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May 21, 2013
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May 22, 2013
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CAA is a member
of the Green Spot
The Columbus Apartment Association’s purpose is to provide legislative, education, and networking services for our members who are the companies who own or manage multifamily communities and the companies that service the apartment industry.
Founded in 1969, the Columbus Apartment Association (CAA) was created to serve the needs of the multifamily housing industry. The CAA received its charter for an affiliated association of the National Apartment Association (NAA) in 1970. Since then, it has maintained strong leadership and membership. Starting with a few members and growing to over 330 members, CAA currently represents more than 104,000 multifamily units.
CAA Hall of Fame
As a member of GreenSpot, the CAA has pledged to make the association a part of a healthier, cleaner, more sustainable Columbus. One of our mandatory commitments is to communicate electronically-instead of on paper-whenever possible. To uphold our pledge, the CAA is going to be communicating valuable information about legislation, education, and events primarily through email.
Please encourage others to uphold the CAA GreenSpot pledge by signing up for electronic communication at email@example.com.
Our Executive Committee consists of eminent individuals from the business community. The officers normally meet monthly, in addition to overseeing a number of committees.
View a list of the CAA Officers
The Community Assistance Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the CAA. Through donations from our members and fundraising at several of our events, the CAA is able to make contributions to various charities affiliated with the housing industry.
In 2011, the CAA made generous donations to the Community Shelter Board, Patches of Light, and the American Red Cross of Central Ohio.
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CAA Members Learn Benefits of Community Gardens
Nearly 100 CAA members gathered at the Franklin Park Conservatory on Thursday, May 16 for the second General Meeting of the year to hear guest speaker, Bill Dawson, Growing to Green Coordinator for the Conservatory discuss community gardening.
The meeting began with a welcome by Executive Director, Laura Swanson and a brief business meeting where new CAA members were welcomed and attendees were encouraged to attend the CAA golf outing on August 13 at NorthStar Golf Club.
Following the business items, CAA President Fred Damsen welcomed Dawson, the keynote speaker. Dawson and the Conservatory started the Growing to Green program in 2000 with 12 community gardens.
Dawson started his presentation by suggesting that those interested in starting a community garden first establish a strategic plan and asking their residents what they would like to see. This plan was the impetus of how the Growing to Green program started. The community wanted to see a resource for starting community gardens and school gardening.
“The hardest part is the gardening,” Dawson said. “When it’s done together though, it’s fun and you build a sense of community.”
Community gardens have become a resource for those who do not have grocery stores or transportation to get to grocery stores to have access to fresh produce. It also helps push bad elements out of the community by repurposing empty lots to provide positive activity and beauty. The community gardens at the Franklin Park Conservatory donate over 3,000 pounds of food to food banks each year.
Dawson emphasized engaging residents and asking them what they would like to see and what they would like to accomplish. “For community gardening to be successful, you have to have community,” he said. “Community gardening is something different for everyone.”
In addition to the benefits of being able to grow fresh produce, community gardens provide a great way to share culture through food and allow residents to explore new cultures and foods they might not otherwise be exposed to. They also provide residents a sense of home having a place to garden. They feel invested in the land and are less likely to be transient than if they did not have the option.
Any CAA members who are interested in more information about community gardens are encouraged to contact Bill Dawson directly.
Growing to Green Program Coordinator
Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
1777 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203-2040
Following Dawson’s keynote, the CAA raffled off a hand blown glass blow donated by the Conservatory. Austin Vensil of Contractors, Inc. won the raffle which generated over $180 in revenue for the CAA Community Assistance Foundation.
Children's Hunger Alliance Summer Feed Program
Summer should be a stress-free time full of food, friends and fun. Free summer meals can help! Any child or teen age 18 and under can get free healthy meals at safe locations across Ohio. Many sites also offer learning and recreational activities so your kids can stay active and spend time with friends. Free summer meals can also help families save money. Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) will provide all elements of the Ohio Summer Food Service Program at no cost to CAA members – they simply need a place to conduct it. With your partnership, CHA can provide children with a more active, healthy and productive summer. Please contact the CAA or CHA at
or 614-643-8019 to learn more.
The CAA’s “Game Day” Expo was held March 20 at the Ohio Union, in the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom. After a few announcements from Linda Richer, AmRent, Expo workgroup Chair the Expo kicked off at 12:30 p.m. with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by CAA President Fred Damsen. Once the doors opened, enthusiastic attendees were ready to see the 94 exhibitors showcasing their products.
Creativity was overflowing the aisle-ways in the exhibitor hall. Each vendor had something different to offer as they participated in the theme of CAA Expo. Some exhibitors had Game Day games, prizes, and giveaways.
Throughout the afternoon, attendees took to the stage to compete in cornhole, football toss, and hillbilly golf, sponsored by Game Day Championship sponsor, Contractors, Inc. Also brightening the Game Day stage the Columbus Blue Jacket Cheerleaders who were cheering on the crowd.
Adding to the excitement, walking the expo floor, OSU Football players Bob Hoying and Obie Stillwell greeted attendees and signed autographs. Also, in the hall, one exhibitor featured OSU football player John Simon.
To continue with the theme, there were six money gun sponsors shooting off the air gun every half hour. Attendees gathered at each sponsor in anticipation of winning cash, promotions, and other items stuffed inside the fun-filled gun.
There were other ways for attendees to win, too. Upon entering the exhibit hall, each attendee received a traffic card. They were instructed to visit the 12 participating companies listed on the card. By filling out the card, each attendee was entered for their chance to win the Game Day Prize Pack, filled with OSU goodies worth $1000. The lucky winner, Kathi Winnie with Central Management took home the Prize Pack. Attendees were asked who their favorite booth of the show was, that prize went to, ABLE/Contractors, Inc.
Also at the Expo educational sessions were offered as well. The morning session featured National Speaker, Barbara Savona, who gave attendees 10 surefire ways to get comfortable handling objections. The afternoon session, “What’s New in HVAC,” facilitated by Wilson Detty, American School of Technology provided attendees with useful information to provide maintenance updates to their properties.
We like to thank everyone for participating in the 2013 Central Ohio Multifamily Exposition.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next year!
First General Meeting of the Year
Prospects for the Future
Everyone was feeling lucky at the first General Meeting of the year, held at the Hollywood Casino on February 21, 2013. Nearly 200 CAA members came to hear keynote speaker Robert Weiler, Sr., with The Robert Weiler Company, discuss industry updates for Columbus and Central Ohio, economics facing the multifamily industry now, and prospects for the future.
Laura Swanson, CAA Executive Director, welcomed CAA members and guests to the first meeting of the year. Swanson invited, Ameet Patel, Hollywood Casino General Manager, to the podium where he gave the audience an overview of the exciting new developments and opportunities at the Casino and surrounding areas, including a new hotel.
Following Patel, Jon Hale, Thompson Building Associates, Chair of the Bowling Workgroup announced the winners of the 2013 Hunka-Hunka Bowling Love charity fundraiser. The winners included:
Highest Team Score: Oakwood Management Kissin’ Cousins (Katie McCoy, Aaron Taylor, Dennis Whisner, Jamie Marquet) – combined team score of 1,265 for two games.
Personal Score: David Ison, Schottenstein’s Real Estate Group – total score 527.
Best Use of Theme: Central Management
The event raised over $3,400.00 for the CAA Community Assistance Foundation.
Linda Richer, AmRent and Krista Knutilla, CORT, Chair & Co-Chair of the Expo Workgroup were next on the agenda and made announcements about the upcoming Expo which is only a month away. Linda reminded everyone to register for the upcoming trade show and educational sessions planned for March 20th at the Ohio Union.
Andee Swartz, Estates at New Albany, Chair of the Membership Committee, acknowledged the newest CAA members Doug Brownfield with Lowes Home Center, Mike Lancione with Ferguson Enterprises, and Steve Papineau with Shelby Management.
Fred Damsen, CAA President, introduced Robert Weiler, Sr. Weiler has been long active in the Columbus community, serving as President of the Columbus Board of Education. Other leadership roles include Capital University, the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, Pilot Dogs, Inc., Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), Central Ohio Transit Authority and the Columbus Urban League, among others.
Weiler opened by asking the assembled members, “How’s your business? Lousy, good or great?” The majority of the room said their business was great.
Weiler, whose first apartment community was Channingway Apartments, noted that a lot has changed in the industry over the last 50 years; the caliber of the tenants, the way owners do financing, and the amount of growth in the industry. Growth in Columbus is in the top 20, with a 10% increase in rentals. The reason for the increase are the jobs in Columbus. Also contributing is the changing downtown, with greater incentives, land value and density. Weiler also said members should, look to the north for the future and growth of communities, pay attention to overseas markets and, most importantly, build for the long term.
Following his keynote speech, Weiler answered questions from the members, covering topics from the general market to affordable housing.
CAA is also pleased to announce that an additional $350 was raised for the Community Assistance Fund, by raffling off a $75 gift card donated by the Hollywood Casino.
A huge thank you to everyone for attending CAA’s first meeting of the year. Please join us for our next General Meeting held at the Franklin Park Conservatory, on May 16, 2013.
2013 Charity Bowling Luncheon
Over 200 members arrived at Sawmill Lanes on Friday, February 8 ready to bowl and eager to strike it rich! Bowlers filled all 52 lanes during the Charity Bowling Luncheon for an afternoon of bowling, socializing and fundraising for the CAA Community Assistance Foundation.
Many embraced the “Hunka-a Hunka-a Bowling Love” Elvis theme for the event, sporting wigs, sideburns and other period attire.
Jon Hale, Thompson Building Associates and workgroup Chair kept things fun dressed as young Elvis and serving as the event’s emcee. He traveled from lane to lane talking with members, advertising the 50/50 ticket sales goals and entertaining bowlers.
Sheri Neff-Legg with Plaza Properties and Lisa Lybrook with Appliance Warehouse each donned their best 50’s attire and sold 50/50 raffle tickets with the goal of reaching over $1,000 in sales. Neff-Legg and Lybrook accomplished their goal selling over $1,200. The pair had to stop just prior to the end of the event when they completely sold out of all raffle tickets.
As the games drew to a close, Neff-Legg pulled the winning 50/50 ticket as Hale called the winner up to claim his prize. Darrin Crawford with Oakwood Management Company won $626 in the drawing with an equal amount being donated to the Community Assistance Foundation.
Over $3,400 was made for the Community Assistance Foundation. Thank you to all who planned, participated and sponsored the event.
Columbus Apartment Guide
Contract Sweepers & Equipment
Thompson Building Associates, Inc.
Theme Contest Sponsors:
VIP Waste Services
Bowling Workgroup Members:
Jon Hale, Chair, Thompson Building Associates, Inc.
Matt Huggins, FABCO
Krista Knuttila, CORT
Lisa Lybrook, Appliance Warehouse
Sheri Neff-Legg, Plaza Properties
Gregg Mumper, PuroClean
CAA Leadership Software Summit
CAA Leadership Software Summit
A group of CAA leaders met January 16 at the CAA offices for a software summit. A panel of industry experts led the discussion regarding property management software. They discussed various components, such as Accounting, Maintenance, and Tenant Management, used in daily operations.
In attendance, Software Vendors, Matt Kreuter, App Folio, Andrew Moon, Network Logix, and Brittany Christerson, RentManger.
Steve Hess with Kohr Royer Griffith, Inc. said, “The tech summit was great – just what I was looking for. Whether you are currently in the market for new software or just beginning the process, the information generated was everything you need.”
“Also,” David Holzer, with Commercial One, said, “The tech summit was an excellent event. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn what is new, and the discussion between CAA members was very insightful and informative. Andrew Moon did a great job in leading the discussion and his questions were spot-on. I think this should be a regular event and would encourage others to attend.”
CAA’s leaders hope to equip members with the necessary knowledge for making optimum decisions when choosing Property Management software solutions.
Two special honorees were inducted into the CAA Hall of Fame during the CAA Honor’s Reception, January 17, 2013 at the Scioto Country Club. With a packed house, the atmosphere was warm and inviting.
On this special night CAA members were treated to great food, live music, and networking.
Laura Swanson, Executive Director kicked off the night’s Hall of Fame reception, by welcoming CAA members, Hall of Famers, inductees, friends and family. Swanson took a moment to give a very special thank you to the event sponsor, Apartment Guide.
Swanson invited Fred Damsen, CAA President to start the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame recipients. Damsen thanked the Hall of Fame members in attendance.
Damsen expressed gratitude towards Ronald Burson and Wayne Garland the Hall of Fame inductees.
Jennifer Gorsuch-Walters introduced the first inductee, Ronald Burson, President of Gorsuch Management. “He has been an inspirational force to the CAA”, said Gorsuch-Walters.
While President in 1996, he was instrumental in the creation of the CAA Associate Council. Another shining moment was nominating Pat Igoe for the first, CAA female President. He was also one of the first members of the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association. He was presented with his CAA Hall of Fame Plaque by his son Andrew Burson.
The second inductee Wayne Garland, President of Buckeye Real Estate, was inducted by Steven Gladman. “Garland main focus as CAA President in 1997 was that, ‘Less is more’”, said Gladman.
Garland condensed the number of meetings and emphasized the need for efficiency. He also followed up on the initiative that began with Ronald Burson in finalizing the contract of the Midwest Affordable Housing Management Association, the first fee managed Association for the CAA. Mr. Gladman welcomed Garland to the Hall of Fame.
Burson and Garland thanked their family, friends and colleagues in attendance. For their support and graduated for over the years.
Swanson had one more honor for the Hall of Fame Inductees. On behalf of the Columbus City Council, Swanson presented Ron Burson and Wayne Garland with a resolution honoring them on the distinction of being inducted into the CAA Hall of Fame.
In a closing toast CAA Members honored Burson and Garland for their service and commitment to the Association, and their continuing inspiration to the future leaders of the CAA.
November 2012 Industry News
From the National Apartment Association
Echo Boomers Important Multifamily Drivers
Digested from "Echo Boomers Important Multifamily Drivers" GlobeSt.com (11/12/12) by Carrie Rossenfield
The multifamily housing sector continues to flourish as rents remain on the rise and those looking for apartments demand new development. According to Meyers Research, monthly national rent for markets covered by RealFacts topped $1,042 in the three-month period ended Sept. 30 -- a 4.8 percent increase from a year earlier. Given the lingering effects of the recent housing-market crisis, demand fundamentals are expected to remain strong for apartments. Additionally, more Millennials -- a.k.a. Echo Boomers -- are entering the market and should also help boost fundamentals. Meyers Research President Jeff Meyers states, "In the past year, new developments have been met with strong renter demand, particularly for contemporary product in A+ locations that are heavily favored by today’s Echo Boomers. This demographic of 95 million is obviously important because they are transitioning into the workforce, and detached shadow inventory is not competitive for this young cohort."
Report: Single-Family Rental Demand is Outstripping Supply
Digested from "Report: Single-Family Rental is Outstripping Supply" Wall Street Journal (11/13/12) by Nick Timiraos
CoreLogic reports that demand for single-family rental housing has outstripped the available supply of houses, with some housing markets hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis seeing rental demand skyrocket by more than 2 percent in the last year. Given tighter underwriting standards, families that have lost their houses to foreclosures cannot qualify for mortgages. CoreLogic says 22 of 30 markets tracked saw year-over-year leasing gains. Rental demand does not appear to be weakening, with leasing activity up 7 percent in August from one year ago and up 12 percent from the beginning of 2012. CoreLogic says it would take just 2.6 months to rent the available stock of for-lease houses in August, down from 3.2 months of supply in 2011. Sam Khater, senior economist at CoreLogic, says rent growth is likely to increase "at a strong clip" late this year and throughout 2013.
Bed Bugs Dying\ After Merck Drug Suggest Possible Weapon
Digested from "Bed Bugs Dying After Merck Drug Suggest Possible Weapon" Bloomberg (11/13/12) by Jason Gale
Bed bugs died after feeding on people treated with Merck & Co.'s Stromectol in the first study to chart the drug's potential to control the blood-suckers. In the past, this treatment has been used successfully against parasitic worms. Research shows that three out of five bed bugs died after blood meals from people who had taken Stromectol three hours earlier. John Sheele, an emergency physician at Eastern Virginia Medical School, says the pill -- along with such conventional measures as pesticides -- may improve the chances of eliminating the pest.
Consumers Split on Homeownership, New Poll Shows
Digested from "Consumer Spilt on Home Ownership" United Press International (11/14/12)
A Country Financial poll reveals that Americans are divided on the issue of homeownership -- which is perceived as important but is not necessarily seen as a smart investment. Just over half of the 4,000 survey respondents agreed that owning is better than renting, but less than a third considered homeownership "the best investment a family can make." Slow market recovery and affordability issues may be contributing to this sentiment. Other findings suggested that owning a home is more important, but less attainable, to those ages 65 and up; while more Americans in the 18- to 29-year-old age bracket found homeownership within closer reach but less important.
Fitch Gives Freddie Mac CMBS Special Servicer Rating
Digested from "Fitch Gives Freddie Mac CMBS Special Servicer Rating" GlobeSt.com (11/14/12) by Erika Morphy
As a special servicer of commercial mortgage-backed securities, Freddie Mac has earned an initial rating of 'CSS2-' from Fitch Ratings. It is the special servicer for roughly 8,800 multifamily housing loans it holds worth nearly $95 billion, but more attention is directed at its origination and securitization activities. The Fitch rating will help the firm maintain credibility, allow for comparisons against other special servicers and give its regulator greater clarity on where Freddie Mac stands in terms of quality and activities in the serving sector.
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