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  • Learning the Ropes at the NAA Capitol Conference

    As a property manager and new president of our local apartment association, I was excited and nervous when the subject of the Capitol Conference came up. I was excited for many reasons. Who would not want to go to Washington D.C.? Let’s face it, it’s a beautiful city with so much history. Being new to this position, I knew I had a lot to learn to help the association grow and be more successful....
  • Finding the Catalyst: Part 2

    This is the second part of a two-part blog on building social connections among your residents within your community. If you missed the first part, you can read about the importance of a community and why you need a community catalyst in your corner.  We've already talked about the importance of community buy-in to start building a greater sense of community. Here are some additional tips to find...
  • All Directions Lead to Capitol Hill on March 18

    I have a confession to make – I am horrible with street names. I am a visually oriented person who knows landmarks better than street names. Seriously, don’t ask me how to get to my apartment or you’ll hear, “it’s across from Costco.” That’s why I love Washington D.C. It’s hard to miss landmarks like the White House, the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol Building. Thank goodness for maps...
  • That’s Ms. President to You

    Deciding what to cook for dinner—for just one person—often feels like too much pressure. Running the country? Um, no. I have absolutely no desire to become POTUS, but in celebration of President's Day, we asked one of our members—Greystar’s Liz Porras—to share some of the changes she would make as leader of the free world. Following are a few highlights: 1. Large corporations typically have...

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