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August 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
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alpsmgmt@alpsmgmt.com

Karen Ebert REALTOR® MPM®
COO
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karen@alpsmgmt.com

Mike Ebert, REALTOR®, RMP®
Director of Property Management
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mebert@alpsmgmt.com

Marc Witmer REALTOR®
RMP® MPM®

Property Manager
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marc@alpsmgmt.com

Pam Fite
Assistant Director of Operations
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pam@alpsmgmt.com

Mike Gonzales, REALTOR®, TRLS®
Property Manager
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mike@alpsmgmt.com

Shelly Longoria, REALTOR®, TRLS®
Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 210
shelly@alpsmgmt.com

Rebecca Panacci, REALTOR®
Property Manager
Accounts Coordinator

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rebecca@alpsmgmt.com

Yvonne Dougherty, CTA
Leasing and Management Coordinator
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yvonne@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

Fast and Furious

 

 

  • ALPS staff has been working extremely hard this summer to get all our vacancies made ready and leased.
  • The average days on the market for vacant properties is 20.
  • According to the Real Estate Center, Texas' 2.8% job growth outpaces the national rate of 2.3%.
  • Unemployment rate fell to 4.2% as of March.
  • Austin/Roundrock are in the top 10 best cities in U.S. for job creation.
  • Texas was 2nd in economic growth last year only trailing South Dakota.

Find more news & updates on the ALPS blog >>

 

Pest Control and Your Investment

 

 

Pests can be a problem any time during the year and are a common occurrence in the rental industry. If you check the dictionary, there are varying definitions for pests; here are three common ones.

  1. An insect or other small animal that harms or destroys garden plants, trees, etc.
  2. An annoying or troublesome person, animal, or thing; nuisance
  3. A deadly epidemic disease, especially a plague; pestilence

It may surprise you to know all three definitions can apply when it comes to rental property. There are common problems with ants, spiders of all kinds, bees, wasps, mosquitoes, bed bugs, etc. Annoying animals can be various mice, rats, voles, moles, gophers, snakes, and more. It may seem that the third definition is not applicable but a problem such as the West Nile Virus, caused by a certain type of mosquito causes severe illness or even death.

 

Who is responsible for handling the infestation, the property owner or the tenant?

When it comes to pest control maintenance, many owners think this topic is cut and dried and should simply be a tenant problem. However, investors should always take pest control seriously and minimize their liability.

 

The more common pest problems are ants, mice, spiders, etc. Requiring tenants to do minimal maintenance can often solve these problems and most residents accept this responsibility. We find the most practical approach is to counsel them on how to use preventative maintenance to avoid problems in the first place. This includes basic housekeeping such as immediately cleaning up food, removing pet food in areas that attract pests, keeping garbage receptacles clean, and other hygienic practices.

 

However, pests can be a major problem and liability. For example, if a tenant calls reporting they have rats or a major infestation of ants or wasps, this is no longer a simple pest control problem. It is now time to contact a pest control professional to evaluate and treat the situation.

 

When pests affect the health and welfare of tenants, it becomes an owner responsibility and becomes a habitability issue. The URLTA, the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act, places the burden of habitability on the property owner. There have been settlements awarded tenants because property owners ignored necessary pest control measures.

 

Using the right service is important There are times when a qualified pest control company must be used to eradicate pests. A good example of this is bedbugs. This can happen to anyone. Because of the ban on certain pesticides, bedbugs have returned and can be picked up anywhere and by anyone. You can bring them home by sitting in a public place, using public transportation, or staying in a hotel. The problem is they are difficult to control and eradicate. Many pest control companies are not familiar with the proper procedures so picking the right service is important.

 

What is the best way for investors to approach pest control?

  • Keep all problem areas free of potential pest problems. For example, resolve plumbing and drainage where water collects and attract mosquitoes, etc.; clear out areas that might encourage pests to set up a habitat on the property, such as rats or snakes.
  • Consider a quarterly or semi-annual pest control service if the rental property is prone to certain pests. This can reduce major infestations and save difficulties with tenants in the future.
  • If a pest control situation occurs, listen to your property management professionals and allow use of professional pest control services to remove the problem as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • Don't ignore tenant complaints and don't think of this as unnecessary expense. Weigh the costs of professional pest control services against losing good tenants (and rent) or incurring a costly legal problem. Remember, pest control expenses are legitimate tax deductions.

As your property management company, we will work to minimize the problems, counsel your tenants, and when necessary, advise you of the best way to handle any pest occurrence. A practical common sense approach to pest control is another way to protect your investment.

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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