rent: Maintenance at Rental Properties - 03/29/12 05:47 AM
Everyone has their idea of maintenance emergencies. A maintenance emergency can lead to destruction of the home, personal property, and other valuable items. As a property management company with a 24 hour maintenance line that tenants can call, we often must use our best discretion to decide what calls are emergencies, that owners and tenants would agree, and what items may just be a panic'd phone call. That is why it is necessary for us to be able to speak to tenants at all hours of the day, talk them through any quick fixes like shutting off water, or resetting breakers, … (2 comments)

rent: Rental Reference - 03/29/12 05:43 AM
A key part of our screening process at HomePointe Property managment is to check on a tenants rental history. We need to know certain pertinent items like time in the rental, rent amount, if paid on time and how many times they were late if applicable. It is necessary for agents and agencies to be truthful with eachother so we may protect ourselves and our clients. Asking for rental references and filling out rental references are two seperate subjects. It is necessary for us to disclose the information that is asked for on the rental verification but to the pertinent infomation … (1 comments)

rent: Showing Rental Properties - 03/29/12 05:38 AM
In the business of rental homes, where commitments are not necessarily as serious as buying and selling a home, it is important to advertise the opportunity for prospective tenants to see the home, but not to waste too much time. The showing schedule completed by HomePointe Property management is a schedule of listed properties that will be shown for short sweet and to the point open houses. We want to give the opportunity for a renter to see the inside, but not have to drive out to the home to show every Tom, Dick, and Harry that calls. This way a … (1 comments)

rent: Hidden Fee's?? - 02/28/12 05:09 AM
So, here's a common question: "What hidden fee's does your company have?" As property managers and real estate professionals we are paid to give a service. A service that comes at a price. In any business paying for what you get always go hand in hand. (Its not just a funny saying). As property managers it is necessary to lay out for our clients what they will be paying, and what they will receive for these prices. Disclosure is required and can keep clients happy and coming back. 
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rent: Incentives - 02/28/12 04:52 AM
There are incentives in every aspect of life that attracts our senses, or causes us to make decisions we may not have made otherwise. Well, we try to use these incentives in all of our marketing. Every rental home has an attribute that attracts prospective tenants. Whether we advertise a low price, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, new carpet or paint, or even a lower deposit to move in! There are always ways of attracting clients to our rental homes. We have to use correct wording and get the information out to our audience to be able to rent the … (0 comments)

rent: One for the Owners - 01/31/12 09:44 AM
Too too often I see a sad story unfold before my eyes. Its part of the American dream to save money, buy a home, and whether its right away or 10 years down the road, to take that home and turn it into a rental property. Now your investment is working for you, hopefully providing some income, and yet you can maintain the home with the income. My concerns come when the owners of the property put their life savings into a home. They get everything up to code and running smoothly, expecting to find a renter whom will take care … (0 comments)

rent: Revving Up the Rental Engines - 01/30/12 05:10 AM
Here is Sacramento the sun is shining and the heat is coming in waves. Mid to high 60's projected all week long. With the rental market at a steady pace now that the holidays have passed, typically we begin to see the rental market heating up. When the weather is warm tenants like to get out, look at available homes, and start thinking to themselves, "Is there a better property for me out there, and if so can I pay less for it?" It is imperative to be competitive with pricing or the vacant home will lose hundreds if not thousands … (1 comments)

rent: "I NEED HEAT" - 12/30/11 07:26 AM
Heat is a necessity, a must have, a habitablity issue. We must supply our tenants with heat by any means necessary. Sure it may be more of an issue in 30 degree weather, rather than 60 degree weather, but homes are still occupied by older tenants, or babies, or even the warm blooded American that likes running the heat at 80 degrees. Sometimes we have to supply our customers with space heaters, or send an emergency technician to repair the HVAC right away. Owners can refuse to pay the costs, say they are too much, or argue the repair. But no … (2 comments)

rent: No Ones Home - 12/28/11 04:33 AM
For vacant properties it is important for an agent/home owner to remember it is not summer time, and homes do not need the same treatment or lack thereof. We should make sure the water is either off and pipes are run until all water is out, or we need to visit the home a couple times a week turning on the water and sometimes letting it run in the sink. I can recall when I lived in the midwest, we used to leave our sinks dripping at night to keep a constant flow of water running through the home. This would … (2 comments)

rent: Home for the Holidays - 12/28/11 04:29 AM
For myslef, being home for the holidays gives me a chance to unwind, relax, and chat with my loved ones I missed throughout the year. I sit back and remember all of the cozy winter nights by the fireplace at our house in Wyoming. All the family sitting around talking about our seperate lives and our individual jobs. We have experiences that some have never heard of or would never want to go through. But with the help of family we get by and we survive. 
Have good relationships can help you not only in your personal life but from a … (3 comments)

rent: A Proper Agent - 11/30/11 04:30 PM
The title of this blog may be a bit confusing. But an agent needs to be proper in a few ways. They need to consider that their client is the owner of a property, not the tenant. If the tenant has requests that only benifit them, or may hender the home or the business purposes of the owner, the owner should be contacted or the well being of the owner taken into consideration before an agent makes decesions on their behalf. We need to treat each property and each account as if it was our own home, and our own money … (3 comments)

rent: Screening of Tenants - 11/30/11 04:30 PM
To ensure proper screening of future tenants an owner/agent must set standards prior to advertising the property. This will avoid any possible claims of unfair screening and unfair denial of a tenant renting the home. This will also tell a prospective tenant up front that if they wish to apply for the property they need to meet certain standards, and these standards must not be altered or bent for any circumstance. Otherwise fair housing laws come into effect and owners/agents can be accused of anything from racism to not renting to a tenant because they are too young, or have kids. … (1 comments)

rent: Cold Weather Approaching - 11/28/11 08:46 AM
Here in Sacramento we have to remember that although during the day it may be partly cloudy with a chance of RAIN (not snow) we still have a chance of freezing pipes, window leaks, and any other unknow variables. Heating bills get higher, HVAC units break down, and water heaters are over worked to give us nice hot baths to relax in! We need to remind our tenants to stay on top of any leaks, or abnormal sounds/smells in the homes and to always replace smoke detector batteries, cabon monoxide detector batteries, and HVAC filters to keep the home safe and … (1 comments)

rent: Giving Thanks - 11/28/11 08:42 AM
Happy Holidays everyone. As the season's approach and pass us by we have little time to remember that in which we are thankful for. It's more than deadlines, end of the month quotas, and the next biggest thing. We remember friends and family, all the loved ones which get us through our day. I was recently able to go back to good ol' Wyoming and visit my friends and family for a few days. Really puts persepective on what we appriciate and what we have right in front of us. So here is to you and yours this holiday season. May … (1 comments)

rent: Pride and Due diligence - 10/13/11 09:43 AM
Having pride in personal endeavors is the first step into a successful lifestyle and successful business outcome. If we as property manager begin to take pride in each home, and each owners account, as if it was our own, we will understand the views of each prospective and begin to give better customer service because of that. 
When taking on new accounts to manage, a property manager must do their due diligence to research the property, property taxes, any citations on the property, and if there is a current tenant, it is imparative to ask for all details on the home, … (1 comments)

rent: Correct Information - 09/30/11 06:41 AM
Property management made easy:
Having correct advertisements can save everyone time and money. If you have automated voicemail systems it is imperative to have it navigable and give as much information as needed when looking to rent a home. If someone is calling from a property, they should be able to dial an extension or somehow listen to a 24hour voicemail that explains price, bedrooms, availability, and any other options you may choose. Get to the point and make it clear. Our goal is to rent properties in a timely manner, this brings in rent for our clients, and makes everyone … (3 comments)

rent: Quality Tenants, Quantity Rentals - 09/29/11 01:47 PM
As a property manager we over see many things within a rental home. One of the key ingrediants to managing rentals is finding a good quality tenant that will both pay rent, and take care of the home. Here at Homepointe we rent on average 50-60 properties per month between 7 property managers. We have an applications department that processes applications, verifies previous rentals/owership, checks credit, and verifies income. We are very good at finding the right tenant for an owners property while minimizing evictions.  At the same time it is our goal to rent any property withing 30 days of … (1 comments)

rent: Security Deposit Dispositons - 09/29/11 01:39 PM
Security deposits are a very touchy subject when it comes between owners and tenants. More often then not, tenants do not want to pay for work or damages because of the way they left the property. Many times the excuse is "It looks better now than it did before!" 
That being said there are also many owners that confuse normal upkeep/wear and tear to damages that tenants are liable for. It is our job as property managers to make these lines clear and definite, and to advise our clients as experienced property managers that provide quality advise and yet do the … (3 comments)

rent: School Starting - 09/27/11 06:42 AM
As school starts across our great nation families begin to settle down and the real estate market takes a turn towards slowing. Something about the warm weather and bright shining sun keep families moving and keep them looking for homes. Usually as the weather cools off, and in Sacramento often times starts raining, moving and looking at properties begins to slow down significantly. This causes rental prices to drop and means rental homes may be on the market even longer than the usual. At HomePointe we always try to rent the propery within the first 30 days. After 30 days so … (0 comments)

rent: Nearing the Sun - 08/29/11 03:55 PM
As the summer season turns into fall, school is starting, and people are trying to settle down. The rental market is one ever changing force that is affected by many outside elements. However, this summer the rental market in Sacramento has been booming with the effects of short sales and foreclosures on the mind, many 1 time home buyers are switching to renting as opposed to the chance of another upsidedown disaster in the horizon. People can make a decision to rent because they are scared to buy, they dont have the funds to buy, or even because they have no … (0 comments)

 
Andy Pokorny, Property Manager in Sacramento, Natomas, W. Sac, Elk Grove (Homepointe Property Management)

Andy Pokorny

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Sacramento, CA

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Address: 5896 South Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA, 95822

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