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    • IREM Houston Brings Back Literacy Drive & Fundraiser

      Did You Know: Children who do not read on-level by the end of Grade 3 have only a 1 in 8 chance of catching up and are 4x more likely to drop out of high school. Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation 

       

      We're excited to partner with Yellowstone Academy for our 2017 Community Involvement Initiative. Yellowstone Academy’s mission is to provide a high quality faith-based education exclusively to students from economically disadvantaged families that will prepare them for academic success in high school, college, and beyond. For more information on this incredible institution, watch their video here or visit their website www.yellowstoneacademy.org

       

      Leaders within Yellowstone Academy are continuing their strong effort to build literacy within the school. By collecting new to gently-loved books reading level Pre-K to High School, Yellowstone is ensuring that not only do they have a robust library, but that students also have reading options at home. IREM Members are invited to drop off any donated books at the IREM office by May 25th. You may also have books shipped to the IREM office at 5851 San Felipe, Suite 235 Houston, TX 77057. Office hours are 8 am - 4 pm. You can download a flyer for the fundraiser here to share with others. 

       

      Additionally, the committee hopes to raise monetary funds to donate to Yellowstone Academy in support of their efforts to update their hallways, classroom resources, play area, and other aspects of the school to ensure the students have all that is needed to receive a well rounded education. To make a monetary contribution, please click here and use "Yellowstone" in invoice field or contact the IREM Office by email.

       

      In honor of April being National School Library Month, IREM also plans to host a "Book It To IREM" Day in which we'll have balloons, treats and fun take-aways for anyone who drops off books or funds on Friday, April 28th. 

    • Houston IREM Award Honorees Announced

      On December 8, 2016 the IREM Houston Chapter recognized several outstanding leaders within the local organization of nearly 600 members. Special honors were awarded to these following members for their ongoing commitment to the real estate management industry, the community and their peers.

       

      2016 Jeff Burck, CPM of the Year Winner – Sheryl Green, CPM, of Camden Management

       

      The Jeff Williford Award of Excellence - Shawn Harvey, CPM of Griffin Partners

       

      2016 CPM Candidate of the Year - Erin Crowe, CPM, of NAI Partners

       

      2016 Associate Member of the Year - Rachel Mondshine of Stream Realty

       

      2016 Mentor of the Year - Kaci Hancock, ACoM of Wulfe Management

       

      2016 Friend of the Year - Monica Keels with Chamberlin Waterproofing and Roofing

       

      2016 Industy Impact Award – Philip Schneidau, CPM of Woodbranch Management

       

      2016 Breakout Member of the Year – Spencer Overstreet, CPM, of  Terramont Realty 

       

      For photos of our award winners, click here.

    • Name Our Blog Contest

      What’s in a name? Turns out quite a bit! IREM Houston needs your help in naming our newly launched blog. Take a look at our blog (insert hyperlink) posts, then kick around some ideas and submit your best ones.  We’re offering a $250 prize to the winner!

       

      Any member of IREM Houston can submit up to two possible names for the blog by emailing jmiller@iremhouston.org. The submission deadline is December 15th. Once all submissions are collected, the winner will be chosen by select IREM leaders. We hope you can tap into your creative side and help IREM Houston adopt a blog name that’s fun, unique, and representative of our great organization. Best of luck. This $250 prize money is burning a hole in our pocket!

    • 2017 Course Schedule is Set

      We're pleased to hold all of the IREM credentialing courses that members need to obtain their Certified Property Management (CPM) designation. Click here for the complete list of 2017 Courses planned for Houston. Interested in earning the CPM? This helpful checklist will hopefully simplify the process. Feel free to contact Lindsay or Jo D. at the IREM office (713-783-9225) with any questions. We're here to help with your career advancement and professional development.

    • November 11th Deadline for Veterans Program

      IREM Houston will support Camp Hope veterans for the second year in a fund and supply drive to directly benefit this Houston-area PTSD Foundation. Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.  It also offers an intensive peer support and mentoring program for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to temporary housing, Camp Hope offers a 90+ day PTSD recovery program in which residents: attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local activities and events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war. To learn more about PTSD or Camp Hope, click here.

       

      Donate Funds: IREM will collect funds to purchase housing items and gift cards for Camp Hope's new facility. Financial contributions can be made securely via credit card by clicking here. In the "invoice" field, enter in "Hope."  Please make monetary contributions by November 3rd.

       

      Donate Items: Camp Hope has indicated they need the below items. Not only do these items improve the facility but allow the men to have activities to help with their therapy and recovery.

       

      Bottled water

      Paper towels 

      Rocking chairs for the porches (12)

      Charcoal – for their grills

      "Shower Shoes" - inexpensive flip flops for men to use in shared restroom areas

      Gift Cards - In $25 or $30 increments (Walmart, Visa or American Express) to assist men with toiletry and clothing needs for interviews and permanent moves.

       

      Items may be dropped off to IREM by Veteran's Day (11/11) at 9800 Richmond, Suite 220 in the Westchase area. Please call  Kim Peck at 713-621-3222 with drop off questions. Surface parking at the drop off location is free.

       

    • Nominate A Leader

      As we wrap up 2016, the IREM Houston Chapter would like to honor the outstanding volunteer service of our members. If you have noticed a chapter member who has made significant contributions to our organization or within the industry, please take a few moments and send in their name. We are accepting nominations for a wide variety of awards based on members’ dedication, leadership and professionalism. Members may nominate more than one person in each category mentioned below:  

       

      Breakout Member of the Year
      The Jeff Burck, CPM of the Year Award
      ARM of the Year Award
      Friend of the Year
      Impact Award
      Mentor of the Year
      Other: For a range of other honors, please name a non-CPM/ARM member(s).

       

      Send Your Suggestions Here

       

      Thank you in advance for share your feedback of someone that you consider worthy of recognition. Winners will be announced at our final event of the year, the IREM Holiday Party-With-A-Purpose, on Thursday, December 8. Click here for more party details or to register.

       

      Deadline for nominations is Friday, October 28.

    • Our 2017 Executive Council Announced

      The Institute of Real Estate Management, Houston Chapter is announcing the 2017 Officer and Executive Council Member positions:

      President - Chase Crawford, CPM, Stream Realty Partners, AMO
      President Elect- Stephanie Swanson, CPM, Transwestern, AMO 
      Treasurer- Kaci Hancock, ACoM, Wulfe Management
      Vice President of Education - Sheryl Green, CPM, Camden Property Trust
      Vice President of Legislative - Erin Horn, CPM, NAI Partners
      Vice President of Membership - Robert Tyler, CPM, Brookfield 
      Vice President of Services - Janet Shipley, CPM, CBRE Group Inc.
      Vice President of Communications - Blaire Moreland, CPMDeane Realty
      At Large Member - Laura Le Harvey, CPMStream Realty Partners, AMO
      At Large Member - Matthew Townley, CPM, ARM, Townley Realty, AMO
      Immediate Past President - Laura Krupowicz, CPM, Brookfield

       

      All nominated leaders have served in numerous volunteer capacities over the years, including chapter committee chair positions. They are dedicated to the advancement of the Property Management industry and bring a wealth of professional experience and expertise to those nominated governance positions. 

    • IREM Member Discounts to the USGBC Energy Summit on 10/8/2016

      The USGBC Energy Summit brings together participants and stakeholders from the existing commercial office property sector to share ideas, technologies and services that will improve the energy efficiency and energy related decision making for commercial office properties. The summit provides an opportunity for education and a forum to share expertise and best practices with owners, property management and facility management. Learn about the newest technologies and services in person through a series of educational sessions, panels and speakers.

      NEW! We have added half day attendance pricing - so if you cannot attend for the full Energy Summit - you can still join us!

      When:  Thursday, October 13th
      What:  USGBC Texas' Energy Summit
      Time:  8 am to 5 pm
      Where:  Doubletree Hotel, Greenway Plaza

      Who Should Attend:  Property Managers, Facility Managers, Operators, Building Owners, Building Engineers, Architects, Service Partners. 


      Event Registration:   https://usgbctexas.wildapricot.org/event-2295953   - use code
      EnergyAlly16 for discount

       

    • Contribute to Camp Hope

      Camp Hope ProjectIREM Houston will support Camp Hope veterans for the second year in a fund and supply drive to directly benefit this Houston-area PTSD Foundation. Camp Hope provides interim housing for our Wounded Warriors, veterans and their families suffering from combat related PTSD in a caring and positive environment.  It also offers an intensive peer support and mentoring program for Post Traumatic Stress. In addition to temporary housing, Camp Hope offers a 90+ day PTSD recovery program in which residents: attend group lessons and support sessions with other combat veterans; conduct individual mentoring sessions with certified combat trauma mentors; participate in off-site small group interaction activities (fishing, hiking, local activities and events); and get involved with local churches, businesses and volunteer organizations to assist in their personal healing and educating the community on the invisible wounds of war. To learn more about PTSD or Camp Hope, click here.

       

      There are several ways to help:

       

      1) Donate Funds: IREM will collect funds to purchase housing items and gift cards for Camp Hope's new facility. Financial contributions can be made securely via credit card by clicking here. In the "invoice" field, enter in "Hope."  Please make monetary contributions by November 3rd.

       

      2. Donate Items: Camp Hope has indicated they need the below items. Not only do these items improve the facility but allow the men to have activities to help with their therapy and recovery.

       

      Bottled water

      Paper towels 

      Rocking chairs for the porches (12)

      Charcoal – for their grills

      "Shower Shoes" - inexpensive flip flops for men to use in shared restroom areas

      Gift Cards - In $25 or $30 increments (Walmart, Visa or American Express) to assist men with toiletry and clothing needs for interviews and permanent moves.

       

      Items may be dropped off to IREM by Veteran's Day (11/11) at 9800 Richmond, Suite 220 in the Westchase area. Please call  Kim Peck at 713-621-3222 with drop off questions. Surface parking at the drop off location is free.

       

      3. Donate Time: We may need volunteers to sort and deliver our donations to Camp Hope in November. If you can help, please email Lindsay at lkonlande@iremhouston.org

    • Houston's First IREM® Certified Sustainable Property

      Congrats to the Energy Crossing I Team!

      Lincoln Property Company (LPC) is the latest recipient of the IREM® Certified Sustainable Property Certification for their Energy Crossing I building in Houston. This is just the latest green achievement for the building, which was awarded the Energy Star® label in 2012 for its operating efficiency, and the LEED Gold certification in 2013. LPC knows that by focusing on energy and water efficiency, they can increase the environmental and economic performance of their buildings.

      The IREM Certified Sustainable Property is a prestigious sustainability certification program that focuses on the role of exceptional real estate management in green building performance. IREM’s sustainability certification provides properties with recognition for resource efficiency and environmental programs. To earn the certification, a property must first meet key baseline requirements, and then earn necessary points across energy, water, health, recycling, and purchasing categories. Tenants and residents increasingly associate environmental performance with quality, so the certification presents a prime opportunity to showcase quality, responsible real estate management.

      “Working with IREM on obtaining the Certified Sustainable Property Certification has given LPC’s Energy Crossing a chance to monumentalize their environmentally friendly practices. Lincoln Property Company strives to maintain sustainable business practices that reduce their building’s environmental impact while saving money and driving positive business results,” states Maria L. Flores, Vice President Property Management, Lincoln Property Company.

      Chris Mellen, CPM, ARM, IREM President, The Simon Companies, Braintree, Mass. says “IREM believes that exceptional management is crucial to the continued performance of sustainable and energy efficient properties – and to maximizing the value of investment real estate. By earning the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification for Energy Crossing I, Lincoln Property Company has certainly demonstrated their commitment to green management and we congratulate you.”

      Learn more about how your property can become an IREM Certified Sustainable Property.

    • 2012 Code Word Resources

       

      The City of Houston publishes an interpretation document referred to as CODE WORDS to provide a single source of written interpretations, policies, procedures and information to aid in the successful administration of the Construction Codes and City ordinances and to promote consistent, uniform practices.

       

      The 2012 Code Words were recently approved and replace the 2006 Code Words. To download the 2012 Code Words visit: 

       

      https://edocs.publicworks.houstontx.gov/documents/divisions/planning/enforcement/2012_code_words.pdf.

       

      For further information or questions, you may contact Luke.Fry@houstontx.gov.

    • Budget for IREM in 2017

      Make sure you include IREM events, education and dues costs in your annual budgets. We're building a great year of initiatives that will benefit you, your company and your customers. Click here for a sample of potential costs. For a complete list of IREM membership benefits, click here. As always we're here to serve as your career partner, so please let us know what you need.

    • IREM Houston Announces Literacy Program

      We're excited to partner with Yellowstone Academy for our Summer 2016 Community Involvement Initiative. Yellowstone Academy’s mission is to provide a high quality faith-based education exclusively to students from economically disadvantaged families that will prepare them for academic success in high school, college, and beyond. For more information on this incredible institution, watch their video here or visit their website www.yellowstoneacademy.org

       

      Leaders within Yellowstone Academy are working to fill their new library with literary classics and must-haves for their school-aged children. IREM Members are invited to drop off any of these books at our Summer Happy Hour (July 21) or at the IREM office prior to August 1. You may also have books shipped to the IREM office at 5851 San Felipe, Suite 235 Houston, TX 77057. Office hours are 8 am - 4 pm. For the full list of needed books, click here. You can download a flyer for the fundraiser here to share with others. Please note that we hope to give the kids new books instead of used ones.

       

      Additionally, the committee hopes to raise monetary funds to donate to Yellowstone Academy in support of their efforts to update their hallways, classroom resources, play area, and other aspects of the school to ensure the students have all that is needed to receive a well rounded education. To make a monetary contribution, please click here and use "Yellowstone" in invoice field or contact the IREM Office by email.

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    • Free Webinar on PACE FInancing

      Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 
      Time: 12:00 p.m. PT, 1:00 p.m. MT, 2:00 p.m. CT, 3:00 p.m. ET
      Duration: 60 minutes
      Price: FREE
      Presenters: 
      Marina Badoian-Kriticos, Office of Sustainability, City of Houston; 
      Gavin Dillingham, Ph.D., Program Director, Clean Energy Policy, HARC; 
      Charlene Heydinger, President, Texas PACE Authority and Executive Director, Keeping PACE in Texas
      Property Types: All

      PACE is an innovative financing program that enables commercial, large multifamily, and industrial property owners to obtain low-cost, long-term financing for water conservation, energy efficiency, and onsite generation projects. Participants then repay those loans through a property assessment imposed by the local government at the request of the property owner.

      In the webinar, you will:


      - Discover how PACE works, including who provides financing and services, how the financing is treated and repaid, and how PACE can overcome hurdles that often prevent NOI-enhancing upgrade project
      - Learn how the Texas model gives property owners the freedom to select their own lenders and contractors to negotiate the best project and financing available in the free market
      - Explore how to make the business case for a PACE project by reviewing a case study of PACE in action
      - Access resources for learning more about PACE, including whether the financing model exists in your market and, if not, how to advocate for its adoption 

       

      Register today!

    • Community Involvement Has Spring Party at Lyerly House

      For many years, the IREM Community Involvement Committee has enjoyed hosting a party for the residents of Lyerly House in Houston. Lyerly is a five-story mid-rise building in north Houston dedicated to the special needs of senior residents and persons with disabilities. With a tranquil environment and a variety of activities offered, this community provides safe, quality housing in a surrounding ideally suited yet enjoyable for residents.

       

      This year, our Community Involvement Team led by Chair Sheryl Green, joined 75 Lyerly residents for an afternoon of Bingo, prizes, snacks and good times! Thank you to our wonderful team and thank you to the staff at Lyerly House for letting us engage and entertain some wonderful people.