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11573 Jollyville Rd.
Austin, TX 78759
PO Box 202344
Austin, TX 78720
- Real Estate
Services to Buyers and Sellers
- Out of
State Property Management Company Referrals
and Make Ready Services for our Owners and Referring Agents
Managing For YOUR Success
Ebert, REALTOR®, MPM®
512.794.8171 X 217
Ebert, REALTOR®, MPM®
512.794.8171 X 215
Ebert, REALTOR®, RMP®
512.794.8171 X 211
512.794.8171 X 222
Assistant Director of Operations
512.794.8171 X 214
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Leasing and Management Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 220
Assistant Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 216
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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.
Austin Continuing on the Up Trend
- Although the state may
be keeping a wary eye on falling oil prices, Texas' economic
situation continues to improve, according to the Federal Reserve
Bank of Dallas, which among its other functions keeps track of the
Texas economy. This is mainly due to this area's great diversity
- Austin area job growth
continues to improve which is good for our occupancy rates.
- According to Milken
Institute, Austin is the most consistent best performing city.
- Austin is the top city
for military vets according to a USAA study and the U.S. Chamber
Repair or Replace
A water heater is an important element in an investment
property. Lack of a working heater is a serious liability for an
investor. Therefore, it is important to either quickly repair or
replace a water heater when there is a problem. Most judges do not
accept excuses for unnecessary delays and there have been many court
cases where property owners have had to pay fines or large settlements
due to a lack of action to provide hot water to their residents. The
basis for these legal decisions is the Uniform Residential Landlord
Tenant Act (the URLTA); warranty of habitability is required of
There are times when you can repair a water heater.
Sometimes, it can be as simple as replacing a coupling and the water
heater works for many more years. In some cases, minor repairs prolong
the life of the unit. However, it pays to consider the age and the cost
before making a large or even small repair. If the water heater is
beyond warranty and very old, it is probably not a sensible move to
repair it. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the failure of a
water heater whether it is old or new.
If the decision is to replace the water heater, there are
various factors to consider. The first questions to ask are:
- What fuel
source supplies the water heater?
- What type
of water heater is currently in the property?
- What size
of water heater is adequate?
- How quickly
can a vendor replace the water heater?
The logical step is to investigate the heater that is
currently in the investment property. There is a large variety of water
storage water heaters offer a ready reservoir (storage tank) of
- Tankless or
demand-type water heaters heat water directly without the use of a
- Heat pump
water heaters move heat from one place to another instead of
generating heat directly for providing hot water.
- Solar water
heaters use the sun's heat to provide hot water.
coil and indirect water heaters use a home's space heating system
to heat water.
When selecting the best type and model of water heater
other considerations should be:
- Fuel type
and availability: most fuel sources are either gas or electric but
there are others, such as propane, solar, fuel oil, etc.,
depending on the area of the country. Some sources may not be
available, such as fuel oil or solar. Changing the fuel source can
also incur more cost but depending on the property, it may be
- Size: to
provide residents with enough hot water and to maximize
efficiency, you need a properly sized water heater.
efficiency: to maximize energy and cost savings it is important to
investigate the energy savings. Although the resident is most
likely paying the heating bill, investors should always work to
make the property as attractive as possible to tenants and cost
savings during vacancies.
before purchasing a water heater, it is a good idea to estimate
annual operating costs and compare those costs with other less or
more energy-efficient models. The energy source used for water
heating will not only affect the water heater's annual operating
costs but also its size and energy efficiency - again, an
important issue for residents.
reliable, experienced, and trustworthy vendor is major factor in this
issue because they can give you the pros, cons, and costs on repair or
replacement. The vendor must also be able to act quickly to either
repair or replace the water heater.
As your property management company, we consider this an
extremely important issue and of course, we are very familiar with this
type of repair call. We act immediately on calls from residents
regarding a non-working water heater and utilize competent technicians.
We will notify you as soon as practical if something happens. It is
always our goal to work to maintain the habitability of the property
and reduce the liability for your investment at all times.