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South Padre Property Management Services

Owning your second home shouldn’t be your second job


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Our Owners work directly with our Principal & Founder, Chad Hart. You can call or text him on his cell 512-825-2157 or email him at chad@southpadretrips.com. You won’t be passed off to some lame assistant.

Chad has personally traveled over 54,000 people to South Padre Island with over 23 years of tourism experience on and to South Padre Island. He serves on the CVA Tourism Board of Directors and spent 6 years on the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also personally knows nearly every business Owner on South Padre Island which is a major edge in getting things done.

With that said, we do ask he is always given 24 hours to respond to you personally, excepting peak season Fridays and Saturdays when it may take a bit more time. He finds there is nothing on earth more annoying that not being able to get ahold of someone you are PAYING! You will not find this at any other VRM on or off the Island.

Additionally, addressing issues directly and head on avoids problems later down the road.

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What We'll Do

Super Full Service

We combine property management with vacation rental management...

We combine property management with vacation rental management. We don't just rent your home out — quite frankly that is the easy part. With that said, we handle all marketing, sales, reservations, and guest services on your behalf. You do nothing as an Owner.

Dedicated Staff

We have housekeeping, maintenance and reservationists on staff full time...

We have housekeeping, maintenance and reservationists on staff full time. It is INCREDIBLY hard to maintain a property on this Island for rentals without full staff, or remotely, as the “island vibe” mentality slows things down a lot. Guests pay for housekeeping, never you. If you choose to use your home, you pay 50% of the normal cleaning fee as we must maintain a uniform cleaning.

No "Smoke & Mirrors Pricing"

We charge 30% of gross rent. It is fair, it is not super high nor super...

We charge 30% of gross rent. It is fair, it is not super high nor super low. If you don't make max revenue, we don't make max revenue. It's a “commission only” situation based on performance only. And... we deliver. We don't think it's cool to treat our Owners with ever annoying junk fees and hidden charges.

Most Revenue

Our pricing structure as one of the most common Owner question...

Our pricing structure as one of the most common Owner question would be “well what’s the rate you charge?” There are abundant pricing programs online that aggregate all the major OTA’s (Online Travel Agencies) rates and give suggestions to what your rate should be. We use one…but we manually change rates on nearly a daily basis based on supply & demand. Typically, these suggestions are too low or too high. There are 9 different travel seasons on the Island, & we use 4 different pricing structures based on top of that. Your property will have 36 different rates on a yearly basis. National companies trying to do this simply stand no chance in matching our revenue as they don’t know the Island’s market & clients like we do.

Cut Fees

There will be NO Linen fees, Photography fees, “onboarding fees"...

There will be NO Linen fees, Photography fees, “onboarding fees”, Service mark ups when technicians are required ... or just general annoying nonsense billed to you as an Owner. Our internal maintenance is billed out at a fair $35/hour. We do not do HVAC, plumbing, roofing, pool service, lawn care, nor electrical as licensing and bonding is required, but we do nearly all else internally, including liaison with solid General Contractors that work mainly with our Company exclusively.

Flow Through Contracting

If you need a service we do not do internally, we do the contracting...

If you need a service we do not do internally, we do the contracting out (hire it for you), manage it all at no cost, and you will receive a “flow through” bill with no service fee nor markup that is on your monthly owners statement. Unless it’s a major service it is very unlikely you will ever write a check — it comes out of your rental income on the monthly statement. You won't see a bill for $25 to change a light bulb is what we are saying here…. and this is NO JOKE we see it all the time at “discount rate” agencies

Guest Essentials Included

We provide light bulbs, furnace filters, basic soaps, all towels...

We provide light bulbs, furnace filters, basic soaps, all towels, sheets, pillow cases, wash cloths, bath mats, kitchen towels, and dishwasher tabs to starter sets of trash bags at no cost to our Owners.

Complimentary Services

On average, our Owners enjoy 40 to 50 hours PER YEAR in unbilled...

On average, our Owners enjoy 40 to 50 hours PER YEAR in unbilled complimentary services — you won't notice these of course until we aren't doing them in the background. That is what full service means.

Reasonable Onboarding Costs

Our Agency pays for Professional photography of your property that...

Our Agency pays for Professional photography of your property that is done at no charge to you including drone shots by a licensed pilot. We do an inventory assessment at no charge to our Owners to make sure that property has the amenities that guests desire to produce more 5 star reviews

No Bull

We are revenue driven and work primarily with second home owners...

We are revenue driven and work primarily with second home owners and investors that want to maximize their return on investment. We won't present the “best case scenario” on rental projections — it's a likely range. It keeps our people happier we have found. Many Management Companies like to brag about their “proprietary technology.” It’s a lot of bull. There is not a magic tech wand to successful Vacation Rental Management over experience. Usually tech heavy means really poor customer service to Property Owners.

Local Company With a Local Office

We are located at 3800 Padre Blvd across street from the water tower...

We are located at 3800 Padre Blvd across street from the water tower more or less. Sometimes people want to check in in person — we have a public office. We also do all linens and towels in our commercial laundry there — NOT at your residence, saving wear and tear.

Contactless Check-In Options Are Required

We use Schlage PRO series locks that run on wifi. It is safe for guests...

We use Schlage PRO series locks that run on wifi. It is safe for guests as no floating keys, and with COVID... contactless check in is what guests expect. The cost of the lock is $350. You OWN the lock! We install free of charge — and pay the maintenance fee for service. The price of the lock is billed on your 2nd monthly statement, not out of pocket.

Getting You Paid

Monthly statements are priority mailed to you monthly OR emailed...

Monthly statements are priority mailed to you monthly OR emailed. These go out on the isth of the month, with rental periods running 1st to the 30th or 31st. These statements indicate all rentals, gross, and our fees.

State & Local Permit / Tax Compliance

All required local Short Term Rental Permits are filed under our Company...

All required local Short Term Rental Permits are filed under our Company on your behalf to legally rent your property. South Padre REQUIRES that if there is a complaint on your property, we must respond 24 hours a day within ONE hour. That's a big hassle to an individual owner, but not to us as it is what we do 24/7 here on the island. We submit on your behalf Local, County, and State Occupancy Taxes.

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What Owners Must Do

Maintain high speed internet and wifi. Cable TV...

Maintain high speed internet and wifi. Cable TV is required unless you have 2 SMART TV flat screens for Netflix, youtube, etc.

Pay your electricity, water, taxes, and trash bills....

Pay your electricity, water, taxes, and trash bills.

Agree to our Short Term Guest Inventory ...

Agree to our Short Term Guest Inventory Assessment. These are things like proper pots and pans to working smoke detectors. Easy, lowers your liability, increases our guest review scores. The majority of this is “kitchen” related and if you are buying your property “ready to go” ie. furnished, it generally is $250 to $400 for us to bring it up to speed. We do the shopping free of charge, but you are more than welcome to do it yourself. The hard cost is not marked up, and charged off your first months' rent.

Agree to pay 2x per year “deep cleaning” of your ...

Agree to pay 2x per year “deep cleaning” of your property at a cost of $250 per time (done in off season)

Sign a one year property management company ...

Sign a one year property management company agreement with us. We spend 20 hours plus onboarding your property at our cost and many, many more unbilled hours assisting guests.

Have the right, realistic attitude. This means... Your...

Have the right, realistic attitude. This means... Your property will have wear and tear. Your property will not have 100% occupancy...ever! Your personal use of the property WILL affect income if you use it May 1 to Oct 1, OR you use it in Jan, Feb, or March or anytime around Easter. Storms can happen. COVID can happen. The economy can tank. These are all inherent risks as a real estate investor and beyond our control as your Agency.

What We Require

  •    Wifi & Cable / Satellite Television.
  •    Electricity, Water, Sewer, Trash (+ natural gas if applicable).
  •    Maintain adequate property insurance.
  •    Maintain our proprietary inventory checklist for guests we provide to you.
  •    Use Schlage Electronic Locks on wifi for contactless entry & guest safety.

South Padre Trips is a proud member of the South Padre VRMA - Vacation Rental Management Association. We participate in and adhere to The Padre Vacation Promise

The Padre Vacation Promise

Our Promise to You (rental guests)
  • We will be here when you arrive.
  • Provide quick and easy access to your chosen vacation home.
  • Ensure a clean and safe environment.
  • Respect your time away from the world.
  • Be there if you need us.
Our Promise to You (homeowners)
  • Protect your vacation home.
  • Treat it like our own.
  • Responsibly produce rental income.
  • Maintain your good name amongst your neighbors.
  • Communicate with you as you would like us to.
Our Promise to You (neighbors)
  • Be available 24/7 to quickly deal with issues should they arise.
  • Comply with all city ordinances including registration of the property.
  • Comply with all city ordinances including registration of the property.
  • Adhere to strict occupancy, noise, and parking limits.
  • Maintain cleanliness and promptly deal with trash issues.
  • Consistently maintain a “No Parties” policy.
  • Remain focused on family groups.

Testimonials

I am writing for my recommendation of Chad and his team at South Padre Trips on South Padre Island. They have done an outstanding job of managing my condo at South Padre Island. We purchased our condo in Dec. 2021 located at the Saida Royale / Saida Towers. Chad has been very responsive and attentive to any requests made or questions that have come up both from an owner standpoint or from guests. Furthermore, he has also brought up great insights with his experience in rentals and about the Island in general. His staff Manager and Maintenance teams are also exceptional in customer service not only in response time but communicating back specifics upon completion of tasks, cleaning, or any other requests made. If you are looking for a reliable and reputable company to manage your condo on South Padre Island, I would definitely recommend South Padre Trips.

Humberto “Berto” Vela


As a professional real estate investor, I can say Chad and team are top notch and on top of managing our island home on South Padre Island. I’ve been investing in real estate for nearly 20 years, and they are the best management team I’ve worked with. I’m a hands off and that makes me happy they do it all for me. We are thrilled with our investment and Chad’s team as well. Thank you!”

Ryan Stackhous


We'd Love To Hear From You!

Our Company is the #1 rated South Padre Property Management & South Padre Island Vacation Rental Management Company on Google Reviews by far.

Owners work directly with Chad Hart our Company Founder. You can call or text him on his cell 512-825-2157 or email him at chad@southpadretrips.com. You won’t be passed off to someone on his "team" or someone that isn't on South Padre Island. You will work with Chad.

Our office is locally based on the Island at 3800 Padre Blvd, with actual employees not contractors. We have on staff housekeeping, maintenance, front desk staff plus our Operations & Housekeeping Management. If you are not having a good experience with maintenance and/or housekeeping with your current manager, full service South Padre Trips is definitely your answer.

Our local expertise helps drive in better rentals, as we know the seasons & market like no one else does, while giving you the peace of mind someone here is watching over investment. We would love to show you why we can be #1 for you too.

Owner FAQ

Yes! We can create a customized package based on your needs. We offer assistance in planning amenities and decor, professional photography, creation and management of online listings on websites like Airbnb/VRBO/Booking.com/Expedia with price optimization and analytics, comprehensive guest services which include handling all guest communications and booking reservations, high-quality housekeeping, maintenance services, and 24-hour on-call guest assistance.

Pricing is based on the service level you choose and will be competitive with other vacation rental hosting companies. It will be a percentage of the gross revenue generated by your property. South Padre Trips is the #1 rated VRM on the Island on Google Reviews. You’ll get what you pay for of course…but your success is our success. We’re in it together as partners!

Absolutely! We offer complimentary consulting pre purchase and can help guide you to make the best decision possible with the knowledge we have about the Island and the vacation rental industry here.

1 – Offer as many amenities as you can. At South Padre Trips, we want the best results for you and the best vacation stays for your guests; for that reason, we require our properties to have the things that we know increase your income as part of our onboarding process.

We also encourage you to have other enticing amenities and fixtures in your property. We’re happy to talk with you about those, contact us.

2 – Don’t underestimate the value of decor and photography. Eye appeal in photos for online listings and design that doesn’t disappoint in person is very important. With that said, we balance between ‘overselling’ your property with artificially enhanced photos and keeping it real so we set proper guest expectations.

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