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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. Photo of 667 Stoneman Court, Benicia, CA 94510 (MLS # 21813491)
    41
    5 beds,  4 full, 1 half baths
    4,380 sqft   lot 10,433 sqft
    Listing provided by Marcus Hartinger, Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific
    MLS 21813491
  2. Photo of 7956 Oman Road, Redwood Valley, CA 95470 (MLS # 21813495)
    35
    4 beds,  3 full baths
    3,200 sqft   lot 1.02 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by David Ryan, Windermere Platinum Real Estate Services
    MLS 21813495
  3. Photo of 101 Gold Hill Way, Vallejo, CA 94589 (MLS # 21811375)
    12
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,144 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 17
    Listing provided by Tezra Rogers, Pacific Bay Estates
    MLS 21811375
  4. Photo of Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21813490)
    11
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,128 sqft   lot 6,969 sqft
    Walk Score® 43
    Listing provided by Joshua Anello, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21813490
  5. Photo of 1693 Belvedere Way, Wheatland, CA 95961 (MLS # 21813492)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,045 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 5
    Listing provided by Angelica Smith, Amplify
    MLS 21813492
  6. Photo of 631 Grandberg Court, Santa Rosa, CA 95407 (MLS # 21813465)
    32
    1 bed,  1 full bath
    570 sqft   lot 11,700 sqft
    Walk Score® 59
    Listing provided by Arlee Geary, Century 21 Alliance
    MLS 21813465
  7. Photo of 1315 Sanderling Island, Point Richmond, CA 94801 (MLS # 21801252)
    24
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,855 sqft   lot 5,519 sqft
    Walk Score® 15
    Listing provided by Susan Koide, Bradley Real Estate-San Rafael
    MLS 21801252
  8. Photo of 845 Griffith Drive, Dixon, CA 95620 (MLS # 21812984)
    49
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,678 sqft   lot 8,211 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Sheilah Tucker, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21812984
  9. Photo of 600 Lawndale Road, Kenwood, CA 95452 (MLS # 21813393)
    46
    5 beds,  5 full, 1 half baths
    7,500 sqft   lot 5.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Randall Waller, W Real Estate
    MLS 21813393
  10. 3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,103 sqft   lot 6,469 sqft
    Walk Score® 51
    Listing provided by Rebekka Johnston, W Real Estate
    MLS 21812239
  11. Photo of 1812 Larkin Way, Sacramento, CA 95818 (MLS # 21813484)
    16
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    936 sqft   lot 3,920 sqft
    Walk Score® 74
    Listing provided by Mark Mazotti, Purplebricks Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21813484
  12. Photo of 582 Summerset Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21812966)
    9
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,065 sqft   lot 6,499 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Naomi Walker, Richards Real Estate
    MLS 21812966
  13. Photo of 1040 Rimrock Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21813455)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,232 sqft   lot 9,605 sqft
    Walk Score® 6
    Listing provided by Sangeeta Kishnani, BHHS Drysdale Properties
    MLS 21813455
  14. Photo of 4190 Sun Drive, Lakeport, CA 95453 (MLS # 21813482)
    43
    4 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,678 sqft   lot 3.42 ac
    Walk Score® 1
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21813482
  15. Photo of 2693 Bradford Way, West Sacramento, CA 95691 (MLS # 21813483)
    19
    2 beds,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,147 sqft   lot 3,311 sqft
    Walk Score® 23
    Listing provided by Mark Mazotti, Purplebricks Realty, Inc.
    MLS 21813483
  16. Photo of 1711 Autumn Meadow Drive, Fairfield, CA 94534 (MLS # 21813481)
    19
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,462 sqft   lot 4,604 sqft
    Walk Score® 9
    Listing provided by Jimmy Castro, RE/MAX Gold Elite
    MLS 21813481
  17. Photo of 908 Diamante Drive, Rio Vista, CA 94571 (MLS # 21813479)
    19
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,439 sqft   lot 4,273 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Andria Haisley, Shafer Real Estate
    MLS 21813479
  18. Photo of 8380 Peninsula Drive, Kelseyville, CA 95451 (MLS # 21813457)
    36
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    2,737 sqft   lot 41,382 sqft
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Davis, Coldwell Banker T&C Properties
    MLS 21813457
  19. Photo of 29 Forest Drive, Napa, CA 94558 (MLS # 21805210)
    44
    4 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    4,282 sqft   lot 6.00 ac
    Walk Score® 3
    Listing provided by Elizabeth Olcott, Keller Williams Napa Valley
    MLS 21805210
  20. Photo of 1013 Shire Court, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21813222)
    49
    5 beds,  3 full baths
    2,603 sqft   lot 28,157 sqft
    Walk Score® 13
    Listing provided by Loy Jackson, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21813222
  21. Photo of 6441 Meadow Creek Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (MLS # 21812355)
    26
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,686 sqft   lot 8,712 sqft
    Walk Score® 19
    Listing provided by Nancy Devoto, McBride Realty
    MLS 21812355
  22. Photo of 28463 El Camino, Winters, CA 95694 (MLS # 21813179)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full, 1 half baths
    2,018 sqft   lot 7.46 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by William Keller, Coldwell Banker B of V-Napa
    MLS 21813179
  23. Photo of 3211 Broken Twig Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 (MLS # 21813006)
    35
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,984 sqft   lot 9,583 sqft
    Walk Score® 8
    Listing provided by Allison Pharis, Vanguard Properties
    MLS 21813006
  24. Photo of 1 Willow Lane, Sausalito, CA 94965 (MLS # 21811478)
    22
    2 beds,  2 full baths
    1,622 sqft   lot 1,054 sqft
    Walk Score® 75
    Listing provided by Susan Churchill, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21811478
  25. Photo of 503 Pixie Trail, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (MLS # 21813470)
    25
    Open House
    3 beds,  3 full, 1 half baths
    2,225 sqft   lot 10,390 sqft
    Walk Score® 21
    Listing provided by Rick Stern, Zephyr Real Estate
    MLS 21813470
  26. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,437 sqft   lot 7,510 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Raina Duran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21813474
  27. 4 beds,  3 full baths
    2,036 sqft   lot 6,660 sqft
    Walk Score® 27
    Listing provided by Raina Duran, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
    MLS 21813478
  28. Photo of 1300 Niestrath Road, Cazadero, CA 95421 (MLS # 21813406)
    30
    1 bed,  1 full, 1 half baths
    1,152 sqft   lot 40.00 ac
    Walk Score® 0
    Listing provided by Helena Gustavsson Giesea, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Sonoma County Properties
    MLS 21813406
  29. Photo of 1670 E Street, Napa, CA 94559 (MLS # 21813477)
    15
    Open House
    2 beds,  1 full bath
    1,950 sqft   lot 8,276 sqft
    Walk Score® 67
    Listing provided by David Hidalgo, Century 21 M & M Assoc
    MLS 21813477
  30. Photo of 1431 Minnesota Street, Fairfield, CA 94533 (MLS # 21812532)
    37
    3 beds,  2 full baths
    1,216 sqft   lot 5,227 sqft
    Walk Score® 73
    Listing provided by Rose Marie Rice-Deadrich, Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
    MLS 21812532
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