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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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
comfortable having them manage my property (if I were lucky enough to
We know a lot of people who work there and they are the kind of
want to be friends with.
Help renting our house in Berkeley
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!
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 email@example.com. You will have
peace of mind having Stuart work for you.
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
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.
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?
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
Park. Because we will be moving out of state, we will be unable to
I have called several agencies and they've all seemed reluctant to
family homes. And when I ask friends for recommendations, they tell me
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.
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 luck finding someone who will take good care of your home.
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.
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?
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.
Property manager for a rental house
I am looking for a property manager for a rental house. Any recommendations?
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!
Good Property Management Company needed
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.
Try ASK Rentals 510 524 2985. Was in a similar situation a few
years back. They helped with my home in Kensington.
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?
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
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
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@gmail.com; and his website is http://
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
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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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