They say: “You get what you pay for!”, and that couldn’t be any truer in property management.
What kind of service do you think you’ll receive when you hire a company that charges you $50/month in management fees? Did you know that you actually pay more than that? They always add fees to the rest of their services, especially when they send out vendors. We don’t.
Are they available after 5pm? During work hours, do they respond to your phone calls? Emails? Are they available to you on weekends? We are!
If you are an HOA board member, why would you elect to go with a company that manages hundreds of HOAs? Because of experience? Did you know that most of those large HOA management companies are understaffed and take days and even weeks to respond to owners and tenants? Why would you wait 2-4 weeks for a gate/pool card? At On Point, we not only beat the competitor’s prices, but we provide the level of service you deserve! Need a gate card? Pool card? Done! No more waiting weeks for a response. We respond with “same day” service and we save you money!
Need to hire a broker that can manage your commercial property? Why hire the “big name” companies? Do you really think they have your best interest in mind? Short story: We have been searching for a new, larger office and found the right location. We’ve been going back and forth for over 6 months with the listing/management agent and we have yet to receive a response from them. Meanwhile, the property sits vacant. We know that if the owner knew this, they would fire that agent on the spot. Don’t allow this to happen. Here at On Point, we make sure to find the right tenant and quickly. We respond to all applicants because we want ALL of your retail/office spaces rented. Stop waiting your time with these large companies that are overwhelmed and understaffed and hire On Point Real Estate & Management. With us, you get more than what you pay for!
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem
Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.
During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F
We would like to thank all of the participants on the Special Drawing we had for our homeowners and tenants. The following are our Winners:
Geoff Roland – 1st Place $100 Visa Winner
Renee Stein – 2nd Place $50 Visa Winner
Teri Swinton – 3rd Place $25 Gift Card Winner
Congratulations to the winners! – On Point Real Estate & Management
Feel free to use this as you think fit. You can put it on Zillow, or if I need to do it let me know how and I’ll log on and do it.
I have used OnPoint Real Estate and Management to renovate my two properties in Atlanta over the course of the last eighteen months. I don’t live in the United States and on a recent visit to see the properties found that the work had been carried out to a high standard and I am very pleased with the results. I obviously wasn’t able to oversee the progress of the work, but found that Johann and his staff could be relied upon to carry out whatever was necessary without supervision.
When the service from the property rental management firm I was using became so bad that they sent an overdue rent notice to a tenant of mine who had died, having been the people who had informed me of her death in the first place, I decided that perhaps it was time to consider moving on. Just at this time Johann was in the early stages of setting up his property management side of OnPoint so I decided to support him by giving him my apartments to manage, and became his first client. They vetted potential tenants very carefully, the properties are now let, and everything is running smoothly. Whenever I phone them, either during or outside office hours, they either answer the phone, phone back or email very quickly, the very opposite of my previous company where the only person who would answer the phone was the business development manager; the property managers were virtually impossible to talk to. I have found that OnPoint deal with things needing attention very quickly and also liaise with the HOA for me on issues needing their attention.
I am totally confident that my properties are in safe hands, and am delighted to be able to recommend them to anybody…and no, they haven’t given me a discount on my management fees to write this…
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Every once in a while, we have new clients that ask us to send them references and/or recommendation letters from our clients. We know how important your time is, and so we have made things interesting! Therefore, this week, we have decided that we are going to have a drawing where all of our homeowners and tenants will have a chance to enter by simply doing the following:
A. Writing a recommendation letter by email sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
B. Leaving a Review on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/On-Point-Real-Estate-Management/638377446263112
C. Writing a short Review on our Twitter page: https://twitter.com/OnPointResident
D. Writing a short Review on our LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/company/on-point-real-estate-&-management-llc?trk=top_nav_home
E. Other – Any reviews left on Zillow, Rentals.com, and/or any rental listing where your property appears or appeared.
What’s at stake? Here’s what you can win:
1st Place Winner – $100 VISA
2nd Place Winner – $50 VISA
3rd Place Winner – $25 GIFT CARD (Starbucks or Target – Winner can chose)
Although we would like all of our reviews to be 5 stars, we know that every person has their criteria for critiquing, and therefore, we ask that you do so as realistic and truthful as possible. We are not in the business of lying to our clients or creating any false advertising. Please keep in mind that you may be contacted by one of our future clients, therefore, we ask that you provide either your phone number and/or email address when writing a recommendation email. Current Tenants and homeowners qualify for drawing.
For a Recommendation Email 5 ballots will be awarded. For a Facebook Review 4 ballots will be awarded (Leaving a comment on Facebook does not constitute a review. Facebook has an area where you can write a 1-5 star review. Please fill in this section). For a LinkedIn and/or Twitter review 2 ballots will be awarded for each. Rental site reviews will receive 1 ballot for each review (1 per rental site).
A maximum of 1 review in each category per person will be allowed. If you have any friends and family that would also like to provide a review, please provide us with their information to give you the proper ballot credit. Ballots will ONLY be in the names of those that are our clients (tenants and/or homeowners), therefore, any friends and/or family that write a review on your behalf will be helping you earn more ballots.
If you have already provided a review, please email us with the link or the place where you wrote the review to be properly compensated with a ballot(s).
*Company employees are NOT allowed to participate.
The first pick will receive the 3rd Place Award, the second pick will receive the 2nd Place Award, and the third pick will receive the 1st Place Award. The odds are based on the amount of entries we receive and the amount of reviews and recommendations received. Keep in mind that there is a chance that the same person can win more than one award, or all 3 awards, depending on the amount of ballots received.
All entry ballots will be placed in a sealed box, shaken, and selected by a company employee, without looking inside the ballot box. Every ballot name will be written on a small paper (all the same size), folded to hide the name and put into the box. NO PREFERENCE will be given to any client so that everyone has a fair chance at winning.
The ENTRY begins today, 8:00 AM EST, Monday, July 27th, 2015 and ends on Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. The winners of the Drawing will be announced to all on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015.
Please email us should you have any questions.
Twenty-seven states, including the District of Columbia, are now at or within 10 percent of their peak home prices, according to CoreLogic’s March Home Price Index. Seven states – Colorado, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming – have climbed to new home price highs.
When excluding distressed sales, only New Mexico showed a year-over-year depreciation in March at 0.4 percent.
CoreLogic economists project that home prices, including distressed sales, will increase by 5.1 percent by March 2016.
“Tight inventories, job growth and the inexorable impact of demographics, and household formation are pushing price levels in many states, and especially large metropolitan areas like Dallas, Denver, Houston, Seattle and San Francisco, toward record levels,” says Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.
CoreLogic’s index shows that the following metros saw the largest price increases (which include distressed sales) in single-family homes in March in the last 12 months:
Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas: 9.9%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas: 9.3%
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J.: 7.1%
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.: 6.7%
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga.: 6.5%
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wis.: 4.7%
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.: 4.1%
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz.: 3.7%
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Ill.: 3.3%
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.-W.Va.: 1.6%
Rent checks are getting bigger.
Rents in April were 4% higher than a year before, according to a report from Zillow. That’s the fastest increase in two years, outpacing home prices which rose by 3%, the report showed.
Rental affordability is getting worse, and it doesn’t look like it will be improving anytime soon. “This is here to stay,” said Svenja Gudell, senior director of economic research at Zillow. “We will continue to see rental increases, and affordability will worsen before it gets better.”
Rents have been steadily rising since 2000 and unlike home prices, which took a hit when the bubble burst, there’s been no disruption to slow rent prices, explained Gudell.
“Income hasn’t kept up with rental increases. You are having to spend much more your monthly income on rent and it’s a concern. It’s a national concern.”
Rents increased faster than home values in 20 of the 35 largest markets.
But even as rents climb, there is still strong demand for rentals, creating a housing crunch in some cities.
“Places hard hit like Seattle, San Francisco and Denver are having a hard time keeping up and building enough units to satisfy demand,” said Gudell.
Renters in San Francisco face a nearly 15% rise in payments while rents in Denver went up 11.6% in April from last year, according to Zillow’s Rent Index. Only two cities on the list experienced a drop in rent from last year: Chicago and Minneapolis.
Low mortgage rates make home buying an attractive option, but large rent checks can make saving for a down payment tough. On a national level, homeowners can pay an average of 15.3% of their income on mortgage payments each month, the report found, while renters will dish out roughly 30% on rent. Gudell said tenants in high-income areas can expect to pay closer to 50% of their income on rents.
“There are bunch of things keeping renters on the sidelines and that means usually the folks that would be normally making the switch to become homeowners are still taking up the rental units.”
Here’s how much rent prices rose in the largest markets in the country in April from last year, according to Zillow’s Rent Index:
San Francisco, 14.9%
San Jose, 12.9%
Kansas City, Mo., 9.5%
Portland, Ore., 8.6%
Charlotte, N.C., 6.6%
Austin, Texas, 6.2%
Cincinnati, Ohio, 6.2%
Los Angeles, 5.6%
Dallas-Fort Worth, 5.5%
San Diego, 5.1%
San Antonio, Texas, 4.6%
St. Louis, 4.5%
Riverside, Calif. 4.2%
Tampa, Fla., 4.1%
New York, 3.4%
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, 3.2%
Columbus, Ohio, 2.6%
Cleveland, Ohio, 2.4%
Las Vegas, 2.1%
Washington, D.C., 2.1%
Minneapolis-St. Paul, -0.3%