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The city of Anaheim on Tuesday unanimously approved a self-inspection program for multi-family housing, allowing property managers to examine apartments themselves — without paying inspection fees. This represents a big improvement over Anaheim’s original proposal to charge property owners $16 per unit for city officials to handle the inspections. After learning of this proposal last year, the California Apartment Association immediately began negotiations with the city. Over a nine-month period, CAA’s South Coast/Orange County division successfully eliminated the fee and created the self-inspection program.  To show further support of CAA, the Anaheim City Council amended the ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting… Read More

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A multifamily housing expert will provide an economic forecast for Orange County’s rental housing industry next week during a lunchtime workshop hosted by the California Apartment Association. Jay Parsons, national market analysis manager for MPF Research, will speak Thursday, Feb. 27, during the Orange County Rental Housing Economic Outlook for 2014. The event, hosted by the California Apartment Association’s South Coast Division, will be held at Radisson Newport Beach, 4545 MacArthur Blvd.,Newport Beach Attendees will learn how Orange County compares with other counties in Southern California. Moreover, the event will review occupancy, rent, supply-and-demand and expectations for 2014. Parsons heads… Read More

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More than 140 rental housing professionals heard from Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey late last month during the California Apartment Association’s inaugural Professional Property Managers Forum. The event, formally known as Lunch Club, attracted representatives from more than 25 property owners and management companies, as well as industry partners. During his address, the mayor shared his vision for Riverside, centered on the theme “Together We’re Better.” Bailey also outlined the city’s accomplishments from the past year, such as the University of California, Riverside, becoming California’s first public medical school in four decades. Additionally, the mayor discussed economic development projects planned for… Read More

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Following negotiations with CAA, Anaheim won’t make landlords pay to have code enforcement officers inspect the city’s apartments. Under an initial proposal, the inside-and-out inspections would have cost landlords $16 per unit and been a requirement to register rental housing with the city. After talking with the California Apartment Association, the city opted to allow landlords to do self-certifications. This involves filling out a questionnaire that ensures best practices and declaring that each unit is free of hazards. “We were happy that the city brought a lot of stakeholders together to look at the first draft, because it needed some… Read More

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Rancho Santa Margarita – More than 200 people gathered at the Tijeras Creek Golf Club this month for the CAA South Coast Maintenance All-Stars contest. On Thursday, Nov. 14,  88 competitors showed their skills in eight maintenance-related games, as their teams cheered from the sidelines.  For the second straight year, Camden won the Team Spirit Award. Overall Winners 1. Matt Conti – Shea Apartment Communities 2. Tony Velasquez – Irvine Company Apartment Communities 3. Loudon Cheyne – AvalonBay Communities, Inc. Blind Tool Identification 1. Brian Abarca – Irvine Company Apartment Communities 2. Alex Araujo – Sares-Regis 3. Sonia Arellano –… Read More

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Top Orange County apartment executives will receive a data-driven forecast on the rental housing market Thursday, Nov. 7, during an event co-hosted by the California Apartment Association and Competitive Analytics. Attendees will include senior executives from companies such as Camden, Western National Group, E&S Ring, Sares-Regis, Far West, Avalon Bay, and others. The invitation-only event, being held at Competitive Analytics’ DECIPHER™ Theater in Costa Mesa, will feature an interactive session with: What-if? forecasts Competitive submarket rankings Provocative discussions of major apartment markets “Industry leaders will gain deep data-based knowledge on pricing, budgeting and investment strategies,” said David Savlowitz, chief executive… Read More

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NEWPORT BEACH — More than 330 people packed the Radisson Newport Beach  Thursday, Oct. 17, for a CAA South Coast Lunch Club workshop about how The Disney Company® consistently exceeds customers’ expectations. In a 90-minute presentation titled ”Disney’s Approach to Quality Service,” Bruce Kimbrell of Disney Institute shared the company’s time-tested best practices and how they can translate to virtually any business  – including multifamily housing. Industry partners TONUSA, Apartments.com and United Paving sponsored the event, where 23 property management companies were represented. “We are always looking to add value for our members,” said Tommy Thompson, executive director of the… Read More

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As South Coast rents continued to climb this past summer, Orange County remained the fifth most expensive metro area to rent in California. More expensive were San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz. Read more in this Orange County Register article.  

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For more than 80 years, The Walt Disney Co. has been synonymous with excellence in customer service.  It turns out that Disney’s approach to keeping customers happy works in multifamily-housing, too. On Oct. 17, you can learn all about it. The California Apartment Association and Tonusa will welcome Disney Institute to CAA South Coast’s Lunch Club for a workshop on “Disney’s Approach to Quality Service.” In his 90-minute keynote, cast member Bruce Kimbrell will use the Disney model to show attendees how to consistently exceed customer expectations. As part of the Disney Co., the institute energizes organizations with “time-tested best… Read More

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The California Apartment Association is pleased to announce the hiring of government-affairs veteran Tommy Thompson as the South Coast Division’s new executive director. Thompson, who joined CAA earlier this month, assumes responsibility for all CAA operations within the South Coast region, which includes Orange County and the cities of Long Beach and Signal Hill. While Thompson’s duties are wide-reaching, he’ll mainly focus on advocating for the rental housing industry within the halls of local government. No stranger to the nexus between public policy and business, Thompson’s most recent job included six years as director of government affairs for the Building… Read More

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