Archived Q&A and Reviews
Recommendations for a property manager
My wife and I own several residential rental properties (a total of nine units) in Oakland, and I manage them myself at the current time. My concern is that if I were to become disabled or die before my wife, she would have no idea of how to operate the business. Therefore, I am seeking recommendations from the BPN community on who might be a top-quality person or company to operate the properties in case I am no longer able to do so. Most of our tenants have been with us for many years (several over 10) and we care about them very much with personalized service and attention. I do not want some faceless outfit which mostly cares about their bottom line and not the tenants' or my wife's well-being and financial situation. Honesty, trust, competence and dependability are critical traits in this regard. Many thanks. anon
Hi looking-for-a-property-manager, when I read your post, I couldn't help but think that our resident manager might well be the person you're looking for. Ginger is very much the type of person who's primarily concerned with the well-being of the tenants in our apartment complex and not just that, she also cares about the property itself and is very much invested in improving it! She's had about 4 years of experience ''in the field'' now and has enjoyed it so much she decided to get a real estate license, which she is now in the process of getting. If you'd like to talk to her, please give her a call at 510-282-0932 (Ginger Livingston) A happy tenant
ERI or Korman & Ng Property Management?
Has anyone worked with ERI or Korman & Ng Property Managers, as either a tenant or a landlord? A description of your experience, the services provided, and the fees charged is much appreciated. Thank you! Busy Landlord
Hi, there -- I see that you are a busy landlord, but it would be very worthwhile to interview a few property management firms to determine the services you would receive. They should meet you and look over the rental(s) you have. One thing that was invaluable to me as a (temporary) Berkeley landlord (renting out my own home for a couple of years) was to have someone who understood the rent control laws and would honor them. If any of your rentals are in Berkeley, this is valuable -- imperative, really. Ask for samples of the paperwork they provide you for your tax records and also find out if they would be your representative in the event of an eviction. Usually there is a hefty charge for tenant screening and selection -- worth it, in my opinion -- and then a monthly charge for rent collection, following up on maintenance/repairs, fiscal paperwork, etc. Becky
Berkeley Property Manager?
Looking for recommendations for a reliable property manager/management company who knows the Berkeley market. What is the going rate? Thank you. Busy Landlady
Diamond Bay Realty and Property Management in Emeryville can give you an estimate of current Berkeley rental rates. www.diamondbayrealty.com Carter
Recommend a property management for rental house?
I'm a real estate investor and looking for a reliable property management company. Any recommendation would be appreciated. Cristina
I've been using Bay Cities Property Management based out of Berkeley for almost a year now. I own a 6-plex in El Sobrante and took me a while to find a competent PM. Jenna is reliable and very easy to work with. Very happy to have found BCPM. Feel free to contact me or her directly at baycitiesmanagement [at] yahoo.com
I highly recommend Bay Cities Property Management for property management in the East Bay. I interviewed quite a few property managers before hiring Bay Cities to lease and manage my rental property in Berkeley. They've been handling it for over 2 years, and I'm really happy with them. They're really good about responding to the tenants promptly and taking care of whatever comes up - both big and small issues. They have so many good contacts for maintenance, plumbing etc. problems, that I think having them manage the property has saved me money overall. Another thing I really like is that they provide detailed, straight forward reports so I always know what's going on. All that aside, they're really nice people and working with them is a pleasure. I can't imagine that there's anyone who would do a better job. Good luck! Bruce
Property Management company?
Hi all- I am thinking of buying a rental property for the first time - maybe albany, El Cerrito or further towards Mountain View (South Bay). But I'm no longer around enough to do the renting and maintenance myself. Does anyone have a great relationship with a rental maintenance company? I'm mostly looking for someone I can trust with renter complaints and keeping the books for taxes. Any recommendations good OR bad would be HIGHLY APPRECIATED. Thanks folks!
I've heard really good things about Bay Property Group. http://baypropertygroup.com/ Kim
Try The Lapham Company. 594-7600 They are an honest, family run company. I do not know how they structure their pricing, but I would feel completely comfortable having them manage my property (if I were lucky enough to own one). We know a lot of people who work there and they are the kind of people you'd want to be friends with.
Help renting our house in Berkeley
Hello, We are considering trying to rent out our house and buy a larger place. Does anyone have any experience with this? It seems easiest to use a service that handles all of the logistics - can someone recommend a good one? We basically need someone that would tell us what our 2bd/1ba NW Berkeley house will rent for and then deal with all the maintenance and everything. Also, not sure what kind of cut the company takes off the rental price? Anyone have any ideas out there? We can't really sell the house as we would not get what we needed for it, so we are hoping to get a good rental price. Thanks for any advice! Heather
Hi - there are lots of property management firms that can help you and I recommend you start contact them asap. It may take away to sort through all of the options. We recently considered this and got a range of responses. One firm wants 7% of the gross rents and another wanted a monthly fee. It's also work doing a little educating of yourself about rental laws. For example, it's really difficult to get a bad tennat. We also didn't have a handly list of contracts that we used. And I didn't have a lot of confidence in my ability to screen tennants. Others I know have used Craigslist and it's worked out great. Good Luck!
Property Management Co's
We are in search of a property mgt co. to manage a 4-plex in El Cerrito. It was handed over to us (via family) approx. a year ago and are finding it too much to handle. Unfortunately, in my research, I have not found very many that seem to come with too many positive recommendations. Does anyone have any experience w/Bartels Co. or any others that they would recommend?? Thanks... anon
Hello! I'm responding to your query on property managers. I also own a fourplex, and have been using Bay Area Property Management for almost two years now. I can tell you that BAPM has made my life much easier. Since hiring them, I haven't had to worry about finding new tenants, collecting and bookkeeping rent or property maintenance. One of the best parts is that since they have in-house maintenance people, I've saved a lot of money on repairs (lost keys, plumbing back ups etc.) that otherwise would have been much more expensive. At the time I was looking, their rates were less than the other companies (including Bartles) that I looked at. The person that I would speak to is Jenna, and you can reach her at 510-898-6009 or bapminfo [at] yahoo.com anon
I highly recommend Bay Area Property Management. They have done a great job managing my building and have proven to be very responsible and easy to work with. Contact info: 510-898-6009 or bapminfo [at] yahoo.com Doug
Seeking Tenant Placement Services
I have a six plex in El Sobrante and am looking for a someone to help place tenants. Just don't have the time to meet with proprestive tenants. The property requires very little maintenence so I don't necessarily need a full property management services. Does any one have any recommendations?
I highly recommend Stuart Levitas. Stuart is extremely personable and professional. He is a realtor and an aspect of his business is Property Management. He can help you find excellent tenants for your complex. His web address is www.stuartlevitas.com. Call 925.858.5830 or email is stuart [at] stuartlevitas.com. You will have peace of mind having Stuart work for you. marika
I highly recommend calling Jenna with Bay Area Property Management. I recently purchased a 4-unit apartment building that was completely vacant. I contacted Jenna, and she was available to meet with me at my building within 24 hours. She gave me some really good input about some minor things I could do to spruce up my units and make them more appealing to prospective tenants. She also gave me some great education on the current rental market. I decided to have her put my units on the market, and after less than one week she had the first unit rented. Bay Area Property Management has a very thorough screening procedure for tenants, which was something that was very important to me. Jenna placed tenants in all 4 of my units, and so far I could not be happier. I have not had any problems- and rent comes in on time! Contact info for Bay Area Property Management is (510) 860-6065 or bapminfo [at] yahoo.com. Doug
Property manager for house in San Leandro
I have a 4bd/2.5ba house in San Leandro that I'm looking to rent out. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good property manager or rental agency I can go to? Or would you recommend posting on craigslist? Thanks.
I highly recommend Stuart Levitas. His # is 925.858.5830. His website is www.stuartlevitas.com. Stuart is very honest and has tremendous integrity. He is easy to work with..very personable. He will treat your property as if it's his own. He also does a very comprehensive screening of potential tenants. You won't go wrong with his help. happy to refer stuart
Property manager for El Sobrante rental
Hi! We are moving soon, so I need some recommendations for a good Property Manager that can handle our house and our rental house for us. I'm trying to look online, and all I can find are bad reviews--but anyone have a good review??? Well, give me your bad reviews too, I need to know which companies to steer away from!! We are in El Sobrante (East Bay). Thanks in advance.
We are renting a home in El Cerrito through Access Properties on San Pablo Ave in El Cerrito. I know they have gotten some iffy reviews on Yelp, but they have been fine for us. Whenever we needed something fixed, we just called their handy man and it was taken care of quickly and charged to the management company. Last week I happened to be home during the day and ran into the handyman checking and cleaning all the gutters. The company was being proactive and checking all their properties. So, give them a try. kl
Property manager for house in El Cerrito
My husband and I have decided to move back to SF where our family lives. In this market, we don't want to sell our small single home in El Cerrito and so have decided to rent it out. Does anyone have any recommendations for a good property manager who will work with little units too? Regi
We have used a realtor by the name of Lynda Bartels to buy and sell and home and had spoken to her in length about being a property manager when we weren't sure whether we were going to sell or rent. She is local, knowledgeable, has tons of experience and is happy to manage smaller properties. You can check her out and get all her contact info on her website: www.lyndajbartels.com. Good luck.
Need to rent out our home in Oakland
We are looking to rent out our two bedroom, one bathroom bungalow in Maxwell Park. Because we will be moving out of state, we will be unable to manage the property ourselves. I have called several agencies and they've all seemed reluctant to manage single family homes. And when I ask friends for recommendations, they tell me to 'run away'; there are no good property management agencies in Oakland. Please help me prove them wrong. Suggestions?
I have used the property management service at Korman & Ng in Berkeley. You could ask for Miriam Ng. I think they are wonderful. Being a landlord is kind of vulnerable and a hassle but they have made it possible for me.
Someone to manage our home in Oakland
We're moving out the area and have decided to rent our Oakland home. I'm looking for recommendations on someone who can manage our house for us. We want someone who is knowledgeable in renter laws in Oakland and, ideally, would be able to handle the whole screening/rental agreement process. We don't have a lot to spend - is it unrealistic to expect to find someone who doesn't charge a fortune and will be diligent about responding to any issues that come up? Thanks for any recommendations. Jen
Hi- I rented a home in the East Bay that was managed by O'Hanks Management. My husband and I loved the house (even inquired about the possibility of buying it), and tried to do things to make it a nicer place to be (planted some flowering plants in the front yard, etc.). During our 6 year tenancy at that house we got nothing but toxic treatment from O'Hanks, and only partial responses to our requests for repairs. They were verbally abusive to us and didn't do what they needed to keep the house in good repair. Good luck finding someone who will take good care of your home. -Cynthia C
Property management for private home
I will be leaving the area for work and would like to rent my home. does anyone have any recommendations for a good Residential Property Management company? and any idea as to Bay Area average monthly fees for these services? Thank You!
We had Keith Carroll at Castle Rock Realty in Albany manage our property for several years. He did a great job, the whole thing was trouble free. I first met him when I lived in a rental that he managed. Very thorough, found good tenants. If I remember correctly, they took a 10% cut of the rent. Karen
Property manager for home in Oakland
We need a reliable, experienced, reasonably priced property manager to manage a single family rental house in the Glenview district of Oakland. Would prefer someone not affiliated with a realty company to avoid conflict of interest. The property is currently rented. Does anyone have a recommendation? Thanks!
I strongly recommend Stuart Levitas. He can be reached at LeaseFast 925.858.5830. He is extremely knowledgeable about rental properties and managing them. He's very reliable, trustworthy and full of integrity. Your property will be in good hands with his help. marika
Property manager for a rental house
I am looking for a property manager for a rental house. Any recommendations? Thank you. Kathy
Cedar Properties. www.cedarproperties.com Wonderful company. They've done a fantastic job with my properties, and have dramatically increased my rental income. They completely took over everything, and all of my management headaches are now gone! anon
Good Property Management Company needed
Greetings I need to rent out my home in El Sobrante and I am looking for a good property management company in the area. Any recommendations would be much appreciated. Thank You.
Try ASK Rentals 510 524 2985. Was in a similar situation a few years back. They helped with my home in Kensington. Anon
Property manager in West Contra Costa
We're about to give up on trying to sell our house and are thinking about renting it out for a few years instead. We will need to use a property manager to find and help deal with tenants. Has anyone out there had a good experience using a particular property manager in West Contra Costa? Thank you
Try The Lapham Company. Their offices are located in Oakland but they serve the entire bay area. They have a huge portfolio, are a family run and very honest company. My husband went to school with the daughter of the owner (Jon Shahoian) and we love their family! I have no idea about rates, specific services, etc. -
Property manager for our Berkeley house
We will be away from Berkeley for two years while posted overseas. Does anyone have any experience with property management agencies for their home? We can't burden friends/family with the responsibility of maintenance and rental so will need to use an agency. Any suggestions very appreciated. Heading Far East
I would like to recommend a friend who is in this business. Al Satake is very active in the East Bay community and is very highly regarded. The name of his property management business is K and S and is located in Albany. Here is the contact information: 1035 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 12, Albany, CA 94706-2277 Telephone: (510) 528-1900 You can also look at his website kands.com Sue F.
Hi, I can recommend Georges Vassiliades who is a commercial real estate broker and Property Manager. He is very knowledgeable and I know he can do a great job for you. His phone is 710-6826; his email is Gvrealtor [at] gmail.com; and his website is http:// www.PropertiesByGeorge.com David
Hi there, Wells & Bennett Realtors is an extremely reputable company that handles property management contracts in the East Bay. They are knowledgeable, about property management laws, they find quality tenants, screen them for you, show the property etc. Once your new tenant moves in, they are the ones that deal with all of the day-to-day maintenance/management issues. Best of all, the fee is very reasonable, & they are willing to negotiate with you. I have a home in Alameda that is managed by them, & I couldn't be happier. The house was rented within 2 weeks of going on the market, we received our asking rent; I receive a monthly report of the happenings at the property & a rent check without fail. They are fabulous. You should definitely consider them. Their # is 510 531-7000 ext. 240 Happy Landlord
Property Management in Alameda
I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations on Property Managemnt in Alameda. My parents have a 5 unit apt complex and would like to have a professional manage it. They have used Gallegher and Lindsey a while back and the lady that handled their property was irresponsible. So if any landlords out there have had good experiences with person or company we would appreciate your input and info. Thanks! Melissa
As an 8 year tenant of a property managed by Property Investment Services, my opinion of their services is summarized by the lovely week that I spent with my toilet backed up. It took an entire week for them to get around to having someone deal with it. Luckily, I knew the owner, and it finally took my calling him so that he could yell at PIS to have them deal with it. My yelling at PIS apparently wasn't enough. Good thing I had a close friend living nearby that didn't mind my presence for a week. There were other issues also, which are raising my blood pressure to even think about, so I won't go into detail. I think the above example illustrates my point pretty clearly
Property Manager for apartment building
I need a recommendation for a competent, reliable, trustworthy residential property manager. I have been handed the responsibility for managing a 24 unit apartment building in Oakland and I just don't have the time. The onsite manager can collect the rents and keeping the place clean. I can handle paying the regular bills. I need help with finding & screening tenants, and with fixing, cleaning and updating the apartments when they turnover. Thanks.
I know of an incredible property manager who is based in SF, but it is worth calling her to see if she works in the East Bay. Her name is Joanne Fazzino, 415-297-9777. Alissa al30sh [at] yahoo.com
I can heartily recommend Paul Morris who manages several Bay Area apartment buildings. He knows all the right people to get plumbing, cleaning, elevator maintenance, grounds maintenance, etc. etc. handled. He is experienced with getting new tenants and removing difficult tenants when needed. Please give him a call at 510-235-6612. LIndy
I would highly recommend The Lapham Company for property management services. I think typically they take complete care of a property, so I don't know if they would take on a ''partial'' job as you described. But I have absolutely nothing bad to say about them and it wouldn't hurt to ask. The man who owns the company is an honest, upstanding individual and is just an all around no-nonsense, great guy. His sister handles all of the leasing (she's awesome!) and several other family members work there. I am always impressed. You might check them out, most of the properties they manage are in Oakland -- 510.594.7600.