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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 Oakland 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 Oakland 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.

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
Jun 14, 2023
Google - Kelvin - California Pacific Realty
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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Dec 17, 2022
Google - Punt - California Pacific Realty
Totally professional, hands on operation.
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Dec 15, 2021
Google - Saba - California Pacific Realty
I cannot say enough good things about the team at CA Pacific Realty. Last year when my rental had water damage and major renovations were due, they managed it all for me, ensuring my tenants were taken care of. So much so that my insurance company rep. said she had never seen any property manager deal as professionally as the team at CA Pacific Realty. This year, as I am selling my house, the team has been exceptional with the help, the professionalism, the response times and advice. I am a little sad that I am selling my house such that my time with CA Pacific Realty may be coming to an end but I can't praise them enough. You'd be in very good hands with this team.
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Sep 14, 2021
Google - Asha - California Pacific Realty
We are extremely pleased with the quality of service from California Pacific Realty and are delighted and comfortable being in business with them.
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Aug 23, 2021
Google - Jafar - California Pacific Realty
California Pacific Realty has been providing me excellent service for over a decade! Strongly recommend them for real estate buying/selling and for property management.
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Jul 19, 2021
Google - Salfiti53@gmail.com - California Pacific Realty
Trusting CPR to manage our property was a good decision in our part.
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Apr 5, 2021
Google - Da - California Pacific Realty
They are very efficient and my property was rent out very quickly. So far so good. I would definitely recommend them to my friends (already did!)
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Jan 12, 2021
Google - Reed - California Pacific Realty
As an out of town landlord, I felt extremely fortunate to have such a competent, efficient and thorough company handling my property. They went above and beyond to help and make sure things ran well. I would highly recommend CPR!
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Dec 17, 2020
Google - Kim - California Pacific Realty
As a person in the property management side, I can't say enough about California Pacific Realty professionalism, responsiveness, and commitment to quality work! It's a well-oiled ship!
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Sep 14, 2020
Google - Fahad - California Pacific Realty
The team at California Pacific Realty have done a great job in completely taking over the property management for a rental condo I have in Fremont. Manny made the entire transition smooth for everyone involved. They have made owning a rental property stress free for me. Highly recommend them. I also had a situation with a the previous tenants, and California Pacific Really handled the difficult situation very professionally.
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Aug 28, 2020
Google - Jun - California Pacific Realty
Mr Zahid Jahania and his team manages a property for me in Newark, CA. They found me a really good tenant for us! The team members are very responsible whenever I give them a call or drop an email. Highly recommend!
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Apr 19, 2020
Google - Linda - California Pacific Realty
What I have enjoyed with California Pacific Realty is that my tenants feel like they are being taken care of. That's how I gauge how well they are doing. Thank you Zahid and team!
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Mar 29, 2020
Google - Donna - California Pacific Realty
It was easy to pay rent and make maintenance requests online. Any maintenance requests were handled in a timely manner. I had a good experience.
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Mar 13, 2020
Google - Linda - California Pacific Realty
Professional. Efficient. Takes initiative taking care of my property as if it's their own - mindful of costs, yet not cheaping out on ensuring tenants have a comfortable place to live with a property manager they know will take care of them. Thank you.
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Dec 5, 2019
Google - Marco - California Pacific Realty
I am dealing with California Pacific Realty as tenant of one of the property they manage. I have an excellent customer experience and a positive overall impression of the company. The web portal is easy to access and to navigate and all paperwork and task orders (maintenance or other requests) are managed very efficiently. I am also impressed by the professionalism of the team. Zahid and Atif have been promptly addressing all requests and consistently cooperating and resolving issues within a reasonable timeframe. In a couple of instances, contractors were on site within 3-4 hours since logging the initial request. I absolutely recommend California Pacific Realty as property managers.
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Aug 13, 2019
Google - Theresa - California Pacific Realty
Atif, was awesome! He was the representative of CalPacific Realty that was present at the open house and answered all my questions as well as assisted me during my move in process. He has great communication and always responded to my emails and phone calls. From a tenants perspective they made the entire process seamless and I'd highly recommend them!
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Jun 11, 2019
Google - Jafar - California Pacific Realty
California Pacific Realty over the years has blossomed into a great real estate company, I am truly impressed by their professionalism, excellent customer service and knowledge of real estate properties in the Bay Area. Over the last 7 years Zahid and his incredible team has helped me buying, selling and managing properties. Their level of service and commitment to excellence is amazing. As an extremely satisfied customer, I strongly recommend California Pacific Reality!
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May 8, 2019
Google - Julian - California Pacific Realty
It's only been a few months having California Pacific Realty as my rental building's property manager, but in that short time, the difference between their service and previous property management company is night and day. California Pacific Realty's level of communication and timeliness with information, the customer service and responsiveness, their suggestions on how to be a better property owner really help me manage my investment much more effectively. Their professionalism has minimized the stress I've felt since they've taken over management of the property. Really happy I made the switch to them, should have done it a long time ago!
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5.0/5
Dec 9, 2018
Google - Omer - California Pacific Realty
Very professional and dedicated team
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Dec 5, 2018
Google - Sanchali - California Pacific Realty
Very professional in their work and in finding us a tenant, also they promptly respond in anything needing immediate attention!
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Sep 6, 2018
Google - Michelle - California Pacific Realty
I really appreciate Zahid's team , great job on managing my 4 units apartment , they re accountable and trustworthy , always give me the best support .Manny always try the best to help me with all difficult situation, he is awesome !!! Even the new guy is so quickly response on every request ! very good team! I m so glad I choose California Pacific Realty. They deserve 5 STAR TEAM!
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5.0/5
Jul 21, 2018
Google - Rey - California Pacific Realty
California Pacific Realty are great to do business with. Very professional, knowledgeable, reliable, very patient to explain the details and has a very strong drive & desire to have the property rented quick. Thanks Zahid & Manny.
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5.0/5
May 16, 2018
Google - BC - California Pacific Realty
Excellent service and extremely quick turnaround time on request. New accounting system is wonderful and the monthly reports provide you all the information you need. Highly recommend
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5.0/5
Mar 5, 2018
Google - Sridhar - California Pacific Realty
We have recently listed our property with CaliforniaPacificRealty. The whole process has been very smooth and professional. The whole process of bringing tenant on board was pretty smooth. We hope to maintain this relationship in the long term.
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5.0/5
Nov 7, 2017
Google - Teri - California Pacific Realty
I've been with CPR for almost two years and have been extremely happy. They are professional, courteous, and responsive. I found them when I had to (in a very short amount of time and under stress) rent my elderly mom's home as she was going in to assisted living. They recommended some upgrades but didn't suggest an outrageous amount of things to be done. Their in-house contractor came in and quickly got things taken care of. They held an open house, screened applicants and presented me with their top three candidates. Any issues (there have only been minor ones) they have taken care of. I would highly recommend CPR!
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5.0/5
Oct 27, 2017
Google - Kareem - California Pacific Realty
CPR is a great company to work with. They are flexible, competent, professional, and very responsive. We have trusted them with 2 large buildings in one of the most difficult environments to operate at (Berkeley, Ca.), and they have done an excellent job. As owners, we feel more like we are working with responsible partners (e.g. Zahid & Manny) with CPR. They have always worked with us positively on resolving any and all clients' issues. We highly recommend them over any other property management company.
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4.0/5
Mar 24, 2022
Google - Annette - California Pacific Realty
As a Property Owner, California Pacific Realty has been wonderful to work with. It is a comfort to us knowing that CPR handles everything from A-Z.
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4.0/5
Jun 9, 2021
Google - David - California Pacific Realty
Since Manny left, I have been having problems getting my financial reports in the matter that I could audit. Response to my emails have not been responsible.

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