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March 2015

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

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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

Shelly Longoria, REALTOR®
Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 210
shelly@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

Jeff Ebert
Maintenance Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 224
jeff@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.

 

ALPS Associations

 

 

A Great Start and Great Projections

 

 

  • Global Metro Monitor puts Austin 38th among 300 best world economies.
  • Fourandhalf, who does ALPS' surveys of clients and tenants says reputation.com put us 5th most reviewed companies nationwide with many positive reviews returned.
  • VIZn Energy System, an energy storage battery company, is moving its headquarters to Austin.
  • Texas unemployment rate fell to 4.6% and the Austin GDP is forecast to rise by 4.36% in 2015.
  • ALPS' properties' rents will continue to rise or remain stable this year.

 

What is Useful Life

and Why is it Important?

 

 

All things on earth have a life expectancy - people, buildings, clothing, food, etc. All the parts of an investment property have a life expectancy as well. A building can last for years, even centuries, while you may have to replace that dishwasher next year or in ten years.

 

Why is it useful to consider life expectancy? It is always better to know as much about your property as possible. Property owners can do more planning and budgeting if they are aware of the life of different items in their investment property, such as heating units, air-conditioners, various appliances, garage door openers, or water heaters. Knowledge can also help you plan for the unexpected - for example, it may be worthwhile to pay for a 3-5 year warranty than paying for a high maintenance bill when that one-year warranty expires one day after purchase on the new dishwasher.

 

How can you figure out the life expectancy of an item? The following is a chart compiled from various Internet sources that generally agree on the life expectancy of various appliances and features in a property. The information below is to provide you with a general idea and the numbers can vary. There is no way to give you an "exact" chart because many factors can affect the life expectancy of your appliances and systems, such as care, maintenance, type, and the number of features.

Item

Average Life

Dishwasher

5-10

Range, electric

13-16

Range, gas

13-19

Range hoods

9-14

Microwave

5-8

Refrigerator, standard

14-17

Freezer

12-16

Garbage disposal

10-13

Trash compactor

7-12

Clothes dryer - electric

11-14

Clothes dryer - gas

11-14

Clothes washer electric

11-14

Clothes dryer - electric

11-14

Heating, central

15-20

Air-conditioner, central

15-20

Garage door opener

20-25

Water heater

10-25

Sit down and create a similar chart for the systems and appliances in your investment property. Other steps can help you with this task.

  • When you buy a property, you may not know the exact age of the appliance but you can easily find out the building age and a physical inspection of the appliance can give you some indication of its age.
  • Talking with the selling agent or even a former owner can help.
  • Take into consideration the condition, care, and history, previous care of the property.
  • You can also research the manufacturer of existing appliances or pending purchases online.
  • This exercise will at least make you think about the expectations in your current property or you may be considering another investment.
  • Add one more column to your chart and list a "replacement price."

 

By creating this chart, you are ready when it is necessary to repair or replace a system or appliance in your property. As your property management company, we have years of experience handling appliances and systems. Contact us if you have questions on your property; we are happy to help you.

 

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.

 

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