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Napa Rental Investment Management—Hands-on or Delegated?

8-27-rentalWhen you buy a property as a Napa rental investment, you join the world of investors who recognize the value of an investment that’s as solid as the ground we walk on—one with the additional advantage of providing a steady cash dividend. With those dual advantages, you’d wonder how other investments can offer much competition, were it not for one major consideration: your time.

That’s the part that not everyone fancies. A Napa rental investment is one that simply requires more active management attention than many others. You don’t have to check on your bond portfolio regularly, but when you have a house or condo rental, it’s a good idea to do so. You don’t have to monitor your stock investments to be sure you’re in compliance with the latest local, state, and local fair housing rulings, but for a Napa rental investment, it’s prudent. Your IRA holdings don’t require your attendance at seminars on risk management, but hands-on landlords sometimes show up at them.

No wonder everyone isn’t automatically drawn to rental real estate investments.

The truth is, Napa investors with sufficient free investment capital are also likely to be people whose time is at a premium. They’d like their investment to make life easier, not more complicated. Who can blame them?

As a strong proponent of the advantages of Napa rental investments, I’m happy to point out that there are two major solutions to those built-in drawbacks.

The easy solution is what folks who are close to retirement age sometimes discover about themselves: they like being landlords! If their time is actually not in critically short supply, retirees (or in today’s more common circumstance, semi-retirees) who have mastered a career or two of management challenges often find the hands-on administration of their rental investments to be a relatively low-intensity assignment. No sweat, since they have enough free time to do their due diligence where needed. Piece of cake!

The other solution is what busy people in leadership roles have learned to use in other spheres: delegation. And the lucky fact is, there is a whole industry staffed and ready to accept the assignment. They are our Napa professional property managers—eminently qualified and experienced in handling the management burdens their clients send them. Their fee can cover any part or all of the landlord’s duties, from composing tenant advertisements to collecting the rents…from monitoring Fair Housing compliance and supervising maintenance emergencies to preparing rigorous financial documentation.

This month’s market features some terrific Napa rental investment property offerings at prices that make them worth exploring. Give me a call for more details!


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  1. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,223 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Yohannes Gebrekidan, Alliance Bay Realty
    MLS 21801403
  2. 2 beds,  1 full bath
    727 sqft   lot 3,250 sqft
    Walk Score® 68
    Listing provided by Pamela Jenkins, Century 21 M&M and Associates
    MLS 21801346
  3. Photo of 1025 Vintage Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21801390)
    39
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,430 sqft   lot 5,850 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by DONNA STARKS, RE/MAX GOLD
    MLS 21801390
  4. Photo of 1930 Rose Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (MLS # 21801380)
    7
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    977 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Walk Score® 69
    Listing provided by Kelly Kline, Premier Realty Associates
    MLS 21801380
  5. Photo of 54 Vine Street, Vacaville, CA 95688 (MLS # 21708687)
    27
    5 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,202 sqft   lot 1.29 ac
    Walk Score® 28
    Listing provided by Nicole Solari, The Solari Group
    MLS 21708687
  6. Photo of 473 Rosso Court, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21801389)
    29
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,229 sqft   lot 2,252 sqft
    Walk Score® 66
    Listing provided by Paulo Corro, Heritage Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21801389
  7. Photo of 114 Shelley Drive, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21727343)
    35
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,932 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Walk Score® 30
    Listing provided by Beth Brittenbach, Century 21 Schutjer Realty, Inc
    MLS 21727343
  8. Photo of 16927 Schiller Court, Sonoma, CA 95476 (MLS # 21800710)
    31
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,740 sqft   lot 6,098 sqft
    Walk Score® 31
    Listing provided by Phoebe Brookbank, Coldwell Banker B of V
    MLS 21800710
  9. 2 beds,  1 full bath
    847 sqft   lot 5,097 sqft
    Walk Score® 86
    Listing provided by Lani Cooke, Heritage Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21801388
  10. Photo of 1152 Church Street, St. Helena, CA 94574 (MLS # 21801378)
    44
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,597 sqft   lot 6,922 sqft
    Walk Score® 79
    Listing provided by Cyndi Gates, Gates Estates Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21801378
  11. Photo of 33721 So. Highway One Highway, Gualala, CA 95445 (MLS # 21801368)
    22
    2 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,073 sqft   lot 33,106 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Sharon Burningham, Coldwell Banker Coastal Properties
    MLS 21801368
  12. Photo of 942 Grant Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21801238)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,477 sqft   lot 5,002.00 ac
    Walk Score® 39
    Listing provided by Frenchelle Franklin - Bowie, RE/MAX Gold Elite
    MLS 21801238
  13. Photo of 9216 Si Oliver Way, Windsor, CA 95492 (MLS # 21801375)
    7
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,200 sqft   lot 3,812 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by Greg Levy, Levy & Associates Real Estate
    MLS 21801375
  14. Photo of 1327 Legend Circle, Vallejo, CA 94591 (MLS # 21801322)
    16
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    1,982 sqft   lot 6,046 sqft
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by LaGuan Lea, Lea Pannell Realty
    MLS 21801322
  15. Photo of 389 Catalina Way, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21801373)
    27
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,449 sqft   lot 6,534 sqft
    Walk Score® 6
    Listing provided by Scott Brown, eXp Realty of California, Inc
    MLS 21801373
  16. Photo of 405 Woodman Creek Road, Laytonville, CA 95454 (MLS # 21801372)
    24
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,225 sqft   lot 7.45 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Sharon Noah, Realty World-Selzer Realty
    MLS 21801372
  17. Photo of 1867 Carignan Way, Yountville, CA 94599 (MLS # 21801366)
    25
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,400 sqft  
    Walk Score® 47
    Listing provided by Cyndi Gates, Gates Estates Sotheby's International Realty
    MLS 21801366
  18. Photo of 1021 Sheridan Street, Vallejo, CA 94590 (MLS # 21728673)
    5
    3 beds,  1 full bath
    1,075 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 42
    Listing provided by Clinton Dickson, I.C.E. Realty Services
    MLS 21728673
  19. Photo of 1724 Vermont Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21800679)
    40
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,417 sqft   lot 4,792 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by Julia Culpepper, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21800679
  20. Photo of 1865 Windsorville Way, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21801369)
    19
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,866 sqft   lot 7,889 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Debbie Duncan, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21801369
  21. Photo of Fort Bragg, CA 95437 (MLS # 21801209)
    35
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    2,200 sqft   lot 1.30 ac
    Walk Score® 2
    Listing provided by Gale Beauchamp, Gale Beauchamp Realty
    MLS 21801209
  22. Photo of 2781 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442 (MLS # 21801365)
    39
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,696 sqft   lot 110.53 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Laura deRutte, RE/MAX Marketplace
    MLS 21801365
  23. Photo of 322 Yellowstone Drive, Vacaville, CA 95687 (MLS # 21801355)
    12
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,367 sqft   lot 5,663 sqft
    Walk Score® 32
    Listing provided by Tezra Rogers, Pacific Bay Estates
    MLS 21801355
  24. Photo of 9233 Magnolia Way, Windsor, CA 95492 (MLS # 21801317)
    23
    Open House
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,384 sqft   lot 6,573 sqft
    Walk Score® 16
    Listing provided by Marnie G. Teri V., NextHome Wine Country Premier
    MLS 21801317
  25. Photo of 240 Sugar Loaf Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21801358)
    27
    3 beds,  3 full baths
    1,562 sqft   lot 10,481 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Evan Gorder, Evan Gorder
    MLS 21801358
  26. Photo of 1426 Driftwood Circle, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21801363)
    41
    Open House
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    1,942 sqft   lot 5,079 sqft
    Walk Score® 12
    Listing provided by Robert Chung, Legacy Real Estate & Associates
    MLS 21801363
  27. Photo of 285 College View Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 (MLS # 21727423)
    23
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    985 sqft   lot 871 sqft
    Walk Score® 63
    Listing provided by Bret Menze, Keller Williams Realty
    MLS 21727423
  28. Open House
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,012 sqft   lot 3,254 sqft
    Walk Score® 34
    Listing provided by Michelle Perez, RE/MAX Gold of Fairfield
    MLS 21801359
  29. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,856 sqft   lot 10,838 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Maria Yee Johnson, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21801360
  30. Photo of 125 Mountain Meadow, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21801169)
    22
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,610 sqft   lot 18.48 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Mary Anne Veldkamp, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21801169
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