Tuesday, June 05, 2012

April Apartment Update

As hinted at last month, the April numbers for the Houston apartment complex were good. Revenue hit $184,000, which is the highest since 2010. The water conservation program management implemented last year is working well - costs this year are running about 25% below last year's numbers. That's an annual savings of over $24,000.

The property still showed a loss this month, but that was due to an emergency repair that was needed. A high voltage line went out, causing half of the property to lose power. This happened on a weekend, so the emergency repair bill was $30,000. The good news is that the full amount will be recovered from insurance. Unfortunately, the expense shows up in this month's numbers and the insurance reimbursement won't show until next month's numbers, so for this month, we show a large loss. We also had slightly higher legal expenses due to working out a payment schedule with some vendors we owed money to. That expense should also be gone next month. Excluding these two one-time expenses, the property lost about $3,000 in April. This is down from a loss of $9,000 in March, $10,500 in February, and $30,000 in January. Clearly, things are moving in the right direction.

Management projects May's revenue will be slightly higher than April and the property should reach break-even in a couple of months and continue improving from there.

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