What Happened?

Like many organizations, we here at PTAA do a “year in review” kind of thing in December. Much of that information makes it into a letter we send to our members each year, and we thought we’d share some of it here. You’ll see that it’s broken down into our major service areas:

Education

  • Had 12 students enrolled in the CAPS designation course, 6 students in the CAMT designation course, 12 students in the CAM designation course, and 12 students enrolled in the NALP designation course.
  • Provided Certified Pool Operator training, HVAC Best Practices and CFC training courses on multiple occasions.
  • Teamed with the local IREM chapter to put on Fair Housing and Beyond courses throughout the year.
  • Sold out Legal Seminar class, and two Evictions & Collection Law
  • Other classes included Notary, Excel (Beyond the Basics), Life Lessons from Industry Leaders, Leasing Boot Camp, Mindy McCorkle’s “The Change Game” in Winston-Salem, Resolving Conflict led by Brandon Mathis, A Guide to Working with Millennials
  • We worked with Goodwill Industries of NWNC and Forsyth Tech to incorporate the CAMT curriculum into their facilities maintenance program.

Community Service

  • PTAA’s annual food drive raised over 200,000 meals (or cash equivalent) for Second Harvest Food Bank and featured participation from more member communities than ever before.
  • In July we partnered with the Winston-Salem Dash and the Greensboro Grasshoppers to host “Fill the Stands with Cans,” an event at one game with each team to help raise food for Second Harvest Food Bank and to provide our members with an opportunity to enjoy the ballgames as a group.
  • We continued working with Partners Ending Homelessness to help eliminate homelessness in Guilford County.
  • Echo Committee delivered 50+ boxes to apartment communities as part of PTAA’s Food Drive; made a $300 donation to the food drive; served breakfast to the residents of SECU House in Winston-Salem.
  • Our Programs Committee hosted a winter coat collection event for Backpack Beginnings.
  • Ambassadors Committee made 50 lunches for the homeless in downtown Greensboro.

Networking

  • Diamond Awards –530 people attended PTAA’s annual awards gala at the Empire Room.
  • Golf Tournament – Over 100 golfers participated in the 2017 tournament and the players and sponsors all enjoyed some great weather at the Bryan Park course.
  • Trade Show –We had tremendous growth for the tradeshow this year with over 90 exhibit booths and our largest number of attendees ever. We also raised over $500 for the relief fund for victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
  • We held our Breakfast Business Exchange (Reverse Trade Show), with 20 vendor suppliers and 15 management companies participating.
  • We continued hosting casual networking events in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point to give our members more opportunities to get together in their own neighborhoods.
  • The ECHO Committee hosted PTAA’s first trivia tournament.
  • Other events in 2017 included a Lip Sync Battle, Maintenance Appreciation Night, Leasing Appreciation Dinner.

Government Affairs

  • Represented the apartment industry to advocate for adding multifamily development to areas zoned Highway Business (HB) and General Office (GO) in Winston-Salem.
  • Participated in TREBIC’s two days of interviews with Greensboro and High Point city council candidates before November’s election.
  • Hosted a “Coffee with the candidates” event for all candidates running in Greensboro and High Point elections.
  • Served on Greensboro’s “Housing Our Community” initiative developing comprehensive funding and policy/ordinance/code solutions to emerging crisis in Affordable and Workforce Housing. Look for release of report in 1Q18.
  • Was an active member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee and had the issue of addressing housing affordability added to its legislative agenda for 2017.
  • Participated in NAA’s Capitol Conference in Washington, DC in March. Met with all members of Congress from the Piedmont Triad to advocate for the apartment industry.
  • Participated in AANC’s Legislative Days in Raleigh in May. Met with all state representatives and senators from the Piedmont Triad to advocate for the apartment industry.

Yep, 2017 was a heckuva year!

What Have We Done for You Lately?

Below is the text of the 2016 version of the “year in review” letter sent annually by Executive Director Jon Lowder to PTAA’s members. You can also get a PDF copy here.

Dear PTAA members,

PTAA had a busy year working on your behalf. Here’s a partial list of our activities this year:

Government Affairs

  • Actively participated with AANC in successfully lobbying for passage of a law that prevents invasive and overreaching (and potentially expensive) inspection and registration schemes by cities/counties. This was the culmination of a five year effort to get this law passed on behalf of the industry.
  • Supported AANC’s filing of a “Friend of the Court” brief to the NC Supreme Court which contributed to the successful appeal of a ruling which would have required landlords to prove evictions were not unconscionable. The court affirmed that NC law only requires a landlord to show that the lease was breached and that the lease allows the landlord to re-take possession of the premises as a result.
  • PTAA’s representatives raised money on behalf of the AANC and NAA PACs and earmarked contributions for NC and US Representatives and Senators.
  • Participated in TREBIC’s two days of interviews with Guilford County commissioner candidates before November’s election.
  • Hosted a “Coffee with the candidates” event for all candidates running in local elections in Forsyth County, NC.
  • Was an active member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee and had the prevention of inclusionary zoning added to its legislative agenda for 2017.
  • Participated in NAA’s Capitol Conference in Washington, DC in March. Met with all members of Congress from the Piedmont Triad to advocate for the apartment industry.
  • Participated in AANC’s Legislative Days in Raleigh in May. Met with all state representatives and senators from the Piedmont Triad to advocate for the apartment industry.
  • Organized a seminar to help our members better understand how to respond to the proposed new overtime rules.

Education

  • Had 6 students enrolled in the CAPS designation course, 13 students in the CAMT designation course, 17 students in the CAM designation course, and 15 students enrolled in the NALP designation course.
  • Provided Certified Pool Operator training, HVAC Best Practices and CFC training courses on multiple occasions.
  • Teamed with the local IREM chapter to put on Fair Housing and Beyond courses throughout the year.
  • Sold out our annual Legal Seminar.
  • Other classes included HVAC Best Practices, OSHA Compliance, Maintenance for Managers & Leasing Professionals, Emotional Support Animals and Reasonable Accommodation Requests, Industry Forecast Breakfast, Leasing Bootcamp, Life Lessons from Unstoppable Women, AANC Lease Updates, Show Me the Money: Financials
  • We worked with Goodwill Industries of NWNC and Forsyth Tech to incorporate the CAMT curriculum into their facilities maintenance program and to host job fairs for our members to meet graduates of the program.

Community Service

  • PTAA’s annual food drive raised over 125,000 meals (or cash equivalent) for Second Harvest Food Bank and featured participation from more member communities than ever before.
  • In July we partnered with the Winston-Salem Dash and the Greensboro Grasshoppers to host an event at one game with each team to help raise food for Second Harvest Food Bank and to provide our members with an opportunity to enjoy the ballgames as a group.
  • We continued working with Partners Ending Homelessness to help eliminate homelessness in Guilford County.
  • Echo Committee volunteered time for Second Harvest Food Bank; the committee also raised and donated $800 to YWCA in their efforts to help those in need.

Networking

  • Diamond Awards –500 people attended PTAA’s annual awards gala..
  • Golf Tournament – Over 100 golfers participated in the 2016 tournament and the players and sponsors all enjoyed some great weather at the Bryan Park course.
  • Trade Show –We had tremendous growth for the tradeshow this year with over 90 exhibit booths and our largest number of attendees ever.
  • We continued hosting casual networking events in Winston-Salem, Greensboro and High Point to give our members more opportunities to get together in their own neighborhoods.
  • In August, 2016 we held our Buzzworthy Bus Tour: Adaptive Reuse Communities. We visited properties from Mebane to Winston-Salem that were all adaptive reuses of historic buildings.
  • In November the ECHO Committee hosted PTAA’s first kickball tournament.
  • PTAA worked with the National Apartment Association to purchase bulk registration’s to NAA’s Education Conference in June and then pass the savings along to members. As a result PTAA members sent a record number of attendees to the conference while saving hundreds of dollars per registration.

We look forward to serving you in 2016-17, and we’d love to help you in any way we can. If you would like more information on PTAA’s programs please give us a call at 336- 294-4428 or visit our website at www.piedmonttaa.org.

Sincerely,

Jon Lowder
Executive Director
Piedmont Triad Apartment Association

PTAA Members to Celebrate National Apartment Housing Day at Diamond Awards

On April 5, 2016 the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) will hold its annual Diamond Awards banquet to celebrate and acknowledge the “best of the best” in the Triad’s multi-family housing industry. These awards acknowledge the exemplary contributions in 2015 of companies and individuals who work in an industry that serves over a third of the people who live in the Piedmont Triad.

The date for this year’s Diamond Awards coincides with National Apartment Housing Day – #aptday – a program organized by the National Apartment Association to recognize the vital role the apartment industry plays in supplying quality housing throughout the country and the tremendous impact the industry has on the economy.

“With one-third of Americans now renting their homes, there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the apartment housing industry,” said Doug Culkin, CAE, President & CEO of the National Apartment Association. “It’s time to celebrate the new American Dream.”

With an expected attendance of 475 people, PTAA’s Diamond Awards is the largest event of the year for the local apartment industry.

Industry Facts

The American Dream is changing; more than one-third of Americans rent their homes. Of them, 42 percent—or 37 million people—lease apartments.

Members of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association own/manage over 58,000 housing units throughout the region.

Apartments and their residents contribute $1.3 trillion to the national economy each year. That’s 12.3 million jobs in construction, operations, leasing, management and skilled trades along with all the local businesses supported by apartments and their residents.

#aptday

Bell Sells

Bell Partners announced today that they, along with DRA Advisors LLC, have sold a portfolio of 20,439 apartments to Lone Star Advisors. From the Triad Business Journal story:

Bell Partners Inc. of Greensboro and DRA Advisors LLC together have sold a portfolio of 20,439 apartments to a global private equity firm for $1.8 billion, the firms announced today.

The portfolio comprises 64 properties across eight states and was acquired by Lone Star Funds, which has U.S. offices in Dallas, New York City and Washington, D.C. Bell will continue to manage the properties…

The deal includes 24 North Carolina properties located in Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern and Goldsboro. The total portfolio was originally part of a joint venture purchase made by Bell and DRA in 2008, which then included 25,684 apartments spanning 86 properties.

This is one of the largest apartment deals in the country this year, and is likely to be the “biggest” story involving a Triad apartment company in years.

Improved Community Performance With More Cowbells

Next week – April 16 to be exact – PTAA will be hosting nationally-renowned apartment management expert Lisa Trosien for a 1/2 day seminar called “More Cowbell” that’s a must-see for anyone looking to improve their community’s performance. Here’s a little more about it:

The phrase “more cowbell” (in case you’re not familiar with it) is from a Saturday Night Live sketch about how a song can be improved by adding more cowbell because there aren’t a lot of songs that feature the cowbell. Just like the songs that don’t have cowbell, there are a lot of properties out there that don’t offer the best possible service to their residents. This seminar takes a look at how to improve the delivery of customer service at both commonplace (such as a service request) and uncommon places (such as when walking the property, turning a unit, etc.) The uudience for this fun (and loud!) program is all ranges of property management professionals. Cowbells are distributed to several individuals in the audience to add “More Cowbell!!” to the program. Highly interactive and lots of fun!

Attendees earn 3 CECs and will come away with some great tools for improving their property’s performance. Space is limited so don’t hesitate and sign up today!

Register here!

PTAA’s 2013 Labor of Love Project, March 22-23

This year PTAA will be working with Housing Greensboro for our Labor of Love project.  Fox8 did a nice story on Housing Greensboro that you can see here.

For our project this year we’ll be working on two homes in Greensboro and below is a brief description of each project. Our project dates are March 22 & 23 and we need volunteers for both days. You can volunteer for a whole day, both days or just a couple of hours on either day. To register simply visit our website or call the PTAA office at (336) 294-4428. We hope to see you out there!

Here are the project descriptions:

Home Repair Project #1: 

The homeowner has owned her home for 23 years.  She is an elderly woman with breast cancer who lives alone and needs repairs to make her home warmer, drier and safer.  She has a very low limited income and cannot do the repairs herself.

Scope of repair work:

  • Roof- replace sheathing, felt paper, drip edge, shingles, pipe boots, ridge vent & ridge cap
  • Exterior- seal & flash windows, repair missing brick at slab, replace knob & deadbolt on front door, reinstall storm door
  • Bathroom- install baseboard behind sink, install grab bars in shower
  • Kitchen- fix leaking sink, replace faucets & repair tiles on countertop
  • Energy Efficiency- air seal attic, install insulation dam & insulated lid for attic access, install bathroom fans, replace blubs with CFLs throughout house, patch sheetrock in utility room & tape joints

Home Repair Project #2:

The homeowner has owned the home for 20 years.  She is an older adult living with her daughter and they both have disabilities which limit their ability to financially or physically do the repairs themselves.  Her home needs plumbing, electrical and accessibility repairs to make her home warmer, drier and safer.

Scope of repair work:

  • Plumbing- caulk tub, replace faucet, supply lines & toilet
  • Electrical- replace motion light, cap wire for disposal & install junction box with cover over sink
  • Accessibility- install grab bars beside toilet & in shower, install handrails at front & rear doors
  • Other- replace back door to laundry room, repair deck
  • Energy Efficiency- vent dryer to outside, air seal fireplace, install insulated lid on attic access, air seal attic & crawlspace

President of the Richmond Fed Visits Greensboro, Shares Insights

Monday evening Jeffrey Lacker, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, hosted a dinner at the Proximity Hotel in Greensboro for leaders from the Triad business community.  He shared several insights about the current state of the economy, and among his more interesting comments were:

  • That the persistently high unemployment was largely due to a mismatch between unemployed workers and the skills that potential employers are looking for. He gave several statistics to support his statement, and pointed out that unlike past recessions we will not be able to “spend our way” out of this recession.
  • He highlighted several of the programs that Guilford Tech and other community colleges in North Carolina have created to help address the skills gap
  • During a Q&A session after his speech he remarked that he thinks it will be years before housing rights itself. He noted a significant overhang in the single family residential market, and predicted it would take several years at a minimum for the the existing inventory to be absorbed and for SFH construction to begin to return to historically normal levels.
  • He also noted that this recession, caused by the bursting of the housing bubble, has likely altered the psychology of the younger generation. Home ownership is no longer perceived to be the risk-free, American ideal it was seen as during the heyday of the housing bubble and this will likely have a long term affect on the housing market.

PTAA Reading List 8/24/11

Following are links to articles you may find of interest.  These links, and many more, can be found at PTAA’s del.icio.us page.