Austin Landmark Property Services

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September 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.

Texas and Austin on a Roll

  • Texas budget still works despite turbulence caused by the oil and gas slack off.
  • The Austin economy added 7800 jobs in June and 38400 this last year which is a 4% gain over the previous year.
  • Austin is a growing hub of start-up businesses.
  • Austin is among the fastest growing cities in the U.S. according to Career Cast. This is mostly due to high pay and low cost of living.
  • Texas is lowest nationally in negative equity rate which means our clients' properties continue to increase in value.
  • See Rick's blogs on the ALPS Facebook page>>



Professional Services for Your Investment

One definition of a property manager is "someone who manages real estate for another person for compensation." There are many duties involved, which include marketing the property, screening tenants, collecting rents, maintaining the property, handling tenant problems, and much more. On certain days, managing property can mimic a juggler keeping five or more balls constantly moving in the air. Some people view the property manager's job as being "all things to all people," but this is not a good formula for a successful investment.

We pride ourselves on providing "professional property management." When problems exceed our professional sphere and/or legal authority, we advise owners to seek other qualified "professionals."

Insurance Agent
A good insurance agent is an absolute necessity. They can advise landlords when policies shift, when new options are available, and of course, about the best coverage possible for the best price. The many disasters that occur throughout the year, such as hurricanes, floods, fires, and tornadoes, create periodic fluctuations in insurance policies and it is crucial to know when this happens. A reliable agent should review your investment insurance annually with you to analyze if your insurance is adequate or if it is time for an update to the policy.

Tax Professional
Some investors are capable of preparing their taxes, but some are not. A good accountant and/or professional tax person can often save property owners money by knowing and using every tax advantage allowed. There are many deductions to improve the return on investment (ROI) and property owners should take advantage of every tax benefit available to them.

Real Estate Attorney
Too often, a property owner will contact an attorney they have used for other legal issues. However, not every attorney has the knowledge necessary for difficult landlord/tenant issues. For example, someone who is brilliant in corporate litigation could be a dismal failure when interpreting real estate law. Just like doctors, they specialize. The wrong attorney can be quite costly.

Loan Officer/Lender
An investor wants to feel they are getting the best possible advice when they are buying, selling, or re-financing. Loans, fees, and interest rates can yo-yo up and down. A good loan person can map out all the hidden fees, best plans available, and advise how different types of mortgages will perform over time.

Real Estate Appraiser
Many times owners request that a property manager provide them with an "appraisal" of their property. As your property manager, we do have the knowledge and information to establish market rents for renting your property. However, a qualified "appraiser" is required to establish real estate values and potential rents for lending institutions and/or attorneys for legal matters, such as a trust or inheritance.

Environmental Specialist
When problems occur on properties, such as lead-based paint or mold, it is an "absolute must" to contact a specialist. Many vendors are not qualified under federal and/or state laws, and the work often requires special licensing. As environmental lawsuits continue to increase, it is dangerous to ignore paying for a professional, particularly if legislation requires it.

Home Inspector
Rising estate litigation over the years created new laws and requires "more disclosures" in the real estate/property management business. This has led to the development of other services and one example of this is the home inspection business. A home inspector surveys the property, prepares a detailed report, and often provides recommendations for repair or preventative maintenance. This can result in savings for an investor.

There are more services not listed in this article that could also be required for various reasons. When we recognize the need for a professional outside our property management area of expertise, we will advise you and if possible, provide referrals. A good property manager is not "all things to all people" and in fact, this is illegal in many cases. A combination of services is often necessary for the "Success of Your Investment."



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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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