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As leaders in the local property management market, we believe it’s our responsibility to provide advice and information to anyone who has an interest in Berkeley real estate. Whether you’re an investor, a landlord, or someone who has been thinking about owning rental property, our blog is a place you can come to have your most common questions answered.
We have a lot of experience in the Berkeley real estate market at California Pacific Realty. We can help you invest in a home, manage a home, and sell a home. Whatever you need help understanding, you can find a video or a blog that gives you some new ideas and answers some old questions.

What is Property Maintenance?

What is Property Maintenance?

Isn't it wonderful to walk into a residence or commercial building that's clean, presentable, and in absolutely tip-top condition? It's not magic that keeps these places looking their best—it's the often misunderstood practice of property maintenance. Property...

5 Liability Issues that Should be Addressed Immediately

5 Liability Issues that Should be Addressed Immediately

Being a Berkeley landlord is a rewarding experience as it helps you earn passive income and offers financial stability in the long run. However, it also comes with many responsibilities. As a California landlord, if you fail to meet certain obligations, you could be...

Berkeley Real Estate Market Trends: 2024 Predictions

Berkeley Real Estate Market Trends: 2024 Predictions

Berkeley, California makes sense for a number of real estate investors because of its proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. When you own rental property in Berkeley, you’re leveraging the local economy and tenant pool of the city itself, but you’re also...

What Happens if You Pay Rent a Day Late?

What Happens if You Pay Rent a Day Late?

Living in rental properties comes with the responsibility of paying rent on time. However, life has its ups and downs, and you might find yourself needing more time to make the payment. Understanding the consequences of these actions is important for your peace of...

How Long Does a Tenant Screening Take?

How Long Does a Tenant Screening Take?

Finding a trustworthy tenant can be similar to discovering a rare gem. That's why the tenant screening process is one of the foundations of property management. It's because it ensures the individuals living on your property are reliable and trustworthy. As a rental...

Tips For Saving Money During Tenant Turnover

Tips For Saving Money During Tenant Turnover

Is tenant turnover still one of your biggest problems? Do you need help saving money during tenant turnover? Then there is a need to look at practical tips to manage your finances during the period.  No matter how great a relationship you have with your tenants or how...

Do Property Managers Pay for Repairs?

Do Property Managers Pay for Repairs?

When a rental property is in need of repair, a common question that rings out in many homeowners' and tenants' minds is, "Do property management companies pay for repairs?". Engagement with property management companies is becoming increasingly common, especially as...

Home Showing Tips To Attract Quality Tenants

Home Showing Tips To Attract Quality Tenants

A successful tenancy starts with an effective property showing process. Facilitating home showings for prospective tenants allows you to represent yourself as a high-quality landlord and helps you attract quality tenants who treat your home respectfully.  Therefore,...

The Best Berkeley Neighborhoods to Own a Rental Property

The Best Berkeley Neighborhoods to Own a Rental Property

If you buy a rental property in Berkeley, which neighborhoods deserve to be on your shortlist?  The neighborhood is a crucial factor you should consider while owning a rental property in Berkeley. It's because even if you buy a spacious property with all the modern...

Considering Moving to Berkeley? Here is Why You Should!

Considering Moving to Berkeley? Here is Why You Should!

Are you considering moving to Berkeley? Then it is the best decision you can make to uplift your lifestyle in California. The liberal Californian city of Berkeley is recognized for its prestigious university and is one of the great alternatives to San Francisco.  It...

Can You Sell A Tenant-Occupied Property

Can You Sell A Tenant-Occupied Property

Many landlords consider selling their tenant-occupied unit at a certain point if they are tired of their rental responsibilities as a Berkeley landlord or want to take advantage of the seller’s market.  The question is, can you? The short answer is - yes. You can sell...

A Guide On Managing Your Berkeley Property Remotely

A Guide On Managing Your Berkeley Property Remotely

Managing your Berkeley rental property comes with many responsibilities, like finding quality tenants, collecting rent, or providing maintenance services. This can be difficult, especially if you do not live in the immediate neighborhood.  Whether the investment is...

Affordable Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal

Affordable Ways to Get Instant Curb Appeal

Updating your property's curb appeal is an excellent way to customize the exterior of your house and increase its perceived home value. However, a full-blown exterior refurbishing is not the only way to boost the curb appeal of your rental property. Instead, simple...

Tax Advantages of Real Estate Investing

Tax Advantages of Real Estate Investing

It is a common saying that "a dollar saved is a dollar earned," which perfectly applies to rental property taxes in California. While diversifying your real estate investment is a smart move that can produce a valuable and recurring cash flow, it also comes with tax...

Pros and Cons of Being a Pet-Friendly Rental Property

Pros and Cons of Being a Pet-Friendly Rental Property

Pets are a pretty emotional topic. People who have them generally love them. They treat their pets like family members. They could not imagine living anywhere without them.  That’s why it’s so important to think about pets and the tenants who own them when you’re...

5 Home-Selling Tips that Can Make or Break Your Sale

5 Home-Selling Tips that Can Make or Break Your Sale

Selling a home can be stressful, even if you have a great property and a market that supports the price you want for it. Time is always of the essence. You don’t want to nervously wait for buyers to take an interest in your house. It’s important to know your market,...

5 Tips to Grow Your Real Estate Portfolio

5 Tips to Grow Your Real Estate Portfolio

What kind of growth are you trying to achieve with your real estate portfolio? Are you hoping to acquire additional properties, diversify what you own, or leverage the assets you currently have to earn more money from them? Are you putting together a plan that...

Qualities to Look For In an Oakland Property Manager

Qualities to Look For In an Oakland Property Manager

What qualities make an ideal Oakland property manager?  Surely you need someone who is smart and experienced. You need a professional who is detail-oriented, patient, and thorough.  You need someone who knows the local rental market.  There are a lot of qualities that...

Advertising Your Oakland Rental Property: What to Know

Advertising Your Oakland Rental Property: What to Know

What kind of advertising speaks to you?  If you’re like most consumers, you respond to advertising that provides an emotional spark. Something motivates you to look closer at a product or service, even if you’re not ready to make a purchase.  Good advertising works...

How Routine Oakland Property Maintenance Minimizes Repair Costs

How Routine Oakland Property Maintenance Minimizes Repair Costs

Prioritizing routine repairs at your Oakland rental property will minimize the emergency repairs you have to make. Preventative and proactive maintenance will always cost less than an emergency response. You’ll pay your vendors less, you’ll reduce the inconvenience imposed on your tenants, and you’ll protect the condition of your investment. Deteriorating rental homes rarely earn top dollar, and they often have high turnover and vacancy rates.

The Benefits of Owning Multiple Oakland Rental Properties

The Benefits of Owning Multiple Oakland Rental Properties

  Real estate investors have a lot of options when they decide to buy a rental property in Oakland. The market has single-family homes in established neighborhoods, new construction multi-family buildings with a lot of units, and everything in between. We always...

Should you Rent or Sell Your Vacant Oakland Home?

Should you Rent or Sell Your Vacant Oakland Home?

If you’re trying to decide whether it’s better to sell or rent your vacant Oakland property, we understand the indecision. A lot of our clients are moving out of state for work or personal reasons, following new passions, or moving from the home they currently live in...

Things to Consider When Choosing a Bay Area Property Management Company

Things to Consider When Choosing a Bay Area Property Management Company

Deciding to work with a professional property management company in the Bay area is a great way to earn more and spend less on your investment property. A good management company can ensure your leasing process results in the placement of a great tenant. Then, you won’t have to worry about the day-to-day headaches involved in renting out property, such as collecting rent, responding to maintenance, and enforcing the lease agreement.

5 Benefits of Property Management Technology in Oakland, CA

5 Benefits of Property Management Technology in Oakland, CA

Available technology in the property management industry has really surged ahead in the last few years. At California Pacific Realty, we invest in the best property management software and the most innovative systems in order to manage your rental homes more effectively and efficiently. Technology saves us time and it saves you money.

How Technology has Transformed & Improved the Traditional Open House Process in Oakland

How Technology has Transformed & Improved the Traditional Open House Process in Oakland

Showing your vacant rental property to tenants is an important part of the rental property marketing process, and a critical component to leasing your home. Today, we are taking some time to talk about showings and how you can minimize the risk of losing a prospect. At California Pacific Realty, we’re using an electronic smart box lock system, and we’ve found a lot of success with this program.

Why You Should Be Using zInspector for Your Oakland Rental Inspections

Why You Should Be Using zInspector for Your Oakland Rental Inspections

Moving residents in and out of properties is an important but time-consuming process that all landlords and property managers must complete. At California Pacific Realty, we serve the entire Bay area from our Oakland base, and we have been using a valuable program that makes move-in and move-out inspections a lot easier.

Oakland Rent Control: How it Works & What to Expect

Oakland Rent Control: How it Works & What to Expect

Investors and property owners often ask me what I think about rent control, and where I see the future of rent control going. Today, I have some answers. Rent Control and Bay Area Investment Properties Many property managers and investors complain about rent control...

Tenant Screening: How to Find Good Tenants in Oakland

Tenant Screening: How to Find Good Tenants in Oakland

Knowing how to find tenants is important, because the tenant you place will determine what kind of experience you have as a landlord. A good tenant is someone who pays rent on time, takes care of your property, and follows the terms of your lease. A bad tenant can...

The Rules Regarding a Landlord’s Right of Entry in Oakland

The Rules Regarding a Landlord’s Right of Entry in Oakland

A topic that a lot of property owners have asked me about is the landlord right of entry. You do have the right to enter a tenant-occupied property, but it has to be done in the proper way. Landlord’s Right to Enter Property We recommend that you give your tenants a...

Why Every Oakland Property Manager Should Consider Section 8

Why Every Oakland Property Manager Should Consider Section 8

 You may not want to be a Section 8 landlord, but today we’re talking about why, as a property owner, you may want to consider it. What is Section 8? Section 8 is a housing program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It provides vouchers to...

What Happens During a Rental Property Inspection in Oakland?

What Happens During a Rental Property Inspection in Oakland?

 Conducting a regular rental property inspection is important to every landlord. As the property owner, you are liable for anything that happens at your property. It’s a good idea to inspect annually to make sure everything is in order. Put together an inspection...

The Best Way to Deal with a Tenant Not Paying Rent in Oakland

The Best Way to Deal with a Tenant Not Paying Rent in Oakland

 When a tenant doesn’t pay rent, you need to take some specific steps to collect the late rent and ensure this does not become a pattern. Today, we’re talking about what to do with a delinquent tenant who doesn’t pay on time or doesn’t pay at all. Tenant Doesn’t Pay...

Service Animals – What Owners Can and Cannot do in Oakland

Service Animals – What Owners Can and Cannot do in Oakland

 A lot of property owners are apprehensive about allowing pets into their rental property. They worry about the potential damage that pets can do, and as a landlord, you’re permitted to have a no pet policy. However, you need to understand that service animals are...

What is the Property Maintenance Process in Oakland?

What is the Property Maintenance Process in Oakland?

 Rental property repairs will be required at some point in the investment process, even if your home is in great condition. Today, we’re talking a little bit about our maintenance process and how we provide rental property maintenance services. Oakland Property...

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What People Are Saying About Us

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5.0/5
May 24, 2024
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I'm always impressed with the speed & courtesy with which my maintenance requests are addressed.
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Mar 17, 2024
- California Pacific Realty
Management is responsive and the neighbors are cool
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Jan 20, 2024
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From my initial conversation w/the representative that schedule the apt viewing, I knew this was going to work out well for me. He was polite, patient( I was late) and professional and personable. I so much appreciate you all allowing me to rent this property. I am enjoying my new spot!
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Nov 22, 2023
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Oct 22, 2023
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Been a joy renting here. Feels so homey
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Oct 19, 2023
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Just want to say the speed to handling maintenance requests has been awesome. Every time something needs to get fixed, it’s handled immediately with absolutely no problems which is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Aug 23, 2023
- California Pacific Realty
All good ,, never have any problem with maintenance or others think
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All the process are fast and easy .
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Very helpful when the problem of the wrong keys came up, it was quickly solved
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Zahid was amazing to work wit
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Zahid and his group have done a great job fixing up (via contractors) and maintaining my property. All the documents are delivered electronically and Zahid is easy to get a hold of via emails and texts. Overall, I'm very happy with them, and they have made owning and renting out my property a snap.
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1901 Harrison Street Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 757-1265
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