Over 8 years ago, I was asked to be on a local board of a non-profit which was starting an expansion in providing low-income residents affordable rental housing.
They had already completed the purchase and renovation of an area apartment complex and were having onsite management issues and they were looking for additional properties including compiling several tracts of land to build a tax-credit multi-unit residential rental project.
I was flattered and knew I would have to give up some of my other duties so I elected to give up my teaching and committee involvement in NARPM which I had enjoyed for over 10 years.
It was worth it as the local non-profit has just completed a 100 unit residential project in conjunction with a local builder and I am heartened every time I drive by what used to be 3 vacant lots with derelict/boarded up homes on them.
I drove to Crystal City near DC yesterday to the NARPM convention and trade show and saw lots of great NARPM friends.
We all commented how technology has allowed us to take days off as well as travel across country to attend these great events. The trade show was awesome and while many of the software firms represented are now featuring "cloud" hosted websites, most reported issues with downtime and several have had to re-vamp their sofrware some.
I am encouraged that there are "Supra" looking lockboxes can be placed on vacant properties and opened with smartphones after vetting through the vendor's website. The entry is only good for 24 hours and information and credit card information is taken by the lockbox service....now why didn't I think of this?
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