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HONORS MANAGEMENT AWARDS • SPONSORSHIP AUCTION PHOTOS
Houston Apartment Association 4810 Westway Park Blvd. Houston, Texas 77041
ABODE Best THE HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION MAGAZINE
This month, meet the 2022 Houston Apartment Association Honors Award recipients in the onsite management categories.
ABODE • AUGUST 2022 • VOLUME 45, ISSUE 8
of the Best
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CONTENTS August 2022
ON THE COVER
FEATURES & PHOTOS
16 On the Scene – Photos from the HAA PAC Luncheon.
Honors Awards – In this month’s ABODE, we recognize the recipients of the 2022 HAA Honors Awards and introduce the management personnel winners. Backgroun Image © vchal | iStock by Getty Images
18 On the Scene – Photos from the ACES Luncheon.
COLUMNS & MONTHLY UPDATES 7 President’s Corner – It’s time to honor and recognize our own!
28 On the Scene – Photos from the HAA Sponsorship Auction.
8 Patron of the Month – Meet and support Gemstar Construction Development.
32 On the Scene – Photos from the HAA Honors Awards.
9 Legislative Update – More news from HAA Government Affairs.
40 Honors Awards Nominees and Winners – A list of all the honorees for the 2022 Honors Awards.
11 It’s The Law – HUD confirms its concerns about criminal history screening.
42 Meet the Honorees – Meet the best of the best in apartment management for the 2022 Honors Awards. 58 On Site with ABODE – Take a closer look at the first two of the 2022 Honors Awards winning properties. 60 We are NEXT – The HAA Product Service Council discusses how to get involved with the HAA young professionals group. 62 On the Scene – Photos from the Katy Region Meeting.
14 Resident Relations – Learn more about a recent case mediated by the HAA Resident Relations Committee. 20 Calendar – HAA’s schedule of events for the coming months. 26 NAA Update – News from the National Apartment Association. 28 On the Road with HAA – See photos from Baytown and Lake Jackson events. 64 Go-Getters – Active members recruiting new members. 65 Welcome Mat – Find out about the newest HAA members. 66 The Ambassador ONE Society – The Ambassadors make connections. 70 Portfolio Changes and In the News – Property updates and industry news clips from our members. 74 Index of Advertisers – See the supplier members who support this publication. 75 MarketLine – The latest area market numbers. 76 BackPage – News from around the community.
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OFFICERS AND ASSOCIATION LEADERSHIP PRODUCT SERVICE COUNCIL OFFICERS STEPHANIE GRAVES President-Elect
LOYAL PROFFITT Vice President at Large – East
DEREK DEVRIES, CAS President Camp Construction Services
SHELLEY WATSON Vice President at Large – West
CANDIS MOHR, CAS Vice President, AAA Plumbers
QUINTINA WILLIS Vice President at Large – North
JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ, CAS Secretary, The Urban Foresters
HOWARD BOOKSTAFF General Counsel
TRACIE YODER Vice President at Large – South
DEBORAH DEROUEN, CAS Treasurer, OneApp Guarantee
CASEY WATTS MORGAN CEO
JOHN BORIACK Immediate Past President
DAVID LINDLEY, CAS Immediate Past President, FSI Construction
CHRISTY RODRIGUEZ President
GINA ERWIN Secretary/Treasurer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Christy Rodriguez, CAPS President John Boriack Immediate Past President Mack Armstrong Julie Batche Jeff Blevins, CAS Jill Bounds, CAM Michelle Bridges, CAS Kyle Brown Joseph Bryson, CAM, IROP Tina Cavaco Terri Clifton Michelle Croasmun Deborah DeRouen, CAS Derek DeVries, CAS Scott Douglas, CAM, CAPS Gina Erwin Tamara Foster Israel Garza, CAS Diane Gilbert Monica Gracia Stephanie Graves, CAM, CAPS Clark Gregg, CASe, CAPSe Manu Gupta Bryan Head, CAM Melissa Herrera Deborah Holcombe Crystal Jackson, CAM, CAPS Tyler Johnson Debbie Kelm Jacob Kunath, CAS Barby Lake Laura Lestus, CAS David Lindley, CAS Sonia Lopez, CAM, CAPS Betsy Marshall, CAM, CAPS Kristin McLaughlin, CASe Candis Mohr, CAS Carlos Neto Dean O’Kelley, CAS Jenifer Paneral Mark Park, CAS Angelee Kumar Parikh Velissa Parmer Michelle Pawelek Loyal Proffitt Kelly Scott Kurt Seidel Corri Smith Penny Sprang Kelley Suess Debbie Sulzer
Ryan Terrell Starla Turnbo Richard Wall, CAM, CAPS Shelley Watson Quintina Willis, CAM Tracie Yoder, CAPS DIRECTORS EMERITUS Josh Allen Ken Bohan Gary Blumberg Kathy Clem Jack Dinerstein Jenard Gross Darlene Guidry Alison Hall David Hargrove Larry Hill Stacy Hunt Hap Hunnicutt David Jones Mike Koch Dick LaMarche Cesar Lima Tim Myers P David Onanian Jackie Rhone John Ridgway Kim Small Eileen Subinsky Steve Sweet Kirk Tate Suan Tinsley H J Tollett, Jr. Pat Tollett Vic Vacek, Jr. Beth Van Winkle Jerry Winograd ADVISORY DIRECTORS Melissa Friend Billy Griffin, CAS Amanda Kelly, CAS Stacy Lastovica, CAM, CAPS Mary Lawler Katy Myrick Bruce McClenny Bill Nye Ruha Vohra, NALP, CAM Tony Whitaker GENERAL COUNSEL EMERITUS Joe Bax
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS Claude Arnold Kenn Brown Tina Cavaco Terri Clifton Kevin Fenn Diane Gilbert Anita Harrison Dwayne Henson Mike Koch Merry Mount Monette Reynolds Sherry Stevenson Kirk Tate Suan Tinsley Sonny Unverzagt Del Walmsley Nancé Wells H.P. Paul Young Jeanne Marie Zublin Dicks PATRON MEMBERS 1961 CSC ServiceWorks 1968 Century A/C Supply 1978 Houston Planned Energy Systems 1982 Cotton Commercial USA Inc. 1984 AAA Plumbers 1985 Gemstar Construction Development 1986 Craven Carpet 1987 Dixie Carpet Installations 1993 Hire Priority Staffing & Executive Search 1994 Camp Construction Services 1997 Apartments.com 1999 FSI Construction Inc.
PRODUCT SERVICE COUNCIL MEMBERS Marcelino “Tito" VICE PRESIDENTS Estrada, CAS AT LARGE One Source Karen Nelsen, CAS Realty Advisors ALN Apartment Giovanna Gone, CAS, Data Century A/C Supply Blaise Spitaleri, CAS, Dan James, CAS, Gemstar Redevelopment Construction Services Development Amanda Kelly, CAS, Brandt Electrical A/C Susan Alvarado, CAS & Heating Services Century A/C Supply Debra Knight, CAS, Chris Bell, CAS, Comm-Fit Roadrunner Restoration Stephanie Krop, Marivel Bownds, CASe, Poolsure CAS, Valet Living Liz Levins, CAS, Tammy Broadway, CAS Gemstar American Fire Systems Construction Shaun Callaway, CAS, Development Earthworks Jim Martensen, CAS Brandon Coleman, CAS Camp Construction Cinema Anywhere Services Neal Conant, CAS, Tracey Moore, CAS, Gemstar Flooring Warehouse Construction Matthew Nunn, CAS, Development Capital Construction Sean Cunningham, Nikki Sekunda, CAS, CAS, Flooring The Liberty Group Warehouse Mat Tilley, CAS, Deborah DeRouen, WeDoTrash CAS, OneApp Amber Whitaker, CAS Guarantee FSI Construction
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AUGUST 2022 I VOLUME 45, ISSUE 8 Chief Executive Officer and Publisher CASEY WATTS MORGAN, MPP email@example.com EDITORIAL AND DESIGN STAFF Director of Publications and Design DEBORAH NIX firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Vice President of Membership and Marketing AMANDA SHERBONDY, CAE email@example.com CONTRIBUTING STAFF Chief Operating Officer SUSAN HINKLEY, CAE firstname.lastname@example.org Vice President of Professional Development EMILY HILTON, CPP, CAE email@example.com Vice President of Government Affairs BRADLEY PEPPER firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Financial Officer TREY WIMBERLY, CPA email@example.com Director of Resident Relations MATILDE LUNA firstname.lastname@example.org Director of Events and Meetings LAUREN RAGIN, CMP email@example.com Director of Rental Credit Reporting TINA DEFIORE firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Vice President – Outreach LAUREN TURNER, CAE, CMP email@example.com Government Affairs Manager MADISON POLSTON firstname.lastname@example.org Membership and Marketing Manager KAYLON NEWCOMB email@example.com Member Services Coordinator CINDY DE LA RIVA firstname.lastname@example.org Director of IT WILL ALFARO email@example.com PRINTER TGI PRINTED www.tgiprinted.com
HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION COMMITTEES COMMITTEE CHAIR STAFF ADVISOR Executive Christy Rodriguez Casey Morgan Nominating John Boriack Casey Morgan Fair Housing Mack Armstrong Casey Morgan Ethics Michelle Pawelek Casey Morgan Finance Gary Blumberg Casey Morgan ByLaws Kyle Brown Casey Morgan Past Presidents Council Kathy Clem Casey Morgan Multifamily Fire Safety Alliance Elizabeth Castro-Gray Bradley Pepper Legislative Stephanie Graves Bradley Pepper Political Action Stacy Hunt Bradley Pepper Golf Starla Turnbo Madison Polston Century Club Deborah DeRouen Madison Polston Strategic Outreach Gina Erwin Lauren Turner Leadership Development Alison Hall Susan Hinkley Community Outreach Jackie Aguirre Susan Hinkley Product Service Council Derek DeVries Susan Hinkley Expo Exhibitor Candis Mohr Amanda Sherbondy Membership Richard Wall Amanda Sherbondy Ryan Weis Ambassador ONE Society Liz Levins Amanda Sherbondy Blaise Spitaleri Independent Owners Connection Ramon Nunez Amanda Sherbondy Education Advisory Council Betsy Marshall Emily Hilton Career & Community Development Penny Sprang Emily Hilton Resident Relations A Diane Totten Matti Luna Resident Relations B Jana Gragg Matti Luna Resident Relations Appeals Darlene Guidry Matti Luna HAF Fundraiser Brandon Coleman Lauren Ragin Stephanie Krop NEXT Ruha Vohra Lauren Ragin Amanda Kelly Property Awards Norma Alvear Tina DeFiore Diane Gilbert
HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION MISSION AND VISION: HAA is the leading advocate, resource and community partner for quality rental housing providers in the Houston and surrounding area. HAA develops leadership in the multifamily industry by engaging broadly diverse membership, embracing effective technology and advocating for a geographically inclusive association. ABODE IS THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION serving the multihousing industry in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Waller and Wharton counties. ABODE, AUGUST 2022, VOLUME 45, ISSUE 8 ABODE (USPS 024-962) is published monthly by the Houston Multi Housing Corporation. Publishing, editorial and advertising offices are located at 4810 Westway Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77041. Telephone 713-595-0300. The $50 annual ABODE subscription rate is included in all member dues and additional subscriptions are available. The annual subscription rate is $50 for members, $65 for non-members. Advertising rates are available upon request. Contributed material does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Houston Apartment Association. Copyright © 2022 by HAA. Periodicals Postage Paid at Houston, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ABODE, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., Houston, Texas 77041.
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SPONSOR MEMBERS These companies have generously supported the Houston Apartment Association with their sponsor membership. Please give them careful consideration, whenever possible, in your business. 3BeeGuys Bee Removal A Affordable Services Co AAA Staffing Ltd AAdvantage Laundry Systems ACM Contractors of Texas ACT Security Group Action Window Coverings Inc ACTIV Answer by Audio Images Adobe Floors Inc Adventure Playground Systems Inc Alexander-Rose Associates Inc All About Doody Pet Solutions LLC All American Mailboxes of Houston Inc All Dry Service ALN Apartment Data Ambassador Services LLC America Outdoor Furniture American Fire Systems Inc AmRent Andrews Myers PC Apartment Lines ApartmentData.com AppFolio Arbor Contract Carpet Inc ASAP Personnel Inc ASAP Steamers Carpet Cleaning Atom4 Security Camera AZP Multifamily Belfor Property Restoration Bell’s Laundries Benefits 4 Rent Bentley, Bratcher & Associates - PC Bettencourt Tax Advisors LLC BGE Inc/aka Brown & Gay Engineers Inc Bio-One Houston South BioTechs Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning Black Tie Logistics Blue Marlin Maintenance & Services BluSky Restoration Contractors Brady Chapman Holland & Assoc Brannan Designs LLC Architecture & Interior Design BrightView Landscape LLC BSI Cano Electric Inc Cantrell McCulloch Inc Capital Disaster Solutions Carradine Valet CashFlow Pros LLC Centex Construction Century Fire Protection Houston CFI Group Chadwell Supply Citi Fence & Concrete City Pups City Wide Building Services Citywide Protection Unit Classic Same Day Blinds Commercial Fire Protection Construction ECO Services Contractors Inc ControlByNet Cloud and Managed Video Surveillance Solutions Core 24/7 Restoration Services CORT Furniture The Crawfish Men Catering CRE Business Solutions LLC Creative Blinds Crowned Eagle Construction CSC Serviceworks
Cypress Landscaping & Irrigation Inc D&G Quality Roofing Inc DeNyse Companies Designs by Holmes DHI Commercial Roofing Diamond Services LLC DNM Contracting Inc DoodyCalls Dryer Vent Wizard of Humble Ecolo Environmental Inc Embark Services Emersyn Electrical Services LLC EnviroSmart Multifamily Pest Solutions Epic Air Conditioning EPICHTX Construction Ezlo Innovation Fantastic Floors Featherston Sign Partners Fedora Intertech Fiat Construction LLC Fidus Construction Services Finish Factory Inc Finishes Insurance Agency Fire and Life Safety America Fire Reconstruction Inc Firetrol Protection Systems Flavor Finish Resurfacing Flexirocks Front Row Signs Frontier Waste Solutions fun abounds Furniture Refinishing Services Gambit Construction Garan Commercial Construction Inc Gateman Inc Gemaire Giordano Construction Inc Go-Staff Inc Grace Landscaping Graphic Stylus Promotional Products Great American Business Products Green City Security LLC Green Garbology Greenlogic Lighting & Electric Guardian Gutters Halo Doors Inc Hamilton-Steele Outdoor Accents HARCO Insurance Services Hard Works Valet Trash & Recycling Hays Recruiting Higginbotham Hive Technology HK Morris Group LLC Hoover Slovacek LLP HQ Contracting Hut Services LLC Industrial Disposal Supply Infinity Power Partners Infinity Roofing & Restoration Inner Loop Construction LLC Innovated Homes LLC Insgroup J and B Carpet Services JAK Environmental LLC Johnstone Supply Jonah Digital Agency Kathy Andrews Interiors Keylo Painting & Construction KONE L.A. Public Adjusters LandscapesUSA Leah McVeigh Design and Consulting
LeasePal Inc Ledge Lounger Lee & Barrier Builders LLC The Liberty Group Liftmaster Lights Out Production Company Lincoln Jacob Construction Lithotech Printed Products/ Forms Center Local Roofing and Restoration Lopez Carpet Care & Painting LP Building Solutions: LouisianaPacific Corporation LSR Multifamily LVL Up Remodeling Macyas Remodeling LLC Maldonado Nursery & Landscaping Inc Masonry Solutions Inc Matrix Construction Services McMahan’s Flooring Inc Men In Kilts MGL Rehab Construction Milwaukee Tool Modern Pest Control Monge Contracting Group MPS Direct Mueller Water Conditioning Inc MX2 Commercial Paving Nationwide Complaint Nelson Painting and Construction NGC Renovation LLC Norman Roofing and Construction Northwest Construction Group O’Conor Mason & Bone PC Oasis Eco Services On Duty Tree and Landscape On Site Towing LLC Orkin Pest Control Outdoor Elements P.A.I. Restoration Pace Mechanical Services LLC Parking Management Company/ PMC Towing Paul Davis Greater Houston PCS Creative Surface LLC Perma-Pier Foundation Repair of TX The Phoenix Staffing Pool Knights Precision Safe Sidewalks LLC Priority Protection & Investigations Inc PROCO Commercial Roofing Professional Resurface LLC Property Guardians Pura Flo Corporation PuroClean Qira Inc Quatro Tax LLC Qwikkit RAM Construction Ram Jack Foundation Solutions Redevelopment Services Reliable Roofing of Texas Inc Reliant Remedy Roofing Inc RENCON RentPath Residential Waste Service LLC Restoration 1 of Central Houston REVS (Refuel Electric Vehicle Solutions) RezClean Houston RG Miller Engineers RLB Construction Ltd dba RoofTec
Roadrunner Restoration Company LLC Roosevelt General Contracting Roto-Rooter Services Co SafeRent Solutions Saifee Signs & Graphics Saint Clair & Sons Inc Sayan Renovations and Construction Scoop Troop HTX SEAL Security Solutions LLC Secure Insurance Select Appliance Wholesale LLC Sherwin Williams Company Sign-Ups & Banners Signal 88 Security Skyline Highrise Services Snappt SOS-ASAP Softwashing South Central Electric LLC Spectrum Brands - Pfister Steward Trash Valet Service Storm Maintenance & Monitoring Stormwater Professionals Group Strata Roofing and Construction LLC Strategic Electrical Solutions Structural Concrete Systems LLC Sunny Pressure Washing LLC Swain & Baldwin Insurance & Risk Management Swift Bunny Texas Apartment Pool Services Texas Concrete Professional Company Texas Engineered Roofing & General Contracting Texas GroundWorks Management Texas Landscape Group LLC Texas Southwest Floors Inc Texas Waste Management Solutions LLC Texas Window Cleaning Co Inc The J.P. Barnes Law Firm PLLC The Law Office of Ernie Garcia, PLLC Three Amigos Texas LLC Threshold Agency LLC Tidal Renovations LLC Tile Center Tpo Pros Roofing & Restoration Trash Roundup LLC Triangle DJ Contractors Two Brothers Foundation Repair United Protective Services Urban Value Corner Store USA Patrol Division USMEX Advisors/The Collective Real Estate Group Valet Living VBM Waste LLC VERO Leasing Vima Decor Warrior Patrol Services LLC WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems Watermark Restoration and Construction Wayfinder Tax Relief LLC Webb Pest Control Whitmans Contracting and Roofing Willbanks & Associates Inc Wilson Fire Equipment Wilsonart LLC World Cinema Inc WRLD PRO Vending LLC
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Letter from the President
By CHRISTY RODRIGUEZ, 2022 HAA President
IT’S TIME TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR OUR OWN! This month’s issue focuses on the best and brightest on both sides of the multifamily industry – management and suppliers. First, I want to recognize the outstanding contributions of our supplier members! See Page 28 for coverage of HAA’s record-breaking Sponsorship Auction. Without the financial and volunteer support of our supplier members, HAA could not present the amazing events and programs that our industry has come to rely on for networking and making connections. Take a look at the photos throughout this issue of ABODE and the event photo galleries online at www.haaonline.org for proof of what supplier support brings to the association. It’s massive and vital to our industry. So, how about showing our suppliers some love? Let’s say thank you in person during the HAA Business Exchange. This “speed dating” style event is a great way to show our vendors appreciation and offer them those allimportant connections. They need and deserve to have our management representatives there. You'll never know who you might meet and what new product or service you can discover. It’s tough for our supplier members, old and new, to get their foot in the door and this is an easy way to show them that we value what they do for us every day. See Page 19 for event details or see the QR code below. Take a little time to be there for our suppliers like they are always there for us. Next up, it’s management’s turn – we have a special section covering the 2022 Houston Apartment Association’s Honors Award recipients and nominees! For our cover feature, we asked our winners a few personal questions. Please take the time to read the interviews and learn more about each of our recipients. This was a very competitive field of multifamily professionals, so you will find insights and inspiration from their stories. And don’t forget to reach out and congratulate them in person – wouldn't it be awesome for our winners to hear congratulations from a random member? It’s another great way to connect and expand our multiFAMILY contacts. Our supplier and management professionals are a welcoming bunch, don’t miss your chance to make connections at an upcoming HAA event. There are so many ways to network with our members. There’s an event for everyone, be it the Forty Under 40 Celebration, the HAA Political Action Committee Luncheons, Ambassador Happy Hours, Go-Getter meetings and so much more. Reach out to HAA staff for help getting involved and visit www.haaonline.com/events for all the info. Come on HAA members, let’s connect!
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These companies have generously supported the Houston Apartment Association with their patron membership. Please give them careful consideration, whenever possible, in your business.
August Patron of the Month
Houston Planned Energy Systems
HAA Member since 1978
HAA Member since 1997
Cotton Commercial USA Inc.
Gemstar Construction Development Inc.
HAA Member since 1982
Hire Priority Staffing & Executive Search
HAA Member since 1985
HAA Member since 1993
HAA Member since 1984
FSI Construction Inc.
HAA Member since 1961
HAA Member since 1999
Dixie Carpet Installations
HAA Member since 1986
HAA Member since 1987
Camp Construction Services
Century A/C Supply
HAA Member since 1994
HAA Member since 1968
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By STEPHANIE GRAVES, HAA Legislative Chair, with BRADLEY PEPPER, Vice President of Government Affairs
RENTAL ASSISTANCE RECAP A Harris County/City of Houston Rental Assistance webinar recap.
IN JUNE, HAA hosted a webinar featuring representatives from the Houston-Harris County Emergency Rental Assistance Program (HHC ERAP) who discussed the reallocation process for duplicate rental assistance payments, as well as updates to the Eviction Intervention Program. As most of us know, over the last two years many properties received rental assistance payments from Texas Rent Relief and also received payments for the same months from the Houston-Harris County program. Effective June 1, the Houston-Harris County program has implemented a duplicate payment reallocation process through which a tenant can update their application to allow for allocation of payments to additional months, with an associated reduction in recapture requirements. This process begins with an email to the landlord from Houston-Harris County stating that you could be eligible for a reallocation of duplicated payments for different months that your tenant resided on your property. There will be a link in the email sent for you to complete the application process. To move forward with the reallocation, you must: • Confirm that you will participate in fund reallocation. • Select the months that you will credit your tenant. • Provide documentation (if available) proving that funds have been reallocated on behalf of your tenant. • NOTE: You must complete the entire application in the next 14 days, or your application will no longer be eligible for reallocation. In determining tenant eligibility for reallocation, HHC ERAP will review three criteria: 1. Residence: Did the tenant live on the property during months selected for reallocation? 2. Income: We must re-certify that tenants still meet the program’s income limits. 3. Max Assistance: The maximum amount of rental assistance allowed by Treasury guidelines is 15-18 months. www.haaonline.org
After the program completes review of the Landlord Reallocation Form and confirms eligibility, a request will be sent to the tenant to complete the reallocation application. The tenant will then confirm the reallocation months and submit current income documentation. This will need to be completed within 14 days. Once the HHC ERAP program staff verify tenant income and eligibility, the reallocation request will be approved. Even with this process in place, there are still numerous questions and scenarios that we have submitted to Houston/Harris County for further detail. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding FAQ’s and other details on recapture reallocation. Eviction Intervention Program In addition to the new process for recapture reallocation, the HHC ERAP staff has provided updates on the Eviction Intervention Program, which was formally focused on general rental assistance. Unlike the previous Emergency Rental Assistance Program, all rental assistance cases for HHC ERAP are now focused on tenants in the eviction process. They estimate an approximate 28-day turn around time per case. To be eligible for assistance in the HoustonHarris County program, a tenant must have an eviction case number. Tenants should submit a new application if they applied for rental assistance before and are now in eviction court. Landlords must be enrolled in the program for tenants to receive rental assistance. The program is voluntary and you are not required to accept rental assistance or participate in the program because you or a property has done so in the past. If eviction has not been filed or a tenant has already been evicted from the unit, they are not eligible to receive funds. As this process continues, and it changes and adapts as funding levels change, we will
continue to update HAA members on the status of the program. City Updates City of Houston Last month, the Houston Permitting Center created the new “Customer Experience Team.” This team will be dedicated to supporting the customer experience by triaging all customer project issues, connecting customers to the right subject matter experts and working to provide customers with a same-day response to their questions. You can reach this team through the Contact Us page, Live Chat, or by emailing directly to email@example.com. For project-specific questions, please have your project number or site address ready. You can also call 832-394HELP (4357). City of Stafford For those with properties in the City of Stafford, we wanted to provide an update the new fire inspection fees that will be effective on October 1. You may recall that in 2021, the city was considering requiring an “assembly permit” fee of $250 per apartment building. HAA worked with City of Stafford officials to adopt an alternative to that onerous fee, ultimately supporting the city in implementing a sliding scale fee that would be calculated per unit starting with $5 for the first year, $7.50 for the second year, then $9 thereafter. The first year fee was set at $5 per unit and the assembly occupancy type only attached to the areas residents can congregate, typically one building per property. As stated, year two will begin October 1 and the per unit fee adjusts to $7.50 and the assembly occupancy type continues to only be for areas where residents can congregate. Please let us know if you have any questions. If you have a problem or question, call the HAA main line at 713-595-0300 and ask for Government Affairs. August 2022
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It’s the Law
By HOWARD BOOKSTAFF, Hoover Slovacek LLP , HAA General Counsel
REVIEW YOUR SCREENING POLICY HUD confirms its concerns about criminal history screening.
ON MARCH 31, 2022, President Biden declared April as Second Chance Month, emphasizing the importance of helping persons who have had criminal involvement reenter society, reunite with their families, and find stable and safe homes. On April 12, 2022, the Secretary of HUD instituted an agency-wide effort to review HUD programs to ensure HUD and others are as inclusive as possible of individuals with criminal involvement. On June 10, 2022, HUD published a memorandum to highlight the importance of applying principles of HUD’s 2016 guidance on the application of the Fair Housing Act standards to the use of criminal records by housing providers. HUD’s memorandum provides tips to HUD agencies conducting investigations relating to criminal background screening and sets out some best practices the agencies can suggest to housing providers who may be concerned about potential liability relating to the use of criminal background screening information. Although you may not agree with all HUD has stated, we can learn from how HUD applies the Fair Housing Act to criminal history screening policies. Housing disparities in the criminal justice system The memorandum and the previous HUD guidance focuses on the disparities in the criminal justice system as a basis for relating potential fair housing claims to criminal history screening. HUD states: • Disparities throughout the Unites States criminal justice system are well established and persistent. • Blacks represent roughly 13% of the total US population that account for roughly 27% of all arrests. • In 2019, the incarceration rate of Black www.haaonline.org
males was 5.7 times that of White non-Hispanic males, while the incarceration of Black females was 1.7 times the rate of White nonHispanic females. • Updated data shows that individuals with disabilities are also disproportionally impacted by the criminal justice system. • Housing providers frequently employ policies or practices that exclude individuals with criminal involvement from housing, which HUD states should raise red flags for investigators. • Screening companies that provide background check reports are often inaccurate, incomplete or have no relationship to whether someone will be a good tenant. • Some housing providers inform potential residents that they do not rent to persons with “criminal records,” deterring those with any criminal involvement from applying. Three theories of liability HUD states that using criminal history to screen, deny lease renewal, evict or otherwise exclude an individual from housing may be illegal under the Fair Housing Act under the theories of discriminatory intent, discriminatory effects and refusal to make reasonable accommodations. Discriminatory intent HUD advises its agencies that claims that a housing provider has used criminal records or other criminal history information to discriminate intentionally in violation of the Act should be investigated in a manner similar to other allegations of intentional discrimination. Criminal records or other criminal history information may be a pretext for unequal treatment of individuals because of race, color, national origin, disability or another protected characteristic.
Discriminatory effects HUD states housing provider’s criminal background screening policy could create an unjustified discriminatory effect in violation of the Act and claims should be analyzed under a three step discriminatory effects analysis. 1. Step 1 (a statistical showing of discrimination) Investigators must gather evidence regarding whether the challenged criminal history policy or practice actually or predicably results in a disparate impact on a protected class. This involves identifying: (i) a housing provider’s relevant practices or policies and (ii) statistics which show whether the identified policies actually or predictably result in a disparate impact on a protected class. 2. Step 2 (potential defenses) HUD states that investigators should anticipate common defenses and independently determine whether there is any evidence that supports or refutes a potential defense. Potential defenses include a claim that the screening policy is necessary to achieve a substantial, legitimate, non-discriminatory interest such as addressing safety or property concerns. However, policies and practices that fail to consider the nature, severity and recency of an individual’s conduct are unlikely to be necessary to serve a substantial, legitimate, non-discriminatory interest. 3. Step 3 (less discriminatory alternative) HUD states that if the policy is necessary to achieve a substantial, legitimate, non-discriminatory interest, investigators should gather information and analyze whether the same interest could be served by another practice that has a less discriminatory effect. If so, the housing provider’s defense fails. August 2022
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Although the identification of a less discriminatory alternative will depend on the particulars of the criminal history or policy practice being challenged, individualized assessment of relevant mitigating information beyond that contained in an individual’s criminal records is likely to have a less discriminatory effect than categorical exclusions that do not take such additional information into account. Relevant individualized evidence might include: • The facts or circumstances surrounding the criminal conduct; • The age of the individual at the time of the conduct; • Evidence that the individual has maintained a good tenant history before or after the conviction or conduct; and • Evidence of rehabilitation efforts. Reasonable accommodation HUD states that some complaints relating to criminal involvement may allege that a housing provider discriminated because of disability by failing to make an exception or adjustment to a criminal background screening policy or practice when such exception or adjustment may be necessary to afford a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.
Recommended tips HUD gives several tips that agencies should recommend to housing providers, including the following: • Housing providers should consider not using criminal history to screen residents for housing. HUD states that criminal history is not a good predictor of housing success. • Housing providers should evict for criminal activity only as a last resort. • Housing providers should not ban a resident’s invited guest from visiting the resident based on the guest’s criminal involvement. • If housing providers choose to use criminal background screening policies or practices, they should consider taking the following steps to avoid potential violation of the Fair Housing Act: • Before making an adverse decision because of an applicant’s or resident’s criminal involvement, provide the applicant or resident with the criminal record, indicate which specific part of the record may form the basis of an adverse decision, and give the applicant or resident the opportunity to correct inaccurate information or explain extenuating circumstances related to that record. • Consider delaying the consideration of
criminal history until after an individual’s financial and other qualifications are verified and a conditional offer is made. • Conduct an individualized assessment that considers relevant mitigating information beyond that contained in the individual’s criminal record. Conclusion All housing providers should review their criminal history screening policy to determine the extent to which the HUD guidance in 2016 and the HUD memorandum in 2022 could be used to challenge criminal history screening policy. There may be times when a housing provider will need to balance the risks associated with Fair Housing liability versus premises liability. Whether and how you want to revise your criminal history screening criteria to reflect the suggestions provided by HUD is up to you. However, the HUD guidance and memorandum give housing providers an in-depth view of how HUD will evaluate claims of discrimination based upon criminal history screening criteria. Want more Howard? Go to http://issuu.com/haa_abode.
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Resident Relations from the RESIDENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE
IN WITH THE NEW
A resident disputes charges after moving out due to a property management change. A RESIDENT FILED a complaint with HAA disputing charges and the failure to return a security deposit. The resident stated that her property had a management change and residents were requested to leave or reapply. After receiving an Advance Notice of Termination at the End of Lease Term or Renewal Period dated February 2, she gave notice on February 15 for move out at the end of her lease term on March 31. The notice stated management did not want the lease term to automatically renew month-to-month and that the lease term would not automatically renew, with a move-out date of April 30. The resident submitted to HAA a copy of a management change notice with new terms
handwritten on the back and the termination or renewal notice from the property.
provided, the resident had a zero balance before the fee was charged. The resident was to be refunded the security deposit in full.
Management Response Management responded to HAA that the resident was required to give a 60-day notice to vacate and gave notice on February 15. Included in the response were copies of the lease, application, notice to vacate and final account statement charging a reletting fee.
The HAA Resident Relations Committees provide an impartial review of resident complaints using the documentation provided by both the resident and management. If you are a manager with a resident relations issue, call HAA at 713-595-0300 for direct assistance.
The Committee’s Decision The committee decided in favor of the resident. The resident was not responsible for the reletting charge because management provided the resident with a non-renewal letter. As per the account statement
Renters can be referred to HAA by calling 713-595-0300 to speak to a trained consultant, fluent in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents can also be directed online to www.haaonline.org/renters.
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On the Scene with the HAA PAC HAA PAC Luncheon Wednesday, June 15 at the HAF Dinerstein Reed Prokop Education Center Sponsored by 1 ApartmentData.com The HAA Political Action Committee hosted Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle for its June luncheon.
WE’RE ALL ABOUT BETTER GOVERNMENT Threats from government are coming at the apartment industry at a rapid pace. The HAA PAC, the political action committee of the Houston Apartment Association, needs your help to fight bad legislation. HAA members can participate in the PAC on several levels. Committee application forms are available. To join, renew or learn how to become involved with the PAC, see online at www.haaonline.org/haapac or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 16
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Stand Up & Stand Out Signature Sponsor
Bubbly Bar Sponsor
Forty Under 40 Celebration Thursday, September 15 6 p.m. to 8:30 pm 40 Below
located under Bayou Music Center at 520 Texas Ave. Early bird register by August 19: $65 After August 19: $75
www.haaonline.org/events Join the conversation: #HAA40under40
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On the Scene with ACES ACES Luncheon Sponsored by 1 Lowe’s Pro Supply and Repair of Texas Friday, June 17 at Maggiano’s Little Italy
The Apartment Community Executives & Supervisors Luncheon featured “Leadership in the New Economy” with Andy Masters.
IN PURSUIT OF AN EVER-INCREASING LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM, the Apartment Community Executives & Supervisors group was created to offer executive-level members a way to network and exchange information and knowledge. It offers them an opportunity for educational programs and presentations, along with greater knowledge of the political and legislative needs of the industry. ACES is intended for those on the property management side of HAA membership in an executive or leadership role. For more on ACES, see online at www.haaonline.org or contact Emily Hilton at email@example.com. 18
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Sponsored by Chadwell Supply, Flooring Warehouse, Guardian Construction and Zillow Group Rentals
Property management supervisors and executives: Don’t miss this free networking opportunity that supports our industry. Join HAA and our chairs, Melissa Herrera, Cushman & Wakefield, and Penny Sprang, Greystar, for the 16th annual HAA Business Exchange, a great opportunity to learn about the latest industry products and services in an online, controlled environment and give back to your industry. Find supplier partners that can help with your needs with CapEx Projects, renovations, staffing, pest control, technology and more!
Thursday, September 1 HCC West Houston Institute, 2811 Hayes Road, 77082 8 a.m. – Registration 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Exchange
Owners/Property Management: The Business Exchange is a forum where property management leaders are seated at tables while supplier representatives move around the room, selecting the individuals they wish to visit. Each visit has a five minute limit. Supplier companies pay for this opportunity and your attendance makes this possible. This event raises money for the Houston Apartment Foundation Scholarship Fund. The HAF Scholarship Fund provides monetary assistance to students who are pursuing their credentials. By simply attending, (you pay nothing) you are helping us grow talented people to work in the industry. To take part in this great fundraising event, contact HAA’s Susan Hinkley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suppliers: See more at: www.haaonline.org/businessexchange or contact Susan Hinkley at email@example.com or 713-595-0313 for more information.
You will have access to a number of property management leaders from owner executives to maintenance supervisors. The first two participants from your company pay $400 each with an option for a third participant at $425.
Register at www.haaonline.org/businessexchange and thank you for your support.
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Calendar HAA Education, Events and Meetings SCHEDULE
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New Supplier Member Orientation Wednesday, August 3 10 a.m. Via Zoom All new supplier members are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join. Ambassador ONE Society Happy Hour Wednesday, August 3 3:30 p.m. Kirby Ice House Memorial City 1015 Gessner Road Ambassador members only. Contact Amanda at email@example.com for details.
Legal Lowdown Thursday, August 4 3 p.m. HAA's Monthly Legal Series comes to you virtually with Howard Bookstaff. Registrants receive access links via email one day prior to event date. Visit the event calendar at www.haaonline.org to register. Sponsored by ALN Apartment Data
Resident Relations Committee B Meeting Wednesday, August 10 Via Zoom 2 p.m.
Leasing 101 Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17 8:30 a.m. to Noon NEW: Attend both days or Day 2 only for a TAA Lease 2.0 refresher course! From Fair Housing and the TAA lease paperwork, to today’s terminology and techniques, the industry’s most seasoned and dynamic instructors are on hand to educate students on the boundless potential that awaits those who choose the apartment management industry as their career. Visit www.haaonline.org for more information.
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Product Service Council Meeting Thursday, August 18 9 a.m. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Woodlands Region Meeting Thursday August 18 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to onsite personnel only. An update from Judge Matt Beasley and Constable Ryan Gable open to onsite personnel only. This event is free, but we kindly ask you to RSVP for yourself and/or team members. Visit www.haaonline.org/outreach meetings for information. Contact email@example.com to RSVP. Sponsored by ICONstrux Design + Build
IROC Breakfast Friday, August 19 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Independent Rental Owners' Connection offers customized education and networking programs just for you! Sponsored by Ideal Towing
HAA PAC Luncheon Wednesday, August 24 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Madison at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Sponsored by Texas Apartment Pool Services
Blue Star Program Thursday, August 25 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Blue Star Certification Program is a joint effort by the Houston Police Department and HAA. Created for rental properties of all sizes, the program's goal is to help law enforcement officials and the multifamily housing industry work together to effectively reduce criminal activity in rental properties. Please direct questions to Tangila Nichols at email@example.com. Sponsored by American Fire Systems
Introduction to Microsoft Excel Thursday, August 25 8:30 a.m. to Noon Learn to conquer your fear of the spreadsheet! This great-for-beginners course offers a detailed look into this multi-faceted, often daunting program. Shortcuts, tips and tricks for all levels.
NEXT Social: White Linen Night Thursday, August 25 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Join the HAA’s young professionals group for networking and more! This niche group within HAA is dedicated to the networking and professional development needs of HAA members under 40. See Page 25 and visit www.haaonline.org/NEXT for details. Sponsored by American Fire Systems, Crestmark Construction Services and Gemstar Construction Development
Featured Event: Maintenance Appreciation Night at the Houston Dynamo Wednesday, August 31 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. PNC Stadium Treat your maintenance teams to a night out with the Houston Dynamo as they take on LAFC. See Page 24 for details. Sponsored by American Fire Systems, Ferguson Facilities Supply, Gemstar Construction Development, Valet Living and Watermark Restoration and Construction
Take 5 Business Exchange Thursday, September 1 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. HCC West Houston Institute 2811 Hayes Road, Houston 77082 An opportunity for property management professionals to meet face to face with a number of supplier partners as they move around the room in a speed dating for business format. See Page 19 for details. Sponsored by Chadwell Supply, Flooring Warehouse, Guardian Construction and Zillow Group Rentals Legal Lowdown Thursday, September 1 3 p.m. HAA's Monthly Legal Series comes to you virtually with Howard Bookstaff. Registrants receive access links via email one day prior to event date. Visit the event calendar at www.haaonline.org to register. Sponsored by Redevelopment Services
New Supplier Member Orientation Wednesday, September 7 10 a.m. Via Zoom All new supplier members are welcome. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to join. Ambassador ONE Society Happy Hour Wednesday, September 7 3:30 p.m. Kirby Ice House Memorial City 1015 Gessner Road Ambassador members only. Contact Amanda at email@example.com for details.
Certified Pool Operator Wednesday, September 7 and Thursday, September 8 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dispel the myths in pool care and tremendously reduce chemical expenses while extending the life of your pool. Successful completion of
UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, all events meet at our Dinerstein Reed Prokop Education Center, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., second floor, in either the Direct Energy and Liberty Personnel & Executive Search or the Camden and Michael Stevens Interests Room. Meetings located at the HAA Offices, 4810 Westway Park Blvd., first floor, will be held in the Redi Carpet and Winograd Families/Judwin Properties Conference Room. See www.haaonline.org/events for an interactive calendar. 20
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Please note that dates and times are subject to change. Check the calendars at www.haaonline.org/events for the most up-to-date information.
this exam offers apartment industry personnel a five year certification from the Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (formerly NSPF).
8 Avenues: Marketing Place 3 – Getting “HITCHed!” How to Help Your Clients Fall in Love with Your Community! with Rommel Anacan Thursday, September 8 8:30 a.m. to noon Clients love this power packed three-hour workshop because it is a great combination of “nuts and bolts” sales strategies and thoughtprovoking big picture concepts, reinforced with entertaining and educational scenes from famous romantic comedies; all combined with Rommel’s own unique observances and experiences in the “trenches.” See Page 22 for details. Sponsored by ALN Apartment Data Conroe Region Meeting Thursday, September 8 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open to onsite personnel only. Registration starts at 11 a.m. The program and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m. This event is free, but we kindly ask you to RSVP yourself and/or team members. Visit www.haaonline.org/outreach meetings for up-to-date information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Sponsored by Gemstar Construction Development
ACES Luncheon Friday, September 9 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: TBA ACES is open to supervisors and executive-level multifamily professionals. Contact Emily at email@example.com for details. Sponsored by Century A/C Supply and TriArc Construction
Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician: Plumbing Repair Thursday, September 15 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by AAA Plumbers
HAA Board Meeting Thursday, September 22 4 p.m. Sponsored by HD Supply
Featured Event: Forty Under 40 Celebration Thurday, September 15 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 40 Below 520 Texas Ave. The Houston Apartment Association invites you to a special celebration honoring the industry's top 40 professionals under the age of 40. Members of all ages are welcome. See Page 17 for details. Signature sponsor AAA Plumbers, Excellence sponsors FSI Construction and Texscape Services and Bubbly Bar Sponsor Gemstar Construction
Leasing 101 Tuesday, September 27 and Wednesday, September 28 8:30 a.m. to Noon NEW: Attend both days or Day 2 only for a TAA Lease 2.0 refresher course! From Fair Housing and the TAA lease paperwork, to today’s terminology and techniques, the industry’s most seasoned and dynamic instructors are on hand to educate students on the boundless potential that awaits those who choose the apartment management industry as their career. Visit www.haaonline.org for more information.
13 Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician: Interior/Exterior Repair Tuesday, September 13 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Watermark Restoration and Construction
14 Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician: Electrical Repair Wednesday, September 14 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by Century A/C Supply Crime Prevention Round Table Wednesday, September 14 11:30 a.m. Contact Lauren Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Sponsored by American Fire Systems Resident Relations Committee A Meeting Wednesday, September 14 Via Zoom 2 p.m.
20 Supplier Education Program Tuesday, September 20 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join the HAA Product Service Council for this free education session for supplier members. For more information, visit www.haaonline.org/supplier program
Go-Getter Happy Hour Thursday, September 29 4 p.m. Kirby Ice House - Memorial City See Page 64 for details. Sponsored by Crestmark Construction and TriArc Construction
22 HAA Membership 101 Webinar Thursday, September 22 10 a.m. Via Zoom All members are welcome. Contact email@example.com for the link to join.
Maintenance Appreciation NIGHT
Wednesday, August 31 • Register at www.haaonline.org/events www.haaonline.org
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Avenues: Leadership Lane - 3 September 21 Feedback Is A Gift Successful Leaders Give with Steve Wunch
Avenues: Maintenance Blvd - 2 October 6 Creeped Out by Bids and Scopes of Work? Top Tips to Produce Successful Contractswith Chris King-Dye, Full House Marketing Avenues: Maintenance Blvd - 3 November 3 Dude, where’s my caulk? Inventory Management and Shop Organization with Chris King-Dye, Full House Marketing
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Follow a road that fits you career journey with Avenues. The Avenues series of seminars feature some of the best nationally-acclaimed speakers in the industry with learning sessions for every level of multifamily professional. Annual Property Subscriptions are available with unlimited attendance for all on-site property staff to all sessions at discounted prices: • Only $199 per year per property for properties with fewer than 200 units • Only $399 per year per property for properties with 200 to 350 units. • Only $450 per year per property for properties with more than 350 units. If you need a single workshop, individual sessions are priced at only $50 per person, a real steal for quality education.
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Get the lowdown, virtually! 2021 was another bumpy ride, with many legal implications for the multifamily industry. Stay up to date and in the know via this monthly series. Join Howard Bookstaff virtually for an update on all things legal, from eviction procedures to local, state and federal law changes. Program fee: $45 per person Annual Property Subscription available: $500 per property
Free bonus registration to 2022 Redbook Seminar with your annual subscription
Mark your calendars!
August 4 September 1 October 6 November 3 December 1
First Thursday of every month at 3 p.m.
Watch your email and visit www.haaonline.org for the latest topics to be discussed.
Register online today at www.haaonline.org or call 713-595-0300 for details.
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Sponsored by American Fire Systems Ferguson Facilities Supply Gemstar Construction Valet Living Watermark Restoration
professionals with the Dynamo Maintenance Appreciation NIGHT
Treat your teams to a night out with the Houston Dynamo as they take on LAFC.
Pre-Game Happy Hour 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pitch 25- 2120 Walker St. (across from PNC Stadium)
Wednesday, August 31 Houston Dynamo vs. LAFC Game 7:30 p.m. PNC Stadium, 2200 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77003 $60/person
Registration includes access to the Pre-Game Happy Hour, with complimentary heavy appetizers and your first drink, and one reserved seat to the Dynamo vs LAFC game in our HAA section. CASH GIVEAWAYS: All maintenance professional attendees will be entered into two drawings for $500! Winners will be announced at the pre-game happy hour. *Must be present to win
Please note: This event is open to management, maintenance professionals and sponsors only. Visit www.haaonline.org/events for details and to register.
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Join your multifamily young professional peers for a White Linen celebration to mark the end of summer! White linen attire highly suggested, but not required. Registration fee includes heavy appetizers and your first drink.
NEXT Social Thursday, August 25 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. McIntyre’s Downtown 901 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002 $20/person
Register online at www.haaonline.org/events
Sponsored by American Fire Systems Crestmark Construction Gemstar Construction Development
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Industry Update from the NATIONAL APARTMENT ASSOCIATION and the NATIONAL MULTIHOUSING COUNCIL
FEDERAL BILLS WOULD MAKE ACCEPTING VOUCHERS MANDATORY
New source of income legislation has been introduced in Congress. Here’s what you need to know. ON JUNE 23, 2022, federal legislators introduced bills that would amend the national Fair Housing Act of 1968 to prohibit rental housing providers from rejecting an applicant because of their “source of income,” specifically targeting those who hold a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV). S. 4485 and its House companion bill, H.R. 8213, dubbed the Fair Housing Improvement Act of 2022, were introduced by Sen. Tim Kaine (DVA) and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), respectively. The HCV Program is a critical tool in helping low- and moderate-income households access safe and affordable housing. However, this legislation would not reduce the primary obstacle to voucher utilization. Participation in the currently overregulated and underfunded HCV Program is significantly more costly, time-consuming and risky than the standard leasing transaction, making it an infeasible business practice for many rental housing providers across the country.
According to research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 68 percent of housing providers who do not participate in the HCV Program have previously accepted vouchers but left the program due to unreasonable inspections requirements, inability to control their business operations or a lack of support from their local Public Housing Authority (PHA) during a tenant conflict. Lawmakers should instead focus on sustainable solutions that improve outcomes longterm, like incentivizing private housing providers to participate in the voucher program by passing the bipartisan Choice in Affordable Housing Act (S. 1820 and H.R. 6880), which would establish new funding for the HCV Program, limit redundant inspections requirements and provide greater support to local PHAs. Efforts to mandate housing provider participation in the HCV program are simultaneously gaining steam in state and local
governments across the country. NAA research shows that over 120 local jurisdictions and 20 states have enacted “source of income” protections, with Illinois being the latest on May 24. Over the past three months, over 100 city councils have discussed source of income protections. Using NAA’s Source of Income Conversations and Local Tracker (https://www.naahq.org/source-income-conversations), you can see where local lawmakers are discussing this policy. For more information on source of income legislation, please contact Ben Harrold, NAA’s Manager of Public Policy. Reprinted with permission from the NAA Industry Insider Newsletter, July 12, 2022, https://www.naahq.org/federal-bills-wouldmake-accepting-vouchers-mandatory? utm_source=Pardot&utm_medium=Email&ut m_campaign=Industry-Insider.
Did they pay their rent? Rental Credit Reporting (RCR) was established in 1977 to solve screening problems the Houston Apartment Association founders felt plagued the local apartment industry. RCR has unsurpassed data on resident rental histories in the Houston region. The Houston Apartment Association and CoreLogic are partnered to expand RCR and include numerous searches in one bundled report with immediate and unlimited inquiry access.
To learn more and subscribe, call RCR at 713-595-0300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.haaonline.org.
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On the Scene Photos by HAA STAFF “Friends: The One Where You Gain Exposure” Sponsorship Auction Thursday, June 30 at the HAF Education Center Suppliers were definitely not “on a break” for HAA’s June Sponsorship Auction. Thanks to our sponsors, a record $235,950 was raised for HAA’s education, events and meetings. A big thanks to our auctioneers Billy “Ross’ Griffin and Kelly “Rachel” Robinson!
Thank you to our generous supplier sponsors: TriArc Construction Camp Construction Services Century Air Conditioning Supply Crestmark Construction Services American Fire Systems EPICHTX Construction Guardian Construction AAA Plumbers Lowe’s Pro Supply Texas Apartment Pool Services Reliant Gemstar Construction Development Inc ATI Restoration Chadwell Supply Texscape Services FSI Construction Roadrunner Restoration Company LLC Best Plumbing Earthworks Inc Cotton Commercial Fidus Construction Services Watermark Restoration and Construction Ferguson Facilities Supply Ideal Towing Core Landscape Group Sentriforce PPG Paints Dixie Carpet Installations Inc Belfor Property Restoration Zillow Group Rentals Flooring Warehouse ALN Apartment Data Cinema Anywhere Perceptive Things Redevelopment Services Outdoor Elements The Liberty Group Valet Living InterSolutions Staffing Qwikkit Southern Ice Cream HD Supply Texas Southwest Floors Poolsure Rent. Brandt Electrical A/C & Heating Services Hoffer Furniture Insgroup Next Chapter Movers 28
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On the Scene Photos by HIEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY 2022 Honors Awards Thursday, June 16 at the Hilton Americas Awards Sponsored by 10 Century A/C Supply, 11 Foundation Specialists and FSI Construction and 12 The Liberty Group Reception sponsored by 13 Contractors Inc. More than 1,000 attendees honored the best of 2022 in multifamily. Want to see more? All the photos from the event are available on the HAA website at www.haaonline.org. Scroll down and click the “Photos by Partners” link on right side of the homepage. 1
1. Leasing Professional of the Year Rebeca Lee 2. Maintenance Technician of the Year Steven Cantu 3. Owner/Management Executive of the Year Shelley Zepeda 4. On-Site Manager of the Year, 1-150 Units, Patrick Magnuson 5. On-Site Manager of the Year, 151-349 Units, Brandon Coleman 6. On-Site Manager of the Year, 350 or More Units, Jaime Reynoso 7. Maintenance Supervisor of the Year, Single Property, Josue Jonathan Juarez 8. Maintenance Supervisor of the Year, Multiple Properties, Alex Quezada 9. Corporate Support Professional of the Year Liz Macias 10. Onsite Maintenance Support of the Year Arturo Lopez
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11. Property Awards Sponsor Century A/C Supply 12. Individual Awards Sponsor FSI Construction Inc. and Property Awards Sponsor Foundation Specialists 13. Individual Awards Sponsor The Liberty Group 14. Reception Sponsor Contractors Inc. 15. 100-150 Units – The Park at Live Oak. 16. Built 2010-2015 Garden – Retreat at The Woodlands 17. New Development Mid Rise – Forth at Navigation 18. Tax Credit/Affordable – Green Pines 19. Senior Living – Solea Cinco Ranch
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On the Scene Photos by HIEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY 2022 Honors Awards 1
1. Affordable-PFC – Beacon at Buffalo Pointe 2. Go-Getter of the Year Richard Wall 3. Marketing/Training Director of the Year Kelly Treichel 4. Portfolio Supervisor of the Year Amanda Walker 5. Independent Owner of the Year Rui Vaz 6. Supplier of the Year Derek DeVries, Camp Construction Services 7. Rising Star Supplier of the Year Susan Alvarado 8. Assistant Manager of the Year Marquita Carter was unable to attend, the award was accepted on her behalf. 9. Less Than 100 Units – Park Colony 10. Built 1990-1999 – Avana Eldridge 11. Built 2016-2020 Garden – ParkLane Cypress 12. Built Before 1980 – The Grove at Pinemont 13. Built 2010-2020 Mid Rise – Telfair Lofts 14. New Development Garden – Ascend at Lakeview 15. Built 2010-2020 High Rise – Crimson 16. Built 1980-1989 – Bear Creek Crossing 17. Built 2000-2009 Garden – Estancia San Miguel 18. New Development High Rise – Aspire Post Oak 19. Built 2000-2009 Mid Rise – The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere
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1.- 6. National Apartment Association credential graduates
For more photos visit www.haaonline.org www.haaonline.org
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2022 Honors Individual Nominees Each individual’s company is listed as submitted at time of nomination. Winner listed first in bold. Leasing Professional Rebeca Lee, CALP Westchase Creek, Veritas Equity Management Jorge Arezmendi The Abbey at Lake Wyndemere, Abbey Residential Jacob Carmona Jackson Hill, Greystar Stephen Deng Hanover Hermann Park, The Hanover Company Maya Eastman Hanover River Oaks, The Hanover Company Kevin Fisher Westmount at Braesridge, Parawest Management Scarlet Frias Stone Ridge, Mosaic Residential Tia Fuller Palms at Cinco Ranch, Stonemark Management Cameron Gabehart Hanover Hermann Park, The Hanover Company Kristun Hardin Cambridge Place, Mosaic Residential Elaine Johnson Westmount at Braesridge, Parawest Management Jessica Kurien Kimberley Parkside, Asset Living Sara Ligarde Gables Post Oak, Gables Residential Angelika Madrigal Landmark at Auburn Lakes, Landmark Management Group Govanna Mata Reserve at Fountain Lake, Greystar Samantha McDaniel The Abbey at Montgomery Park, Abbey Residential Erica Monterrosa Hanover Montrose, The Hanover Company Aliyah Najeebe Chelsea Museum District, Greystar Elsa Reyes Woodway Garden Townhomes, Guardstone Property Management Crystal Ruiz Elite 99 West, American Landmark Clarissa Tyler Greenwood at Katy, Greystar Elton Valladares Chelsea Museum District, Greystar
On-Site Assistant Manager Marquita Carter Eagle Crest, Mosaic Residential Andrea Arrelano Eagles Landing, Mosaic Residential Dakota Barron Residences at Gramercy, Greystar Eric Carter Cambridge Place, Mosaic Residential Ashley Caver Retreat at Shadowcreek Ranch, Greystar Juana Cornejo The Mark at CityPlace, Martin Fein Interests Kaitlin Flick Bowen River Oaks, LMC Living Jose Garcia Broadstone Sienna, Greystar Janis Guerrero The Jaxon, American Landmark Breonna Holland Chelsea Museum District, Greystar Rosa Lancaster Morgan Bay, Mosaic Residential Jess Matthews Opal at Barker Cypress, American Landmark Rebecca Meza Lodge at 1550, American Landmark Santa Montalvo Mainstream, Q10 Property Advisors Lakon Pryor Halcyon West, Mosaic Residential Iris Rodriguez Kimberley Parkside, Asset Living Margarita Rodriguez The Amelia, Jacquelyn Place, Johanna Court, Bravo Capital Management AJ Sanchez Memorial Hills, Broadstone Skyline, Broadstone Lofts at Herman Park, Greystar Stephanie Stanford Landmark at Auburn Lakes, Landmark Managment Group Gina Washington Monaco at Main, Greystar Erica Zuniga The Standard at Eastpoint, Stonemark Management
On-Site Manager, 1-150 units Patrick Magnuson The Cabochon at River Oaks, Greystar Tina Brandon The Farrington, GWR Management Elvia Bustos, CAM, NALP Crossings at Cherry, Veritas Equity Management Christina Foley The Cottages of Cypresswood, Q10 Property Advisors Guadalupe Gil Hartwood at West Little York, Blazer Real Estate Cecilia Gonzales 2121 Ella, Mosaic Residential Regina Harris Solea Cinco Ranch, Saprrow Living Sandra Holley Plantation at Qual Valley, Parawest Management Naeemah Houston Hollyoak Senior Living, Blazer Real Estate Victoria Moralez Case De Grande, Parawest Management Ana Torres Park on Eldridge, Guardstone Property Management Tina Villarreal Campanile on Commerce, Blazer Real Estate On-Site Manager, 151-349 units Brandon Coleman, CAPS, CAM, CAS, CALP Zocalo, Point Reyes Residential Jennipher Arana Grand Parkway, BH Management Agnelica Arellano Trails at City Park, GWR Management Julie Arredondo City Park Heights, Asset Living Sherry Bess Sharpstown Park, Morgan Patricia Birdwell Carriage Place, Q10 Property Advisors Vernonica Blount, CAM, CAMT, CAPS Forth at Navigation, Marquette Management Jeannette Buechel The Abbey at Barker Cypress, Abbey Residential Tajmah Chapa Grand Palms, Vidalta Property Management
Marianna Compean M5250, Gables Residential Eryn Cotten Forum on San Felipe, Greystar Luz Donovan City Place, Morgan Liz Dvorak Vanderbilt Apartments in Clute, Asset Living Janine Ferrone 22Hundred, Greystar Brittany Paige Freisen Prose Memorial, Greystar Karla Fulker Gables Citywalk, Gables Residential Emily Gaal Beacon at Buffalo Pointe, Morgan Sasha Gonzalez Gables Metropolitan Uptown, Gables Residential Merissa Hamilton Gables River Oaks, Gables Residential Consuelo Hernandez La Serena, Asset Living Kristin Hooker Steeplechase, Rockstar Capital Management Gabby Kimball, CAM Lakes at Cinco Ranch, Francis Property Management Austin Korous Waterford Trails, American Landmark Norma Martinez Shenandoah Forest, Asset Living Roxanne Martinez Pavilion at the Groves, Martin Fein Interests Rachael Miles Chelsea Museum District, Greystar Connie Montano Hollister Place, BH Management Megan Moran Bennett Baytown, RPM Living Silvia Nava Waterstone, Greystar Victoria Perez Timberlakes Atascocita, Mosaic Residential Jessica Pierce Monaco at Main, Greystar Michelle Plata Woodwind Village, GWR Management Vanessa Rios Bayou on the Bend, RPM Living Maria Rodriguez Morgan Bay, Mosaic Residential
Diana Salguero Brittmore, Dayrise Residential Juvenal Sanchez Highland Meadow Village, Allied Orion Tonya Schenk, CAM The Southmore, Greystar Lacy Stavinoha The Establishment at 1800, Galilee Equity Management Trevor Stroud The Mark at CityPlace, Martin Fein Interests Paulette Sugg, CAM Waterwall Place, Greystar Marianna Sullivan, CAM Imperial Lofts, Nolan Real Estate Sasha Trimble Nottingham Village, Kimberley Parkside, Asset Living Joesph Turner Grand Villas at Tuscan Lakes, Greystar Jayden Vanderbilt Grey House, Greystar Susana Yerena Coral Hills, Envolve LLC On-Site Manager, 350 units or more Jaime Reynoso Westmount at Braesridge, Parawest Management Angelique Armstrong Boardwalk at Town Center, Greystar Jenny Bolanos The Trails at Eldridge Parkway, GWR Management Christian Brand-Allan Broadstone Memorial Park, Greystar Christine Doggett Alexan River Oaks, Greystar Nataly Gonzalez The Grove at Pinemont, Parawest Management Dana Holder Retreat at Shadowcreek Ranch, Greystar Vivian Huang 8181 Med Center, Greystar Tamara Kilgore, CAM Lenox Reserve, Greystar Tracy Knapp The Abbey at Spring Town Center, Abbey Residential Lisa Ladewig Trails at Corinthian Creek, GWR Management Jessica Larson, CAM, CPM Pearl @ the Mix, Pearl Midtown, 2222 Smith Patti Melendy, CAM City West, Asset Living
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Megan Ruiz Rosemary, Knightvest Residential Teela Shaw The James and The Ivy Park Place, Greystar Vaishuri Valluri The Life at Grand Oaks, The Life Properties Rebekah Werda Landmark at Auburn Lakes, Landmark Management Group Delores Winn The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere, Abbey Residential Maintenance Technician Steven Cantu Park Colony, Grove Texas Capital Martin Atilano Palms at Cinco Ranch, Stonemark Management Dustin Blaylock Hollyoak Senior Living, Blazer Real Estate Jose Guerra Eagles Landing, Mosaic Residential Julio Martinez Riverwalk, Imperion Investment Management Christopher Sterling Lodge at 1550, American Landmark Maintenance Supervisor Single Property Josue Jonathan Juarez, CAMT, AIME Pointe at Steeplechase, Veritas Equity Management Brain Alfonso Chelsea Museum District, Greystar Florencio Arecea Pointe at Steeplechase, Veritas Equity Management Santos Berrospez McAlister, American Landmark Rick Cheesman The Abbey at Briargrove, Park, Abbey Residential Jose Cruz 2929 Weslayan, Greystar Jose G. Enriquez The CO-OP at the Med Center, Q10 Property Advisors Roberto Espinosa Palms at Cinco Ranch, Stonemark Management Roberto Garcia The Standard at Eastpoint, Stonemark Management Juan Guerrero The Southmore, Greystar Arthur Justice Reserve at Fountain Lake, Greystar
Timothy Love Lodge at 1550, American Landmark Roberto Marquez The Abbey at Briar Forest, Abbey Residential Ernesto Martin Del Campo, Grand Villas at Tuscan Lakes, Greystar Francisco Martinez Prose Memorial, Greystar Ruperto Martinez Kimberley Parkside, Asset Living Fernando Martinez, CAMT Siena at Memorial Heights, Greystar Rambelto Medrano One Hermann Place, Greystar Juan Monsivaiz Hanover Rice Village, The Hanover Company Victorio Quintero Cambridge Place, Mosaic Residential Phillip Rangel Eagles Landing, Mosaic Residential Juan Reyes Kensington Crossings, Mosaic Residential David Rivera The Mark at CityPlace, Martin Fein Interests Antonio Rosa Monaco at Main, Greystar Francisco Suerez Pavilion at the Groves, Martin Fein Jose Torres, CAMT Estancia San Miguel, Francis Property Management Evencio Velasquez 22 Hundred, Greystar Lucio Villegas Ascension on the Bayou, Tarantino Properties Maintenance Supervisor Multiple Properties Alex Quezada, CAMT Greystar Jorge Cruzado Asset Living Jorge Delafuente Q10 Property Advisors Steven Dowden The Life Properties Saul Lopez Guardstone Property Management Guillermo Maldonado Hunington Residential Luis Ochoa The Dinerstein Companies Arnold Pedregon Parawest Management Javier Perez Blazer Real Estate
Maintenance Support Arturo Lopez Multiple Properties, Parawest Management Guillermina Ayal Sapphire Bay, Greystar Margarita DeAnde Parkland Cypress, Judwin Properties Chris Reese Eagle Crest, Mosaic Residential Marketing/Training Director Kelly Treichel, CAM Francis Property Management Cameron Leger Greystar Brittany Lozano-Stasko Landmark Management Karen Martin Morgan Sonnie Sullivan Sparrow Partners Corporate Support Professional Liz Macias Tarantino Properties Taylor Barnhart The Life Properties Lisa Bradley Sync Residential Julie Clay Asset Living Emily Frost Sync Residential Yadira Gaytan Guardstone Property Management Brain Jones Mosaic Residential Deadra Lozano Morgan Candace Metz Blazer Real Estate Clara Narvaez Rockstar Capital Management Lilith Rodriguez Moreno Greystar Rozanne Santos Greystar Mandi Thompson Landmark Management Kim Vigil Asset Living Portfolio Supervisor Amanda Walker, CAPS, CAM Q10 Property Advisors Brandi Adams GWR Management Cherie Cruz, CAM, CAPS Greystar Zitha Favela Martin Fein Interests Shannon Fletcher, CAM, CAPS Landmark Management Group Tina Fuller Blazer Real Estate
Cynthia Gregg, CAM Greystar Kimberly Guerrero, CAM Rockstar Capital Management Gloria Haney Morgan Crystal Jackson The Dinerstein Companies Danny Martin TriArc Living Kathy Motis, CAPS Greystar Bridgette Rangel Mosaic Residential Liz Romero Parawest Management Rebecca Slater Gables Natalie Spratt, CAM, CALP The Life Properties Codi Stepanski American Landmark Michelle Woodard, CAPS, GLE Francis Property Management Independent Rental Owner Ruiz Vaz Imperion Investment Management Justin Duke, CAM Galilee Equity Managment Robert Martinez Rockstar Capital Management Owner/Management Executive Shelley Zepeda, CAPS Francis Property Management Christopher Cunningham, CAM RPM Living Frank Ewing Sync Residential Dina Hooper Abbey Residential Maria Morales, CAM Guardstone Property Management Ramon Nunez, CAM Bravo Capital Management Liz Pedregon Parawest Management Kendra Roberts Sync Residential Supplier Derek DeVries, CAS Camp Construction Anita Alberger The Liberty Group Susan Alvarado, CAS Century A/C Supply Shaun Callaway, CAS Earthworks Deborah DeRouen, CAS OneApp Guarantee Liz Levins, CAS Rasa Floors Blaise Spitaleri, CAS Gemstar Construction Amber Whitaker, CAS FSI Construction David Del Toro Chadwell Supply
2022 Honors Property Finalists 36Sixty, Morgan 7 Seventy, Francis Property Management Ariza Gosling, Cypressbrook Multifamily Management Ascend at Lakeview, Greystar Aspire Post Oak, The Dinerstein Companies Avana Eldridge, Greystar Beacon at Buffalo Pointe, Morgan Bear Creek Crossing, Westdale Asset Management Chelsea Museum District, Greystar Creekside Park The Grove, The Dinerstein Companies/Howard Hughes Corp. Crimson, Gables Residential East End Lofts, Marquette Management Estancia San Miguel, Francis Property Management Fairfield Cove, Q10 Property Advisors Forth at Navigation, Marquette Management Gables Tanglewood, Gables Residential Green Pines, Allied Orion Group Jacquelyn Place, Bravo Capital Management Marquis at Kingwood, CWS Apartment Homes North Forest Trails, TAM Residential Palms at Cinco Ranch, Stonemark Management Park Colony Apartments, Grove Texas Capital ParkLane Cypress, Judwin Properties Pearl Woodlake, Morgan Portico Kirby, Madera Residential Retreat at The Woodlands, Greystar Royal North Apartments, Guardstone Property Management San Paloma, Greystar Santa Maria, Indus Communities SoDo on Main, Greystar Solea Cinco Ranch, Sparrow Capital Partners Telfair Lofts, Francis Property Management The Abbey at Spring Town Center, Abbey Residential The Abbey on Lake Wyndemere, Abbey Residential The Bennett Baytown, RPM Living The Canopy, Martin Fein Interests The Establishment at 1800, Galilee Equity Management The Exchange, The NRP Group The Grove at Pinemont, Parawest Management The Hawthorne Apartments, Indus Communities The Lakes at Cinco Ranch, Francis Property Management The Lane at Waterway, The Dinerstein Companies/Howard Hughes Corp. The Park at Live Oak, Lamppost Capital Management The Victorian, Better World Properties Trails at Rock Creek, Morgan Tranquility Grove, Q10 Property Advisors Woodgate Townhomes, Bo Management
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The Best of the Best
Management The HAA Honors Awards recognizes members for their commitment to their communities and the apartment industry. Here is the first group of 2022 Houston Apartment Association Honors Award recipients.
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Owner/Management Executive of the Year
Shelley Zepeda, CAPS
Francis Property Management What is your job title and what do you do? My job title is operations/asset manager. I serve our company in identifying opportunities for revenue growth, expense optimization, software and programmatic efficiencies, and identifying and tracking KPIs. I also enjoy being engaged in a broad range of areas that pertain to day-to-day functions of operating multifamily assets and the communities we serve. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I was working in retail and a regular customer, who was a property manager, noticed I was working every weekend and approached me with “how would you like to get off work at 5 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.?” I was sold immediately. I officially became a part-time leasing agent and instantly fell in love with the business.
“The pivotal point of my career growth was learning the significance of listening versus talking … we have two ears and one mouth, use them in that proportion.” – Shelley Zepeda
How did you get to where you are now in your career? Undoubtedly, my mentors who invested time and energy in me as I developed both hard and soft skills, as well as perspective. I’ve always had the support of my husband and son who never complained when or how often I needed and wanted to focus on work. I wanted to become a subject matter expert in just about everything I encountered, so I often jumped at the chance to take on projects and tasks outside of my job description duties. I refrained from an attitude of “that is above my pay grade.” The pivotal point of my career growth was learning the significance of listening versus talking. What are you working on right now? Evaluating our systematic programs and support tools to ensure they are meeting the needs of our teams and residents in the most efficient and straightforward manner. With budget season right around the corner, I am working on a slightly different approach to the process in pursuit of a less mundane experience for our business managers. What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? The first thing that comes to mind is the analogy of “we have two ears and one mouth, use them in that proportion.” For every problem or obstacle you encounter, formulate at least two potential solutions. Never just report a problem, take it a step further and work through a solution. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. This is the point where the most growth occurs. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? Serving others: the community, our investors, our associates, our residents and our service/supplier partners. I’m fulfilled, with a sense of purpose in making a difference as our industry evolves in providing a quality living experience for our residents. More specifically, I thrive on the culture of the company I work for, the people that I work with and the way I am constantly challenged while supported by our principals, my colleagues and our “Operations Experts.” What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? This is a tough one for me because I feel like all those nominated were equally deserving of the award and recognition. I feel incredibly grateful. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? Go for it!! Be involved and ready to serve others.
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“I’m passionate in everything I do. I get so much satisfaction when I can help my residents, my team, my peers, my client, my leadership, etc. I’m not in it for the awards, I’m in it to make a difference.” – Patrick Magnuson
On Site Manager of the Year, 1 to 150 units
Patrick Magnuson, Greystar What is your job title and what do you do? I am a community manager for Greystar. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I was living in St. Louis at the time doing sales and marketing for an LGBT magazine and a friend of mine was managing an apartment community. Her leasing agent had given notice and she called and asked me if I would come work for her. I interviewed with the owner and they offered me the job on the spot. It was 400 units, garden style. It was owner managed. They didn’t pay commission for leases and I only got $50 off my rent to live on site! But I learned a lot and after about a year, my friend/boss told me I needed to move on to a bigger company that could offer me more. So, I did. How did you get to where you are now in your career? Oh gosh, it wasn’t alone I can tell you that much. Along the way I’ve been so fortunate to have people that saw something in me and pushed me to be my best. I’ve made some really amazing friends that I can call on when I need advice, or when I’m struggling with a particular situation, they become the sounding board to help me make the best possible decision. What are you working on right now? Greystar launched their DEI initiatives in April 2021 and by May 2021 a regional employee resource group for DEI began in Central South. I was honored to be selected to join the leadership team for Central South. Since that time, we’ve raised money for the LGBTQIA+ community (both here in Houston and nationally), made a donation to the Emancipation Park Conservancy in honor of Juneteenth, and celebrated many beautiful cultures and people from around the world that work for Greystar. I’m so happy that Greystar has really embraced DEI. It’s not just a box to check. It’s a metric on our performance reviews, it’s one of the top 5 focuses of our CEO Bob Faith and it was even added to our Core Values.
What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Time management, staying organized and knowing how to pick and choose your battles. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? That’s easy: the residents. For us, this is a career, but for them, this is their home. I have residents who have lived at my community for 20+ years and to them I’m just another manager that’s come and will eventually go. So, I love getting to know them – yes, the good and the bad. We get to watch them fall in love, start families, get that big promotion, graduate college, etc. It’s really cool that we get to be a part of that in a very small way. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? I’m still trying to figure that out! Why me? You know, I got into this industry by happenstance and ended up falling in love with it. I’m passionate in everything I do. I get so much satisfaction when I can help my residents, my team, my peers, my client, my leadership, etc. I’m not in it for the awards, I’m in it to make a difference. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? DO IT! Get in there, learn your job, do it well and then start asking about the next person’s job, and ask them from time to time if you can do a task for them. You’ll get the experience and you never know how much relief you could provide someone by taking something off their plate once in a while. Get involved with HAA as much as possible. The association does so much for our industry. Volunteer your time and give back to them. At the very least, take advantage of their education and professional development opportunities. You won’t be sorry.
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Corporate Support Professional of the Year
Tarantino Properties “Always have a positive attitude, multitask, complete all your tasks promptly, be honest, learn as much as you can from everyone you work with, don’t burn bridges, take classes and get active in the apartment association.” – Liz Macias
What is your job title and what do you do? Executive administrative assitant to the executive senior vice president for the multifamily division. I work directly under the executive senior vice president. I assist with the following, but not limited to, new acquisitions, dispositions, tax protest, execute contracts, risk management, receiverships, weekly reports, etc. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I first started in the industry in 1996 as a weekend leasing agent. I was referred by my sister who used to work for Tarantino. How did you get to where you are now in your career? Shortly after I started as a weekend agent, I was promoted to assistant manager then to manager. With the help of my first mentor, I was able to understand the industry. In 1998, I was presented with the offer to join the corporate office at Tarantino as an administrative assistant and the rest is history. What are you working on right now? I’m currently in the HAA Leadership Lyceum Class of 2022. I have an active real estate license and notary public stamp. I also assist with our family-owned construction/remodeling business. What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? You must be a people person, have a positive attitude, know how to multitask, have integrity and understand multiple personalities. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? Getting to meet and work with so many people: clients, lenders, onsite personnel, supplier partners, etc. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? I believe my longevity with my job – working with the same company for over 26 years. From day one, when I was introduced to the apartment industry, my knowledge, skills and my dedication and participation with HAA makes me unique. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? Always have a positive attitude, multitask, complete all your tasks promptly, be honest, learn as much as you can from everyone you work with, don’t burn bridges take classes and get active in the apartment association.
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Independent Owner of the Year
Imperion Investments Management What is your job title and what do you do? I am the founder and president of Imperion Investments Management. My job is to oversee the company to make a positive impact on our customers’ lives, provide our team members career growth opportunities and deliver strong financial results to our investors.
“It became increasingly clear to me that we, as apartment owners, have a unique opportunity to not only improve our own properties but also the community around us, and this “community betterment” aspect of what we do makes it all very special.” – Rui Vaz
How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? After having some success as a part-time real estate investor, I decided to jump in with both feet and pull all my resources into purchasing a small 38-unit apartment community in the Oak Forest area of Houston. I poured everything I had into that venture which ended up being massively successful, propelling me to where I am today. How did you get to where you are now in your career? I don’t think I can pinpoint a specific event or action, but I will mention a few factors I think play a large part. First of all, I am strong believer in that having a supportive family sets the right foundation to build upon, without that I cannot imagine being where I am today. I am also a big believer in the compounding effect of making good choices along the way, as good choices lead to small “wins,” and I do subscribe to the concept that “success” is merely a collection of small wins, obtained with patience and over the long-term. Also, the more I evolve, the more I realize how critical it is to seek mentorship, practice listening, always self-reflect, change when necessary and to surround yourself with positive influences. I have also become a bit of an avid reader. There are so many great lessons to be learned from other peoples’ stories, successes and struggles. What are you working on right now? I generally have multiple fronts going at the same time as that is a function of what we do in this business. But I would say one of our biggest focus areas has been making the operations function of our business more efficient by improving our processes and systems.
What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Discipline. Be willing to patiently and methodically do what it takes everyday, but realize that the overnight success takes at least 10 years to create. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? On my first apartment deal, very early on in my ownership, I witnessed a resident tear up at the news she and her young baby were accepted to move into one of our units. It was not a fancy place by any stretch, but it was clean, functional, and most importantly, we cared. It became increasingly clear to me that we, as apartment owners, have a unique opportunity to not only improve our own properties but also the community around us, and this “community betterment” aspect of what we do makes it all very special. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? I try to run our business with people at the center of our attention, whether that be our customers, the community around us, our team members or investors. It is my belief that this approach sets us apart. It certainly has done well for us so far. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? I think whether you are starting in leasing, moving up as a manager, or even if you are on the investment side, be diligent with your work product, especially when you think people are not looking. If you are patient and do the right things consistently, you will be rewarded – but just know it takes time. Also try not to job hop, that is the equivalent of shooting yourself in the foot in the long haul. Other than that, always be looking to share and teach others so that you can put yourself in a position to move up when an opportunity presents itself.
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On Site Assistant Manager of the Year
Marquita Carter, Mosaic Residential What is your job title and what do you do? Assistant property manager, I collect rent payments, file evictions, and generate notices and mid pre-close and end-of-the-month reports. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I started with the BG Multifamily temp agency. How did you get to where you are now in your career? Working smarter not harder and planting good seed in the world to reap a good harvest. What are you working on right now? Keeping my property 100% occupied. What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Being able to multitask. Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Be detail oriented. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? Helping people. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? My spirit and energy to get things done. Making a change. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? Love what you do and do what you love.
“Love what you do and do what you love.”
– Marquita Carter
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“It is very rewarding to help people into their new home and journey in their life. I have met a lot of amazing people who will be in my life for the rest of my life. The sense of accomplishment you get from seeing a project from to start to finish is very rewarding as well.” – Amanda Walker
Portfolio Supervisor of the Year
Amanda Walker, CAM, CAPS, Q10 Property Advisors What is your job title and what do you do? Regional property supervisor and everything 😊 What we do each day is different! We are superheroes, or at least areexpected to be. My day to day includes supporting my teams, whether its training, leasing, marketing, painting, obtaining materials, handling urgent/difficult situations, managing renovations and problem solving. My goal is to have satisfied employees, residents, and to meet and exceed my budget so owners are satisfied as well. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I was a waitress at Babins in The Woodlands and one of my coworkers was leasing part time. She said her property was hiring and she thought I would be great at it. That was in 2006 and by 2009 I completed three lease ups on tax credit properties. How did you get to where you are now in your career? There were some amazing people who were strategically placed in my path to get me where I am today. I would say my work ethic I got from my mother. I admire how hard she worked to provide for her family. Additionally, I will never forget my first manager and assistant manager. We still talk today. They are no longer in the business, but taught me so much in the first years I was in this industry. My current boss (Stephanie Graves) – I have worked with her for about 10 years now. She has played a major role in where I am today by ensuring I was trained and had the tools I needed to be successful. Working side-by-side with someone like Stephanie makes you want to be your best and do your best every day.
What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Be flexible, be a team player, have a good attitude and give it 100%. Those are things we can’t train. The rest I can get you up to speed on, but you must want it first. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? It is very rewarding to help people into their new home and journey in their life. I have met a lot of amazing people who will be in my life for the rest of my life. The sense of accomplishment you get from seeing a project from to start to finish is very rewarding as well. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? There are a lot of amazing people in our industry so, I am still in shock. I won’t say that there is anything that set me apart from any of these amazing professionals, but I just give 110% daily and I am glad that others around me see that and appreciate it. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? Go to HAA and take classes. Knowledge and training are key to your success. You will also meet some amazing industry professionals who can provide advice to you along the way.
What are you working on right now? Financials. I must knock them out before I leave for National Apartment Association’s conference.
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On Site Manager of the Year, 151 to 349 units
Brandon Coleman, CALP, CAM, CAPS, CAS Point Reyes Residential “It’s never a boring day in this industry. I’m not the type of person that can just sit in front of a computer, so this industry is perfect for goal-oriented multitaskers.”
What is your job title and what do you do? Currently senior property manager with Point Reyes and the owner of Cinema Anywhere as a supplier partner. I currently manage Zocalo and Woodcreek Village Apartments, but will be transitioning to a new position and role within my company very soon. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I’m second-generation in property management, so my first job was as a porter at my mom’s property.
– Btandon Coleman How did you get to where you are now in your career? There’s a combination of things that have helped me tremendously: 1. I have a strong support system from my family, industry peers, my company and countless mentors. 2. Plugging into this massive HAA network that is readily available to help in any way that they can. 3. Realizing that this is a career with a limitless ceiling and massive resources to help me along the way. What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Empathy is number one in my opinion, that’s with everyone from ownership to senior leadership, your teams, and most importantly, your customer base and everyone in and outside of the workplace. What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? It’s never a boring day in this industry. I’m not the type of person that can just sit in front of a computer, so this industry is perfect for goal-oriented multitaskers. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? With so many deserving nominees, I really don’t know to be honest. I received my ticket the day of the event. Outside of my property’s performance, I would say my industry involvement helped, as well as the amount of volunteer work I do helped. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? I began in this industry as a porter, now I own a company within this industry and I’m transitioning to a bigger role within this industry as well. There are so many amazing similar stories of people who had no idea that their job would lead to a lifechanging career in the multifamily industry. Be open to adapt to change and plug into this network
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“We not only manage the property, but we also manage people’s homes, their sanctuary, and it is important that we understand the importance of that responsibility and treat it accordingly.” – Jaime Reynosa
On Site Manager of the Year, 350 units or more
Jaime Reynoso, Parawest Management What is your job title and what do you do? I am the community manager for a 542-unit senior living community. I manage 14 team members, as well as the needs of seniors during their residency at the community. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I was hired as a leasing consultant in Colorado Springs in 2007, then moved to Arizona with family and started with Parawest Management, where I worked until transferring to Houston to build the Houston region for Parawest. How did you get to where you are now in your career? Parawest Management is good about promoting from within and providing training. I started out in leasing and then over time was promoted to manager. I gradually was offered larger communities. I now manage our largest community in the portfolio. I have had great mentors and have paid it forward by being a training manager within the company. What are you working on right now? Unit inspections are on the top of my list right now, as well as managing a few residents that need extra attention.
What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? Building relationships with my residents and team while being challenged to direct my own success. Being able to get out and about and not stuck behind a desk all day. I enjoy the hands-on aspect of what I do all day and every day is different. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? My commitment to my company and team members and that I excel at being solution oriented. I am geared toward customer service and the goal is always resident satisfaction. I am eager to achieve and exceed goals in a fastpaced environment. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? The apartment industry has lots of moving parts, so flexibility is important. We not only manage the property, but we also manage people’s homes, their sanctuary, and it is important that we understand the importance of that responsibility and treat it accordingly.
What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Time management and multitasking are important skills to bring to the table. Patience, empathy and compassion are key when managing multifamily housing. Working well with a team and understanding all the different personalities you come across daily.
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“An important quality for a person in my role is being adaptable to new ways of doing things. As we all know, technology changes daily and you need to be willing to keep up with industry trends and what will make your company successful.” – Kelly Treichel
Marketing/Training Director of the Year
Kelly Treichel, CAM, Francis Property Management What is your job title and what do you do? My job title is marketing and training director for Francis Property Management. In my role, I oversee our in-house training program “Sales and Marketing Elite,” monitor all of our social media sites, Google accounts and create quarterly resident and employee campaigns for the Texas and California markets.
What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? An important quality for a person in my role is being adaptable to new ways of doing things. As we all know, technology changes daily and you need to be willing to keep up with industry trends and what will make your company successful.
How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? The apartment community where I lived in College Station was needing a part-time leasing consultant. I filled out the employment application, interviewed and got the job. I worked on the weekends and was off during the week to attend classes. This was a perfect job for me at the time.
What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? What I like most about working in the apartment industry are the relationships I have made over the years. Not just with the people I have worked with, but the residents as well.
How did you get to where you are now in your career? My degree was in nursing, but I had a love for the apartment industry and wanted to continue doing what I loved. I was quickly promoted from leasing consultant to assistant manager and spent two years learning that role. When the next property manager position came open, it was my turn. I found myself as the leader and role-model for my own team. As other opportunities came along, I became the manager for a full property renovation and several new construction lease-ups. What are you working on right now? I am currently working on digital brochures for our Texas and California communities. This has been forth coming with everything online and the cost of print materials. We are able to create links within our digital brochures that will make it easier for the prospect to lease an apartment and save money for our communities.
What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? I don’t think there was just one thing that set me apart for the award. I believe that volunteering in my community, being involved with HAA and holding a CAM designation all played a part in winning the award. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? My advice for someone who is considering a career in multifamily is the importance of having a genuine love for working with and helping people. Be patient in the role you are in and learn everything you can, this will help you be a better leader when you reach the top. Find a mentor in the industry and let them help you navigate your career.
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“If you are looking for a challenge and socializing with people, this is a great industry to be involved with.” – Rebeca Lee
Leasing Professional of the Year
Rebeca Lee, CALP, Veritas Equity Management What is your job title and what do you do? I was previously the leasing manager here at Westchase Creek Apartments. I recently had the opportunity to grow with Veritas Equity Management and have transitioned into the assistant manager position. As a leasing manager, I oversaw the approval process, creating and implementing an application checklist for all pending applications. Every Monday I would make sure to update the move-in list for maintenance two weeks in advanced. Along with the move-in process, we made sure our new resident’s apartments were up to par and WCC approved. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? Like many of my peers, I was referred by a family member. My sister-in-law, Matilda Rodriguez, invited me to a resident event at her community. I was working in insurance at the time and thought it would be a great marketing event for our renters’ insurance. Little did I know that the manager, and regional manager would be there. A couple of weeks later, I heard they were looking for a leasing agent in a newly-acquired community. That is where my journey in this wonderful industry began.
How did you get to where you are now in your career? I began at a conventional property and was then transferred to a Tax Credit community after three months. The leasing agent at the time was getting ready to move out of town, so I literally had a couple of days to learn what I needed to. Thankfully, I was blessed with a great compliance manager who had a great deal of patience. What are you working on right now? As stated previously, I have recently been promoted to an assistant manager position at Westchase Creek Apartments with Veritas Equity Management. I have also been studying to get my next credential. What is an important quality or skill for people to work in your job position? Patience, understanding and organization are some of the important qualities. Although at times I feel like I’m running low on all those things, I do understand that it takes a special person to do some of the things we get to do. Each day is a new experience.
What do you like the most about working in the apartment industry? You get to meet new people that will impact your life in one way or another. We get to build relationships with some of our Residents. What do you think set you apart to be chosen for the award? Honestly, I did not think I was going to win the award. I had so many qualified colleagues, one of which was a previous resident and intern for our community. I believe we all strive to do our best, acquiring our credentials, taking classes and participating in our Houston Apartment Association events. What advice do you have for someone who is considering a career in multifamily? If you are looking for a challenge and socializing with people, this is a great industry to be involved with. There are always different events you can go to better yourself and help you grow within the industry. Laws are always changing, some of which you may not like, but our local association assists us with learning.
Don’t miss next month’s ABODE with more from our 2022 Honors Award recipient Suppliers and Maintenance Professionals.
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On Site with ABODE
Featuring HAA Honors Award Property Winners
Note: Properties are listed with owner/management at time of the award.
BEACON HILL Affordable-PFC Property: Beacon Hill at Buffalo Pointe Owner/Management: Guardston Property Management Location: 8110 Creekbend Drive Units: 120 Web: https://www.beaconatbuffalo.com Photos provided by Beacon Hill Beacon Hill at Buffalo Point is an affordable community offering large gourmet kitchens , gas ranges, stainless steel appliancess and granite countertops. Luxurious spa-style bathrooms with garden style tubs, oversized closets and spacious floor plans are only part of what will make the homes unique. The community is designed to suit the diverse needs of our community members – including pets. It has a sizeable pet park with lots of room to run and play and a pet washing station. The property offers a wide variety of amenities for residents spread throughout the community. You’ll love the resort style pool, expansive outdoor recreation area and private garage spaces. Inside, the upscale clubhouse features a state of the art fitness center, game room and business centers. Experience excellent service from our friendly management team, maintenance professionals and concierge service. Beacon Hill’s maintenance has demonstrated the ability to turn units with leass than a five days makeready timeline and still deliver a quality move in experience. The leasing staff use video based leasing technique to stay pre-leased without having to tour prospective residents. Beacon Hill has reduced their environmental footprint by going 100% paperless in addition to accepting all payments online or at participating retailers.
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Each month, On Site with ABODE takes a closer look at the winning HAA Honors Awards properties. This month, we visit the first two propery winners for 2022. See future ABODEs for more of our honorees.
Tax Credit/Affordable Housing Property: Green Pines Owner/Management: Allied Orion Group Location: 6060 Greens Road in Humble Units: 224 Web: https://www.greenpinesapartments.com Photos provided by Green Pines Green Pines offers a peaceful, inviting atmosphere and a true sense of community in the heart of Humble, Texas. The property features one, two and three-bedroom spacious apartment homes. Floor plans offer fully equipped, modern kitchens, dramatic vaulted ceilings, huge closets, washer/dryer hookups, French patio doors, built-in bookshelves and ceiling fans. Residents cn relax at the end of the day in the refreshing pool. Get in a work out in the fitness center or take a stroll on the walking trail. Neighbors can socialize in the luxurious clubhouse or use the computers in the on-site business center. Children love the playground and the clothes care center makes doing laundry ultra convenient. Located close to Beltway 8 and U.S. 59, Green Pines offers an easy commute around Houston and is minutes from George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Residents can enjoy a variety of nearby dining, shopping and entertainment options.
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The Houston Apartment Association’s Product Service Council is here to help supplier partners navigate the association. Learn how you can get the most out of your membership.
his month, we interview HAA PSC members Giovanna Gone, CAS, Century A/C Supply and Sean Cunningham, CAS, Flooring Warehouse, about the importance of HAA NEXT, the association’s young professionals group (www.haaonline.org/next).
A big part of HAA NEXT is professional development. How has being on the HAA NEXT Committee helped your professionally? Giovanna Gone: The HAA NEXT Committee has helped me professionally and personally by allowing me to meet, network and grow with other young professionals in the association. It is an excellent mix of property management and supplier friends, seeking to further their multifamily industry careers. Sean Cunningham: Being on the HAA NEXT committee has provided me opportunities to learn from many great speakers and to network with many young professionals. Many of the young professionals I’ve met are at different stages in their careers, giving me the opportunity to ask for and provide advice as we grow our careers. What so far has been your favorite HAA NEXT event? Giovanna: My favorite event with the NEXTers was the
Family Reunion that took place at Little Woodrow’s in June 2021 because it was our first in-person event post 2020. I would encourage everybody to attend at least one of our events. We are the future leaders of our industry and it feels good to invest in your future. Sean: My favorite NEXT event has been the Spelling Bee, by far. I have been to many fundraisers in my career, but this one is out of the box fun. You can really see the passion and creativity my fellow NEXTers bring with this event. What advice do you have for young supplier partners fresh out of college or high school who are new to HAA? Giovana: I would strongly recommend our young supplier partners to give HAA’s different committees a try, see which ones are a good fit with their lifestyles and get involved. HAA allows you to serve the largest and greatest association in the nation and the Houston community. It’s a win, win. Sean: Ask questions. Find someone you respect, buy them coffee and pick their brain. It is amazing how quickly you can grow by speaking with someone who has already been through it all.
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Why is this a good group for young supplier partners? Giovanna: This group is amazing. Like I mentioned earlier, the NEXTers are the perfect mix of young professionals. I love the casual networking events and the special guest speakers at our professional development breakfasts. The topics are fun, relevant, engaging, motivational, the list goes on and on. Sean: As a young supplier partner, you have to navigate HAA on top of your fulltime job. Being a part of HAA NEXT provides you a built-in team within HAA to help you do that. Someone within NEXT will know how to help you overcome any roadblocks you’re having. At minimum, you can make a few friends over drinks during the social events. How does a young supplier get involved in NEXT? Giovanna: Our “NEXT” events will be the NEXT White Linen Night on August 25 (See Page 25), Couch Talk with Forty Under 40 Honorees on October 28, and last but not least, our holiday Karaoke Night on December 8. Come find me at any of these events. I proudly serve the Product Service Council and would love to help you unlock the benefits of being active in the HAA. Sean: Show up! Attend one of the many events, get involved and be present. The HAA website (www.haaonline.org/events) shows all events that are planned. Pick one, make some friends and keep coming. It is that simple.
SUPPLIER PARTNERS SERVING TO FACILITATE GROWTH AND STRENGTHEN THE INDUSTRY. The Product Service Council is a group of active supplier members whose objectives are to promote the active involvement and participation of supplier members. For more information on the council and how you can make your membership work for you, see online at www.haaonline.org/psc or contact Susan Hinkley at email@example.com.
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On the Road with HAA
Katy Region Meeting Thursday, June 8 at Boardwalk Lofts - Katy Sponsored by. 1 Perma Pier Foundation Repair of Texas HAA Outreach headed to Katy to hear from Justice of the Peace Kelly Crow and HAA General Counsel Howard Bookstaff on the current status of Crow’s court. Thank you to everyone who attended and took part in the conversation about what the “new normal” looks like going forward in the courtroom. A special thank you to Ninfa Sanders and her team for hosting us.
HAA IS REACHING OUT to better serve our members by bringing targeted networking and educational events to different parts of our 12-county service area. Contact Assistant Vice PresidentOutreach Lauren Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for these FREE, management-only events where you can learn about issues affecting your area and network with your fellow managers. Want to host an event? We are looking for member properties to host a Region Meeting. Contact email@example.com. 62
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The Go-Getters HAA’s MEMBERSHIP RECRUITERS
GO-GETTER OF THE YEAR!
Meet Richard Wall, CAM, CAPS, honored as HAA’s top recruiter for 2022 at the HAA Honors Awards. What is your job title and what do you do? As a regional director with Westdale, I supervise seven apartment communities within the Houston market. I work with seven hardworking teams that strive to meet their goals, and challenge themselves to always do better. I am extremely proud of their hard work and grateful to have the opportunity to work with such amazing people at a wonderful company. How did you get your first job in the apartment industry? I began my career in multifamily in 1995 when a friend asked if I would be interested in joining his team to lease apartments and collect rent. I had no clue what I was doing or getting myself into, but he offered to train and assist me. Fast forward 27 years and I can honestly say I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I love our industry and take pride in creating homes for others and providing a positive living and working environment.
“If I could provide advice to anyone who is looking to become a Go-Getter and recruit new members for HAA, it would be to go for it! This is one of the most important committees within the HAA.” – Richard Wall, CAM, CAPS
How did you get to where you are now in your career? I have been able to advance my career in the multifamily industry from leasing consultant to regional director over the years by contributing hard work, dedication and continued education. Throughout my time in our industry, I have achieved my CAM and CAPS credentials with the National Apartment Association and was selected for the HAA Leadership Lyceum program in 2016. While growing up, my father always taught me that when you do something, you should always do it right and with pride as it is a reflection of you as a person, you always want to make a good impression and lead for others to follow. Why did you become a Go-Getter and what level of Go-Getter are you? As a current Elite Go-Getter, I first got involved when I was a property manager in
2013. My regional director at the time, Christy Rodriguez, our current HAA Madam President, shared with me her passion for Go-Getters and the importance of recruiting for our industry. How do you go about recruiting? Recruiting is simple, I am always watching out for potential new members to join the HAA. Whenever I am talking with others outside of work, watching television commercials, or driving down the street I can always identify a supplier who could potentially become a new member of our great association. Why is being a Go-Getter so important? As a Go-Getter, I feel it is important for management personnel and supplier partners to work together to support each other and to support our foundation. Our amazing HAA events held each year could not take place without the financial support of our supplier partners. Being a Go-Getter also provides the opportunity to get out and meet others in our industry and hear about the latest and greatest services offered from new supplier members. What advice do you have for someone who is considering recruiting for HAA? If I could provide advice to anyone who is looking to become a Go-Getter and recruit new members for HAA, it would be to go for it! This is one of the most important committees within the HAA. Not only do we seek out potential supplier partners for membership, we also seek out management companies and owners as well. Recruiting is simple and easy, there are only four annual quarterly meetings to attend and the tasks of recruiting can be done from your home, office or car. Reach out to HAA to learn more on how to become a Go-Getter and start recruiting new members today. Don’t miss our September 29 meeting. Visit www.haaonline.org/gogetters for details.
THE GO-GETTERS ARE THE BACKBONE of the Houston Apartment Association. By recruiting new members, the Go-Getter Club helps both new management and supplier companies and the association grow for the future. To join the club and get going on recruitment, see online at www.haaonline.org or contact Amanda and Kaylon in the Membership Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. 64
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Introducing HAA’s NEW MEMBERS
OWNERS American Campus Communities Courtney March 12700 Hill Country Blvd #T200 Austin, TX 78738 (512) 732-1000 Cullen Oaks University Square
Yamile Mejia Yamile Mejia PO Box 356 Porter, TX 77365 (832) 314-1875 Yamile Mejia - Properties
Bluebird Communities LLC Rosa Wilson 2091 University Drive E #230 Bryan, TX 77802 (281) 428-8811 Advenir at the Preserve
911 Restoration of North Houston Allina Skotnov 13330 Telge Road #306 Cypress, TX 77429 (281) 213-4254 Disaster Recovery/Relief, Fire/Water Damage Restoration
GemStone Management Heather Sistos 12710 Brant Rock Drive Houston, TX 77082 (832) 713-1837 Trails of Ashford Apartments
All Dry Service Grace Schaper 17310 Hill Lakes Court Cypress, TX 77429 (832) 492-7896 Mold Remediation, Odor Control
Hirsch Ventures LLC Randy Ly 3225 McLeod Drive #100 Las Vegas, NV 89121 (650) 759-1610
Beekin Inc Vidur Gupta 950 Echo Lane Hedwig Village #200 Houston, TX 77024 (917) 720-3422 Resident Retention Services, Investment Advisory Service
Lang Property Co Andy Lang PO Box 667427 Houston, TX 77266 (713) 667-9229 Courtyards on Kipling Lang Property Co - Properties NewQuest Properties Multifamily Development Brad Kosley 8827 W Sam Houston Pkwy N #200 Houston, TX 77040 (281) 640-7137 SAI Property Management Piyush Hemrajani 7101 Bellerive Drive Houston, TX 77036 (832) 504-7744 Siena Villa Apartments Madison Apartments Northgate Apartments Oaks On Bissonnet Dove Creek Apartments Sands Point Cove Eden Gardens TC Global Commercial Meera Chakraborty 11104 W Airport #110 Stafford, TX 77477 (713) 504-4921 Vivo Property Management Saral Jalan 550 S Hill St #1559 Los Angeles, CA 90013 (310) 984-0055 Buenavilla Northwest Corners Buena Vista
Citywide Protection Unit Clinton Craddock 5300 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77007 (713) 331-5490 Concierge Services, Courtesy Patrol, Safety Consultants, Security Consulting Service, Security Guard/Patrol Service • Dc Services Dunia Castro 7623 Pasture Bend Ct Cypress, TX 77433 (832) 364-1855 Referred by Donna Farthing Domuso Tyler Dulworth 2110 Main St #302 Santa Monica, CA 90405 (424) 272-1562 Credit Card Processing, Payment Services - Electronic Rent Draintech Greg Paschall 5102 Laurelwood Drive Humble, TX 77345-2406 (832) 705-2211 Drainage Contractors, Pumps Service & Repair, Sewer Contractors, Storm Water Services Ezlo Innovation Randy Patton 200 Broadacres Drive 2nd Floor Bloomfield, NJ 07003 (469) 422-7058 SMART Technology Referred by Tina Cavaco, CAPS
HQ Contracting Hunter Quiel 10444 Gulfdale St San Antonio, TX 78216 (832) 321-3839 Roofing Contractors, Siding Contractors, Painting Contractors, Welding, Concrete Contractors, Fences, Masonry Contractor, Fire/Water Damage Restoration, Carpenters Junk Shot and Doorstep Details of Katy TX Dequaris Reed 19123 Longhorn Point Drive Cypress, TX 77433 (205) 657-9164 Trash Service - Valet, Trash Hauling Kastle Systems Dana Mendez 20414 Salida Creek Circle Cypress, TX 77433 (281) 380-7208 Security Control Equipment/Systems, Security Systems Consultant, Security Guard/Patrol Service, SMART Technology Referred by Jennifer Devine, CAS Ledge Lounger Anna Akins 616 Cane Island Pkwy Katy, TX 77494-7983 (888) 749-5336 Furniture - Outdoor
Perceptive Things Corey Menscher 6711 Stella Link Road #204 Houston, TX 77005 (347) 464-8709 Leak Detection Service Referred by Jessica Jones Spectrum Brands - Pfister Ami Patel 19701 DaVinci Lake Forest, CA 92610 (469) 934-1628 Plumbing Fixtures/Parts/Supply, Locks & Locksmiths Referred by Maika Esacove, CAS Strategic Electrical Solutions Jonathan Ladner 2311 Harris Drive Angleton, TX 77515 (228) 265-1355 Electric Contractors, Electric Vehiclecharging docks
ALL SUPPLIER MEMBERS are listed online at www.haabuyersguide.com, searchable by product/service category or company name.
Liftmaster Scott Higginbotham 3254 Old Chapel Drive Spring, TX 77373 (630) 520-4837 Garage Doors - Service & Parts, Gates & Gate-Operating Devices Marquee Property Services LLC Travis Brown 10750 Barker Cypress Road #104 BOX #204 Cypress, TX 77433 (832) 372-9304 Balcony Repair, Building Contractors, Concrete Contractors, Drywall Contractors, General Contractors, Gutters & Downspouts, Painting Contractors, Parking Area Maintenance & Marking, Pressure Washing - Equipment & Service, Remodeling & Repair-Building Contractors Nelson Painting and Construction Nelson Galdamez 15254 Kingsbridge Way Houston, TX 77083 (281) 575-1205 General Contractors, Paint
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The Ambassador ONE Society HAA’s WELCOMING COMMITTEE
HOT, HOT, HOT!
The Ambassadors beat the heat networking and collecting school supplies for SBISD. Mark your calendars and join us! Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month: August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2. The location for most meetings is Kirby Ice House, 1015 Gessner Road, Houston, 77055. Photo at right: “ONE of the Month” Xochitl Flores, Zumper, with 410 points. Amanda Kelly, Brandt Electrical A/C & Heating Services, was second with 247 points and Tammy Broadway, American Fire Systems, was third with 177 points.
Ambassador ONE Society members with at least 10 points, ranked by points earned, year to date: Xochitl Flores Giovanna Gone Crystal Varela Amanda Kelly Tammy Broadway Susan Alvarado Mallory Hess Nilo Quiroz Marcy Holmes Diana Moreno Samantha Hernandez Kimberly Scott Tracey Leach-Moore Diamela Bravo Brian Alvarado Shaun Callaway Austin Lawley Kyle Turney Sarah Davis Sucy Zepeda Marcus Wheatfall Debra Knight Drew Slaughter Tiffany Torres Pete Lopez Teresa Schroit William Plows Kevin Thomas Jadrian Mitchell Grace Medley Rudi Carbajal Stacy Proctor Ryan Weis Jason Tillman Joe Slaughter Daviana Cearley Ramon Gasca Hank Preslar Bo Hang Gilbert Escobedo Angel Lopez Deron Lewis Jessie Smith Olevia Nguyen Steve Tabuena Ted Morgan Brenna Parker Brooke Evans Will Castro Malik Hemani Yvonda Lewis Brent Lindsey Chris Bell Chance Eggleston
Zumper Century A/C Supply Century A/C Supply Brandt Electrical A/C & Heating Services American Fire Systems, Inc. Century A/C Supply Century A/C Supply PuroClean Designs by Holmes Interior Design Jansen Adjusters International Houston Waste Services That Kimberly/Marketing Doer Flooring Warehouse Green City Security Done Deal Consign Earthworks, Inc Furniture Refinishing Services Camp Construction Services Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Triple Seal Insulation Comm-Fit Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Johnstone Supply Gemaire Advanced Exercise Earthworks, Inc Waste Consolidators, Inc Johnstone Supply Restoration 1 of Central Houston Arbor Contract Carpet Inc BG Multifamily Crestmark Construction Services City Wide Building Services Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Earthworks, Inc QNS Roofing Arbor Contract Carpet Inc Redi Carpet Behr Paint Company Metropolitan Staffing Solutions ATI Restoration Johnstone Supply Vero Interiors FSI Construction Paul Davis Greater Houston BG Multifamily RentPath Minol USA Graphic Stylus Promotional Products Steward Trash Valet Service Impact Property Solutions Roadrunner Restoration Company Arbor Contract Carpet Inc
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Ambassadors earn points by sharing leads, making introductions and visiting communities to promote HAA events and news.
THE AMBASSADOR ONE SOCIETY is an organized network exchange that helps supplier partners build their business contacts within HAA. It’s the perfect way for new suppliers to get started with the association. Group members share leads, make introductions and support HAA and its members. For details on how to join and for meeting dates, visit www.haaonline.org/ambassadors or contact Amanda in the Membership Department at 713-595-0316, or email email@example.com. 66
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Team photos at left, from top: First place – Bee HAAppy with 555 points Second place – Super Suppliers with 451 points Third place – You Already Know with 346 points
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In honor of Blake Subinsky, the BeABlake Foundation awards the first scholarships for two deserving HAA supplier members.
Congratulations to Xochitl Flores, Zumper, and Andrew Maloch, Chadwell Supply, for their selection as the first recipients of the BeABlake Foundation’s NAA Certified Apartment Supplier Scholarship. This full CAS scholarship was presented by HAA Past Presidents Jackie Rhone, Eileen Subinsky and the Rhone/Subinsky family in honor and memory of their son and grandson, Blake Subinsky, CAS. Blake was an active HAA supplier volunteer, Product Service Council member, Ambassador co-captain and Honors Award Rising Star Supplier of the Year.
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Portfolio Changes The following owner/management companies have added the listed properties to their portfolios: • American Campus Communities: University Square , 143 units at 502 Anne Preston Road in Prairie View. • Asden Properties: Westlake at Summer Cove, 376 units at 725 FM 1959 Road. • Avan Property Management: Su Casita, 133 units at 4825 Aldine Mail Rte Road; Mi Casita Apartments, 194 units at 5001 Aldine Mail Rte Road; and Astor Tanglewood, 238 units at 502 S Post Oak Road. Avenue: Avenue Mangum Oaks, 38 units at 4702 Mangum Road. • Avenue5 Residential: Brookside Gardens Apartments, 240 units at 3525 S Sam Houston Pkwy E. • Axiom Residential: Casa del Sol Apartments, 126 units at 9501 W Sam Houston Pkwy S. • Balfour Beatty Communities LLC: Regard at Med Center, 319 units at 8877 Lakes at 610 Drive. • Bellrock Real Estate Partners LLC: Bellrock Memorial, 352 units at 1148 Silber Road. • Better World Properties LLC: Aura Galleria, 362 units at 6061 Beverly Hill St. • Bluebird Communities LLC: Advenir at the Preserve, 274 units at 2100 W Baker Road in Baytown. • Brookfield Properties Multifamily: Village on Memorial Townhomes, 305 units at 15200 Memorial Drive. • BT-Hou LLC: Eden Rock Apartments, 115 units at 1911 E Southmore Ave. in Pasadena, and Bayou Palms Apartments, 160 units at 13455 Woodforest Blvd. • CAF Management LLC: Arrabella, 232 units at 10902 Katy Fwy. • Cardinal Group Management: Floral Gardens, 100 units at 7950 1/2 S Sam Houston Pkwy; Melbourne Senior, 110 units at 3075 Mustang Road in Alvin; NewPort Village, 80 units at 5925 FM 2100 Road in Crosby; The Point at
Crestmont, 192 units at 5602 Selinsky Road; Villas at Colt Run, 138 units at 7600 E Houston Road; and Cypress Gardens, 100 units at 11511 Crosby Fwy. • CBMJ Investments & Development LLC: Montrose Houston Multifamily TX LP, nine units at 415 Fairview. • Celtic Realty Advisors LLC: Buffalo Terrace, 16 units at 2017 Buffalo Terrace. • CKR Property Management LLC: Porter Plaza Apartments, 50 units at 23473 Partners Way in Porter. • Cushman & Wakefield: Ivy Point Friendswood, 120 units at 2920 W El Dorado Blvd in Friendswood; Ivy Point Richmond, 136 units at 7600 Mason Road; Providence at Memorial, 321 units at 1370 Afton St; Diamond Hill Apartments, 306 units at 9411 Westheimer Road; Sedona Pointe Apartments, 352 units at 311 Highland Cross Drive; Casa Del Mar Apartments, 354 units at 2431 FM 1960 Road; and Buena Vista Apartments, 226 units at 2402 Bammelwood Drive. • Devonshire Real Estate & Asset Management: Pebble Creek Apartments, at 136 units at 10803 Greencreek Drive. • The Dinerstein Companies/TDC Management Co.: Starling at Bridgeland, 358 units at 16200 Bridgeland High School Drive in Cypress. • Fairfield Properties LP: 1810 Main, 284 units at 1810 Main St. • FDI Management Group LLC: Oak Ridge Plaza, 12 units at 26302 Oak Ridge Drive in Spring. • GemStone Management: Trails of Ashford Apartments, 514 units at 12710 Brant Rock Drive. • Greenline Apartment Management LLC: Del Mar Apartments, 544 units at 10909 Gulf Fwy. • Greystar: Ascend at Brittmoore, 361 units at 10930 Day Road and Prose Copperfield, 361 units at 15255 FM 529. • Heinz Equity LLC: Carolyn Court Apartments, 26 units at 1200 Carolyn Court in Humble. • Hillcap Equity Management LLC: Bella Spring Townhomes, 165 units at 1550 Blalock Road. • Hilltop Residential Management: The Flats at Sugarland, 432 units at 14231 FM 1464 Road in Sugar Land.
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• Investors’ Property Services: Treemont Senior Community, 294 units at 2501 Westerland Drive. • Knightvest Management: The Fitz, 224 units at 600 Studemont St. • Lang Property Co: Lang Property Co - Properties, 23 units at various locations. • Montrose Investment Partners LLC: Montrose Investment Partners LLC - Properties, 11 units at various locations. • Q10 Property Advisors : Creekside Villas at Clear Lake, 202 units at 707 El Dorado Blvd and The Grayson at Baybrook Apartments, 322 units at 19100 Glenwest Drive in Friendswood. • Real Property Management Heritage: 1011 E 6 1/2 St, 5 units at 1011 E 6 1/2 St. • REEP Management: 51TEN Townhomes, 256 units at 5110 Azalea Trace Drive. • Rockstar Capital Management LLC: Lakeview at Westpark, 298 units at 18313 FM 1093 in Richmond. • RPM Living: Park on Napoli, 239 units at 13802 Napoli Drive. • SAI Property Management: Madison Apartments, 118 units at 9701 Forum Park Drive. • SG Property Management LLC: Esperanza at Keith Harrow, 276 units at 20235 Keith Harrow Blvd in Katy. • Southhampton Management Inc.: San Tierra, 303 units at 1616 Partnership Way in Katy. • TAM Residential: Westchase Forest, 400 units at 11355 Richmond Ave; Olympus Katy Ranch, 260 units at 24929 Katy Ranch Road in Katy; The Dacoma, 263 units at 3900 Dacoma St; and Gramercy Park Apartments, 384 units at 3225 Woodland Park Drive. • TBD Management LLC/Wan Bridge Group: Clearwater at Balmoral, 20 units at 15743 Blair Castle Drive in Humble; Mirror Lakes, 87 units at 7486 Thunder St in Pearland; and Pradera Oaks, 53 units at 19302 Pradera Meadows Loop in Arcola. • United Apartment Group Inc.: The Lynx, 364 units at 501 N Sarah Deel Drive in Webster. • Vero Sade: City Vista, 404 units at 2221 W Dallas St. • Vivo Property Management: Buena Vista, 250 units at 11505 Keegans Ridge Road; Buenavilla , 318 units at 11500 Keegans Ridge Road; and Northwest Corners, 466 units at 8520 Pitner Road. • Westdale Asset Mgmt Ltd.: Harlow River Oaks, 317 units at 70 E Briar Hollow Lane.
In the News Tracy Sosa has joined Westdale Asset Management as the community manager of Allusion at West University, and Roman Castro has joined Westdale Asset Management as the community manager of Muse at Museum District. Multifamily flooring installation company Arbor Contract Carpet has merged with Real Floors and will be known together as Real Floors. RentPath, a leading provider of marketing software and rental management solutions, announced a repositioning of the company to Rent. www.haaonline.org
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Rental Credit Reporting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 713-595-0300 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.haaonline.org/rcr
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Texas Southwest Floors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 800-719-4321 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.texasswfloors.com
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Dish Fiber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 https://info.dishbusiness.com/texas
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Brandt Electrical A/C & Heating Services . . . .53 281-693-3383 . . . . . . . . . . .www.brandtelectrical.com
Fire/Water Damage Restoration PuroClean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 832-856-5900 . . . .www.puroclean.com/pcswh-tx
Laundry Equipment & Supplies Scott Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 713-686-7268 . . . . . . . . .www.scott-equipment.com
Locks & Locksmiths CKI Wholesale Lock Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 713-462-0704 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.ckilock.com
Foundation Repair Church Foundation Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 713-468-8400 . . .www.churchfoundationrepair.com
HD Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 800-431-3000 . . . . . . .www.hdsupplysolutions.com
Camp Construction Services . . . . . . . .Back Cover 713-413-2267 . . . . . . . .www.campconstruction.com
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Cotton Commercial USA Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 877-511-2962 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.cottongds.com
ASAP Personnel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 972-432-6667 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.asapdo.com
Crestmark Construction Services . . . . . . . . . . . .57 713-426-6161 . . . . . . . . . . .www.crestmarkservices.com FSI Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 713-690-5330 . . . . . . . . . . . .www.fsiconstruction.com
Plumbing Contractors AAA Plumbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 713-462-4753 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.aaaplumbers.com
Gemstar Construction & Development . . . . . . . .1 281-821-1195 . . . . . .www.gemstarconstruction.com Guardian Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 832-672-4196 . . . . . . . . . . . .www.guardianconst.com MultiFamily Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 713-266-9100 RENCON . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Inside Back Cover 713-666-3636 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.rencon.com
TARGET QUALIFIED LEADS With HAA’s job board, you’ll discover a professional community that’s committed to helping you find the right candidate or your next job opportunity in the greater Houston and surrounding areas.
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Resident Screening Service SafeRent Solutions . . . . . . . . . .Inside Front Cover 888-297-8821 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.corelogic.com
Screens Ameristar Screen and Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 713-683-6767 . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.ameristarglass.com
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Swimming Pool Service Poolsure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 800-858-POOL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .www.poolsure.com
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MarketLine By BRUCE MCCLENNY, President, ApartmentData.com
Snapshot 91.4% $1,248/mo. $1.40/sq.ft./mo. 889 sq.ft.
Recently Opened (12 months): 84 communities 22,652 units
• • • • • • • • •
– 90.0 1025 –
975 – – 88.0
Under Construction: 58 communities 15,151 units Jun 22
Proposed Construction: 116 communities 34,506 units
History of Effective Rental Rate & Occupancy for All Units
Hottest Submarkets Over the Past Three Months
Annualized Rank 1 2 3 4 5
Operating Supply: 3,017 communities 714,352 units
1050 – Rental Rate (¢/sq.ft./mo.)
Past 12 Months: 9.8% rental rate growth 21,218 units absorbed
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
• • • • • • • • • •
Submarket Tomball/Spring Friendswood/Pearland East Lake Houston/Kingwood Conroe North/Montgomery Dickinson/Galveston
% of Market Absorbed 18.9% 18.1% 18.5% 13.8% 15.4%
Rental Rate Growth % 1.4% 2.3% 0.9% 2.7% 1.3%
Total Units Class w/Concessions All 164,782 A 59,490 B 51,374 C 46,656 D 7,262
% of Total Units 23% 30% 21% 24% 9%
Average Special -1.3% -2.0% -0.8% -1.3% -0.5%
Citywide Effect -5.2% -5.9% -3.9% -5.2% -6.0%
One Month Free = -8.33%
THE FIRST TABLE ABOVE GIVES A SNAPSHOT of the current market conditions. The graph displays the overall occupancy and effective rental rates over the past 24 months. These statistics are derived from a continuous survey of all apartment communities in the Houston region. The effective rental rates are the calculated net of concessions and utility adjustments. The second table lists the five hottest submarkets in the Greater Houston area. There are a total of 42 submarkets, and the ranking is based on the best combination of rental rate growth and absorption over the past three months. The third table distributes and analyzes concessions (specials) by classification. Concessions generally are represented by three types of specials: move-in, months free or floor plans. The effect of these specials is captured and prorated over a lease term to arrive at a percentage reduction in market or street rents.
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
Occupancy: Price: Rental Rate: Size:
93.2% $1,506/mo. $1.71/sq.ft./mo. 880 sq.ft.
92.6% $1,209/mo. $1.41/sq.ft./mo. 857 sq.ft.
91.9% $1,673/mo. $1.91¢/sq.ft./mo. 876 sq.ft.
Past 12 Months: 15.2% rental rate growth 27,081 units absorbed
Past 12 Months: 11.9% rental rate growth 5,496 units absorbed
Past 12 Months: 13.6% rental rate growth 14,608 units absorbed
Operating Supply: 3,373 communities 811,616 units
Operating Supply: 982 communities 212,036 units
Operating Supply: 1,146 communities 273,079 units
ApartmentData.com has been providing apartment data and marketing products since 1986. ApartmentData.com provides real-time access for property specific information, market surveys and historic submarket data for more than 3.5 million apartment units in Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arizona, North Carolina and Tennessee. For more information, contact Bruce McClenny at 800-595-8730. © 2022 ApartmentData.com August 2022
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HONORS MANAGEMENT AWARDS • SPONSORSHIP AUCTION PHOTOS
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ABODE Best THE HOUSTON APARTMENT ASSOCIATION MAGAZINE
This month, meet the 2022 Houston Apartment Association Honors Award recipients in the onsite management categories.
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