
  • Amenities – What amenities can you offer your tenants? Some of the most common include an onsite pool/spa, workout room, or on-site laundry facility.
  • Yard space – Is there a yard space at your rental property?
  • Move-in Incentives – Do you offer one-month free rent or paid water/sewer/trash?
  • Area statistics – Another great way to market your Las Vegas rental property online is to highlight area statistics especially if your rental is in a walkable neighborhood or if it’s close to some of the best restaurants listed on Yelp.

How to Market Your Rentals Most Sellable Features

Once you have determined the best features that your Las Vegas Rental Property has to offer prospective tenants the next step is to professionally market it online using the following:

  • High-Resolution Photos – These will help your rental to stand out over Las Vegas rentals that may be listed online but before taking high-resolution photos you should de-clutter your rental property and make sure that it’s been professionally cleaned since you don’t want dirt or debris to stand out in the photos.
  • Videos – Posting a video walkthrough of your rental property on websites like youtube.com will also help your rental attract interest from the most tenants as possible since a video walkthrough will help a prospective tenant to feel like they “know” your rental property before they’ve actually visited it.

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