Why Choose Spurr & Associates?
We do what we say we'll do — no surprises.
Property Management is What We Do
You don’t want a Realtor who does property management as a side job. Property management is very different from real estate sales: the forms, the laws, the procedures, the experience. It requires its very own set of skills and qualifications.
Property management is our bread and butter. We are incorporated, licensed, insured, trained, and experienced as property managers. Our office is owned and run by a licensed Broker, according to CA law.
The Advantages of a Small Company
We always answer the phone and we always return calls.
As an owner, your point of contact is directly with our owner, Ramer Spurr. You will have his cell phone number and can reach him at any time. Ramer served 23 years in the combat arms and as a Federal CID Special Agent. He carried a Top Secret Clearance, supervising 35 special agents. If he can make the right decisions on serious and sensitive international investigations, you know your property is in good hands.
We are proud to have built long-lasting relationships with our customers. Our small team ensures you’ll speak to someone you know — and who knows you — every time you call. We invest our time and energy into you and will treat your property as though it’s our own, with pride and great care.
We Care about Your Investment
Let’s compare your investment to a chair. Our responsibilities are the legs of that chair.
The first leg: Protecting the investment.
Your property is like a member of your family. Good or bad, it’s always there. With a little luck and a lot of good care, it will be a reward for you.
Protecting your investment means making quick responses and using good judgment, whether it’s a water leak or a tenant that’s becoming a risk.
The second leg: Choosing the right tenants.
The horror stories always come from bad tenant choices, aggravated by poor people skills, compounded by decisions based on blind checklists.
We always do credit checks. We pay extra to check both evictions and eviction filings. We call previous landlords and verify employment. We verify addresses on the tax record.
We are also one of the first companies in the Long Beach area to require renter’s insurance. What if the tenant starts a fire, or overflows the bathtub? The security deposit dries up very quickly.
The third leg: Honesty, trust, and reliable bookkeeping.
Our owner and president is B. Ramer Spurr. He carried a Top Secret security clearance for 20 years. His experience ranged from street crime to international drug investigations, from being in charge of 35 detectives, to serving on the CID command staff in Washington D.C. He couldn’t keep that kind of clearance and those responsibilities unless his judgment, morals, and ethics were above reproach.
Ramer is a hands-on manager with every facet of this business. He’s always available by cell phone, whether for owners, tenants, or troubled neighbors. You’re welcome to call him, even if it’s after hours: 562-397-4956.
Need more reasons to choose Spurr & Associates?
1. We know how to deal with people fairly.
This may be hard to believe, but more than a few times, evictions have ended with a handshake and a “thank you” (by the evicted tenant)! Our court actions are few and we’ve yet to lose a judgment. If Ramer can package and win homicide investigations, if he was trained as a hostage negotiator, he can certainly deal with tenants and make the right calls at an eviction.
2. We do our best to preserve your cash flow.
Preserving the cash flow also means low turnover, quick “make-readies,” and quick re-rents.
When a tenant vacates, how many days (hours?) does it take to get a new renter in place? Time is money. Every vacant day is money lost. Our vacancy rate typically averages <3%. That’s among the lowest in the industry.
4. We are one of the few companies who show our listings on the MLS.
The advantage is, the MLS feeds a number of websites that go directly to the consumer. We take full advantage of every technology available to us.
5. We reduce your legal risk.
When managing properties for anyone other than yourself, California law requires that there be a licensed real estate Broker in charge. Beware the real estate salesman who ignores this requirement and offers management services, and whose primary business is sales. Or worse, beware the unlicensed neighbor or family member who offers a friendly deal.
When liabilities become an issue, you want protection. We constantly attend classes to stay up to date and keep you out of court. To keep us all out of trouble, we study the boring stuff and stay up to date on what’s important, so you can relax.