PTAA’s 2019 High Point Election Voters Guide

The general elections in High Point are November 5, so please be sure to get out there and vote if you live in High Point. Representatives from PTAA have participated in interviews with candidates in every race, and the following recommendations are made based on the results of those interviews and past public service history of the candidates.

High Point City Council
Mayor – Jay Wagner (Incumbent)
Ward 1 – Cyril Jefferson
Ward 2 – Chris Williams (Incumbent)
Ward 3 – Monica Peters (Incumbent)
Ward 4 – Wesley Hudson (Incumbent)
Ward 5 – Vic Jones (Incumbent)
Ward 6 – Jason Ewing (Incumbent)
At-Large (Vote for up to two seats, two seats to fill):
Patrick Harman
Britt Moore (Incumbent)

Jon’s Extra Mile for Second Harvest Food Bank

Sending in the Pinch Hitter

Thanks to everyone who has been participating in our 2019 Summer Food Drive, we’ve raised more than 415,000 meals for Second Harvest Food Bank this summer, and we’re on track to pass the total we raised last year.

Every dollar raised for the food bank can be used to provide at least seven meals to kids in need. How does that work? Through their partnerships with grocery retailers and the USDA, the food bank is able to source nutritious food, including fresh meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables. The food bank’s culinary program uses some of the ingredients to prepare hot meals, and they are distributed along with fresh food to local pantries, summer feeding locations and soup kitchens across 18 counties.

Our goal for 2019 is to raise half a million meals, and we’re looking for that last boost to get us to the goal by July 31.

It’s time for Jon to step in! We’re offering him up for auction to help us reach our goal. The winner of the auction will have Jon all to yourself at your corporate office or chosen property for one day! Jon has maintenance skills, salesmanship skills, and a wealth of industry knowledge and experience, and we’re happy to share him with you for a day.

The Details

You can place your bid by donating to the team “Jon Lowder” on our donation page (click the button below). If you haven’t used the page before, just click “Donate Now,” then “Search for a Participant or Team,” then begin typing “Jon Lowder.”

  • The MINIMUM bid is a donation of $500, which equals 3,500 meals!
  • The donation must be made between today and July 31
  • ALL DONATIONS will go to the food bank and are NONREFUNDABLE – regardless of whether or not you win the auction
  • Whichever company has made the highest donation by 11:59pm on July 31 will win the grand prize: Jon Lowder for a day!
  • The company with the second-highest donation will win 2nd prize: Jon Lowder for half a day (half the day, all the awesome)

Once the auction is over, Jon will follow up to arrange a day to spend on your property, and PTAA will be sure it is well covered in our social media and other publicity!

Questions? Contact Jon with any questions you have before you donate.


Rents Up, Vacancy Down in Piedmont Triad Apartment Market

Real Data just released their March, 2019 survey report for the Piedmont Triad and the results show that the apartment market continues to be very strong here in the Piedmont Triad. They report that the average vacancy rate is 3.7%, down from 5.5% in March of 2018, and average rent is $898 ($0.943/SF) versus $842 ($0.888) this time last year. From their market summary:

The Triad apartment market continues to tighten with an average vacancy rate at just 3.7%. Over the last year demand has been strong with 2,595 units absorbed, easily offsetting the 1,487 units added to the supply over the same time period.

The development pipeline included 2,081 units under construction and another 4,462 units proposed. Guilford County is the most active with 1,183 units under construction and an average vacancy rate at 3.3%.

The region has posted strong rent growth of 4.5% over the past twelve months…

With demand expected to remain strong, the average vacancy rate should hold close to 4.0% over the next year. Rents will continue to grow an an annual rate of 4% to 4.5%.

You can buy a copy of Real Data’s full report here.

Apartment Industry’s Best and Brightest Celebrated at PTAA’s Diamond Awards

Over 500 members and guests of The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association (PTAA) gathered to celebrate individuals, communities, and supplier partners from their membership who were nominated and won recognition for achievements in the multifamily apartment industry in 2018.

Individual professionals and apartment community on-site teams were nominated by peers and supervisors, then submitted applications which were evaluated by multiple judges in the apartment industry in areas outside of North Carolina. Finalists were chosen using a scoring matrix comprised of financial performance, community composite, personal performance, professional development and recommendation letters. Leasing Professional and Community finalists were subject to additional evaluation in the form of a secret or scheduled shop.

Supplier Partners were voted on by PTAA members who are apartment owner/operators. The companies receiving the highest number of votes in each category submitted applications and recommendation letters for review by impartial judges spanning multiple operational roles in the multifamily industry. The number of votes and a quantitative score from the applications were weighted equally to determine the winner. The Piedmont Triad Apartment Association has been recognizing member organizations with the annual Diamond Awards ceremony for more than 20 years.

The following awards were presented for this year:

Individual and Supplier Partner of the Year 2018 Awards

Rookie Supplier Partner of the Year: Emergency Restoration Xperts

Rookie Maintenance Technician: Chad Arndt | Addison Point

Rookie Leasing Professional: Megan Sizemore | The Village Lofts

Advertising & Promotions Supplier: Fast Signs High Point

Landscaping Supplier Partner: Cox Landscape Management

Leasing Professional: Dion Harris | Sebastian Village

Maintenance Technician: Ramon Nieves | Plantation at Pleasant Ridge

Professional Services Supplier Partner: Loebsack & Brownlee, PLLC

Product Supplier Partner: ProSource Fitness Equipment

Assistant Manager: Beth Gavin | Collegiate Commons

Bobby Proctor Maintenance Supervisor of the Year: Brett Barney |

Blue Ridge Companies

Cynthia Apple Manager of the Year: Kimberly Noel | Brookberry Park

Regional Manager: Jennifer Hewitt | Blue Ridge Companies

Corporate Professional – Tie: Michelle Chesson | Burkely Communities; Elizabeth Anne Richardson | Phillips Management Group

Interior Contractor Supplier Partner: Got You Floored

Exterior Supplier Partner: BluSky Restoration

Volunteer of the Year Awards:

Supplier Partner: Joshua Owen, ProSource Fitness Equipment

Owner/Operator: Kimberly Noel, Brookberry Park

President’s Choice: Jody Longwill, Burkely Communities

Community Awards:

Turnaround Community: The Gardens at Country Club |

Blue Ridge Companies

Dynamic Team: Briarleigh Park | Blue Ridge Companies

Student Community: Campus Crossing | Signature Property Group

Conventional Community: The Village Lofts |

Hawthorne Residential Partners

Additionally, PTAA also announced at the ceremony that their membership raised a record number of 419,057 meals in their 2018 summer food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Each year, PTAA members collect canned food and financial donations in a friendly competition between apartment communities. This year Phillips Management Group and their communities collectively raised more than 78,000 meals. They were awarded the Clyde Fitzgerald Owners Cup, named for the late former CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, for 2018.

208-Unit Apartment Community in High Point Sold

In late February the Chatham Wood Apartments in High Point were purchased by a Gastonia-based company. From an article in the Triad Business Journal:

Chatham Wood Apartments at 856 Lakecrest Ave. sold Tuesday for $14.8 million, according to a deed on file with the Guilford County Register of Deeds. The complex is off Johnson Street south of U.S. Highway 311.

ARWC-808 Lakecrest Avenue LLC of Atlanta sold the 19-acre complex to Gastonia-based MAAC Legacy Chatham Woods LLC.

Built in 1985, Chatham Wood last sold for $9.4 million in 2015.

US Apartment Rents and Occupancy Up in Third Quarter

Across the U.S. rent and occupancy rates rose in the third quarter, although not at the same rate they were rising a few years back. From the Wall Street Journal:

Apartment rents rose 2.9% in the third quarter from a year earlier, up from 2.5% annual rent growth in the second quarter, according to real estate analytics firm RealPage Inc. A strong economy with better wage growth helped boost demand for apartments. So did a weak home-sales market, as tight supply may have prompted more renters to put off buying.

Source: Wall Street Journal

“There definitely doesn’t seem to be the pressure to buy that was there a little bit earlier,” said Greg Willett, chief economist at RealPage.

The rental market has still slowed significantly from a few years ago, when rents grew by 5.2% in the third quarter of 2015. But Mr. Willet said that “an upward blip rather than a downward blip” shows at least that the slowdown isn’t accelerating.

The share of occupied apartments during the third quarter rose to 95.8% in the third quarter from 95.4% in the second quarter, according to RealPage.

Interestingly, one factor that might be contributing to the stronger than anticipated rental market is the tax cut passed last year:

Barbara Byrne Denham, a senior economist at Reis, attributed stabilization in the rental market to the tax bill that passed last December. That bill almost doubled the standard deduction for individual and joint filers, making it less advantageous for most homeowners to itemize and take the mortgage interest deduction.

What We Learned at PTAA’s 2017 Industry Forecast Breakfast

PTAA’s 2017 Industry Forecast Breakfast, held November 28 at Revolution Mill in Greensboro, featured a panel of three speakers: Mark Vitner, Managing Director & Senior Economist at Wells Fargo; Brian Ford, Managing Partner at Capstone Apartment Partners; Colin Wolfe, President of Real Catalyst Group. Vitner provided a regional and national economic update and forecast; Ford addressed the Triad apartment market from a transactional standpoint; Wolfe reviewed the PTAA Supply and Demand Dashboard that he developed in 2017.

Some key takeaways included:

Vitner (National and Regional)

  • Greensboro apartment activity has slowed in 2017 after the highest amount of absorption on record to close 2016. As a result of slower supply growth, rents have increased each quarter this year.
  • North Carolina continues to see solid economic gains across most major metro areas.
  • Pace of job growth in the Triad trails that of the state.

Ford (Piedmont Triad Apartment Transaction Outlook)

  • 52% of Triad Multi-Family Owners are based outside of NC.
  • Since 2016, 78% of buyers in the Triad are new to the area.
  • Number of transactions this year in the Triad is 31 YTD. In all of 2016 there was 54.
  • Triad had almost as many transactions in 2016 (54) as the Triangle (58) did.
  • Cap Rates in the Triad are on average 0.5%+ higher compared to Charlotte and Raleigh MSAs, thus providing for higher returns for investors.

Wolfe (Triad Supply and Demand Dashboard)

  • Completions and Demand in the Triad have been largely balanced over the last four years.
  • Completions as a percentage of overall apartment stock in the Triad has been about the same as the national average over the last four years (1.5% to 2.6%) while Raleigh has ranged from 3.4% to 5% and Charlotte has been in the 4.2%-5.1% range.

Following their presentations, the panelists took questions from the audience for 30 minutes, and the conversation was lively and informative. One fun takeaway from that discussion: Vitner is of the opinion that Charlotte and Atlanta are frontrunners for Amazon’s second HQ.

For more information about the session please contact Jon Lowder.

Apartment Industry Resources for Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

The National Apartment Association published helpful links to apartment industry resources for those interested in the Hurricane Harvey recovery operations:

The Texas Apartment Association (TAA) announced Monday that it is making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with Harvey relief efforts. NAA also has pledged $10,000 to the Red Cross. If you’re interested in helping, NAA and TAA encourage their members and friends to consider a monetary donation to the Red Cross. To give to Harvey relief efforts, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief or visit The American Red Cross.

NAA’s Emergency & Disaster Library and the Texas Apartment Association’s Resource Page both offer detailed guidance to aid members faced with the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

If you are in an area affected by the hurricane and are in need of shelter, the Red Cross can assist.

A list of 26 ways to assist in terms of housing, supplies and cash donations is provided here by Parker Molloy of Upworthy.

Meet Ras Fenger, Owner of Disaster One and PTAA Board Member


This episode of Not a Complex podcast features an interview with Ras Fenger, President of Disaster One and a member of PTAA’s Board of Directors. Among other things, we talked about how he came to own Disaster One, how technology is impacting his business, the Chips for Children fundraising event he organizes each year to benefit The Boys and Girls Club, leadership and his favorite books and movie.

Over the coming months you’ll see (hear?) more interviews with members of PTAA’s Board of Directors. There are multiple reasons we’ve kicked off this series, but the two big ones are:
1. These folks have a wealth of knowledge to share
2. We hope this will allow PTAA’s members to get to know their leadership a little better.

So, sit back and enjoy the show. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email them to us at

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Show Notes:

Disaster One

Chips for Children


Ras’s Favorite Books & Movie:

Good to Great by Jim Collins

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

NAA Introduces New President and CEO

The National Apartment Association’s Board of Directors has announced who will succeed Doug Culkin as President and CEO upon his retirement at the end of 2016. Here’s the text of the announcement from NAA Chairman Marc Ross:

As you know, the Doug Culkin, our current President and CEO, announced some time ago that he intended to retire at the end of this year. As a result, National Apartment Association (NAA) formed a CEO Search Committee to secure the next staff leader of the organization. The Committee selected Spencer Stuart, an international executive recruiting firm, to conduct a nationwide search. Hundreds of candidates expressed interest in the position, and the Committee culled the applicants down to a final recommendation.

I am happy to announce that on August 30, 2016, the NAA Board of Directors approved the Committee’s recommendation that Robert “Bob” Pinnegar, the current Executive Vice President and COO, be selected as the new President and CEO of the NAA. Bob brings more than 20 years of experience and commitment to the apartment housing industry. In his role as an association executive with a strong local affiliate and nearly 5 years with NAA, he is uniquely positioned to lead the Association and the industry forward.

The transition will occur during in November and December of this year allowing adequate time to ensure NAA’s smooth transition into 2017.

Additionally, I would like to thank the members of the CEO Search Committee:

  • Tom Beaton, CAPS, CPM®, Search Committee Chair, 2015 NAA Chairman, Dolben Company
  • Cindy Clare, CPM®, NAA Chairman-Elect, Kettler Management
  • Mike Clark, NAA Region 6 Vice President, Alpha-Barnes Real Estate Services
  • Mike Clow, CPM®, NAA Treasurer, Greystar
  • Josie Eatmon, 2015 AEC President, Triangle Apartment Association
  • Kellie Jackson, CAM, CPM®, NAA Region 9 Vice President, Milestone Management
  • Jeff Lowry, CAPS, NAA Vice Chair, Madera Residential
  • Diana Pittro, NAA Region 3 Vice President, RMK Management Corporation
  • Tony Sculthorpe, CAS, 2015 NSC Chairman, CSC ServiceWorks
  • Ron Shelton, CAPS, 2009 NAA Chairman, Amalgamated Management Corporation
  • Jerry Wilkinson, CAPS, CCIM, 2012 NAA Chairman, The Wilkinson Group, Inc.

I hope you all will join me in looking forward to a continued strong future for NAA with Bob at the helm.