Behind the scenes: The # of people looking for apartments is WAY up

We don’t share data as much as we should, or we’d like. I’m a data nerd. I love capturing data, looking at it, seeing trends, and trying to use that data to help the experience of not just our residents, but people looking to become residents. If I could roll around in data — ‘indecent proposal’ style — I would ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’re interested in checking out some behind the scenes info on data from our CRM, click or tap here.

Rental help / Financial Assistance

As members of both the Houston Apartment Association and the National Apartment Association, we have access to information that may be of assistance to our residents.

We’ve summarized some of the organizations that may be able to help, as well placed all the current information we have regarding government programs (such as monthly payment checks being proposed during this crisis) into one spot. Follow this link . We will updated it in real time as new information comes in

Note to residents regarding COVID-19 and Fat Property

We are all responding to the challenges brought forward by COVID-19, commonly known as Cronavirus.  Many of you have asked about office hours, work requests, and rent.

Office hours:  As of today, March 18, all Fat Property offices are open.  This includes our Montrose headquarters at 3800 Garrott and all onsite offices. Our office hours are still Monday – Friday, 9:00am-5:30pm.  We’re still doing apartment showings during office hours, and on Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm (by appointment).  We obviously ask if you are showing any symptoms that you delay your showings or office visits.

Maintenance request:  Almost all maintenance staff are working to respond to requests. We’ve asked anyone who shows even slight symptoms to stay at home.  As such, things might be slightly slower than normal but any work request logged via the tenant portal will be responded to.  Also, if you or a family member is showing symptoms, please delay placing any work requests that require entry into your residence.

Rental payments:  Rent is still due by the 1st and can be paid online via the tenant portal, or using “pay near me”, or by dropping off a cashiers check / money order to our office. 

We are working hard to make sure our employees can stay working and receive a paycheck. While we understand people may be impacted by employment levels, as a small company, we are not in a position to allow any rent to be paused or waived.  Almost all rent collected goes to pay banks, utilities, property taxes for schools, insurance, maintenance staff, and our property managers. 

If you think you’re going to have a problem paying rent on the first, please start discussions with friends, family, or government agencies in advance of the 1st.  We have heard news that the government may be sending out checks to people to help with what we’re all going through. 

We hope everyone and their family stays safe during this time. 

WANT TO LEASE OUR UNITS TO DO SHORT TERM RENTALS?

Almost daily weโ€™re asked if weโ€™re willing to lease our units for the purpose of subletting the property to others on short term rental (โ€œSTRโ€) basis via airbnb, vrbo, etc.

The short answer is โ€œYesโ€œ. But the longer answer is โ€œItโ€™s complicatedโ€œ

But we’ve gotten the question asked enough times where rather than replying over and over with the same info, we’ve typed up a page that goes into details. So if this is something you’re interested in, hop on over to our page to discuss subletting units for STR

(image credit: learnAirbnb)

Our newest properties: Graustark Villas

Graustark Villas are luxurious three bedroom & three and a half bathroom homes in the heart of Montrose centrally located minutes away from The Medical Center and the Central Business District. Featuring a large roof deck terrace with a game room and a full interior sprinkler system. Impeccable finishes throughout – the walls, floors and cabinetry represent a soft monochromatic palette and clean lines from the outside to inside. Built by the renowned Tanglewood Builders, this luxury residence is walking distance from most local neighborhood gems like the black Hole Coffee House, The Pit Room Barbeque joint, Nippon Japanese Restaurant and many others.

For more infomation and pictures, visit our Graustark Villas property page

Happy MLK day – We’re open

There were a lot of positive messages shared by Dr. King but the one we like the most was treating everyone based on the content of their character vs. the color of their skin. We don’t support and personal, business, or government actions that would treat people differently due to their skin tone.

If you have the day off, and normally have a hard time viewing our properties since we’re typically open M-F, 9-6, then feel free to give us a call. All offices are open. Our main HQ # is 832-640-4444