Austin Property Management Blog

Stone Oak Client Update | January 2023

Grant Williams - Monday, January 16, 2023

Happy New Year!

We want to wish all of our clients a Happy New Year. We hope that you’re off to a great start in 2023!

Christmas 2022 Freeze

The holidays brought us our first hard freeze of the winter season, but no white Christmas in Austin.  We spent more than a week preparing tenants with information on how to protect pipes, and reminding them as the freeze got closer.  The impact was mitigated for the most part, however there were some unavoidable situations that were out of our control.  

One example is a condo under management where the neighboring unit is being used as an AirBnB and was unoccupied during the freeze.  The owner must not have made any preparations and the pipes burst thus flooding our client’s unit. The whole building was without water for three days because the availability of vendors was stifled by the holiday and demand across the city.  While the neighbor is to blame in our opinion, the only thing you can do is make sure you’re properly insured in this situation because it is likely going to be a long, drawn out fight if you ...

5407 Link Avenue B Available for Lease in Austin, Texas

Grant Williams - Thursday, January 12, 2023

5407 Link Avenue B, Austin, TX 78751

454 SF | 1 Bed | 1 Bath

Learn more about this home and view all of our available rental homes in Austin!

Own a property like this and want to rent your home? Learn more about our Austin property management services. 

Stone Oak Resident Update | January 2023

Grant Williams - Monday, December 26, 2022

Holiday Season Wrap Up

Now that the season is coming to an end, what do you do with your tree and/or lights that aren’t going to be kept?  There are many programs available to recycle these items and availability will depend on your location or willingness to make a short trip.  Below are some links to two programs for lights and trees.

The City of Georgetown will recycle string lights and there may be programs in your location that you can likely find with a quick search.  Last year the City of Georgetown alone recycled more than 4,800 pounds of lights per their website.

The City of Austin has a holiday tree recycling program that allows you to put the tree out on the curb on your composting collection day. Their website also lists several drop-off locations around the Austin area.

Cold Weathe...

Stone Oak Client Update | December 2022

Grant Williams - Friday, December 16, 2022

Rental Market Update

With the shifting economy due to Fed interest rate hikes and other factors the rental market is changing in Austin, and across the country in both the single family and multi family markets.  With some reporting indicating Austin is being hit harder than other markets there are things to take into consideration now with renewal and new lease rent rates.  The increases in rent seem to be tempering and should be considered when the time comes because it’s better to have a tenant than to force a turnover by increasing the renewal too much, or by listing a property for lease at a rate that is too high.  There are a lot of articles being published about the shift in the rental market, so instead of linking them we will just recommend doing some quick research if you want.

Some factors that are impacting the market are:

  • Seasonal variation- the late fall and early in the new year are typically a slower time overall in real estate

  • Increased rental inventory- due to the slow down in the sales market many property owners a...

113 Gidran Trail Available for Lease in Georgetown, Texas

Grant Williams - Tuesday, December 13, 2022

113 Gidran Trail, Georgetown, TX 78626

1,624 SF | 3 Bed | 2 Bath

View this and more available rental homes across Austin, Texas!

Stone Oak Resident Update | December 2022

Grant Williams - Monday, November 28, 2022

Using Your Home's Fireplace this Winter


As fireplaces are generally considered cosmetic in nature, and not the primary heat source for your home, any cleaning or inspections are the responsibility of the resident.  It is your responsibility to have the fireplace inspected if you intend to use it.  If your home has a fireplace and you hire someone to clean and inspect the fireplace make sure they are insured and check online reviews to confirm they have a solid reputation.  If the fireplace is deemed unsafe to use for reasons other than cleaning, let us know and we will further evaluate your request but may not necessarily perform repairs.

Freeze Prevention

Winter is upon us and we’re getting closer to our first hard freeze. To get ahead of potentially frozen pipes we’d like to provide some info

  1. Purchase and install exterior spigot covers sold at most local hardware stores.  

    • If they’re not available, heavily wrap exterior s...

Stone Oak Client Update | November 2022

Grant Williams - Wednesday, November 16, 2022

The Austin Real Estate Market As It Stands Going Into November

In the above video our Broker, Jason Huval, discusses the latest market data from ABOR and how this data can affect the leasing market in our area.

City of Austin Changes Eviction Process & Texas Supreme Court Updates

The City of Austin passed a “Right to Cure” ordinance that adds several days to the eviction process under certain circumstances.  The details are yet to be completely understood and may play out in the court system as the ordinance is put to the test.  

You can read more about this here.

At the same time, the Texas Supreme Court renewed its two emergency orders regarding rental properties. Below are some details of the two orders received from the Texas Apartment Association, however we are not attorneys and we strongly recommend that you consult an attorney for further understanding of these orders:

  • 56th Emergency Order - Effective...

1028 Mallow Road Available for Lease in Leander, Texas

Grant Williams - Monday, November 14, 2022

1028 Mallow Road, Leander, Texas 78641

2,970 SF | 5 Bed | 3.5 Bath

View this and more Leander homes for rent.

Own a rental property in Leander? Learn more about property management services for your Leander rental property

4807 Copperbend Boulevard Available for Lease in Austin, Texas!

Grant Williams - Wednesday, October 26, 2022

4807 Copperbend Boulevard, Austin, TX 78744

976 SF | 3 Bed | 2 Bath

For more information about this home and others, check out our available Austin rental homes!

Interested in property management services for your rental home? Learn more about our Austin property management services

Stone Oak Resident Update | November 2022

Grant Williams - Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Office Closures for 2022

We will be answering phone calls for emergencies only on the following dates:

November 23rd-24th, 2022 | We will be closed for Thanksgiving.

November 25th, 2022 | We will be open with a skeleton crew working remotely.

December 26th, 2022 | We will be closed for the holiday.

HVAC Units & The Approaching Colder Weather

As cooler weather approaches you will need to turn on your heaters for the first time in several months.  Please be aware that when you turn on your heater for the first time, it is not uncommon to smell burning dust.  As dust can settle on the heating components during the warm months of the year, it is inevitable that it is going to burn off when the unit heats up.   This is normal.  It is advisable to test your heater a few days before a strong cold snap moves in, just in case repairs are needed.  

We recommend you open a window or two in anticipation of this "burn off" to get rid of the smell, and to avoid smoke...

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