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CAA’s Whitney Benzian recently discussed San Diego’s downtown rental market with Smarter San Diego TV. While local folks can watch it at 11 a.m. Sunday on Channel 4 San Diego, everyone can catch the interview now via the YouTube clip below. The roughly nine-minute clip shows Benzian, executive director of CAA’s San Diego division, speaking with Nicole Hazelton, owner of Hazelton and Associates, and Smarter San Diego’s host, Derrick Evens. Among other things, Benzian talks about the beginning of construction on Ballpark Village across from Petco Park. “It’s the next big building downtown in the East Village,” he says, adding… Read More

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In this members-only video, address legislative issues likely to surface in 2015, from bed bugs to AirBnB to rising rents.


Elite professionals from Los Angeles’ rental housing industry celebrated their collective excellence at the 2014 Signature Awards. Nearly 500 people poured into the Skirball Cultural Center on Nov. 20 for a posh celebration hosted by the California Apartment Association.

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In the 2000 film “What Women Want,” Mel Gibson’s character, Nick Marshall, can hear women’s thoughts. This ability provides veritable superpowers when it comes to relationships. You may never be a mind-reader like Marshall, but you can gain a better understanding of your tenants’ wants and needs, said Rommel Anacan, guest speaker at a California Apartment Association luncheon last week. Anacan provided key insights for keeping renters enamoured with their homes while presenting “How NOT to Lose Your Residents in 12 Months: The Secrets of Keeping Your Residents in Love With Your Community.” He delivered the presentation Thursday, Oct. 30,… Read More

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  In the above video, Tommy Thompson, executive director of the California Apartment Association’s South Coast division, discusses rental housing issues in Orange County with Lacy Kelly of the Association of California Cities. The interview will air on Cox Communications’ civic channel next week throughout Orange County.

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In addition to raising wineglasses, attendees at the California Apartment Association’s Beyond the Vine event raised plenty of money for political action. All told, about $100,000 poured in. Joshua Howard, executive director of CAA’s Tri-County Division, thanked participants on behalf of the CAA Tri-County Board of Advisors and Political Action Committee. “CAA members enjoyed a beautiful setting, perfect weather, fine wines, and gourmet food,” Howard said of the event, held Sept. 26 at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga. “The evening also brought together leaders from the multifamily industry and more than 20 elected officials from across Silicon Valley for spirited conversation… Read More

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Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose each take their place among the hottest markets of 2012. Check out this slide show on The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch.

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This USA Today video explores some of the new high-tech tools for wirelessly spreading music throughout the rooms of a house. See how a tablet computer playing a song in one room sends the sounds of a folksy tune — sans wires — to an upstairs kitchen. Are luxury apartment owners installing these types of entertainment systems as perks for prospective high-end tenants?


When landlords in Fresno County evict a tenant, they’ll now fill out paperwork intended to make the process safer. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday unveiled a revised “letter of instruction” for landlords to complete before authorities serve notices on tenants losing their homes. Law enforcement officials discussed the form during an educational luncheon hosted by the California Apartment Association in Fresno and covered by CBS 47 TV. “Not that we weren’t being as safe as we could before, but we saw where we could improve,” Deputy Doug Richardson told the station. CAA tapped Fresno attorney Steve Hrdlicka to… Read More

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Rental housing professionals have begun broadening their knowledge of property management via the California Apartment Association’s new webinar series. The property management courses debuted Tuesday, March 12, with the first of two 90-minute segments on “Preparing the Property & Professional Leasing Skills.” CAA broadcast the second segment Thursday, March 14. “We had several students from several remote locations, including Ukiah, Merced, Victorville, Ojai and Oxnard,” said Jim Lofgren, executive director of the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley, a chapter of CAA. “This distance-learning option is reaching a new audience.” Each of the nine courses in the series is divided… Read More