John A. Souerbry & Associates

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About John A. Souerbry & Associates

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Sales of single family homes, condos, townhomes, multi-family, lots & land and small commercial properties throughout the Bay Area.

- Tenant screening (credit, criminal background, prior tenancy)
- Move-in, move-out processing
- Rent collection
- Tenant care
We also provide several special services, either with leasing or stand-alone on an as-needed basis:
- Periodic inspections (Quarterly, Semi-Annual, Annual)
- Special inspections or investigations (in response to complaints)
- Past-due rent collection
- Early stage eviction activities

We support executors, trustees, estate attorneys and professional licensed fiduciaries with services tailored specifically for probate and trust properties.
- Major or minor clean out and repair
- Inventory of real and personal property
- Temporary property management
- Probate, trust and standard sales


Palo Alto, CA 94306

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Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. We manage all types of residential rental properties, including condos & townhomes, single family homes, and multi-family properties.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. My goal is to maximize the cash flow from your property by maintaining it in good condition, recommending competitive rent rates and retaining good tenants.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. A saying often heard in management is "never accept a numbers-only report." This is very true in the world of investment real estate. Properties that are generating good profits today may fall into decay if not inspected and properly maintained. Our monthly reports don't just include income and expenses. We inspect and report on the condition of our client's property so that repairs can be made before they become too costly or reduce the competitiveness of the property in its market.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. We are very hands-on, visiting our client's property regularly so that we get to know the tenants and their needs.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Our pricing is very simple. We typically charge a percentage of the actual gross rent collected. The percentage depends upon the level of service desired. For example, if an owner wants us to collect rent, pay bills typically paid by the owner, and then forward the net rent each month, plus all our other services, we typically charge 10%. If the owner wants us to find tenants when the property is vacant ("leasing"), we typically charge 4%. Each client has different needs and we structure our contract to provide cost-effective and affordable services.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Property management requires experience that can usually be gained only by working for a property manager or property management company. This is a profession that is regulated by the Department of Real Estate and a broker license is required

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