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3802 Turkey Path Bend Available for Lease in Cedar Park, Texas!

Grant Williams - Friday, June 4, 2021

3802 Turkey Path Bend, Cedar Park, TX 78613

3,564 SF | 4 Bed | 4 Bath

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The Life Expectancy of Your Austin Rental Home

Grant Williams - Thursday, May 27, 2021

When deciding to invest in an Austin rental property, one of the most important things you can note about the purchase is the condition of things around the house and how much time you think you’ll have until major replacements will need to be made on the property and its components. 

So how long is your Austin rental home’s life expectancy?

How long can you expect your washer and dryer to last? What about the HVAC system you just installed? The plumbing?

Below we review the estimated life expectancies for all of these different components of your rental home and how long they should remain functional for you or your tenants! This data was compiled by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors and should not be considered an exact guideline or relied upon for warranties or as guarantees. 

Austin Rental Home Appliance Life Expectancies

Starting with the appliances around your Austin rental home, it’s best to note that the user is a big factor in the longevity of your appliances. Life expectancies for the appliances in your Austin, Texas rental property based on InterNACHI’s findings are as follows:

ApplianceLife Expectancy
A/C Window Unit5 to 7 years
Trash Compactor6 Years
Dehumidifier8 Years
Dishwasher9 Years
Garbage Disposal12 Years
Plastic Dryer Vent5 Years
Steel Dryer Vent20 Years
Dryer13 Years
Exhaust Fans10 Years
Freezer10 to 20 Years
Gas Oven10 to 18 Years
Hand Dryer10 to 12 Years
Humidifier8 Years
Microwave Oven9 Years
Range/Oven Hood14 Years
Electric Range13 to 15 Years
Gas Range15 to 17 Years
Refrigerator9 to 13 Years
Swamp Cooler5 to 15 Years
Washing Machine5 to 15 Years
Whole-House Vacuum System20 Years

As mentioned, it’s important to remember that you’ll never know how tenants plan to treat your rental home’s appliances. The best thing you can do is stay true to your screening requirements and hope this pairs you with a tenant that respects your home and the internals. Of course, not all landlords provide the above appliances in their properties and the tenants must provide these for themselves. This is a route you can go if you fear you’ll have tenants that don’t treat your appliances well, but it can hurt your home when it comes time to market the property for lease!

Austin Rental Home HVAC Life Expectancies

An important aspect of any rental home located in Texas is the life expectancy of the HVAC systems around the home. Review the below life expectancies for these systems in your Austin rental property:

HVAC SystemLife Expectancy
Central A/C7 to 15 Years
Air Exchanger15 Years
Attic Fan15 to 25 Years
Boiler40 Years
Burner10+ Years
Ceiling Fan5 to 10 Years
Chimney Cap (concrete)100+ Years
Chimney Cap (metal)10 to 20 Years
Chimney Cap (mortar)15 Years
Chimney Flue Tile40 to 120 Years
Condenser8 to 20 Years
Dampers20+ Years
Dehumidifier8 Years
Diffusers, Grilles and Registers25 Years
Ducting60 to 100 Years
Electric Radiant Heater40 Years
Evaporative Cooler15 to 25 Years
Furnace15 to 25 Years
Gas Fireplace15 to 25 Years
Heat Exchanger10 to 15 Years
Heat Pump10 to 15 Years
Heat-Recovery Ventilator20 Years
Hot-Water and Steam-Radiant Boiler40 Years
Humidifier12 Years
Induction and Fan-Coil Units10 to 15 Years
Thermostats35 Years
Ventilator7 Years

Austin Rental Home Plumbing Fixture Life Expectancies

An important part of any Austin home, regardless of it being a rental property or not, is the plumbing. 

Plumbing Fixtures
Life Expectancy
ABS and PVC Waste Pipe
50 to 80 Years
Accessible/ADA Handles
100+ Years
Acrylic Kitchen Sink
50 Years
Cast-Iron Bathtub
100 Years
Cast-Iron Waste Pipe (above ground)
60 Years
Cast-Iron Waste Pipe (below ground)
50 to 60 Years
Concrete Waste Pipe
100+ Years
Copper Water Lines
70 Years
Enameled Steel Kitchen Sink
5 to 10+ Years
Faucets and Spray Hose
15 to 20 Years
Fiberglass Bathtub and Shower
20 Years
Gas Lines (black steel)
75 Years
Gas Lines (flex)
30 Years
Hose Bibs
20 to 30 Years
Instant (on-demand) Water Heater
10 Years
40 Years
Plastic Water Lines
75 Years
Saunas/Steam Room
15 to 20 Years
Sewer Grinder Pump
10 Years
Shower Enclosure/Module
50 Years
Shower Doors
20 Years
100+ Years
Soapstone Kitchen Sink
100+ Years
Sump Pump
7 Years
Toilet Tank Components
5 Years
Toilets, Bidets and Urinals
100+ Years
Vent Fan (ceiling)
5 to 10 Years
Vessel Sink (stone, glass, porcelain, copper)
5 to 20+ Years
Water Heater (conventional)
6 to 12 Years
Water Line (copper)
50 Years
Water Line (plastic)
50 Years
Water Softener
20 Years
Well Pump
15 Years
Whirlpool Tub
20 to 50 Years

This only begins to scratch the surface for your Austin rental home. For more information and life expectancies of other systems, items and fixtures around your home visit the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors

It’s important to remember that a tenant is more than likely not going to show the same respect to your home and its appliances the same you would if you were living in the property. You can help prevent problem tenants from destroying your rental home by being firm with your leasing criteria and collecting a security deposit equal to at least one month’s rent. 

While the life expectancies above do factor in normal wear and tear, it also factors in proper maintenance of appliances. If you are providing tenants with any appliances that require care be sure to write this into your lease requiring the tenant to do so. Doing so can give you recourse should a tenant or resident in your home neglect addressing any issues on your appliance during their time living in your home. 

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Stone Oak Resident Update | June 2021

Grant Williams - Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Dear Residents,

Please note that this is general information and is not directed at anyone specifically.  Some items will apply broadly and others may not apply based on individual circumstances.

Winter Storm Landscape Maintenance

The aftermath of the storm still lingers in the form of dead landscaping that a lot of HOAs are now sending out violation notices on.  If you have dead/damaged landscaping in your yard and your lease requires you to maintain the yard then it is in your best interest to address this as soon as possible.  Most HOAs require the dead plants to be replaced with similar or identical plants that will need watering and maintenance until they are established.  Some HOAs have lists of acceptable landscape plants that you can contact them about directly to determine what will get the property into compliance.

Summer A/C Expectations

In the near future, you’ll receive an email from us about what to expect from your A/C when we hit the warmer months of the year.  It is important to understand that cooling between 15-20 degrees below the outside temp is the normal operation of most HVACs.  If you think your A/C is not working then first check to make sure the fan setting is set to Auto (do not use the Fan On setting), and if the system is cycling on/off with cool air coming out of the vents then it is performing as it should be.  If the overall temp near the thermostat is not staying about 15 degrees cooler than outside we can have the system checked, but keep in mind if nothing is found wrong with the system you may be charged back for an unnecessary A/C service call.  

Typically, we do not send out A/C vendors unless the system has an obvious mechanical issue. Please note that the lease requires all maintenance to go through management, so do not have the system serviced yourself.  Finally, if you put in a request for your A/C be very specific about what you are reporting as a vague statement like “a/c not working” will only delay our ability to address your maintenance request.

Late Fees

We have kept these turned off for almost a year, and when we do turn them back on it will have been more than 12 months without late fees.  As of May 1st, our system will start charging late fees again based on what is in your lease.

Renewing Your Lease

If your lease is coming up for renewal or you'd like to discuss that in advance please email The sooner we can get these processed the better; even if your lease doesn't come up for several months.

Routine Maintenance Reminder

- Maintenance Requests: We still receive a lot of maintenance requests that state something vague like "washer" or "AC" without any other info about the actual issue.  We cannot act on requests like this and will require that you provide more info, so any request like this will only delay a resolution to the issue.  Make sure you provide as much info as possible in your request including pics if possible.  

- Maintenance Portal: Please make a list of any items you want to submit, and then list all issues together as one request including as much info as possible and attach photos if applicable.  We will then evaluate whether they should be split up or not.  

- Smoke and CO Alarms: As a reminder don't ever unplug and remove smoke detectors because they are beeping. Change the batteries and if that doesn't work please notify us. We find a lot of tenants unplug them and bury them in a closet or drawer instead of replacing batteries.

- A/C Filters: Make sure to check and change every month or as required by the type of filter. If any HVAC systems in your home have a reusable filter you are still required to clean them periodically, so please make sure they are kept clean.

- Toilets: "Flushable" Wipes CANNOT be flushed.  Do not put anything down the drains except water, human waste and regular toilet paper. Food, toys, feminine products, wipes, towels, wrappers, condoms, and other objects do not break apart and go down the drain. Clogs of the plumbing system may be charged back to you, so it is best to avoid this by not putting anything down any of the drains aside from water and human waste.  

- Disposal Systems: This includes using the sink disposal as a garbage chute.  These appliances are not meant to dispose of large quantities of food and should only be used as a last resort after all food items are scraped off dishes into a compost bin or trash can.

- Drainage: Shower, bath, and sink drains can get clogged up over time with hair and other organic matter. Do not use Draino-type products as they are extremely acidic and will do more harm than good by damaging the pipes while usually failing to fix the drainage issue.  The best way to address this is to use a disposable drain snake that can be obtained from any hardware store for a couple of dollars. Please note that if we send out a vendor for this and it turns out to be this very issue you may be charged back for the cost. Here is a video on how to use those - 

- Emergency Maintenance: this extension should not be called unless you have an issue involving Flood, Blood, or Fire.  Do not call the emergency line to follow up on existing work orders or submit a new request that is not an emergency.  In case of an emergency call 911 if needed and then contact us after everyone is safe.  Remember that we do not monitor emails after hours, so if you submit something considered an emergency online and do not call we may not know until the next business day.

Other Maintenance Notes:

  • If you'd like to inquire about or update an existing request submit the form at or call 512-617-6766 ext-5.

  • Maintenance time frames continue to be extended due to the pandemic.  Please allow at least 5 business days before requesting an update from our team unless it is an emergency.

  • For basic DIY tips and tricks to solve some issues quickly, visit our DIY rental property maintenance page. 

Your Tenant Portal & Electronic Statements

The system will generate a statement even if you're moving out, so there is no need to contact us if you receive this and are moving. All charges, including any prorated rent, will be adjusted as needed when the deposit is processed.

If you are not using the portal app that keeps you logged in please take a look at the linked flyer for more info. This can eliminate forgotten passwords, and help with easy updates/access to maintenance requests and all other account details.

AppFolio Tenant Portal Information

Thank you for being a resident of a Stone Oak rental property! Please don't hesitate to contact our staff if we can help with anything.

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11008 Charger Way Available for Lease in Manor, Texas!

Grant Williams - Monday, May 17, 2021

11008 Charger Way, Manor, TX 78653

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Stone Oak Client Update | May 2021

Grant Williams - Saturday, May 15, 2021

Quick Update on The CDC’s Eviction Moratorium

At the beginning of May, a federal judge vacated the CDC’s eviction moratorium. In the 20 page ruling, the judge ruled the agency has exceeded its authority with the ban on evictions citing that the Public Health Service Act does not give the agency the authority to place such a ban. An appeal was filed alongside the ruling and the moratorium will remain in place until the appeal can be heard

Keep in mind that Austin & Travis County have their own policies set in place. Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Andy Brown recently filed and signed an extension of the local eviction ban until August 1. Landlords with properties in Travis county need to be aware that even though the federal order may be set to expire soon, no evictions will be taking place in the Travis County JP Court system until at least August 1.

This is why we are diligent in our efforts to lease your rental home. Great tenant screening and making sure all potential applicants meet our required criteria has really helped Stone Oak and our clients get through this unprecedented time in real estate with little-to-no difficulties. 

Trust the process. 

With that being said about evictions, recently the Biden Administration allocated $21.6B in rental assistance to help those who have lost their jobs or experienced hard times due to the pandemic. We’ve seen programs like this work having heard prior success stories from our tenants receiving rental assistance from similar programs run by Travis County, the City of Austin & the Texas Rent Relief Program. We hope that these funds that have been earmarked for rent, end up flowing to landlords who have been affected greatly by this entire situation. 

Maximizing Your Property's Rental Price

Our team is trained to maximize your rental price while leasing your property as quickly as possible. You may think that our price is too low or sometimes too high, but I wanted to make sure you know that we have a specialized leasing department with access to real-time data feeds from our local market. 

Let’s talk about incentives. Certain homes or areas of town can be more challenging than others to attract good tenants. This means that we may suggest offering incentives from time to time. These would be things like half-off your first month’s rent or even the first month rent-free.

We don’t usually suggest these when we first place the listing. These are usually offered on stale listings that may have started too high and have been lowered to a more reasonable price level. 

In some cases, such as an inventory surplus, some higher-end listings, or even rural listings we may get much more exposure with an incentive from the start and help to avoid a listing staying on the market too long - costing you money over the term of your next lease. 

We have spoken to many owners over the years that believe their home will fetch a higher rent because of some feature in their home that’s custom. Let’s note that most people will choose their home based on price first, then location, then features of a home will be considered. If your home has a completely remodeled kitchen in a 1980’s neighborhood, it should get a higher price than the competition with older kitchens. However, if you are in a newer home with a nice back patio, or built-in surround sound, or even beautifully redone flooring (not builder grade), you most likely will not get a premium. However, it may help to lease your home faster than the competing homes.

All of this depends on your rental property's competition. If you are the only home in the neighborhood available for lease, you will have more freedom in asking for a premium for your rental home. Conversely, if there are a few other homes on the market and you are the highest price with the nicest features, you will be the last to lease and may have to lower your price to get more traffic. These are basic supply and demand principles that are very accurate in the market.

This is all to say that what we try to consider is time on the market. Let’s say you want to try and get a $100 premium for your Austin rental home, because it is, of course, the nicest home in the neighborhood. If it takes an extra few weeks to find the tenant because we didn’t price at the market, you lose the premium and have the holding costs for the extra time. Put simply, in that month it took to lease the home, you could have had someone in there at a better price, so the cost was not necessarily worth the benefit. 

On average, our homes stay occupied for just close to 3 years. In most cases, we raise the rent each year. So, you are better served slowly raising the rents on renewals without losing time on the market and you will have your tenant stay longer to avoid turnover costs and avoid time spent on the market in the future. Keep in mind, this example was to give some perspective of when we price too high with the competition. Some markets are allowing us to fetch a premium because of a shortage in inventory, but I wanted to help explain our strategy.

We are seeing a shortage in leasing inventory. This will likely begin increasing lease prices. Greater Central Texas is still experiencing a major housing shortage in homes for sale, which is now causing a shortage of homes to rent. We will be adjusting some of our policies to accommodate the high-demand areas of town. In some of these areas that are most affected by the shortage, we are starting to see multiple offers on our lease listings. This is not common in all areas of town as of yet, but I wanted to make you aware that we are acclimating to this bizarre, but exciting time in real estate.

Pre-Leasing Your Rental Property

When COVID-19 initially took over the world, we started to receive a ton of push back from our residents regarding our practices for pre-leasing our properties. Our residents weren’t comfortable letting strangers in their home in the middle of a pandemic for showings... 

As things are progressing and the vaccinations are more readily available, we are looking to instill the practice of pre-leasing our rental properties once again. With the current market situations we feel this is a big win for our owners and hopefully can result in properties spending virtually zero days on the open market given the current shortage of inventory. 

As always, we appreciate your time and the trust you have placed in us to handle your real estate investments. Please never hesitate to contact a member of our team if you need anything. 

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807 Point Run Drive Available for Lease in Plfugerville, Texas

Grant Williams - Wednesday, May 5, 2021

2,490 SF | 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath

807 Point Run Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660

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Stone Oak Client Update | April 2021

Grant Williams - Friday, April 16, 2021

Recent Hail Storm Inspections

As you know, there was a recent hail storm in mostly North / Northwest Austin that potentially caused damage to a large swathe of properties in those areas. We are currently in the process of having all of our properties in this area inspected by our team. If any damage is discovered on your property we will contact you directly.

2021 Tax Protest Season

The tax values have jumped significantly this year, especially in Travis county due to the freeze on values in 2020. We are in the process of assembling our list for the tax protest season.  If your account(s) was/were protested last year or you became a client who opted into the protests your account(s) will be included unless we've discussed differently with you.  If we have a note to confirm your account before filing this year we will reach out very soon.  If you'd like to confirm the status of your account being on our list or make any changes please email accounting[at] or call 512-617-6766 x-4.  The deadline to file is coming up in a few weeks, and once that is passed we will not be able to add anything to the list.  Once the season has commenced we will notify you of the results when we get them in the late fall. 

Rentals Lagging Behind The Residential Market?

Does the crazy residential resale market have an impact on the value of your monthly rental?

If we are talking in the sense of selling your rental home, then yes - you too can take advantage of a seller’s market. However, we’ve spoken to several property owners lately who have some high hopes on raising the rent by, sometimes, several hundred dollars on their property to try and mimic the explosive growth that those selling their homes in Austin have experienced. 

These do not go hand in hand.

There’s a difference between purchasing a property and capturing all of the benefits that come along with the purchase (equity, tax savings, etc) and renting a property on a 12-month lease. Attempting to suddenly raise the rent by several hundred dollars will most definitely result in tenant turnover. Rentals are still subject to their given market and the comparable properties that can be pulled for any given property. 

The explosive growth in real estate that Austin is experiencing is, in my opinion, due to a variety of factors that have made the value of homes in our area grow exponentially. Interest rates are at their lowest they’ve ever been, the law of supply & demand, large organizations announcing plans to move their operations here, and other factors are all driving this growth we are seeing in the Austin residential real estate sales market. These same factors that are driving the growth in this market, unfortunately, don’t translate directly to the rental market. 

Extension to the CDC Eviction Order

As of March 29th, the CDC extended the eviction ban through June 30th, 2021. With a strong economy in Austin, we feel fortunate that we haven’t felt the effect of the negative aspects of the landlord side of this eviction moratorium as you may read/hear about with other rental markets, landlords, and management companies. Though we do feel it is important to keep our clients in the know. While there is currently opposition to the order that is proceeding through the court systems, landlords in Texas and nationwide should plan on evictions regarding non-payment of rent due to COVID-19 related events to not be heard by many JP courts until at least June 30th. Some courts are allowing evictions and there are exceptions written into the CDC order that allows us to have each situation evaluated by an attorney to determine what steps we can take.

Additionally, we are working with all delinquent tenants to participate in the Texas Rent Relief program to get assistance for those who need it. We don’t have a lot of applicants or delinquencies, but of those that we’ve submitted the first one was approved this week for funding after about a month-long process.  Any clients with delinquent tenants should be notified if/when the time comes.

The Return of a Familiar Face

We’d like to welcome Jennifer Frizzell back to Stone Oak! For those of you who are familiar, Jennifer was with Stone Oak since our inception and briefly stepped away at the end of 2019. As of March 29th, Jennifer has joined our team once again as a property manager and is familiar with many of you. She’s a great asset to our company and team, and we’re grateful for having her with us again.

Please don't hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions about Austin, the market in general, or our property management services

19112 Scoria Drive Available for Lease in Pflugerville, Texas

Grant Williams - Thursday, April 15, 2021

19112 Scoria Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660

2,578 SF | 4 Bed | 2.5 Bath

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149 Barn Owl Loop Available For Lease In Leander, Texas

Grant Williams - Thursday, April 1, 2021

149 Barn Owl Loop, Leander, TX 78641

2,281 SF | 4 Bed | 2.5 Bath

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11209 Drumellan Street Available for Lease in Austin, Texas

Grant Williams - Tuesday, March 30, 2021

11209 Drumellan Street available for lease in Austin, Texas

2020 SF | 3 Bed | 2 Bath

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