Austin Landmark Property Services

Join us on Facebook!

Follow the ALPS blog!

November 2014

Address
11573 Jollyville Rd.
Austin, TX 78759

Mailing Address
PO Box 202344
Austin, TX 78720

Contact Us
Phone: 512.794.8171
Email: info@alpsmgmt.com
Website: www.alpsmgmt.com

Our Services

  • Real Estate Services to Buyers and Sellers
  • Out of State Property Management Company Referrals
  • Maintenance and Make Ready Services for our Owners and Referring Agents

Managing For YOUR Success

Rick Ebert, REALTOR®, MPM®
CEO

512.794.8171 X 217
alpsmgmt@alpsmgmt.com

Karen Ebert, REALTOR®, MPM®
COO
512.794.8171 X 215
karen@alpsmgmt.com

Mike Ebert, REALTOR®, RMP®
Director of Property Management

512.794.8171 X 211
mebert@alpsmgmt.com

Marc Witmer
REALTOR®, RMP®, MPM®
Property Manager

512.794.8171 X 222
marc@alpsmgmt.com

Pam Fite
Assistant Director of Operations
512.794.8171 X 214
pam@alpsmgmt.com

Mike Gonzales, REALTOR®
Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 218
mike@alpsmgmt.com

Yvonne Dougherty, CTA
Leasing and Management Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 220
yvonne@alpsmgmt.com

Rebecca Panacci, REALTOR®
Assistant Property Manager
Accounts Coordinator

512.794.8171 X 216
rebecca@alpsmgmt.com
click here

Jeff Ebert
Maintenance Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 224
jeff@alpsmgmt.com

Shelly Longoria, REALTOR®
Executive Assistant to Director of Property Management
512.794.8171 X 210
info@alpsmgmt.com
front_desk@alpsmgmt.com

Best Practices

Check Your Insurance: Events can happen - flood, extreme heat, earthquakes, fire, and more! It is important to check your insurance to obtain the best coverage possible and ensure that it is current.Review now with your insurance agent before a disaster/emergency occurs.

If An Emergency Occurs: Please be patient and avoid tying up critical phone lines and our time. Our first priority during any emergency is to handle the situation, taking any necessary measures for the safety of your property and your tenants. Then, we will contact you as soon as we are able.

Good News For The Fall Of 2014
divider

  • Upon returning from Santa Barbara to an Appfolio conference, Pam Fite and Rebecca Panacci shared with the ALPS staff that the best news gleaned from the conference was that the Appfolio platform which we use has such an ease of paying online for residents and owners and for residents to report maintenance issues online. Soon we will be able to text to our owners and residents right from Appfolio.
  • According to the National Association of Realtors. Austin and Dallas are found to be the best cities for Millennials mainly due to our great job growth.
  • Real Estate Center in College Station, Texas reported that private sector jobs increased 375,600 from July 2013 to July 2014, a 4% increase versus an average of 2.2 for the nation.
  • Firefly, a California based small satellite launch company is moving their headquarters and technology division to Cedar Park bringing 200 jobs. Many of our owners have property in Cedar Park.

Renting and the Holidays
divider

Why is the tenant giving notice now! This may be your first reaction if you receive a notice to vacate from a tenant with a holiday season approaching. The first thought is that no one will rent a property in November, much less December - the holiday month. There is the prevailing belief that the property cannot possibly rent until the first of the year or possibly even longer.

While it is true that it can be slower during the months of November and December and the property may be vacant until January, it is also a fact that properties rent every month, including the month of December. There are many reasons that the property can rent, even on the twenty-fourth of December!

People receive job transfers, receive a notice from their landlord because the owner is going to sell or the property is in foreclosure, they need a larger home because they are having another child, their lease is up, they want to move to another neighborhood, or they prefer another school district. The many reasons why tenants move is the same list of reasons to move we encounter through the entire year.

People rent properties as dictated by their circumstances or needs and that means it does not necessarily fall on the first of the month or avoid the holiday season. This has been one of the biggest misconceptions about rentals since the beginning of time. When their job transfer comes through, it can be any date. The same follows through for all the different reasons that motivate a tenant to give notice. There are people who plan a nice tidy transition on the first of the month or in the summer, but if you take a poll from property managers around the country, you will find that properties rent all through the month and for many different reasons. There are just not the same numbers of people who move during the holidays as the rest of the year, so it requires a different perspective.

Take the positive approach
Thinking negatively does not help the situation - you need a positive approach for any pending notice to vacate, but especially during the holiday season. Take the time to look at the property objectively to reduce your losses and rent the property as quickly as possible.

  • What incentives can you offer during the holidays to entice applicants to choose your property? Perhaps you can offer a gift certificate at a local market or shopping center for holiday expenditures.
  • What maintenance will improve the property while on the rental market? Perhaps a yard cleanup will negate the effects of the winter season. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders and may be less expensive than during the summer months.
  • What tax benefit will you gain for the current year? If there is any loss of income or maintenance expense, think of it as an additional tax advantage.
  • Will this improve the tenancy? There are times when a notice can lead to better tenants.

If you do receive a notice to vacate during the holiday season, do not despair. Our company will work as diligently as we do during any other month of the year to rent the property as quickly as possible.

  • Unless there are extenuating circumstances, we will immediately put the property on the market for rent.
  • We will employ all available marketing means to rent your property.
  • We will use any incentives authorized by you to rent the property.
  • If we do encounter any difficulties with renting the property, we will keep you advised.
  • We will always seek qualified tenants even though we are trying to eliminate or reduce any vacancy period.

While we recognize that the holiday season can present challenges, as professional Property Managers, we work to overcome them and we believe in taking the positive approach.

Our Associations

ALPS Associations

The material provided in this newsletter is for informational and educational purposes only. It is NOT legal advice.
Although we believe this material is accurate, we cannot guarantee that it is 100% without errors.

Services Provided By Property Management Newsletters 288 N. Hartford St. Chandler, Arizona 85225 United States