Austin Landmark Property Services

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July 2016

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

Jason Majek, CPA
Accounts Coordinator
512.794.8171 X 216
jason@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.

Mid Year Good News

  • Congratulations to Shelly Longoria, one of ALPS' property managers, on completing the Texas REALTORS® Leadership Program. Her course of study was long and arduous representing many hours of dedication to improve our industry.
  • The Austin Area is still strong in creating jobs.
  • Austin is ranked #1 of all state capitals based on affordability, economic well-being, education and health and quality of life.
  • See Rick's blogs on the ALPS Facebook page>>



What is a Rental Emergency?

It is important to understand what a rental emergency is. Depending on whose perspective it is - owner, tenant, vendor, or property manager - it can mean different things when it happens.

The definition found on Wikipedia is

An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation, although in some situations, mitigation may not be possible and agencies may only be able to offer palliative care for the aftermath.

While some emergencies are self-evident (such as a natural disaster that threatens many lives), many smaller incidents require the subjective opinion of an observer (or affected party) in order to decide whether it qualifies as an emergency.

The precise definition of an emergency, the agencies involved and the procedures used, vary by jurisdiction, and this is usually set by the government, whose agencies (emergency services) are responsible for emergency planning and management.

This is a precise definition, but when it comes to handling "emergencies" in rental property, the first step is to determine if there is a true emergency. Some emergencies are obvious when they happen, such as fire, water flowing through the property, loss of heat in cold conditions, major gas leak, lack of air-conditioning for excessive heat, etc. For these circumstances, it is important to take immediate action and simply handle the situation as quickly as possible. These are emergencies but there are solutions.

Often a tenant has a different "perspective" on what is an emergency. When this happens, the Property Manager has to consider the tenant's feelings but at the same time, recognize that it is not an emergency. The following maintenance problem is a good example of this.

Janice is a good tenant. One thing that Janice rarely does is cook. She does use the stove and microwave, but not the oven. However, she invited eighteen people for Thanksgiving and planned the full turkey dinner, including baking pies. The day before the holiday, she started working on the pies. When she turned on the oven, it did not work. As you can imagine, she panicked, calling the Property Management office, screeching that she had an emergency.

When the Property Manager finally worked through the hysteria, she determined it was not an emergency but a necessary repair. However, Janice was not to be soothed. The Property Manager immediately called a technician to see if they could get out immediately. They would try but could not promise. Apparently, this is quite a common situation just before Thanksgiving. Eventually, the Property Manager also worked through the situation with Janice and they came up with a plan for the Thanksgiving dinner. It took some time, but Janice finally came to the realization that it was not a true emergency. The best news is that the vendor worked late and did manage to fix the oven.

This may seem a silly example to you but there are many similar situations like this with tenants. They can feel frightened, threatened, angry, frustrated, and more. They can be difficult tenants or just had a bad day. What is important is to determine quickly what the situation is. If it is a true emergency, we want to act on it right away. If it is not, we want to diffuse the situation, but still handle the repair in a timely manner.

As a property owner, you may also feel angry and frustrated when a true emergency occurs. It will mean expense and potential problems with the tenant. We do our best to counsel tenants on what is a true emergency, but it is not always easy. As your property management company, we will do everything we can to minimize the problems and find the solutions, whether it is a true emergency or just a maintenance problem.



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