11573 Jollyville Rd.
Austin, TX 78759
PO Box 202344
Austin, TX 78720
Estate Services to Buyers and Sellers
- Out of
State Property Management Company Referrals
and Make Ready Services for our Owners and Referring Agents
Ebert, REALTOR®, RMP®
512.794.8171 X 211
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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.
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.
Economy Gurus Are
Texas & Austin Area
- In his annual forecast, Angelos
Angelou stated that Texas in general and the Austin area in
particular have only positive projections for 2015.
- ViZn Energy Systems, an energy
storage battery company is moving its headquarters to Austin. Translation
is more jobs and more demand for housing.
- Austin is now referred to as
"Silicon Hills" a take on "Silicon Valley" in
California. With its young tech workforce and all the domino effects
of things like Google Fiber being put into place we now have a
workforce that is very committed to keeping the Austin area as their
- Mark Sprague, state director of
information capital for Independence Title, in a presentation to the
Leander Chamber of Commerce, has stated that recovery is strong in
Texas vs. the nation as evidenced by changing spending patterns of
women from makeup to buying more handbags, jewelry and dresses. He
affirmed that low cost of living, low taxes and low regulations have
contributed to our rapid recovery. Although our property taxes are
high, our overall tax burden is 46th nationally.
- New investors are seeing the
Austin metro area a good place to invest their money.
Fair Housing and
The Federal Fair Housing Act (known as the Act) prohibits discrimination
in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial
status, and disability. The Department of Justice and the Department of
Housing (the DOJ) and Urban Development (HUD) jointly enforce this
landmark legislation. Most states also have additional Fair Housing laws.
Fair Housing requirements make it unlawful for a housing
provider or homeowners' association to refuse to allow a reasonable accommodation
or a reasonable
modification to the premises when they may be necessary to
afford persons with disabilities full enjoyment of a dwelling, including
public and common use spaces.
- A reasonable accommodation is a
change, exception, or adjustment to a rule, policy, practice, or
- A reasonable modification is a
structural change made to the premises. Reasonable modifications can
include structural changes to interiors and exteriors of dwellings
and to common and public use areas. The property owner or manager
must permit them but modifications but are at the tenant's expense.
Examples of reasonable accommodations are:
- Renting to a disabled person
- Allowing a disabled person to have
a support animal
- Not charging additional fees or
pet deposits for a support animal
- Providing a wheelchair ramp in a
Examples of reasonable modifications are:
- A resident with a hearing
disability wants to install a peephole in her door so she can see
who is there before she opens it.
- A resident with a mobility issue
wants to install grab bars in the bathroom.
- A resident with a mobility issue
wants to install a ramp outside the building in a common area.
Here are other facts regarding reasonable modifications:
- The tenant or someone acting on
the tenant's behalf is responsible for costs associated with a
- A reasonable accommodation is at a
resident's request for a person with a disability and the property
owner and/or manager can request verification of the disability.
- A tenant can make a request for a
reasonable modification at any time before or during the tenancy.
- The tenant's request must be
reasonable and should not present an undue burden on the property
- If the modification is not
reasonable or if it would impose an undue hardship, the property
owner can deny the request.
- If the property owner denies a
request, a property owner and/or manager should send a letter to the
applicant or resident. The letter should explain the denial, the
facts behind the denial, how they discovered the facts, and offer to
meet with the applicant/resident.
- Property owners or managers should
not offer to make a modification to a resident but should wait for a
resident to request the modification. Offering a modification before
it is requested may subject a property owner to a claim of
- To show that a requested
modification may be necessary, there must be an identifiable
relationship between the requested modification and the individual's
HUD and the DOJ receive numerous complaints alleging that
property owners and/or managers are refusing both reasonable
accommodations and modifications to persons with disabilities. Complaints
can lead to legal action and/or financial losses for investors.
As your property management company, we take each request by
the disabled seriously, reviewing the costs and the Fair Housing laws
upon receipt of the request prior to taking action. We will always work
to avoid incurring risk for your investment and following the Fair
Housing laws are a top priority.