San Diego Property Management & Real Estate

Handling Security Deposit Returns| San Diego Property Management Tips

Handling Security Deposit Returns| San Diego Property Management Tips

California law is pretty clear when it comes to returning a tenant’s security deposit. When you have someone moving out of your San Diego rental property, you’ll need to take a few important steps to ensure you’re compliant with the law. 

Best Practices for Advertising your San Diego Rental Property

Best Practices for Advertising your San Diego Rental Property

At Mercer Properties, we’ve been leasing and managing homes in the San Diego area for more than 30 years. This experience has taught us a lot about how to effectively advertise a rental property. You might have the best rental property on the market, but if no one knows about it, that great property will remain unoccupied, and you won’t earn any money on it. 

Tenant Damage vs. Normal Wear & Tear | San Diego Landlord Advice

Tenant Damage vs. Normal Wear & Tear | San Diego Landlord Advice

Understanding the difference between tenant damage and normal wear and tear is important when you’re renting out a property in San Diego. According to California law, tenants are responsible for paying for any damage that they cause to a property, but the landlord is required to handle any issues ta are considered normal wear and tear.

Avoiding Vacancies in Your San Diego Rental Property: What to Know

Avoiding Vacancies in Your San Diego Rental Property:  What to Know

Vacancies are expensive for investors, and the money you lose cannot ever be earned back. While it’s impossible to completely eliminate vacancy times, you want to be sure you can minimize them as much as possible. We have a few tips that will help you keep your vacancy days down. When your San Diego rental home is consistently occupied with a good tenant, you earn more money.

Fair Housing Laws in San Diego: Property Management Tips from the Pros

Fair Housing Laws in San Diego: Property Management Tips from the Pros

As a landlord, you are required by law to avoid discrimination of any kind when you’re marketing a property, screening tenants, leasing a home, or enforcing the lease. Everything you do needs to be documented and consistent to ensure you don’t accidentally violate a fair housing law.

The San Diego fair housing requirements follow the federal and state laws. There are a few key things that you need to know.

What are Accessory Dwelling Units and How Do they Add Value to Your San Diego Property?

What are Accessory Dwelling Units and How Do they Add Value to Your San Diego Property?

There are a number of other specifics that you’ll need to pay attention to before you build a new accessory dwelling unit on your current property. But, if you have the space to consider it, or you already have a structure on your property that would be easy to convert, it’s something to consider. The additional rental income would help with your cash flow and your overall ROI.

Investor’s Guide to Positive Cash Flow from San Diego Real Estate

Investor’s Guide to Positive Cash Flow from San Diego Real Estate

Investing in San Diego real estate does not have to mean counting on long term appreciation and tolerating neutral or even negative cash flow in favor of the larger investment picture. It’s positive to gain positive cash flow in San Diego, and we’re here to share some ideas that may help.

San Diego Landlord Education: What is Active Participation?

San Diego Landlord Education: What is Active Participation?

A real estate concept that you may not be aware of is called active participation. This allows someone to deduct up to $25,000 of rental real estate losses when they meet certain criteria.

Top 4 Landlord Tax Deductions in San Diego | Property Management Education

Top 4 Landlord Tax Deductions in San Diego | Property Management Education

There are several investment property tax deductions that most investors know about. Everyone is going to deduct their mortgage interest, property taxes, insurance, commissions, and those types of things. However, we have noticed that there are some deductions that people miss. New clients often don’t know about these, and we want you to be aware of them.

Can I Use My Rental Property as a Vacation Home? Advice for San Diego Owners

Can I Use My Rental Property as a Vacation Home? Advice for San Diego Owners

A question that often comes up is whether a rental property can be used by the owner as a vacation home. You may have a rental property at the beach or in some other location that’s popular for vacations. Perhaps you’ve been renting it out and generating some losses out of that. As the owner, you are successfully deducting those losses on your tax return. If you decide you’d now like to use that property personally, you’ll need to be aware of the rules that apply. If you use the property for too many days personally, it’s no longer a rental property, and you can’t deduct those losses.

What Are Closing Costs & Can You Write Them Off? Property Management San Diego

What Are Closing Costs & Can You Write Them Off? Property Management San Diego

Closing costs show up when you’re buying a property, and you’ll also notice that you’re responsible for closing costs when you refinance a loan. Today, we’re explaining what they are and why they make a useful tax deduction.

5 Simple Steps for Remodeling Your Home

5 Simple Steps for Remodeling Your Home

Remodeling your home is a fun and smooth experience thanks to 3D models. With 3D models you can visualize your new space before you begin renovation. In a 3D model you can see flooring, cabinetry, materials, countertops and finishes at every angle. Seeing your renovation before you build it can save lots of time, money and hassle. Below are 5 simple steps you can follow to get you started on your renovation and 3D model.