CAA In Focus
Jul. 1, 2014

Don't forget the Business Exchange
Registration is FREE* and now open for management company executives (member and non-member) that participate in the Aug. 13 Business Exchange. Not only are attendees able to network with their peers and 60+ vendors in 2 1/2 hours, but by donating their time they will help raise money for the CAA's Political Action Committee. Sixteen management companies currently have representatives registered.

Registration for associate members (only) is also open online. Registration opened at 10 a.m. CST today and is sold on a 1st come, 1st served basis. Registration is limited to one employee per company at this point. Be sure to log in to shorten your check-out time. We look forward to seeing you there!
*No-shows will be charged $50 after the event.More

New tax bills are sign of new trend: Decreasing values and increasing rates
Myer Blank
Significant tax rate increases in many Cook County property tax bills should be a wake-up call for taxpayers, specifically owners of apartment buildings, to take action. Many districts in northern Cook County saw their tax rates increase 10-20 percent in the latest calculations. In Chicago, the overall rate continued to increase from 6.4 percent to 6.8 percent, with the next reassessment scheduled for 2015. As values are reduced for some taxpayers, specifically homeowners, the tax burden shifts to others whose properties have maintained value. Taxpayers whose values did not decline in the northern Cook County suburbs are in for "sticker shock."More

New! Summer Social
The Products & Services Committee is putting on an end of summer networking event called the "Summer Social" on Wednesday, Sept. 17. The event is only $40 per member and will take place at Rebel Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville. Click here for more details and to register. We look forward to seeing you there!More

Budget for CAMME in 2015
The CAMME Committee just started meeting and we are excited to look at the event and see what we can change to make it an even more prominent industry event. As budget season approaches, we'd like to remind you to put the line item back in the budget for 2015. We do not have pricing yet but will be getting you all of that information as it becomes available.More

Save the date in 2015
Mark your calendars for the following events that have been scheduled so far for 2015:

New Year Kick Off (NYKO) — Jan. 15, 2015 — Carnivale
Trade Show & Education Conference — April 14, 2015 — Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center
Golf Outing — May 15, 2015 — Cog Hill Golf & Country Club

Visit the CAA event calendar for other class and event information.More

Chicago Buildings Commissioner attends CAA meeting
City of Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Felicia Davis attended the June 27 CAA board of directors’ meeting to discuss the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline for compliance with the Life Safety Evaluation ordinance. She emphasized the importance of NOT waiting until the last moment, when it may be impossible to find a contractor who can do necessary work, but for buildings to get their final inspections done early. Answers about the LSE ordinance can be found here.More

Welcome new members!

Associate member Regular Members
Spartan Surfaces Regency Windsor Management
Nolan Real Estate

National Apartment Leasing Professional (NALP)
Aug. 12-14, 2014
CAA Office | 557 W. Randolph, Suite 201 | Chicago, IL
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Each Day
Member Ticket: $695 | Non-Member Ticket: $895

Program Objective: To enhance the skills of the apartment leasing professional, resulting in better-informed, highly professional individuals with increased lease activity and improved resident relations.

Designation Requirements
To qualify for the NALP program, candidates must:


Certified Apartment Manager (CAM)
Sept. 15-19, 2014
CAA Office | 557 W. Randolph, Suite 201 | Chicago, IL
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Each Day
Member Ticket: $955 | Non-Member Ticket: $1145

Program Objective: To enhance the skills of the apartment manager, which can result in better managed and more profitable rental properties, improved resident retention rates and increased employee productivity.

Designation Requirements
To qualify, CAM candidates must have:


Certified Apartment Supplier (CAS)
Sept. 16, 17, 19, 2014
CAA Office | 557 W. Randolph, Suite 201 Chicago, IL
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | Each Day
Member Ticket: $499 | Non-Member Ticket: $699

Program Objective:
To enhance the skills of the apartment community supplier, resulting in individuals with increased professionalism and an improved knowledge of the needs of today's apartment community managers and supervisors.

Designation Requirements
To qualify for the CAS program, candidates must:


Median rents for Chicago apartments by neighborhoods
In another mark of the evolution of the South Loop and West Side, the neighborhoods currently have a higher median rent than Lincoln Park and are approaching the high-end rental prices of the Gold Coast and Streeterville. In the 1980s, much of the South Loop was railroad tracks and factories.More

Why everyone wants to flip a house in Chicago
Chicago magazine
In Chicago and around the country, the private individual home flipper is poised to make a comeback, suggests a report by national real estate brokerage Redfin using MLS data. For the first time since 2007, a majority of flips were performed by people rather than banks looking to clear foreclosures from their books — 74.8 percent, in fact.More

Rental market remains hot with national apartment occupancy at 6-year high
US Finance Post
In May, national apartment occupancy rose once more to reach the highest level in six years, according to Axiometrics, an apartment data and research firm. Ninety-five percent of all rental units are filled despite thousands of new units becoming available. The news has been a surprise to investors, who have largely moved out of multifamily real estate investment trusts as everyone focuses on improving home sales.More

Why multifamily housing matters
U.S. News & World Report
The growth of multifamily construction in the past few years has been a significant source of job creation. Moreover, the recent market focus on multifamily rental housing has been a reminder of the importance of supplying housing to the marketplace that reflects consumer choice. While homeownership confers key benefits for families and neighborhoods, ensuring access to rental housing is an important component of the housing recovery.More

10 most stressed out cities
From sky-high rents and gridlocked traffic to widespread poverty and unemployment, residents in these cities have a lot to stress about. Find out why Chicago made No. 6 on the list.More

As home sales remain restrained, big builder eyes home rental market
The Wall Street Journal
Stuart Miller sounds like a home builder who doesn't expect first-time and entry-level buyers to surge back into the housing market any time soon. In fact, he is considering expanding into building homes for rent if first timers remain largely unable to buy. Miller, chief executive of Lennar Corp., one of the largest U.S. home builders, told investors in a quarterly conference call that he doesn't anticipate mortgage-qualification standards easing quickly enough to bring first timers off the sidelines anytime soon.More

Minorities, millenials play key role in housing growth
Latin Post
Six years since the economic downturn known as the Great Recession, the U.S. economy has slowly recovered. However, the area that caused the initial collapse, the housing market, has seen steady growth. Playing a pivotal role in this expansion will be two groups that have grown in influence over the last decade. According to a study released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies from Harvard University, minorities and millenials will play a role in the growth of the housing economy.More