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September 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®, TRLS®
Property Manager
512.794.8171 X 218
mike@alpsmgmt.com

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

Rebecca Panacci, REALTOR®
Property Manager
Accounts Coordinator

512.794.8171 X 216
rebecca@alpsmgmt.com

Yvonne Dougherty, CTA
Leasing and Management Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 220
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.

 

Fast and Furious

 

 

  • Austin leads the nation in startups at 180 according to Colliers International.
  • Austin's technology job base has grown by 17.8% since 2011.
  • Austin's unemployment rate is now at 3.1%.
  • WalletHub ranked Austin/Roundrock 4th in the country for the best place to work for a small business.
  • New Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll finds Austin Residents optimistic about the City's growth.
  • 110-150 people a day are calling Austin home.

Find more news & updates on the ALPS blog >>

 

Plan Fall/Winter Maintenance Early

 

 

Thinking about fall/winter maintenance needs for your investment before the season hits can often save you money. An extra benefit is that it can help to keep your tenants happy. For example, if you wait until the rains or winds come and the roof leaks, you will be competing with everyone else to have the work done because roofing contractors are at their busiest. This can mean major delays and higher costs. When the weather is better, contractors may not charge as much because their workload is lighter and they want more work. Tenants can become unhappy with the inconvenience of a leaky roof but if the problem is severe enough, there can be loss of rent because of uninhabitable or unsafe conditions.

 

There are many areas where early maintenance can be a benefit. Here are items to consider during summer and fall months to see how you could avoid unnecessary repair expense or tenant problems.

 

Heating
Heating is simply a necessity and in the eyes of the legal system, it is a requirement for the health and safety for tenants. You could experience loss of rent if the tenants are without heat for an unreasonable amount of time. Having the heating system checked out yearly before cooler or cold weather hits could avoid bigger maintenance problems and making necessary repairs can prolong the life of the heating unit.

 

Walls, foundations, windows, doors, and plumbing
Checking walls, foundations, windows, doors, and plumbing can reveal problems with moisture, leaking, cracking, drafts, and more. It is truly important to avoid water and moisture problems that could lead to toxic mold - one of today's biggest liabilities for investors.

 

Gutters
Having gutters and downspouts cleaned and if necessary, repaired after leaves fall and before heavy rains hit can reduce damage and avoid other problems. Many landlords think tenants should do this but it can become a safety issue. Having a qualified vendor handle the problem can be a safer and more cost effective solution.

 

Roofs
It pays to have roofs checked for missing materials, hanging branches, and any other damage. Have repairs completed before winter weather hits to avoid unnecessary damage and expense inside of the property. You may not be able to avoid winter storms but the roof may hold up better if maintenance is completed. Proper maintenance can also extend the life of the roof.

 

Chimneys, fireplaces, and smoke alarms/detectors
If your investment has a fireplace and chimney, having a yearly checkup can prevent fires and/or other safety issues. Of course, a working smoke alarm/detector is an absolute must.

 

Driveways and sidewalks
Damaged, cracked driveways and sidewalks can be a safety issue. Many times you cannot repair them during bad weather, leaving it open to more liability. Contractors are more likely to give you a better price during better weather.

 

Porches, patios, decks, retaining walls, fences, and landscaping
Again, these are items where necessary repairs can extend their life. Major tree roots can cause many problems, such as broken sidewalks, raised driveways, and problems with sewers. When possible, avoid these liabilities. .

 

There may not be maintenance problems with your property at this time. However, it pays to review where you could avoid larger expense and liability by addressing them in advance. Start planning for winter maintenance now and as your property management company, we are always here to help you with your investment.

 

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.

 

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