Most people spend their formative years in the classroom, studying, taking tests and working to prove themselves. Making good grades is important, as these achievements allow you to reach your goals and go after the career of your dreams. After you get that dream job, though, it can be tough to push yourself to learn new things. Without the structure of a classroom and a degree to chase, it's difficult to convince yourself that professional development is necessary. The reality, though, is that nobody knows it all, and as the property management world evolves, you'll need to keep abreast of changing trends. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends joining the following professional organizations to keep up with the times:
If you operate a single family or small residential property, this is the group for you. With globally recognized certifications, NARPM publishes an annual State of the Property Management Industry report at their conference. Full of helpful statistics and insight, this report can help you better understand your role in greater context. No matter how big or small your property, NARPM can help you better serve your tenants.
This international organization boasts more than 20,000 members and features amazing networking opportunities for property managers. There are professional development workshops, certifications and training opportunities. These workshops are frequently offered online, making it easier than ever to stay on top of your game.
Featuring support, education and training for their 75,000 members, the NAA places an emphasis on philanthropy. They routinely take the temperature of the industry, giving members valuable insight into what might lie ahead in the next quarter or two. Their website features unique, helpful tools, including one designed for surveys and one for budgeting.
Created with commercial property owners and managers in mind, BOMA features monthly regional luncheons, a job board, publications and custom training programs. BOMA's magazine offers a wealth of useful information, keeping you informed about incoming and outgoing trends in the industry.
Whether you decide to join one or all of the above professional organizations, your commitment to learning will make you stand head and shoulders above your peers. Even better, the opportunity to network in these communities will provide you with the relationships necessary to continue growing your skills. Membership into any of these groups is a fantastic resume builder, too!
- Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management
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