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Greetings Members & Industry Partners of IREM 92:
Please take a few minutes to read through this e-newsletter to catch up on all the events and news happenings within Chapter 92. This is a bi-monthly publication.
This spring, we honor all of you, our Members and Industry Partners, for helping us move our mission forward. I can’t express to you how proud I am to see such enthusiasm and to serve as your 2019 President of Chapter 92. This year has gotten off to a great start and I’m excited for our programming in the coming months.
To recap a few highlights thus far, at the February meeting Peter Cowell, Associate Member gave an excellent presentation on Productivity in the workplace and taught us what he considers to be the “ABC’s of Motivation”. In March we joined forces with IREM DC Chapter 8 to host our 11th annual Candidates Meeting and Industry Resource Exchange Networking Event. The Director of Corporate Business Development for IREM, Brian Lozell, CPM did an amazing job providing candidates with a road map to most efficiently obtain their CPM designation. For candidates unable to attend the event Brian’s presentation is available on the chapter website. I had the pleasure of pinning (2) new ARMs, PRISCILLA BAIDU, ARM, with The Donaldson Group and SARAH CURCIO-RUDY, ARM, with Donatelli Management. We wrapped up the evening with an interesting game of family feud in which I believe Chapter 8 won…by default.
Please be sure to register as soon as possible for the special joint-chapter event on Wednesday, April 10th at Bobby McKey’s Piano Bar at The National Harbor, hosted by IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92. Renowned keynote speaker Janine Driver will be talking about decoding body language. This will be followed by a dueling piano show with live music, delicious food, drinks, and fun interaction with the musicians. Click Here for more Information and to Register
At the same time we are having our special event at Bobby McKey's, Chapter Leaders will be attending the IREM Northeast Regional Conference at the Gaylord Hotel at the National Harbor April 10-12. This will be a jammed-packed two days of education, training and networking for IREM leaders from the entire Northeast. There is still time for you to register to join us! This regional conference is open for any IREM member to register and attend. Click Here for more Information and to Register
Our chapter is always looking for additional ways to enhance our programing to make your experience as beneficial as possible. Your input and involvement is critical to making that happen at the highest level. I urge any/all members of the chapter reading this message to strongly consider how YOU can contribute to the growth of the chapter. There is specifically a need for members to serve on one of our many committees or even the board. This is a great opportunity for professional development as well as an opportunity to shape the future of the organization for years to come. If interested, please reach out to our Association Executive, Jamie Carr, or myself for more information.
Are you in need of a scholarship to reach your IREM goals? We offer financial assistance and we want to help YOU earn your IREM designation. Chapter 92 has a restricted fund that is set to expire at the end of the calendar year. Plus submit a scholarship application as soon as possible. Click Here to find out more about IREM scholarships and education.
Our efforts to maintain a strong social media presence are continuous. All members can support these efforts by contributing and sharing relevant content on LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram. We encourage you to LIKE our pages, our posts and share this information as well. This will help us grow! Check out our social media chapter video and feel free to share it as well:
Here is our social media video and we encourage you to share this video with your industry colleagues and peers
Finally, I want to remind everyone that our 14th Annual Charity Gala is right around the corner and will be held on Friday, May 10th. This charity dinner is a joint event with Chapters 8 & 77 in support of a special charity near and dear to our hearts, Special Love for Children with Cancer. Held at the prestigious Congressional Country Club, this is truly a wonderful, can’t-miss event. Head to the IREM Gala Website for all the details on this event, as well as sponsorship and ticket information.
I look forward to seeing you at the upcoming events this season. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if I can be of service to you.
Dante Jofferion, CPM®
2019 Chapter President
April General Membership Meeting & Special Joint Chapter Event
April 10, 2019
6:15-7:00PM: Janine Driver's presentation
7:00-9:00PM: Piano Bar, Food & Open Bar
IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92 join forces to present this special event. This event also counts as our April General Membership meeting. If you are a prepaid meeting member, this event is included, but you must still register to attend. This event is being held in conjunction with the IREM Northeast Regional Conference at National Harbor. We are expecting a sell-out crowd of IREM Members from the entire DMV and Northeast Region. Hurry to register!
Future Event Dates:
Check the EVENTS SECTION of the website for DATES & DETAILS ON ALL UPCOMING EVENTS
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Your Data Delivers
The Income/Expense Analysis Reports are the hottest bench-marking tool in town. Each year, IREM collects data from industry professionals like you from across the United States to compile the best resource for budgeting, forecasting and more. Help support this important program by sending us your property data - and we'll send you a free report!
Contributing to the I/E Program is as easy as 1, 2, 3:
Log on to IREM's Income/Expense website at http://IE.IREM.ORG
Submit your property data by April 1st
Receive 1 free digital copy of any 2019 Income/Expense Analysis Report (a $550 value!!) PLUS, a free individual building report AND your chance to WIN $$...
IREM 92 NEEDS YOUR HELP
Please submit your data to help our Chapter reach our 2019 Goals!
In addition to your free report, Chapter 92 will reward the member who submits the most properties with a $100 Gift Card. $50 Gift Cards to the second and third place contributors.
Data is collected for the following property types:
Condominiums, Co-ops & PUDs
Questions OR Have more than 10 Submissions??
There is an Easy Upload Method...
Contact Income/Expense Analysis Manager, Matt O'Hara
800-837-0706 ext. 6025 or [email protected]
Any submission to BOMA's statistical analysis can also be forwarded to IREM by sending a copy of the PDF print out report to [email protected]This will count towards the goal and also qualify for the free analysis and property report. Submit your data here.
January Special Event 2019
IREM Chapters 8, 77 & 92 Industry Forecast & Trade Show
Check out the picture highlights from our Annual Industry Forecast Meeting & Vendor Trade Show held on January 31st at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. To see all the pictures from this event, click here.
February Meeting 2019
Productivity in the Workplace
We held our first chapter lunch meeting of 2019 on Thursday, February 7th at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Downtown Crown Gaithersburg. Motivational Speaker Peter Colwell shared lessons learned from his 16+ years in Commercial Real Estate to help us enhance our productivity and increase our ability to overcome obstacles.
Annually, at our February Meeting, we take time to recognize and celebrate our charter, and also to recognize chapter members celebrating milestone anniversaries of their designation year. On February 7, 1980, Chapter 92 was chartered by the Institute of Real Estate Management, marking 2019 as our 39th Anniversary.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Community Involvement efforts this month by "Rocking The Red" to this event. We made a $225 donation to The American Heart Association! To see all the pictures from this event, click here.
March Meeting 2019
Annual Candidates Meeting & Networking Event with IREM DC 8
Check out the picture highlights from our Annual Candidates Meeting & Networking Event held on March 14th at Maggiano's Little Italy of Chevy Chase. This was the 11th year in a row we have held this special joint-chapter event with IREM DC 8. We welcomed Brian Lozell, CPM, Director of Corporate Business Development for IREM, as our special guest speaker for our Candidate Members.
The following new members were installed during this event:
- David Sidorsky, CPM - IREM DC
- Emmett Jafari, ARM - IREM DC
- Tia McNear, ARM - IREM DC
- Jennifer Wilson, ARM - IREM DC
- Priscilla Baidu, ARM - IREM West-Central MD
- Sarah Curcio-Rudy, ARM - IREM West-Central MD
The networking portion of the event consisted of a friendly game of "Family Feud: Property Management Edition" between IREM DC and IREM West-Central MD followed by a "Bingo" game for property managers to meet industry partners. IREM DC narrowly took home the win in Family Feud, but fun and laughter was had by all!
To see all the pictures from this event, click here.
February iYP happy hour
Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar
We had a great time at our first IREM Young Professionals event of 2019. Thank you to the following vendors for sponsoring this event:
- Associates Plumbing, Inc.
- Arc Water Treatment Co. of MD
- CnC Complete Services
- Hawkins Electric Service, Inc.
- Park Rug Co.
- Real Estate Service Systems
Friday, May 10, 2019
Congressional Country Club
Please Save The Date for this Fabulous Event!
Click Here for Sponsorship Information. Individual Tickets will be available soon - stay tuned! This event will once again benefit Special Love for Children with Cancer. Visit The IREM Gala Website for more information.
Thank you to everyone who has supported our 50/50 Raffles at our February and March membership meetings. We have been able to make donations of $225 to The American Red Cross and $80 to Interfaith Works of Montgomery County.
Have an idea for an upcoming community involvement project or want to serve on this committee??
Contact: Tonya Trotman-Clark, CPM
IREM members from across the country gathered on Capitol Hill on March 6, 2019 to discuss important issues that affect the real estate industry. Liz Shanahan, CPM was there representing Chapter 92.
This year’s issues:
To support the long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and develop a plan for reform. If the program expires on 5/31/19 as currently scheduled, flood insurance will become more costly or even unavailable. The NFIP provides over 90% of all flood insurance nationwide and close to 100% of flood insurance coverage for individually owned properties and small-to mid-size commercial properties.
To ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release the guidance proposal issued by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on the issue of companion animals, sometimes referred to as emotional support animals, with respect to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
Click Here for more information on the Capitol Hill Fly-In
Click Here for more information on IREM Government Affairs
Linda Sheets, FAB Electric
GFCI outlets are essential for safety and required in today’s homes by National Electrical Code. GFCI outlets, or ‘ground fault circuit interrupters’ prevent serious electric shock and reduce the risk of electrical fire by monitoring electrical current, cutting power or ‘tripping’ when the outlets detect an imbalance or excess current flow down an unintended path.
Easy to identify, GFCI outlets are recognizable by the ‘test’ and ‘reset’ buttons on the outlet face.
What Do GFCI Outlets Do?
Super-sensitive and with a far faster response time than circuit breakers or fuses, GFCIs are designed to respond before electricity can affect your heartbeat – in as little as one-thirtieth of a second – and will even work in outlets that aren’t grounded.
Where Should GFCIs Be Used?
GFCI outlets are required by code in moist or wet locations of the home:
Laundry and utility rooms
Garages and outbuildings
Crawlspaces and unfinished basements
Spa and pool areas
Why are GFCIs a Safer Outlet Option?
Before GFCI requirements, nearly 800 people died annually from household electrocutions, versus less than 200 people annually today. Inexpensive and easily swapped for run-of-the-mill outlets, even older homes ‘grandfathered in’ by code should swiftly swap traditional – and especially ungrounded 2-prong outlets – for GFCI protection. GFCIs have been required by code outdoors and in bathrooms since the 1970s and are hardly a new concept. Designed to safeguard people, not wiring, they are an essential safety feature today’s homeowners and homebuyers look to for protection and can make or break an electrical home safety inspection.
Test Your Outlets Regularly
Nearly half of all American families fail to properly test their GFCIs according to operational and safety recommendations. How can you avoid becoming a statistic? Test all GFCI outlets in your home regularly, at least once a month at a minimum, and after storms as well. Testing is fast and easy, simply press the ‘test’ button, ensuring electrical flow has been cut off with a nightlight or other small appliance, then press ‘reset’ to restore power to the outlet.
Call Linda Sheets at FAB Electric (301) 622-6979 to schedule an appointment!
Document and Printed Media Restoration
Jim Baliya, Operations Manager, Unlimited Restoration, Inc.
Time is crucial to the successful recovery of water-damaged books, files, and archival materials. Taking the right steps, in a timely manner, guarantees maximum recovery of printed media with minimum residual effects. Page warping, ink diffusion, binding delamination, and mold begin to occur quickly following the exposure of printed media to water. Advance knowledge of standard practices and available resources is the key to recovery of valuable files and media.
Flash freezing is an essential first step in stabilizing wetted print media. Freezing halts the damage process, inhibits mold growth and extends time available for review, assessment and planning. Once frozen, physical deterioration halts, ink dissolving will stop, and potential for mold and fungus growth ceases. Once frozen, paper is stabilized and can be stored via any refrigerated means.
Benefits of Freeze Stabilization
- Stops the Progression of Damages
- Inhibits Mold
- Stabilizes Inks
- Prevents Page Adhesion
- Grants Valuable Assessment Time
Prior to freezing, however, the extent of damage should be assessed. The value of the exposed media as well as the nature of the exposure should be considered. Water sources can contain contamination corrosion from a pipe, dirt and debris from a flood, salt water, and even sewage. Additional steps could be taken prior to freezing in order to clean and rinse the printed media.
Characterization of Wet Media
Dry materials are often overlooked in a disaster. They must be removed from the affected area and moved to a stable environment.
Damp materials are cool to the touch. Exposed to high humidity, mold can quickly form.
Slightly wet materials exhibit staining no more than one-half inch in from the edges.
Wet materials exhibit staining more than one-half inch in from the edges, up to saturation.
Document Drying Methods
- Most common
- Best for small batches
- Labor intensive
- Imperfect finished product
- Dry in place. Negates the need for packing and transfer.
- Not recommended for coated papers and water-sensitive inks.
- Impractical outside of large scale structural drying projects.
- Requires a dedicated facility.
- Works best with damp or slightly wet paper
- Time intensive - Weeks to Months
- End product may be warped or distorted
- Rebinding may be required
- Not suitable for audio, video or data media
- Suitable for large volume jobs
- No additional distortion
- Removes water via sublimation, without converting to liquid state
- Lower cost than vacuum freeze drying
- May cause considerable distortion or warping
- Only recommended for short-retention materials
The successful recovery of water-damaged library and archival materials depends on a timely response to a disaster. Rapid response maximizes recovery of collections materials and expedites the restoration of services. Unlimited Restoration's document recovery professionals have the expertise and state-of-the-art facilities to address any document drying project.
Legal files hit by water during Hurricane Sandy that were restored by Unlimited Restoration, Inc.
Historic documents from Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria, VA that were restored by Unlimited Restoration, Inc.
Call Rene Carter at Unlimited Restoration, Inc. (443) 610-2200 for your restoration needs!
Carol Walker, Education Administrator
P.O. Box 3035, Gaithersburg, MD 20885
301.948.6234 p 301.948.7962 f
Visit our BRAND NEW SITE for the complete 2019 Course & Seminar schedule.
Spread the word that Private Offering Courses are available for your company - groups of 10 or more. This means an instructor comes to your site and holds a class for just your company's employees. The idea is to get a group of people to "fast track" their way to a CPM, ARM, or ACoM designation. The more people in the class, the lower the price per person. For more information on this excellent opportunity, contact the Region 3 Education office at 301.948.6234 or click here for more information.
Online Self-Paced Courses:
For those interested in taking courses at their own pace, IREM offers many online self-paced courses. Open new doors for yourself with the help of IREM education. With our online and classroom courses, you'll give yourself a leg up in the constantly evolving world of real estate management.
In need of financial assistance to attend IREM Ed courses?? Working toward achieving your IREM designations?? WE HAVE FUNDS TO HELP! JUST ASK!
Our Chapter actively participates in the IREM Foundation Chapter Restricted Fund where we can support chapter members toward IREM education courses.
Click Here to learn more about The IREM Foundation.
If you are interested in how you can apply for financial assistance,
contact the IREM 92 offices at:
301.874.8425 OR at [email protected]
Your IREM Membership is an investment in yourself and your career. Make sure you're taking full advantage of the benefits by renewing your membership.
You will receive one invoice coming from IREM Headquarters. This eliminates the need to process separate payments for National dues and Chapter 92 local dues. One payment can be made to IREM HQ and the Chapter portion will be electronically transferred to Chapter 92. Also included on this invoice for CPM members are your NAR Affiliate dues. These affiliate dues must be paid in order to maintain your CPM designation.
PAY YOUR DUES to ensure you don't miss out on even one day of membership.
When looking for bids for your next project, we always suggest contacting our Chapter Industry Partners First! CLICK HERE to see our full directory of Industry Partners.
CLICK HERE to see contact information for our
2019 Board of Officers & Directors
If you have a question about IREM 92 or any of our upcoming events, please contact the IREM 92 Office.
Chapter 92 Financials are available to be viewed by any dues paying member. If you would like to request to see a copy, please contact the Chapter 92 Office.