What is an Expert Property Manager? Austin, TX Landlord Education

Property management is a real estate niche, just like lakefront property is a niche and luxury homes are a niche. I don’t spend my time trying to sell farms and ranches or oil leases or $10 million lakefront properties. I want to stay in my niche, which is property management. All of us at Austin Landmark are licensed Realtors, and most of us are landlords ourselves. We can buy and sell any real estate in Texas. Our specialty, however, is property management. We’re not trying to hustle sales. We come to the office every day working for you. Read more

Why Won’t My Property Manager Call Me Back? Advice for Landlords in Austin, TX

Today, I have some advice for landlords who are frustrated because their property manager isn’t calling them back. Communication is important, and you hire a property manager so you know what’s going on with your property. Having a professional manager means you can do other things with your life and not worry about your property. Read more

When to Rekey Locks for Rental Property | Management in Austin, TX


Does a landlord have to change locks between tenants? Yes. If you don’t already know, you have to change your locks at your rental property between each occupant. This doesn’t mean just rekeying the locks between each tenant. If you have a short-term rental or you have a vacation house that you live in sometimes and rent out at other times, you need to change the locks every time someone new occupies the home. Read more

Austin, TX Rental Property Inspections – How Important are they?

Rental property inspections or property surveys while tenants are in place are necessary and important, but it’s not always a good idea to have them done by property managers. I always advise people to be wary of any property manager who claims to personally be at the property more than once a year. I don’t want to say anyone’s lying to you, but property managers have a lot of things they need to be doing. Physically being at a property that doesn’t have any current red flags is not a priority. A home inspection is important and necessary, but often a lower priority when emergencies are going on. Read more

Austin, TX Rental Market Analysis and Trends | Property Management Update

There is a lot going on in the Austin rental market, and today I am providing a market update. We’re also going to talk about how to navigate a challenging market. I have some statistics that I don’t want to bore you with, so I’ll give you the bottom line: we’re in a competitive market right now. It’s not oversaturated in all areas, but the supply is exceeding the demand in several areas. This is leading to above average lease times. Read more

3 Tips on Converting Short Term Rentals into Long Term Rentals in Austin, TX

Partnering with a professional property manager will help you convert your short term rental to a long term rental. Today, we’re talking about the process and sharing three tips to make it more efficient. Read more

Service and Emotional Support Animals – Guidelines for Your Austin Rental Home


Here in Texas, you do not have to allow pets in your property, and there is no limit on the deposit you can charge someone moving in with a pet. At Austin Landmark, we restrict size and breed when it comes to pets. Most of our properties do accept pets and we encourage landlords to accept pets unless there are circumstances like you’re terribly allergic to cats and you might move back into the property one day. Some natural hardwood floors are also very susceptible to dogs and cats. And, some landlords have had terrible experiences and don’t want pets. So there are times when we do say no to pets. Read more

How to Choose the Right Vendors for Your Austin, TX Rental Property

At Austin Landmark Property Services, we manage around 500 properties, which results in a lot of property maintenance services. That means we develop and maintain relationships with good vendors to make sure all repairs are made correctly and affordably. Today, we’re talking about those relationships and how to partner with vendors to succeed with your rental property. Read more

What to Expect from Your Austin Property Management Company


What does a property manager do, and what should you expect from your property manager? As landlords, we enter contracts with property managers, and you can read about how to interview a property manager and what a property manager does, and you get a lot of different opinions. Some people say the property should be inspected every two weeks, or having a property manager will save you from problems and you’ll never have an eviction or a nonsense repair. Really, a property manager gives accountability to the situation. That’s the main thing a property manager should do. So, let’s talk about setting expectations. If you have expectations beyond what’s in the contract, talk about them at the interview. You have to make sure you are aligned on culture and expectations. There are a few things to discuss before you sign a contract with an Austin property management company. Read more

How to Rent Your Austin, TX Property Faster and for More Money


Making money with rental properties depends on renting your home faster and for more rent. Today, we’re talking about some of the things you can do. Read more