Property Management

Why can't I manage the property myself?

Lots of owners choose to manage their property themselves and many of them are very successful. However, with the time involved in collecting rents, arranging repairs and leasing units, most owners have found that their time is more valuable spent eleswhere. Other important considerations are the legal aspects of property management. In the litigious society that we live in, a property owner cannot afford to handle a tenant in an incorrect manner. We are well versed in landlord tenant law, and are aware of the constantly changing Federal and State mandates governing them. Property management fees payable to us are also legitimate tax deductions (contact your CPA to verify this statement), saving you tax and freeing up your time to focus on the "bigger picture".

Don't all property managers do the same things? How is Key Home Realty different?

Most property managers will offer a standard service that includes: leasing services, collecting the rent, conducting routine inspections, organizing required maintenance, monthly disbursement notices, completing paperwork for lease renewals and tenancy terminations. We offer all of the above and more! Here is what separates us from other property management companies: -110% Lowest Price Guarantee. -No Long-Term Contracts. -30-Days Risk Free Trial. -We Treat You Like a Person, Not a Number. -No Start Up or Annual Renewal Fees Charged -No hidden Fees. -No Conflict Policy. -Eviction Protection Program. -Only Department of Real Estate Licensed Professionals Will Handle Your Property.

What sort of properties do you manage?

Key Home Realty provides services for owners of all rental properties, from multi-unit buildings to houses, condos, and small-unit buildings. We are also happy to provide management to Home Owners Associations.

Do you charge a separate leasing fee?


I have heard that property management companies make money by doing repairs. Is it true?

Yes. But not our company! We don't make any money on repairs. Most of the property management companies make money on repairs. We hire outside, independent contractors for all maintenance needs. Companies that provide maintenance services from in-house are in business to maximize their profit. This comes in direct conflict with the property owner's goal to minimize maintenance costs. As a management company that hires only independent, third party maintenance companies, we have the incentive and the ability to protect you from unfair, profit seeking strategies of the maintenance operation.

Can I use my own maintenance crew and vendors?

Yes. We would be happy to use your maintenance crew and other vendors.

How can I be sure the tenants you find will be good tenants?

Prospective tenants must fill in an application form giving their social security number, previous rental history and details of their income. We will check tenant's credit history, eviction records, and criminal records. In addition, we will conduct reference checks from previous landlords or property managers and will confirm their income details with their current employer. Only then will they be put forward to you as a prospective tenant for your final approval.

Do you give out keys to prospective tenants to view the property alone?

No, absolutely not. All prospective tenants are accompanied to the property by the Property Manager. This not only ensures the safety of your property, it also gives them the opportunity to point out the benefits of the property and to answer any questions the prospective tenant might have.

Will one person be in control of my property?

Yes. When you contract with Key Home Realty, you will have an assigned Property Manager. They will be your primary point of liaison and will have up-to-date records of all communications with you and your tenant. You'll never be shunted round between several managers who look after different areas (e.g. leasing, accounts, maintenance) and don't know what's going on in other areas.

What happens when my property manager is away? Who will manage my property?

All our Property Managers maintain complete and comprehensive computerized property histories. That means if your assigned property manager is away, another qualified rental manager will have immediate and easy access to the history of your property.

How often and how are property inspections conducted?

When your property is vacant, we inspect it at least once a week. During a tenant's occupancy, we carry out routine inspections every 12 months (additional inspections can be carried out upon request). When the tenants give notice of their intention to vacate the property we carry out a short pre-vacating inspection of the property to ensure the tenant gives the property back in the same condition they received it (fair wear and tear excepted). When the tenants vacate your property we carry out a detailed outgoing inspection. The inspection is done to ensure that the tenants return the property back to us in an acceptable condition. If damage is found or cleaning is necessary, we make the necessary deductions from the tenant's security deposit.

Do you provide me with an End of Financial Year Statement for my income tax return?

Yes. We can provide you with a paper based Statement at the end of each year.

What if I want to sell my property, can Key Home Realty help?

Yes, we can help! We have some of the best real estate sales consultants in our market area to sell your property. Please note that we have a legal requirement to notify, in writing, to a tenant if a property is to be sold.

How to Get Started With Key Home Realty?

That's the easy part. Contact us before terminating your current property management agreement or notifying your current tenants of a new property management company. We will provide you with a sample letters and schedule a meeting with your current property management company to pick up the keys and paperwork. Feel free to call us at 707-294-5564 or email us to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Jose Luis Saldana

Saldana Real Estate
Broker / Owner
180 Encinas Lane
Sonoma, Ca. 95476
(707) 294-5564

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