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Stone Oak Client Update | February 2024

Grant Williams - Friday, February 16, 2024

Holiday Hours

We will be closed on Monday, February 19th for the President’s Day national holiday.  Our holiday schedule can be found on our website.



Austin, Texas Market Update

We continue to see more competition in the leasing market, and the sales market as well. Prices continue to stagnate, and decline in some areas.  Here is an article with data from December showing the trends in the overall market.  The Austin area Community Impact publication has several recent articles covering conditions over the last few months.

Incentives are making a big difference in getting interest and leasing done quickly.  If your property is on the market for a long period then offering move-in specials like the first month rent free with a 13 month lease or ½ off the first month can make the differ...

Everything You Need to Know About Protesting Your Property Taxes in Austin, Texas

Grant Williams - Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Every single year, Tax time rolls around and every homeowner, investor, etc that owns a property in Austin, Texas must pay their property taxes. 

Did you know you can do yourself a big favor and try and reduce the amount you owe? It can be done by protesting your property taxes with the county!

We’d like to provide a comprehensive overview of the tax protest and will cover the following items in this post:

  • Property Taxes Explained

  • Tax Values and Rates

  • Reasons for protesting

  • Property Tax Timeline

  • Tax Exemptions

  • Property Tax Math

  • Paying Your Tax Bill



Texas Property Taxes Explained

Texas property owners pay billions of dollars a year in property taxes. Texas does not have a state income tax so property taxes support local govern...

Stone Oak Resident Update | February 2024

Grant Williams - Thursday, January 25, 2024

Holiday Schedule

We will be closed on Monday, February 19th and our full schedule can be found here.


Valentine’s Day

It’s that time of the year again, and there are many things to do in Austin.  One list we found that might be a great place to start looking for ideas is Austin Monthly’s “A Couple’s Guide to Valentine’s Day in Austin”  We don’t endorse any of these, however, we trust Austin Monthly to give some great suggestions!  

For those of you flying solo on V-Day, there are plenty of options as well.  According to an Austin American...

Stone Oak Client Update | January 2024

Grant Williams - Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Winter Weather

It’s that time of year again when we have extreme cold weather events.  We are reminding tenants about the need to protect people, pets, pipes, and plants.  While we can remind them and give them tips, there are still many factors in whether a given property will end up having frozen pipes or other issues.  Pipes and exterior water heaters are extremely vulnerable when they are on an exterior wall on the north side of a home. Properly preparing a home doesn’t guarantee that pipes will not freeze, and unfortunately, there are external factors like power outages that we’ve experienced quite a bit of in the last few years.  The current weather even seems to have passed without any major power outages, but there were isolated areas that did lose power for various reasons.  If a property is impacted by the freeze we will communicate directly with the owner.


Could an LLC be right for you?

For homeowners venturing into real estate investment, especially when potentially expanding a rental property portfolio, a critical decision involves structuring a business.  

Seasoned real est...

11932 Jamie Drive Available for Lease in Manor, Texas

Grant Williams - Thursday, January 11, 2024

11932 Jamie Drive, Manor, Texas 78653

1,650 SF | 3 Bed | 2 Bath

For more information about this home, view our available Austin rental homes page. 

Own a property like this one? Learn more about our Austin property management services

Stone Oak Resident Update | January 2024

Grant Williams - Tuesday, December 26, 2023

2023 Holiday Season Closures

We hope you had a great holiday season! Our updated holiday closing schedule is available at this link.  


Christmas Tree and Lights Recycling

After the holiday weekend, many people will be looking for a way to properly dispose of their Christmas tree.  Austin and Travis County are offering curbside pickup and drop-off recycling to dispose of trees. The article has links to different drop-off areas.  If you live outside of these areas or want a more convenient option many localities will have similar programs, so check with the solid waste services or other utility departments of your city. Here is a news article that lists several

139 Capstone Court Available for Lease in Dripping Springs, Texas

Grant Williams - Wednesday, December 20, 2023

139 Capstone Court, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

3,369 SF | 4 Bed | 3.5 Bath

More information about 139 Capstone Court in Dripping Springs can be found on our website when you view our available Austin, Texas homes for rent!

Own a rental property similar to this one? Learn more about Stone Oak's Austin property management services. 

Stone Oak Owner Update | December 2023

Grant Williams - Monday, December 18, 2023

Inexpensive New Year's Eve Celebration Spots in Austin, Texas 

  1. Auditorium Shores at Lady Bird Lake - Eager to enjoy fireworks this New Year's Eve without the risk of burning down your neighborhood? Head over to Auditorium Shores for an incredible display of fireworks alongside live music, festive foods, and a new beer hall. Performances include the Extragrams, El Combo Oscuro, Tameca Jones, and The Texas Gentlemen.  

  1. Parlay House Black & Gold NYE Party - This annual shindig is free until 10 PM, so come early and stay late to welcome in the New Year at a cocktail bar donned in only the most elegant black and gold. Super fan of the free stuff? There will even be a free champagne toast at midnight! 

  1. Glow In The New Year at Pease Park - Looking for a sober New Year's Eve party with music, giveaways, glow sticks, dancing, and more? Pop on over to the beautiful Tudor Cottage & Terrace at Pease Park at 7 PM to enjoy live music by local pop queen Kady Rain and a mix of other fun and surprises. 

    Stone Oak Resident Update | December 2023

    Grant Williams - Monday, November 27, 2023

    2023 Holiday Season Closures

    We hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Our updated holiday closing schedule is available at this link.  We wish you a happy holiday season.


    Holiday Cooking and Drains

    When preparing the meals we all enjoy during the holidays we generate a lot of food waste.  We just want to remind everyone that nothing should be put down the drains or it could result in plumbing charges to you if things get clogged up.  Here is a short article about the issue, and keep in mind that while this discusses food waste you should also never flush things down the toilet other than human waste and toilet paper.  Manufacturers of wipes claim they are flushable, but they are absolutely not flushable and should never be put down drains.


    Seasonal Reminders

    As the seasons are changing ...

    Stone Oak Client Update | November 2023

    Grant Williams - Friday, November 17, 2023

    Austin, Texas Market Update

    As we wrap up the year going into the holidays we are experiencing the same seasonal market downturn that is expected.  We’re also experiencing several other factors that are weighing heavy on the market.  The sales market has slowed significantly and is adding rental inventory on top of the apartments that are completing construction thus making the market more competitive. We’re seeing leasing specials like a free month or other incentives that we haven’t seen for several years.  Our clients have recently begun offering incentives as well to stay competitive after seeing much longer vacancy periods. 

    Here is a recent article about the housing market discussing the swing from being a frenzied market to having a much larger inventory with reluctant buyers and sellers.

    That being said there isn’t much to report and we will all wait and see how the market levels out over the next few months as externalities take shape.



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