How To Save $150 On the 2016 NAA Education Conference

Every year the National Apartment Association’s Annual Education Conference & Exposition is the biggest apartment industry event in the country. In 2015 over 9,000 people attended the conference in Las Vegas, NV to hear keynote speaker Jay Leno, to attend any of the dozens of educational sessions, and to visit a trade show floor that featured over a thousand top-notch vendors. On June 15-18, 2016 the conference will be held in San Francisco and will feature keynote speaker Michael Strahan and will have literally dozens of education sessions (see a schedule here) that will benefit you and your team.

To help make the conference as “do-able” as possible for our members, PTAA has arranged a huge discount on registrations for our members. If you register through us your registration rate will be $575 which is a $150 savings from what it would cost to register on your own. That’s a savings of over 20%!

Also, if you’re a member of another NAA affiliate in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee or Kentucky you should check with your local affiliate to see if they are offering the discount. If not you’re more than welcome to register through us as well. If you’re not a member of any affiliate or of NAA directly you can still get $150 off the non-member rate.

We’re all set up to accept registrations, so if you would like to register through us simply fill out our registration form – 2016 NAA Education Conference NC Group Discount Registration Form – and email it to Jon Lowder. Once we receive your order and payment we will send you a unique registration code for each of your registrants. Once they have their codes each person will be able to fill out their information online and reserve their room at one of the 39 hotels NAA has reserved for the conference.

So don’t delay and take advantage of this remarkable deal and experience the greatest multifamily industry show on Earth!


Applications for Larry Cranford Memorial Scholarship Now Being Accepted

The Apartment Association of North Carolina is now accepting applications for the Larry Cranford Scholarship, which can be used to pay for any one of NAA’s designations. Those include National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP), Certified Apartment Manager (CAM), Certified Apartment Portfolio Supervisor (CAPS), Certificate for Apartment Maintenance Technicians (CAMT) and Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS).

Deadline for submissions is May 8, 2015 and you can apply by filling out and returning the application which you can find at this link: 2015 Larry Cranford Memorial Scholarship.

Here’s a little background about the scholarship:

The mission of the Scholarship is to foster the professional apartment industry education and career development potential of selected up-and-coming multi-family rental housing industry leaders in North Carolina.

It is named after long-time North Carolina apartment leader Larry Cranford. Larry was loved by many for his folksy ways, his absolute commitment to industry education, and his people skills. Larry taught apartment management and maintenance throughout North Carolina for some 25 years. Larry was the AANC President from 1996-1998.

Vegas Baby! Three More Reasons to Register for the NAA Education Conference

It’s not like you need an excuse to go to the greatest apartment show on Earth – the National Apartment Association’s Annual Education Conference – but here are three more reasons you should register now:

  1. Even though NAA just raised the registration price to $825 you can get them from PTAA for $575 – that’s a $250 savings! To register simply fill out our registration form and email it to us and we’ll get you set up.
  2. Most of us have never seen former Tonight Show host Jay Leno live, so now’s your chance. NAA recently announced that Leno will be the keynote speaker for the conference which should make for a GREAT general session.
  3. It’s Vegas! Inexpensive airfares, inexpensive rooms and tons of convenient flights and this will be the last time NAA is in Vegas for probably ten years.

And here’s a little reminder of exactly how spectacular Vegas is at night:

The Vegas Strip at Night
Vegas at Night

Smoke-Free Policies Required for Low Income Housing Tax Credits in NC

Here’s a press release from the North Carolina Alliance for Health forwarded to me by AANC’s Ken Szymanski that should be of great interest to anyone who utilizes, or wants to utilize, low income housing tax credits. Once you finish reading this you may be interested in a Smoke Free Housing seminar we’re hosting here on January 13 which you can learn about on our website. Here’s the press release:

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency updated the guidelines in its 2015 Qualified Allocation Plan to require affordable housing properties to be smoke-free in order to qualify for low-income housing tax credits. The guideline change was made at the suggestion of the North Carolina Alliance for Health.

According to the new guideline, property owners must prohibit smoking in all indoor common areas, individual living areas (including patios and balconies), and within 25 feet of doorways or ventilation intakes.  A non-smoking clause must also be included in the lease for each household.

“In places where people must share the air, such as multi-unit apartment buildings, it makes sense to guarantee safe, smoke-free air for everyone,” said Pam Seamans, Executive Director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health. “We know that reducing exposure to second-hand smoke can reduce the incidence of heart disease, cancer and a variety of lung and pulmonary conditions.  We are very pleased that the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency decided to take this important step for health,” she said.

As of 2014, eight other states gave incentives in their Qualified Allocations Plans to promote smoke-free housing. North Carolina follows Maine as the second state in the nation to include smoke-free policies as a threshold requirement for properties to receive tax credits.

The North Carolina Division of Public Health estimates that at least 28 percent of the state’s affordable housing properties currently provide a smoke-free environment for their residents and employees. The new change in the guidelines will not impact current housing stock, but will apply to housing built or renovated in the future using tax credits.

Virtually all affordable housing apartment communities are built using low-income housing tax credits. Tax credit rental properties are generally privately owned and managed. In exchange for the financing provided through the tax credit, owners agree to keep rents affordable for a period between 15 and 30 years for low income families and individuals. The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency monitors rent levels and sees that the properties are well-maintained.

Grace Hill Acquires LeaseHawk’s Education Division

Big news in multifamily training/education as Grace Hill acquires LeaseHawk‘s education division. From today’s press release:

 Grace Hill, the leading provider of online education and learning management solutions for the multifamily housing industry, and LeaseHawk today jointly announced the acquisition of LeaseHawk’s education division. Included in this acquisition, Grace Hill obtains LeaseHawk’s Wings and PLU Learning Management Systems (LMS) and its catalog of online educational courses, creating many new education opportunities for mutual clients.

The companies will partner to also provide Grace Hill and LeaseHawk clients many new advantages. LeaseHawk clients can expand their education program to include the very best up-to-date property management education. Grace Hill Vision LMS clients will benefit from a new integration being developed with LeaseHawk’s Telephone Performance Analysis (TPA) and TPA Recommender Technology. This new capability will improve leasing performance by identifying training opportunities based on TPA results and seamlessly deliver targeted education through Vision LMS.

Apartment Industry Trends Over Dinner with Lisa Trosien

Have you signed up for the PTAA dinner meeting tomorrow night, April 15, 2014? You really should, because we have renowned apartment industry speaker and educator Lisa Trosien as our keynote, and she’ll be talking about emerging trends in the industry. Below you’ll find a YouTube video of a webinar Lisa did a couple of years ago, and while it’s a different topic it should give you a great feel for the kind of speaker she is. We hope you’ll join us tomorrow evening for a nice dinner and some great education.


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!

Support Your Local Apartment Association and Vice Versa

In the October, 2013 issue of Units Magazine there’s a nice piece by a member of the Arizona Multihousing Association on the value of membership in local apartment associations.


Now surrounded by peers (AMA members) who had been in the industry longer, who had managed portfolios larger than ours and who had been influencing Fair Housing laws for years, I felt I was finally supported and armed for greater success in my profession.

The past six or seven years have been exciting. Flagstaff has grown and the inevitable competition has made its way to our little hamlet. I’m proud to say: We were not caught off guard. My time with the association has kept me aware of marketing and maintenance trends, saved me from exposing myself to undue legal liability and prepared me to hold my own with the “big boys.”

Of course we wholeheartedly agree that membership in a local association is a great benefit for any multifamily professional, but of course you should go read the entire article and see for yourself.


NAA’s CAMnesty Program

Attention all of you folks who have taken the CAM designation course since 2006 and did not complete the project or exam to actually earn your designation – NAA has some good news for you as outlined in this piece on the NAA blog:

Our CAMnesty program gives people that opportunity. People who since 2006 have completed all of the CAM requirements but the community analysis or the exam can now pay a fee, complete a new course module and take the exam to complete their professional designation…

You can learn more about the CAMnesty program online, or you can contact your local affiliate. An article in the August 2013 issue of UNITS Magazine also highlights the program. 

NAAEI Partners with Multifamily Insiders for Webinar Series

An announcement from Multifamily Insiders’ Brent Williams:

For those who don’t know me, my name is Brent Williams and I am Chief Insider of Multifamily Insiders. And today, I am thrilled to share some very big news. Over the course of Webinar Wednesday’s history, we have had over 7,000 multifamily professionals attend, making it the largest premium webinar series in the industry. And today, we are excited to announce that the program just got much, much bigger. 

I am proud to announce that the Webinar Wednesday team now includes the National Apartment Association Education Institute! NAAEI joins the existing tandem of Multifamily Insiders and The Apartment All Stars, which means the webinars will be bigger, the topics will be even more timely and relevant, and attendees can now get Continuing Education Credits!

Here’s a link to a page with all the Webinar Wednesdays info.