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: Spring 2013

Events CalendarHappy Friday! Spring is officially just a few days away, and we just know the weather is going to get with the program any day now (hey, at least it’s lighter at night…in theory). It’s time for us to check in on the events being held over the next few months that can help you make connections and continue to grow as a landlord or property manager. Maybe we’ll see you there!

March 27th: The RHA Presents ‘Solving Problems with Tenants’

This seminar will be presented by Sue Lewis, CPM. She’s got the info on how to save time and money when handling resident issues, resulting in happier tenants and landlords alike. You’ll learn when to take which actions, including making a call or deal, sending notices, and seeking legal advice–and all in just three short hours. The seminar runs from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the 27th and costs $45.00. Learn more here.

April 24th: WMFHA’s 2013 Maintenance Summit

WMFHA themselves say it best: “Service teams are the backbone of the multifamily industry. Day in and day out, our techs, groundskeepers, lead techs and maintenance supervisors keep our residents happy and our properties running smoothly.” This event is all about the service teams, featuring the annual Maintenance Mania competition and a total of nine classes focused on technical skills and leadership. The day runs from 8:00 to 4:00 at the Tukwila Community Center, and costs $69 for members ($99 for non-members) to register. Check it out on their website.

Also April 24th: King County’s ‘Go Green 13’ Sustainability Conference

While your service teams are at WMFHA’s event, you may want to check out King County’s annual Go Green conference, a day of “sustainability training and dialogue on building a green economy in the Puget Sound region.” Any business can go green in their practices and philosophies, and there’s no time like the present to expand your knowledge and your network when it comes to sustainability. The conference runs from 8:30 to 5:00, at the Conference Center on 8th at Pike St., with a reception to follow. Early-bird admission is $150; find out more about the event here.

May 8th: The RHA Presents their New Landlord Orientation

Welcome into the fold, all you new landlords out there! While you’ve already got a leg up if you’re reading the blog, there can never be too much good information–and the RHA regularly presents this workshop on the ins and outs of property management. This crash course in landlord/tenant law and other important aspects of the job runs just an hour and a half, from 3-4:30 p.m. Registration is free–check it out here.

June 8th: The Washington Landlord Association’s Spring Conference

The Washington Landlord Association’s annual Spring Conference is a great way to branch out and cover a lot of topics in the course of a single day. This year’s conference will be held at the la Quinta Inn in Tacoma, and will cover topics including government partnership, security services for landlords, detecting water damage, and estate management. You don’t have to be a member to attend, and fees range from $30 to $40 depending on when you register. Check it out here.