Membership in a property management association is the best way to make sure you have access to continuing education resources, industry news sources, and professional networking opportunities year-round. If you’re not a member of any associations yet, here are a few that we recommend you take a look at.
National Apartment Association
The National Apartment Association is “committed to providing benefits and services that help you grow your business and increase your bottom line,” and they have a number of special resources for Independent Rental Owners (IROs) — anyone actively involved in both the ownership and the management of rental properties.
One especially noteworthy thing about the NAA is that you may actually be a member and not even know it. Many local apartment associations are NAA affiliates, so their members are automatically eligible for full NAA member benefits. If you’re a member of a local association, definitely check with the NAA to see if you qualify!
International Council of Shopping Centers
There are plenty of associations that are particularly suited for commercial property managers. One of those is the International Council of Shopping Centers. ICSC “promotes and elevates the marketplaces and spaces where people shop, dine, work, play, and gather as foundational and vital ingredients of communities and economies.” They work to form connections, influence public policy, develop marketing, and much more, so membership is a great way for commercial property managers to get involved and make a difference.
National Affordable Housing Management Association
Anyone who manages properties or units in the affordable housing sector should take a look at the National Affordable Housing Management Association. Their members gain access to benefits like the opportunity to build relationships with other members and with key government agencies, accreditation, continuing education resources, news publications, and more. The NAHMA is organized into 20 regional chapters; contact yours to learn more about the potential benefits of joining.
Institute of Real Estate Management
The Institute of Real Estate Management describes itself as “an international institute with the learning, certifications, and networking that property managers need to take on real estate management’s most dynamic challenges.” Membership is included with enrollment in any of IREM’s certification programs, meaning that signing up to learn more and grow your business through accreditation will grant you access to networking possibilities, leadership opportunities, and special members-only savings. That makes IREM a great deal for anyone interested in growing in any area of the property management industry.
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