Events Calendar: August and September 2013

Events CalendarCan you believe it’s August already? This summer is flying by; Labor Day will be here before we know it! Looks like it’s time again to check in on the rental real estate events being held over the next couple of months. Maybe we’ll see you there…

August 14th | WMFHA’s 2nd Annual Reverse Trade Show

This show runs from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Cedarbrook Lodge, in Seattle. You may be wondering what a “reverse trade show” actually is. We would describe it as a little bit like speed dating for suppliers. From WMFHA’s site: “Property management representatives will be assigned a private table, and will have a booklet of supplier bios provided to you. During allotted slots of time throughout the afternoon, suppliers will tour your table and will be answering your questions and providing information about their services for you.” Sound like fun? Check it out here.

August 15th | The RHA presents: Getting to the Top with 1031 Exchanges

This seminar runs from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the RHA office in Seattle; registration costs $45.00. Lead by Dennis Helmick, the seminar will cover everything you need to know about 1031 Exchanges–multi- and single-family investors won’t want to miss it. Wondering whether you should do an exchange? Worried about home sale exclusion rules? Then this one’s for you. Check it out here.

August 20th | WMFHA’s Budget & Financial Management Seminar

This seminar runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the WMFHA Training Center in Tukwila; registration costs $59 ($79 for non-members). Presented by WMFHA board member and Senior Regional Supervisor of Fairfield Residential, Brett Stevens, this crash-course in budgeting and financial management will cover the essentials of property management budgeting. Among other things, you’ll cover the major acronyms (ROI, IRR, NOI) and learn the best ways to analyze cash flow–sign us up! Check it out here.

August 29th | The RHA’s Landlord 101

This seminar will run from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the RHA office in Seattle; registration costs $45 ($65 to earn CRE clock hours). If you’re new to the landlording gig, or looking for a refresher to cover basics you might have missed, this seminar will give you the tools to become an effective landlord, including the basics of Landlord-Tenant Law, ways to attract and keep the right tenants, and tips for improving your bottom line. Check it out here.

September 4th | King-South Meeting of the Washington Landlord Association

Dinner will begin at 6:15, with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m., at Mitzel’s American Kitchen in Kent. Have you checked out the Washington Landlord Association? It’s a great resource for networking, education, and other services. Not sure if you’d like to join? Stop by a meeting and see what you’re missing. The next King-South meeting will feature Tim Seth and John Wells of the WLA, presenting a “Field Brief on Human Rights.” Check it out here.

September 19th | The RHA Presents: How to Read a Credit Report

This seminar will run from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the RHA’s office in Seattle. Registration is free. There’s no question that it’s vital to perform credit checks on potential tenants; but are you sure you’re reading the credit reports you receive in a valuable way? In this seminar, the RHA Director of Tenant Screening, Megan McCormick, will break down RHA credit reports step-by-step, answering questions as they come up. Check it out here.

September 26th | WMFHA’s Apartment Outlook: Perspectives and Projections for 2014

This event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Seattle Sheraton. Registration is $89 ($109 for non-members). Mark your calendars for September’s annual big event from WMFHA, the Washington Apartment Outlook (WAO)! This seventh-annual event will cover all of the latest information on economic trends concerning the multifamily industry; whether you’re a landlord, a supplier or even a lender, you’re going to want to be there. Matthew Gardner and Mike Scott will be among those presenting on the economic forecast and industry trends. Check it out here.


Events Calendar: June & July 2013

With school letting out and summer officially upon us, let’s check in on the networking and educational events going on this summer for landlords and property managers in the Seattle area. A landlord’s work never stops–but as these local events can remind you, you’re part of a flourishing industry, and friends (and important contacts) can be made everywhere.Events Calendar

June 8th (tomorrow!): The WLA’s 2013 Spring Conference

It’s not too late to register for the Washington Landlord Association’s big spring event! Held at La Quinta Inn in Tacoma, this yearly, all-day event is open to guests and costs $35 if you pre-register online (less for members). The resources available at the conference are numerous and include presentations on rental management, fire alarms & sprinklers, cleaning up moisture damage, tenant screening, and more. Check it out here.

June 13th: The RHA presents New Laws and What You Should Know

Ever feel like you can’t keep up with the changing tides of landlord-tenant law? There’s always more to learn as the laws evolve, and that’s why the RHA is holding this two-hour seminar lead by Julie Johnson. This “quick overview” of changes that have occurred over the past year targets the laws that affect you, your business and your tenants. The seminar is from 5 to 7 pm, and registration is $45.00. Learn more here.

June 20th: City’s Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance Stakeholders Meeting 

Did you know that all rental housing in Seattle will have to be registered with the Department of Planning and Development by December 31st, 2016? That’s the result of the new Rental Registration and Inspection Ordinance (RRIO). Luckily, the community can have a say in how the ordinance is implemented at the city’s monthly Ordinance Stakeholders Meeting. The next one is from 2-4pm at the Seattle Municipal Tower on June 20th, and it’s open to the public. Learn more here.

July 11th: Solving Problems with Tenants, from the RHA

We’ve all had those tenants that require more time and attention than the rest. In this three-hour seminar conducted by Sue Lewis, CPM, you’ll learn new tools for handling tenant hardships, emergencies, and problem behavior. Registration is $45; the event will be held on July 11th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. By the conclusion of the seminar, you’ll know when to make a call, send a notice, or seek legal advice. Learn more or register.

July 17th: Meeting of the Seattle Public Utilities Water System Advisory Committee

If you like to stay involved in affairs of the city, you may want to stop by this meeting of the Water System Advisory Committee. This meeting is open to the public (and hey, you can always apply to sit on the committee if you’re really serious about it!). Seattle Public Utilities community advisory committees work to provide diverse and representative opinions and analysis on the issues that the utility departments face on a regular basis. Learn more.

July 17th: The RHA presents Keeping Your Rentals Straight

This one’s for all of you landlords out there who do your own bookkeeping. Julie Johnson will be on hand to introduce you to bookkeeping basics, including cash flow tracking, profit and loss worksheet setup, and creating record management systems. Managing multiple rentals? No problem–this seminar will teach you how to keep them straight. It will run from 5 to 8 pm on the 17th, and costs $45 to register. Check it out here.



Events Calendar for January 2013: New Landlords, LLCs & Legislators

Here on the blog, we’re celebrating the New Year all January long. We can’t wait to see what 2013 brings in rental housing trends, vacancy rates and other local and national multifamily news; in the meantime, there’s no time like the present to get prepared for everything the coming year will bring. We’re taking today to tell you about all of the latest and greatest seminars and events coming up in January for landlords, property managers and all you other rental-housing aficionados out there.

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January 9th, 3:00 to 4:30, Seminar – New Landlord Orientation through the RHA

New to this crazy business we call property management? Don’t worry. While landlord-tenant law and other rules and regulations can be daunting at first, the RHA (Rental Housing Association) has got you covered with this free seminar. It’s today, so sign up now on their website!

January 16th, 3:00 to 6:00 – Seattle Landlord Tenant Law

This helpful seminar is also being hosted by the RHA. Landlord-tenant law in Seattle can be challenging, even for seasoned landlords. This seminar seeks to “focus on everything that a Seattle landlord must know to comply with the City’s laws.” These include the Just Cause Eviction and Landlord Prohibited Acts ordinances, among others. The seminar costs $45, but the info is so important–check it out here.

January 24th, 11:30 a.m. – WMFHA’s Day on the Hill

If you’re currently a member of WMFHA, you’ve no doubt heard of their annual Legislative Day and Reception in years past. The event offers the chance to “meet, influence and educate members of the Legislature on critical decisions and policies that will directly affect you.” The daylong event, held in Olympia, includes a lunch and briefing, a Meet your Legislator session, and an evening reception with legislators. Members of WMFHA can find more information–and sign up–here.

January 24th, 7:00 – Seattle Meeting of the Washington Landlord Association

For those of you not familiar with the WLA, they are a membership-based resource for landlords and property managers in the Puget Sound area. Their goal is to “supply the business tools that make landlording fun and profitable.” The Seattle chapter meets monthly in the Bellevue Sheraton; January’s focus is Topics for Real Estate Investors. You must be a member to attend. Check it out here.

Also January 24th, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. – Seattle Planning Commission meets

Seattle is a city–and cities, living, breathing things that they are, tend to change over the years. In the best cities, these changes are carefully crafted by the teamwork of city planners, local business owners, and community members who have the city’s best interests at heart. The Seattle Planning Commission holds bi-monthly meetings to discuss proposed developments and other planning issues. You can check out a full schedule of their meetings, as well as reading up on meeting agendas and minutes, on their website.

January 31st, 4:00 to 6:00 – RHA Presents LLCs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you’re a private landlord or if you run your own business, you may have wondered about the ins and outs of forming an LLC. Wonder no more after this seminar, presented by Attorney Sean Flynn. The seminar costs $45 and attendance is limited to just 18 people; read more about it–and register–here.

Five Ways to…Brush up on (and Shape!) Rules and Regulations

 Welcome back to Five Ways! Today we’ve got some different ways to keep apprised of the evolving world of state and local rules and regulations for landlords, and to help shape some of them as well.

1. Attend a meeting of the Housing, Human Services, Health and Culture committee.

Seattle City Council is now preparing to pass a final proposal for their mandatory rental housing inspection program, and the next meeting is actually today (2:00pm, City Hall). The meeting will be chaired by Nick Licata and will include a briefing and discussion on the proposal, which was put forth by the Department of Planning and Development. If you’re not able to attend the meeting, they are also holding an open comment period through Monday, July 23rd–submit your comments (and learn more about the proposal) here.

2. Read up on SB 6315, the new tenant screening requirements for landlords–it took effect on June 7th.

SB 6315, which took effect at the beginning of June, was “perhaps the most important byproduct to come out of the 2012 legislative session concerning landlords,” to quote Sean Martin of the RHA. The law’s intention is to provide applicants with information about what personal information will be accessed by landlords, and which of this information might result in an application being accepted or rejected, as they decide whether to fill out an application and pay the application fee. Check out this summary from the RHA for more information.

3. Attend a seminar or webinar to learn more about landlord-tenant law.

Whether you’re a brand-new landlord or you’re ready for an advanced course in landlord-tenant laws, there are seminars (in-person classes) and webinars (online lectures) available to keep your knowledge current. Upcoming seminars in Seattle include New Landlord Orientation, Introduction to Small Claims, Advanced Landlord Tenant Law, and more–click here for more information.

4. Utilize an online landlord resource center.

When working in the rental housing business, questions invariably come up–and that’s where online resource centers can be so helpful. The resource center from the Washington Landlord Association contains easily accessed information on a variety of topics, from evictions to vendors, while the RHA offers resources for both landlords and tenants.

5. Go straight to the source.

Seattle’s landlord-tenant laws and statutes can be found online on the Seattle Department of Planning and Development’s website. Information on rules and regulations are updated on a regular basis, and printed copies of the current information–in many languages–can be picked up at the office of the SDPD if you’d prefer to have a hard-copy.

Upcoming industry events

Take a break from the madness of summer and stop by one of this month’s industry classes or events!  Here are just some of the events happening between now and the end of August:

July 28, 4:00pm – 7:00pm
The Move-Out Process – RHA
It’s time to end a rental term and there are many things that go into the move-out process. This class will take 3 hours to go over inventory/inspection walk through, deposits, abandonment/storage, cleaning/fees, filing of paperwork and small claims. Make turning over your unit as quick and painless as possible!
$45, Members Only

August 9, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
South Sound Supper Club RHA
Landlord/Tenant Safety & Crime Prevention – Monthly Meeting of rental property owners, managers and investors. Come by and network with others in the industry and get your questions answered. This is open to everyone, not just RHA Members. You are welcome to order off their inexpensive menu.

August 10, 9:00am-1:00pm
Budget Prep Seminar – WMFHA
Basic Elements of a Budget | Where to Start| Identify Resources | Pitfalls to Avoid | Leveraging Partnerships | Understanding Suppliers and Forecasting Capitals Expenses | Budgeting for Increases | Managing Your Budget | Communication Skills
$39 Members, $59 Non-Members

August 10, 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Advanced Landlord Tenant Law – RHA
Building on our Washington State Landlord Tenant Law class, we look into the non- run of the mill situations that arise during tenancies. We discuss concepts such as retaliation and how to defend against discrimination cases. Consideration is paid to dealing with special situations such as tenant deaths, roommate changes, apartment relocations, etc…. This class is directed to answering all your questions. Includes WA State Lawbook on CD.
$45, Members Only

August 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
How To Read a Credit Report – RHA
Reading a credit report can be a difficult task. Come by RHA from 12-1 and learn what all the details inside the report mean. RHA Director of Tenant Screening, Megan McCormick, will go through our credit reports step-by-step and answer any questions you may have about our tenant screening products and compliance. If you have a report purchase through RHA, feel free to bring it. We WILL NOT be able to go over reports purchased from another company/vendor.

August 11, 12:00pm – 12:30pm
Resident Retention & Discount Program Webinar – RHA
FREE WEBINAR! By 2014, 68% of us will be using coupons. Programs with a few discounts are being offered at every turn — Groupon, eBay, and the Sunday paper. However, you can offer your residents more than 250,000 local and national discounts for dining, shopping, movies, recreation, and GROCERIES that they can use every day. Discounts are with local and national vendors and are unlimited use, so your tenants will get the discounts they want when they want them. Compete with the concessions offered by big property management companies. Provide a program that will save your residents the value of one or two months’ rent each year on items they use everyday. Nine of the top 20 property management companies are using this program and others are in the pilot stage. Don’t be left behind. Make your property the best choice for renters in your area with the most valuable amenities. RHA has teamed with Purqz to bring you the best options for your tenants and special pricing to you.

August 16, 6:00m – 7:30pm
Seattle, Eastside & North Sound Supper Clubs – RHA
Landlord/Tenant Safety & Crime Prevention – Monthly Meeting of rental property owners, managers and investors. Come by and network with others in the industry and get your questions answered. You are welcome to order off the inexpensive menu. Parking passes are available.

August 17, 9:00am-5:00pm
CAM / Marketing – WMFHA
Introduction to Marketing | Conducting Market Research | Promotional Marketing | On-Site Marketing | Creative Marketing | Developing a Marketing Plan
$125 Members, $175 Non-Members

August 17, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Introduction To RHA Forms – RHA
This free seminar will give you a brief overview of the extensive catalog of forms RHA has to offer. Learn which forms are required by law and which addenda RHA recommends.

August 18, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Finding Quality Tenants – RHA
Today’s tenant is savvy and knows what they want. This program is all about how to communicate the information the tenant needs to know. From learning to create effective marketing materials and presenting the rental home, to communicating rental policies and what exactly the lease means. This class is jammed full of practical information you need to have a successful rental.
$45, Members Only

August 23, 11:00am-1:00pm
August Chapter Membership Meeting – NARPM
Speaker: Property Management Panel – “Tips, Tricks and Forms” REMEMBER: Lunch is FREE for both you and your guest if you bring a first-time property manager as a visitor.
$25 Members, $30 Non-Members

August 24, 11:30pm-1:30pm
South-End Membership LuncheonWMFHA
Lunch | South-End Marketing Minute | Government Affairs Update with Joe Puckett | Minute to Win It Challenge!
$30 Members Only

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