Merced Property Management Services Exceeding Your Expectations

River Drive Properties is here to provide a higher standard of Merced property management. We think outstanding customer service should be something that every owner and investor expects, and we won’t settle for simply meeting your expectations. We want to exceed them. 

We believe in communication and accessibility. You’ll be able to reach us in the office seven days a week, and we’re available to your residents, too. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day because property management isn’t a 9-5 job. We’re responsible for your investment property, and we’re committed to unprecedented responsiveness and service.

Merced Property Management Experience Leads to Better Investment Outcomes

River Drive Properties is California’s leading full service property management company. We have more than 24 years of experience managing residential and commercial properties. Because of this experience, we understand that your income property is much more than a simple investment. It requires constant attention, and that’s what we provide.

Strategic Marketing & Advertising

Keeping vacancy rates low is an important part of maximizing the income you earn on your Merced investment property. We understand this, and our knowledge of local markets and tenants preferences ensures your property is marketed to grab the attention of the area’s best residents.

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Online advertising is our most powerful function. We list your property on our own website and on popular websites where we know tenants are searching. You can expect an advertisement with high quality photos, detailed descriptions, and an invitation to schedule an appointment to see the home. 

Proper pricing, excellent staging, and proactive follow-up enables us to rent your home quickly, avoiding the headaches and expenses that often come with vacancy. You don’t have to worry about posting a “For Rent” sign or responding to tenant inquiries; we take care of the entire marketing process professionally and effectively.

Placing Highly Qualified Tenants

You may have heard horror stories about bad tenants, or perhaps even experienced the fallout from a terrible resident yourself. It can be pretty dramatic; unpaid rent and property damage, or lease violations and a refusal to communicate. With the new eviction laws throughout the state, you want to make sure you never have a reason to evict your Merced tenants.

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We have plans for that. It starts with good screening, which is compliant with all local, state, and federal fair housing laws. We make sure you’re getting a resident with a history of paying rent on time, taking care of the property they live in, and following all the terms that are clearly spelled out in the lease agreement. We don’t tolerate evictions or violent criminal histories, and we work hard to place and retain great tenants because we know it matters to your rental income and your long term investment plans.

When it comes to screening tenants, you cannot trust your instincts. Instead, you have to trust the data, the background reports, and the financial history you have in front of you. Our screening process saves a lot of time and a lot of money for our owners because it results in highly qualified, easy-to-work with renters.

 

We manage Merced rentals in Loughborough, near Merced College, and near UC Merced, as well as in neighboring communities.

Maintaining Your Investment

Routine maintenance is responsive. Emergency maintenance is urgent. We respond to any rental property repairs that are needed at your Merced property with efficiency and professionalism. We know that if there’s a flood in your kitchen or a tree that’s crashed through a window, your tenants are going to feel pretty emotional and panicked. We’re here to keep everyone calm, to mitigate the damage, and to coordinate with our highly qualified vendors to take care of the problem right away.

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Our system of managing routine requests is well-documented and designed to diagnose problems, make decisions on the best way to conduct repairs, and maintain open lines of communication with you, your residents, and the maintenance team that’s helping us out. We are careful with costs because even though the maintenance of your property is important in protecting its condition, we don’t want to surprise you with outrageous repair expenses.

The vendors we work with are licensed, insured, and reliable. We screen them as carefully as we screen your tenants, and we count on them for:

 

  • Preventative inspections and services

  • Competitive pricing and discounts

  • Attention to safety and reduced risk

  • Quality routine repairs and prompt emergency responses

Merced property management in zip codes like 95348, 95340, 95341, and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Free Rental Analysis

Ask us for a free rental analysis. It’s an important part of marketing your property and getting the attention you need from highly qualified tenants in Merced. We know the market and we understand what competing properties are offering and costing. 

Many investors and landlords think they know what their property is worth, but the real rental value is a complex number that depends on things like property location, condition, market strength, and even the season. We know how to attach a price that will optimize what you earn while ensuring you don’t chase away great tenants with a price that’s too high for the Merced rental market.

I switched to River Drive Management a year ago. I own many rental homes in Merced. Every other company I tried, offered poor customer service and non-transparent fees.

I met with Joseph and knew immediately, this was the company for me. They treat the tenants with respect and care and they always respond to questions promptly. The management fee is fair and they do not have any hidden fees. The return on my investment has increased over 40% under their keen management skills. I could not ask for more from a management company.

Peter Chen

Services and Pricing

Full Service Management
1 – 15 Units

Tenant Placement Fee Included
Monthly Management Fee 9% of Monthly Collected Rent
Rent Assessment
Marketing the Property
Finding Tenants
Tenant Screening
Full Legal Compliance
Lease Execution/Move-in
Convenient Rent Payments
Accounting
Property Maintenance
Vendor Supervision
Rent Collection
Fair Housing Laws/Tenant Notices
Eviction Process Handling
Property Accounting and Reporting
Monthly Owner Statements
Property Evaluations
Eviction Process Handling
Property Accounting and Reporting
Monthly Owner Statements
Property Inspections
Move-out/Turnover Processing/Tenant Disposition Accounting
Increased/Maintained Property Values
Owner and Tenant Portals
Tenant Maintenance System
Leasing Guarantee
Capital Improvement Evaluation Upon Request
HVAC Maintenance Agreement Upon Request

Full Service Management
Multi-Family 16+ Units
(on-site manager required)

Tenant Placement Fee Included
Monthly Management Fee 5% of Monthly Collected Rent
Rent Assessment
Marketing the Property
Finding Tenants
Tenant Screening
Full Legal Compliance
Staffing The Property
Convenient Rent Payments
Accounting
Property Maintenance
Vendor Qualifications
Rent Collection
Fair Housing Laws/Tenant Notices
Eviction Process Handling
Property Accounting and Reporting
Monthly Financial Packets
Unit Inspections/Daily Property Inspections
Curb Appeal
Increased/Maintained Property Values
Vendor Supervision
Property Inspections
Tenant Maintenance System
Capital Improvement Projects
Capital Improvement Evaluation Upon Request
HVAC Maintenance Agreement Upon Request

Full Service Management
1 – 15 Units

Tenant Placement Fee:
Included

Monthly Management Fee:
9% of Monthly Collected Rent

Rent Assessment

We thoroughly research market rates to maximize the rent amount. We also recommend property improvements to increase asking rents.

Marketing the Property

We use a comprehensive advertising plan, including online avenues as well as traditional platforms, to reach all potential tenants.

Finding Tenants

Our leasing team goes above and beyond to show available properties 7 days a week at the convenience of prospective tenants. We also, do not require prospective tenants to complete an application before they view an available property.

Tenant Screening

We’ve set high qualification standards and have a detailed application process, which includes income verification, background checks, credit checks and even pet screening!

Full Legal Compliance

Our company follows all regulations as outlined by the California Dept of Real Estate as well as all State and Federal laws related to Equal Opportunity Housing and Employment. We work with some of the best attorneys in the valley to ensure our policies and procedures protect our clients, tenants and our company.

Lease Execution/Move-in

Once we find the best qualified tenant for your property, we execute the lease/rental agreement and handle the entire move-in process, including a throughly documented walk through with notes and photos for the property records.

Convenient Rent Payments

Multiple options for tenants to pay rent conveniently and on time.

Accounting

Detailed monthly statements, annual reports and IRS compliant reporting. We’ll manage all of the property bills so that you don’t have to think about it, including HOA’s, mortgages, insurance, etc. Any property related invoices you would like us to take care of for you.

Property Maintenance

We have a dedicated maintenance team of qualified vendors to ensure prompt repairs and we are on-call 24/7/365 for emergencies.

Vendor Supervision

We facilitate all of your property maintenance needs including landscaping, pool services, pest control, maintenance, and more. We ensure the work you pay for is completed to the highest standards possible.

Rent Collection

We manage all rent collections for your property. We have strict policies and standards in place to collect rent as effectively as possible.

Fair Housing Laws/Tenant Notices

We stay up to date on all fair housing laws and make sure any and all notices served from our office meets the standards outlined by local and federal laws. We properly serve all notices including 3 Day Pay or Quit, Change of Terms, Violation, Annual Rent Increases, etc.

Eviction Process Handling

We use an attorney to assist with the eviction process in the unlikely event that a tenant needs to be removed from the property. This enables us to win an overwhelming majority of our eviction cases. We appear in court on your behalf so you do not have to deal with any issue directly.

Property Accounting and Reporting

We have an in-house accounting team who oversees all accounting and reporting functions. We use AppFolio management software — the leading, comprehensive, integrated accounting, maintenance, and advertising program available to the industry.

Monthly Owner Statements

We simply your life by connecting you to our Owner Portal to send monthly owner statements

Property Inspections

Detailed, regular, on-sight evaluations of your property to review and report on property condition.

Move-out/Turnover Processing/Tenant Disposition Accounting

We will provide a thorough move-out inspection with photo documentation. After the inspection, the manager will provide you a list of recommended maintenance to make ready for a new tenant. Upon your approval, we’ll prepare bids for the work needed and manage then entire turnover process. We also comply with CA state laws that require move out disposition statements sent out to previous tenants within 21 days of vacating.

Increased/Maintained Property Values

A well maintained property will hold value or increase in value. We take a proactive approach to preventative maintenance and keep you well informed of your property’s condition. Routine maintenance is essential to increasing value.

Owner and Tenant Portals

We give you real-time access to your properties via your AppFolio Owner Portal. Prospective residents can apply online with the click of a button, existing residents pay their rent online instead of sending rent checks by mail.

Tenant Maintenance System

From their mobile device, Tenants can conveniently place maintenance requests, schedule appointments and communicate with vendors, making life simple for our tenants.

Leasing Guarantee

There is no fee associated with marketing or showing a vacant property. We do not collect our management fee until we start collecting rent.

HVAC Maintenance Agreement

Regularly scheduled service program of your properties HVAC system. – Upon Request

Capital Improvement Evaluation

Annual visit and report on capital improvement needs for your rental property. – Upon Request

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Full Service Management
Multi-Family 16+ Units
(onsite manager required)

Tenant Placement Fee:
Included

Monthly Management Fee:
5% of Monthly Collected Rent

Rent Assessment

We thoroughly research market rates to maximize the rent amount. We also recommend property improvements to increase asking rents.

Marketing the Property

We use a comprehensive advertising plan, including online avenues as well as traditional platforms, to reach all potential tenants.

Finding Tenants

Our leasing team goes above and beyond to show available properties 7 days a week at the convenience of prospective tenants. We also, do not require prospective tenants to complete an application before they view an available property.

Tenant Screening

We’ve set high qualification standards and have a detailed application process, which includes income verification, background checks, credit checks and even pet screening!

Full Legal Compliance

Our company follows all regulations as outlined by the California Dept of Real Estate as well as all State and Federal laws related to Equal Opportunity Housing and Employment. We work with some of the best attorneys in the valley to ensure our policies and procedures protect our clients, tenants and our company.

Staffing The Property

River Drive Properties hires the best in the industry. With a substancial investment in our employees, we know the value they add to our company and in the success of your return on investment. We hire and manage office staff as well as maintenance and grounds technicians. Our on-site staff is fully trained and capable of handling the daily challenges and tasks of operating a property to full potential. *Cost of on-site manager/staff members is paid by the property, but 401K plan participation is paid by RDP.

Convenient Rent Payments

Multiple options for tenants to pay rent conveniently and on time.

Accounting

Detailed monthly statements, annual reports and IRS compliant reporting. We’ll manage all of the property bills so that you don’t have to think about it, including HOA’s, mortgages, insurance, etc. Any property related invoices you would like us to take care of for you.

Property Maintenance

We have a dedicated maintenance team of qualified vendors to ensure prompt repairs and we are on-call 24/7/365 for emergencies.

Vendor Qualifications

We work with outside vendors to provide repairs and services. Our vendors are vetted by way of references and required to have proper licensing and liability insurance to protect our clients and tenants from any issues that could arise.

Rent Collection

We manage all rent collections for your property. We have strict policies and standards in place to collect rent as effectively as possible.

Fair Housing Laws/Tenant Notices

We stay up to date on all fair housing laws and make sure any and all notices served from our office meets the standards outlined by local and federal laws. We properly serve all notices including 3 Day Pay or Quit, Change of Terms, Violation, Annual Rent Increases, etc.

Eviction Process Handling

We use an attorney to assist with the eviction process in the unlikely event that a tenant needs to be removed from the property. This enables us to win an overwhelming majority of our eviction cases. We appear in court on your behalf so you do not have to deal with any issue directly.

Property Accounting and Reporting

We have an in-house accounting team who oversees all accounting and reporting functions. We use AppFolio management software — the leading, comprehensive, integrated accounting, maintenance, and advertising program available to the industry.

Monthly Financial Packets

We provide a detailed monthly accounting packet that is transparent and easy to understand. Contact us for a sample packet.

Unit Inspections/Daily Property Inspections

Detailed, regular, unit inspections are conducted to document property condition and take care of any unreported maintenance concerns. During daily property inspections, our team members document and find liability issues and resolve them quickly as safety and mitigation of any hazards are the main goals.

Curb Appeal

Our managers are trained to be detailed oriented and focus on making sure the property always looks its absolute best. We work with outside landscaping company’s to maintain and update curb appeal throughout the year. We understand the value of first impressions.

Increased/Maintained Property Values

A well maintained property will hold value or increase in value. We take a proactive approach to preventative maintenance and keep you well informed of your property’s condition. Routine maintenance is essential to increasing value.

Vendor Supervision

We facilitate all of your property maintenance needs including landscaping, pool services, pest control, maintenance, and more. We ensure the work you pay for is completed to the highest standards possible.

Tenant Maintenance System

From their mobile device, Tenants can conveniently place maintenance requests, schedule appointments and communicate with vendors, making life simple for our tenants.

Capital Improvement Projects

From unit rehabs to major projects like new windows, exterior painting, new roofs, parking lot paving/slurry seal and any other capital improvements needed, our team will gather bids and oversee the projects start to finish.

Capital Improvement Evaluation

Annual visit and report on capital improvement needs for your rental property. – Upon Request

HVAC Maintenance Agreement

Regularly scheduled service program of your properties HVAC system. – Upon Request

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Work with River Drive Properties for Professional Property Management in Merced

We want to work with you. When it comes to managing your Merced rental property, we know that no one can do it better. We believe in passion, service, and a commitment to your investment goals. Find out how we can help you earn more and spend less while having a better investment experience.

Areas We Serve

  • Modesto
  • Turlock
  • Atwater
  • Merced
  • Madera
  • Fresno
  • Chowchilla
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What People Are Saying About Us

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128 Reviews

Google
4.0/5
Nov 26, 2021
Google River Drive Properties James
We have been waiting since June to finish everything on our rental. Many things were finished. Our handler left your firm and it was dropped. Recently you sent a handyman we loved. He has completed most of the work and we are very satisfied with his work. Things are getting much better. I am sure now that everything will be completed.
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Nov 24, 2021
Google River Drive Properties David
River Drive are professional and an awesome group of people to do business with.
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Google River Drive Properties Guadalupe
Very great management company ! The best in the Central Valley! Joseph & Denise are great and professional. Definitely can turn any problem into a solution. Recommend this management services 100%.
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Nov 21, 2021
Google River Drive Properties Kaushik
Great team of professionals and management! Prompt service, attentive to owners and no complaints from tenants!
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Google River Drive Properties Murali
We are so glad to find Joseph and Riverside properties to manager our rental property in Merced. Joseph goes out of his way to be helpful and often offers additional support to make our life easier. We live in the Bay Area and it is hard for us to make trips for small issues. I highly recommend Joseph and Riverside properties to anyone who need property management services.

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We are the best Property Management Company in Merced

River Drive Properties Inc. has been involved in the local real estate and rental market for years. We understand the price points, the tenant pool, and the local vendors and contractors.

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Merced Location

3174 Collins Drive Suite B
Merced, CA 95348

Fresno Location

770 E. Shaw Ave, Suite 114
Fresno, CA 93710

Hours

Monday-Friday 8am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sundays by appointment