August 7 Vote No on Question 1

THE PARTY

IREM KC would like to make our members aware of a proposed ordinance that will be on the Special Election Ballot on August 7. Referred to as Question 1, this ordinance will enact a rental licensing program to be overseen by the Kansas City Health Department.

IREM KC is working in conjunction with Heartland Apartment Association to encourage voters to vote against this ordinance for the following reasons: 
  • KCMO already has a substantial affordable housing problem. The costs of this program (the extent of which are currently unknown) will be passed along to the tenants, increasing monthly rents and making housing even less affordable for many.
  • The passage of Question 1, left unchecked, will allow government officials to enter and inspect rental property without a warrant — this is a violation of the 4th Amendment and denies “due process” and “equal protection” under the 14th Amendment. Under the Constitution, renters possess the same rights to privacy as homeowners, and with respect to taxpayer supported health and safety minimum standards, in this instance homeowners are held to a lower standard than rental property owners.
  • Renters currently have the ability to request inspections of rental properties by the KCMO health department and codes department inspectors — additional expense and unenforceable regulation changes nothing, and only serves to discourage re-investment in KC’s aging housing stock.
  • KCMO already has substantial health, safety and property maintenance codes on the books to address the concerns that this ordinance claims to resolve. Kansas City officials simply choose not to enforce existing laws against non-compliant landlords, because accountable enforcement could ultimately cause  the City to assume responsibility for numerous derelict properties, as well as for identifying alternative housing for a significant number of displaced residents. 

A synopsis of this ordinance is as follows:

  1. A fee of $20 per rental unit is due at the time of submission for a permit.
  2. A unit may not be offered if the fee is not paid.
  3. It is a complaint based system. If someone calls to complain, the city can come and inspect.
  4. If they find a violation, a $150 per unit re-inspection fee will be assessed.
  5. The fees can increase at the will of the Health Department in line with CPI indexing.
  6. If a permit lapses, there is a $300 reinstatement fee per unit.  
  7. The health department is given full authority to formulate the rules and regulations regarding implementation of the ordinance.  
  8. If a complaint is made, inspection must be granted. A complaint can be made by anyone on anyone, and the affected unit would receive a five day notice of said inspection.
  9. The Director of Health will also establish rules for random inspections of the permitted units, and will also establish rules for random inspection of properties where there are offenses.  
  10. We all must comply with the inspections if scheduled.


*If you have questions about Question 1 or want to learn more, please contact Sam Alpert with Heartland Apartment Association at 816-561-9958. 

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GUEST POST from MidAmerica Metals

Take the Guesswork out of Your Facility Maintenance Budget

buget-featureMaintenance plays a crucial role in your annual facilities budgeting process.

Anticipating maintenance expenses for the coming year helps to manage your costs and implement an effective preventive maintenance plan.

There are several additional benefits of good operating budget planning that includes preventive maintenance:

  • Aligns maintenance activity with your organizational mission
  • Shapes your facility’s annual financial outlook and the role of maintenance in that outlook
  • Encourages an in-depth look at facilities to identify areas of greatest need
  • May coincide with an equipment assessment to maintain up-to-date capabilities
  • Helps to identify cost-cutting opportunities
  • Can include a personnel review to ensure that you’re working with the best professionals to provide the maintenance you need

Maintenance budgeting involves planning for routine care, determining upcoming capital expenses and examining the life cycle of your most costly assets.

It’s also a good idea to put a contingency fund in place so you’re prepared to deal with the unexpected, and reassess your budget throughout the year in response to changing circumstances.

In addition, your maintenance service providers can provide insights to guide the budgeting process and manage day-to-day implementation of your maintenance plan.

A good place to start is to talk with service providers about including expected maintenance costs in your operating and capital budgets.

OPERATING BUDGET

Operating expenses are used for day-to-day upkeep, but forecasting annual maintenance costs can be a tricky endeavor.

A trusted service provider should be willing to sit down and help you assemble a proposed budget and can often provide accurate estimates based on their past experience with other properties that have similar conditions.

This helps you to anticipate wear and tear on your building and estimate the corresponding maintenance that will be required to enhance the safety, functionality and aesthetic appeal of your facility for customers and employees alike.

Many factors go into projecting your operating maintenance needs:

  • General use of the space
  • Estimated foot traffic
  • Environmental conditions
  • Types of finishes used on assets

CAPITAL EXPENDITURES

Capital expenses, on the other hand, are funds specifically set aside to purchase, upgrade or extend the life of physical assets like equipment, vehicles, and properties.

Large renovation projects or project undertaken to extend the useful life of a building would fall under this category.

Emergency repairs can often not be predicted, which is where a contingency fund can help.

However, other large projects are easier to tackle when they are planned and budgeted for ahead of time. This helps you to select the right service provider for each part of the process and get the most value for the money you spend on the project.

WORK WITH SERVICE PROVIDERS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MAINTENANCE BUDGET

When you’re working on your annual budgeting process, reach out to your trusted service providers for an accurate estimate of expenses so you can be prepared for the year ahead.

As you transition from one fiscal year to another, a trusted service provider can also help you make the most of your remaining budget.

Flexible scheduling and invoicing programs are critical components to many operating and capital projects, and a reputable service provider will be happy to provide a set of options to suit your needs.

Are you looking for guidance on maintenance budgeting for the coming year?

Contact us at Mid America Metals. We’ll assess your needs and help you invest in the right services to keep your facility in excellent condition for years to come.

Questions for Mid AmericaMetals:

info@midamericametals.com and http://www.midamericametals.com/.

 

New Board Member Vote

On behalf of your 2017 officers, I am pleased to announce the annual vote of Membership for a new Executive Board Member will be Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Milburn Country Club, Overland Park, Kansas at 11:30 a.m..
Key items you will be asked to consider and vote on at the meeting are:
(1) Election of the Board:
Routine business item includes approval of the new IREM Kansas City Executive Board Member. Prior to the meeting a Consent Agenda will be posted online.
(2) Notice Period Consent Agenda:
A request for a one time waiver of 30 days written notice and instead substituting 10 days written notice via electronic communications.
Current members whose dues are paid in full are eligible to vote at the meeting.
If you will not be in attendance at the meeting, please notify me by return e-mail so I can note your absence as “excused” on the sign-in sheet.
We are looking forward to seeing you on September 21.

 

Sincerely,
Kelly Barton, CPM
IREM KC 2017 President
Ryan Huffman, CPM
IREM KC 2018 President

Who You Going To Call

January’s “Who You Going To Call” Sponsor is BluSky Restoration Contractors.

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Site stability and safety, shoring, testing and temporary board up; these are just a few of the tasks we specialize in when it comes to restoring your property. Damage restoration needs can arise from many types of disasters. From water to smoke to mold to asbestos, we can clean it up and put things back to normal.

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People on the Move

2017-01-05_0001Happy New Year! We ended our year on a very high note and are proud to do a little bragging on some of our awesome members. Congratulations to Janae Nezerka from CertaPro Painters of Johnson County for being named Industry Partner of the Year; Gail Tieman from Kessinger/Hunter for being named Candidate of the Year; and our very own 2016 IREM KC President, Vicki O’Malley for being named CPM of the Year!

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The new 2017 board members were also sworn in. We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Barton from CBRE as our 2017 IREM KC President!

lenora-2014-headshotAnd we are honored to congratulate IREM Kansas City Certified Property Manager, Lenora Carpenter on being announced the new President of Block Multifamily Group!  

Letter from our 2016 President

As 2016 comes to an end, I want to take a moment to thank everyone that is a part of the IREM community for our success.

We held some very informative luncheons with speakers that ran the gamut from KCMO’s City Manager, Troy Schulte to Dr. Tony Nash to Jill McCarty from KCADC. We cannot forget the annual IREM Forecast luncheon in November filling 28 Event Space as real estate professionals gathered to hear leading industry professionals’ predictions for 2017. 2016 will come to an end back at 28 Event Space as we swear in the new board; recognize the Children’s Place our charitable recipient; and, participate in some fun with the annual Holiday Raffle.
In 2016, Kansas City was proud to participate in the inaugural events as Mike Lanning was sworn in as the 2017 IREM President. A bonus was being on hand as Brad Ashley was recognized for his contributions to IREM and a recipient of the Professional Achievement Award. IREMKC’s participation at the National level is significant. In addition to Mike’s involvement, Anne Lemon, Brad Ashley, Lee Whitman and Ryan Huffman are involved in some capacity on the National level. To have that many IREM members from one chapter and especially given the size of Kansas City is pretty spectacular and we should all be proud of their commitment and dedication to our profession.

I cannot end the year without recognizing some pretty important people to me. To start off, the IREMKC 2016 Board — the hours spent making our organization topnotch and ensuring each event goes off without a hitch and chairing your specific committee; thank you. To the committee members assisting the Chair, true success comes from you and your unselfish time you gave to IREM; thank you. To every member and industry partner, your participation and involvement is most appreciated from monthly luncheons to the IREM Golf Tournament to Happy Hours. Again, without you we wouldn’t be an organization. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for your friendship and partnership. Finally, there is one person that holds us all together and that is Andie Albers, IREM Kansas City’s Association Executive. Without you, we would all be lost. THANK YOU for all that you do in keeping us on task and elevating our organization to that next step with your marketing skills.

As a reminder, 2017 Invoices to Members have been sent. Included in the billing is the IREM National dues, Kansas City dues, luncheon costs (if you would like to prepay), as well as if you would like to contribute to the IREM foundation. If you haven’t received yours, please contact Andie and she can assist. Industry Partners, the link is open on the IREMKC website to register for 2017. You have until January 15th to register before it closes and we look to those vendors on the waiting list.

I am looking forward to celebrating with everyone at the December Holiday luncheon. Don’t forget to register. Thank you and I hope you are able to enjoy this special time of year.

Vicki O’Malley, CPM
2016 IREM KC President

NEW SITE CHANGES

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Last week we rolled out the new look for our website. The site address will remain the same; however, the website will include two major changes:

1. Logging on will be required before registering for any IREM KC event. Your login user name is your email. If you do not have a password or can’t remember yours, please click on “lost your password” and a new password link will be sent to your email account.

2. All payments will now be made through PayPal. You will need to set up a PayPal account using your company credit card and email, if you do not have one set up already. Paying for events going forward will be faster and will not require you to type in your credit card each time.

Energy Ordinance Reminder

A reminder for anyone who has buildings over 100,000 SF in Kansas City MO, the City is requiring our compliance with the Energy Ordinance by May 2017.

There appears to be a fair amount of set up on the front-end to get the buildings set-up.

See more information here: http://kcmo.gov/kcgreen/benchmarking/compliance/

 

 

Letter from Leadership

A letter from Vicki O’Malley, 2016 President of IREM Kansas City. 

IREM Members and Industry Partners:

We are half-way through 2016 – where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday we were celebrating Christmas and the New Year. What about your New Year’s resolutions? Did you make any? Have you kept them? If not, it is not too late to pull them out and see how you can turnaround the second half of 2016.

If a resolution included networking more – IREM luncheons are a great way to network with your peers. The resources around a table each month are staggering. I’m not too proud to ask a peer a question that I am not that familiar with. In fact, I did just that this month when I asked a fellow member about the LEED certification process and her experience. Does it make me a lesser manager? I don’t think it does. As a property manager, we need to know a lot about many topics. I cannot be an expert in all but I do know when to reach out for assistance. I am also glad to offer assistance to anyone with a question. Not only are our peers a resource, so are our Industry Partners. I value a partner that I can call for advice on a particular problem or seek a second opinion. In my opinion, that is what being an IREM partner is – a resource and hopefully an integral part of my team.

Perhaps you vowed to take a class to move toward your CPM and/or ARM designation. IREM offers courses both online and in classroom settings. Kansas City hosted a few this year, however you can sign up anytime and take them online.

Maybe you wanted to get more involved. IREM professionals are forward thinkers who want to leave their mark on the world and care about the profession of real estate management. IREM Kansas City has many opportunities to volunteer. What about a mentor to a new manager on their path to their designation or what about serving on the IREM Board? There are also several committees looking for volunteers from the golf committee to the social committee. It is far too easy to sit back and let everyone do the work and enjoy the fruits of their labor. As I said during my inaugural speech, you get out of IREM what you put in. What are YOU putting in?

The second half of 2016 is busy. It started off with the golf tournament in June which was a huge success and wouldn’t be what it is today without all the hard work of our volunteers each and every year. Learn about Kansas City history on the trolley tour and networking event in August. In October, the Board heads to the National Conference in San Diego. We are so proud of Mike Lanning who will be inaugurated as the IREM National President and we will get to celebrate in his success and the success of the Kansas City Chapter. November will hear from industry experts on the state of real estate in Kansas City, and December we will inaugurate IREMKC’s new 2017 President and the Christmas party.

Again, it is not too late to turn around the year and your resolutions.