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Friday, December 8, 2017

Winter 2017: Looking Toward the New Year
As another year ends, many people take time to reflect on the past year. Generally, this leads to setting goals and making New Year's Resolutions. Our company is busy reviewing 2016 and planning on how we can improve our property management services to you, our clients. Here are some of our key property management goals and resolution...

Monday, May 8, 2017

May 2017: Preparing Your Home for Rent
As baby boomers look toward retirement their primary residence can become an untapped resource.  It is common for retirees to downsize so that they can travel, have less maintenance responsibilities, and more freedom. Others find they need the additional income that renting their primary residence can provide. Below are questions to...

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Winter 2016: Setting the Stage
If you list your home with a real estate company, they would advise you to take certain steps to maximize how your house would show to the public. Their recommendations may include cleaning, landscape clean up, painting, installing new flooring, changing an appliance, and more. In addition, if the house were vacant, they might even recomm...

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fall 2016: 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 m...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer 2016: 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 emerge...

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Winter 2015: Fair Housing and Assistance Animals
The Federal Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) protect persons with physical and/or mental disabilities. These same laws prohibit discrimination against tenants with service or support animals. The courts take this seriously and it is a huge liability to refuse to rent to a qual...

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fall 2015: Benefits of Proposition 1
If you are a resident of Texas and registered to vote, you will want to consider voting for Proposition 1 on November 3, 2015. First, it will lower the taxes on the home you own and occupy. Secondly it will prevent forever the possibility of a transfer tax on the future sale of any property in Texas. Please read it below:Proposition 1 - S...

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer 2015: New Energy Requirements
No one likes surprises that affect their investment financially, which is why we are apprising you now of the legislative changes in the event your property does require a new AC unit, heat pump, or water heater.Air Conditioners/Heat Pumps Beginning January 1, 2015 the federal government, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) changed t...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring 2016: Turning Down The Applicant
Why is it one of the first words we learn to say quickly is "no?" Then, why is it so hard for people to accept when someone says "no?" Whether an owner finds it difficult or not, there are times to say "no" to a prospective tenant.Most property owners or managers rent to applicants based on credit, income, an...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring 2015: Fair Housing and Reasonable Modifications
The Federal Fair Housing Act (known as the Act) prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. The Department of Justice (the DOJ) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) jointly enforce this landmark legislation. Most states also have additional...