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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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How Often Should You Have Your Rental Property Inspected?

By GoldenWest Management

One of the most common questions that most owners want to know these days is how often they should have their rental properties inspected because some property management companies will inspect rentals every six months, while other companies will never inspect the rental while it’s occupied.

The answer to how often you should have your rental inspected ultimately depends on your own personal preferences but we’ve compiled a list of factors for you to consider when thinking about how often you should have your rental inspected.

Does Your Home Have a Basement or Crawlspace?

If your rental property has a basement or crawlspace you may want to have your rental property inspected every 3 years, or each time before your rental is vacant, because this will give you the opportunity to confirm that any wiring or plumbing under your rental property is still in good condition.

Has Your Rental Been Through Extreme Weather?

Do you own a rental property in an area of the United States that’s prone to extreme weather? If so, you may want to have your rental inspected at your next opportunity because, heavy snow or rain can cause damage to a rental property that you may not be aware of.

Just Bought Your Rental Property but Never Inspected It?

Have you recently bought a new rental property but never had it inspected? In this case, it would be a smart move to have your rental thoroughly inspected just to avoid any potential problems that you may not be aware of.

Planning A Major Renovation?

Are you planning a major renovation? If so, you should still have your rental property inspected anyway because this will save you the hassle of finding out about other problems in your rental home after work has started.

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At GoldenWest Management we inspect our owner client’s rental properties at the beginning of every lease, every six months in between, and at the end of the lease

Which areas of your rental property do we inspect?

  1. Roof.

  2. Air Conditioner.

  3. Water Heater.

  4. Exterior plumbing (to ensure they are winterized and not leaking)

All these areas of your rental property should be inspected yearly, except the roof, which can be inspected every 3 years.

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Tips for Getting Your San Diego Rental Ready for Summer

By GoldenWest Management

SAN DIEGO, CA – Summer is almost here and with warmer weather you should also be focusing on getting your rental property ready for the summer months by doing the following.

Inspect Your Air Conditioner

This step is essential because it’s possible that your air conditioner hasn’t been in use for close to one year so you should change your air filter, airflow inside your rental property and also your blower unit as well.

Once you’ve inspected your air conditioner you should also make sure that the unit has “room to breathe” outside your home by clearing space around the unit by removing grass, plants or debris.

Prepare Windows and Doors for Summer

Since your tenants may be using the air conditioner a lot during the summer months you should prepare doors and windows by making sure that their seals will still hold the cold air in your rental property and not easily escape.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

After checking your air conditioner, doors and windows you should also check your dryer vent to make sure that it’s completely free of dust or lint since obstructions in the dryer vent can easily lead to fires.

Test Smoke Detectors

Summer is also a great time to test the smoke detectors in your rental property as well to make sure they are working properly and don’t have batteries that need to be replaced.

Clean Ceiling Fans

Besides removing dust from ceiling fan blades, you should also vacuum dust from the ceiling fan motor because this will help it to continue functioning normally for the remainder of the year.

Clean Up Your Yard

Last of all, but most important, you should also clean up the yard at you San Diego rental property by planting new flowers (if needed), inspecting the sprinkler system and reviewing the yard to make sure that your current tenants are keeping up the curb appeal of your rental property.

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For Rent San Diego – 5 Things Every New Owner Should Know About Renters Rights

By GoldenWest Management

So, you purchased your first rental property and after remodeling, you’re finally getting ready to list it for rent San Diego but, before you make the jump to the full-fledged owner there are some things about renter’s rights that you should know if you want to manage your rental property yourself.

#1 – What Can You Charge a Tenant If They Pay Their Rent Late?

In California, you can charge between 5-10% of your tenants rent as the penalty for them paying their rent late but to avoid any confusion or “sticker shock” when your tenant pays their rent late, you should clearly list in your lease what your tenant can expect to pay if they do end up paying their rent late.

#2 – Multiple Checks

The Landlord does have the right to refuse payment using multiple checks do to California’s partial payment acceptance rules. Example, if one check clears and one check bounces, the landlord cannot evict during that calendar month that the partial payment was made. Therefore, the courts have conveyed the right to the Landlord to not accept multiple checks for rental payment.

#3 – When Can You Enter Your Rental?

Once your rental is occupied by the tenant you have to follow the law and give them 24-hour notice that you will be coming over to make repairs or show the property to potential renters if it’s going to be available for rent soon.

Contrary to what some people may have told you, you cannot enter your rental property at will, unless of course, the tenant has abandoned your rental, or there’s very obvious emergency there that requires your attention.

#4 – Security Deposit

If you’re renting an unfurnished unit you can’t charge more than two months’ rent for your security deposit and as for a fully furnished apartment, you can’t charge more than three months’ rent.

#5 – Security Deposit Return

Another huge topic that’s talked about online is the security deposit return; as the owner of a property for rent San Diego you have 21 days to return the security deposit with a letter detailing your withholdings.

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Searching for an experienced Professional Phoenix Property Management company? 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 Phoenix AZ Property Management is that we don’t just offer one property management solution, we offer a full suite of property management services including the following:

Rent Collection

Tenant Screening

Tenant Placement

Customer Service/support

Maintenance

And More!

We Make Owning Rental Properties in Phoenix AZ Easy!

One of the most difficult things about owning rental properties is managing them yourself! Thankfully, with our Phoenix AZ Property Management 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 Arizona Rentals

What’s best of all, when you choose GoldenWest 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!

For affordable and professional Tempe Arizona Property Management contact GoldenWest today by calling us at (602) 765-4750 or click here to connect with us online.

 

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North County San Diego Property Management

Searching for an experienced North County San Diego Property Management company? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

At GoldenWest Management we specialize affordable and reliable property management for the entire Pacific Beach area and nearby beach cities. You can have confidence that our skilled team of property managers will find the most qualified tenants to live in your Rental Property.

Learn More About Our North County San Diego Property Management Company

What makes us different than other companies who specialize in North County San Diego Property Management is that we specialize in full-service property management including:

Rent Collection

Tenant Screening

Tenant Placement

Customer Service/support

Professional Maintenance

And More!

Simplify Your Portfolio Of North County Rental Properties

One of the most difficult things about owning rental properties is managing them yourself! Thankfully, with our North County San Diego Property Management 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.

What’s best of all, when you choose GoldenWest Management for managing your North County San Diego rentals you can focus on growing your portfolio of rental properties with confidence in knowing that our experienced team of property managers will be there to professionally manage your rentals so you can keep focusing on growing your portfolio of rentals.

Learn More About Our North County San Diego Property Management Company

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!

For affordable and professional Pacific Beach CA Property Management contact GoldenWest today by calling us at (858) 779-0577 or click here to connect with us online.

 

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Have you been arching for a Professional Property Manager in Las Vegas Nevada? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

At GoldenWest Management we specialize in professional, affordable and reliable property management for the entire Las Vegas area and nearby communities. When you choose us, you can have confidence that our skilled team of property managers will find the most qualified tenants to live in your Rental Property and professionally manage it for you.

About Property Manager in Las Vegas Nevada

What makes us different than other companies who offer professional property management in Las Vegas Nevada iis that we specialize in full-service property management including:

Rent Collection

Tenant Screening

Tenant Placement

Customer Service/support

Maintenance

And so much more!

Enjoy the ROI from Property Manager in Las Vegas Nevada

One of the most difficult things about owning rental properties is managing them yourself! Thankfully, with our Property Manager in Las Vegas Nevada 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 GoldenWest Management for managing your rentals you can focus on growing your portfolio of rental properties with confidence in knowing that our experienced Property Manager in Las Vegas Nevada will be there to professionally manage your rentals so you can keep focusing on growing your portfolio of rentals.

Learn More About Us!

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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