Austin Landmark Property Services

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October 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.

October is a Big Month for ALPS & Austin!

  • When it comes to tech, Texas' regional economy is a power house radiating from Austin at the heart.
  • One of the things that makes perception of Austin leading in so many areas is the excellent job we do in getting the word out nationally. This helps to keep our clients' rents up and properties occupied.
  • Several of our staff will be going to the annual convention of NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) this month. This important event enables our property managers to increase their knowledge and professionalism so that we can continue to MANAGE FOR YOUR SUCCESS!
  • See Rick's blogs on the ALPS Facebook page>>



Is Your Property Green?

"Going Green" is now the popular thing to do to help save the planet and make it more productive for everyone. It might surprise you that it could also help improve the bottom line of your investment property as well. By improving or adding a variety of maintenance items, you can 1) save dollars during vacancies 2) use some as marketing incentives 3) attract better tenancy 4) promote tenant retention 5) avoid serious risks.

Take the time to review your investment property and see if any of the following items would be beneficial to both helping the planet and increasing your return on investment (ROI).

Add energy-saving incentives and savings
With the increase in gasoline, food, and utilities, millions of Americans are looking for ways to save. There are incentives that may attract tenants if they feel they may help them with their utility bills.

  • Install ceiling fans with a switch that changes the airflow direction - residents can benefit from this when seasons change.
  • Change light bulbs, such as porch lights, vanity lights, and fluorescent bulbs in kitchens, with new energy saving replacements.
  • Weatherize doors and windows with weather stripping. Ensure they adequately close to avoid loss of heating and air-conditioning.
  • Provide adequate insulation throughout the property.
  • Provide attic ventilation to remove hot air to help keep air-conditioning bills down.
  • Plug drafty areas throughout the residence.
  • Replace old water heaters with the new energy efficient models when appropriate.
  • Replace old appliances, if applicable, such as washers, dryers, and refrigerators with new energy efficient ones.
  • Add low-flow showerheads and faucets to reduce water waste.
  • Install low maintenance landscape and timed irrigation systems to maintain plants and reduce unnecessary water usage.

  • Not only will the above items reduce utilities, they are also tax deductible. You want good tenancy and the good tenants look for the best properties. If a property shows care and concern for their welfare, it will help attract the quality of tenants that you want. Many of these items will also help to reduce costs when the property is vacant and it is the property owner's turn to pay the bills until rented.

  • Running water: avoiding water waste both inside and outside a property is a key area to reduce waste of a necessary resource and to avoid serious risks. No tenant is happy with a running toilet or leaking faucets. If maintenance deteriorates and their water bill increases, it could inspire them to move. In addition, standing water can lead to mold, one of the highest risk factors today in owning and renting property. Settlements of lawsuits are often in the millions when awarded for negligence regarding mold.
  • Heating and air-conditioning: have yearly inspections on heating and air-conditioning units to promote preventative maintenance and avoid costly bills. If necessary, replace units or parts to supply necessary heat and air. This will avoid another area where losses in court can be devastating.
  • Lead-based paint removal: if built before January 1, 1978, it is a government requirement to remove lead-based paint properly and inform tenants in writing. Proper disposal of the paint is important environmentally and to protect your investment.
  • Replace old electrical and remove outdated electrical strips. Install adequate covers on outlets to reduce drafts. Repair or replace smoke detectors.
  • If applicable, have yearly chimney inspections. Make sure flues close properly to avoid drafts as well as loss of heating and air-conditioning.

  • Perhaps many of these items are already in place, you may need a few changes, or none at all. It is important to reflect on the welfare of your property and your tenants. Then, if it can also help reduce global warming and work toward saving our planet, the picture is even better.



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