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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Multi-Family Sub-Group Meeting Tuesday, Oct 2 – Ashley Square – 5:30-7:00PM

Our kick-off for our new monthly, evening meetings will be for our multifamily sub-group.   This meeting will be primarily for ILA members with a vested interest in multi-family (or a larger number of SFR’s) of 8 units, or more.   Guests may attend for $20, to be paid at the door.  ILA – IaREIA – TRREIA members all attend for free.

ILA will provide beverages, cold cut sandwiches, and some other snacks.

The focus of this meeting will be:

  • the application process (bring yours, especially if you’re willing to share!) 
  • background checks and the various services available,
  • standard operating procedures to avoid potential regulatory pitfalls, and
  • Nancy Maher, property manager at Ashley Square, will  share info about Ashley Square and how they do things, then lead a Q&A session.   What Nancy shares, as a seasoned veteran, will will be worth the price of admission!   Bring a guest!
Note: Cash donations of up to $10 will be accepted for the IA RPO PAC.

Before the night is over, we will seek a volunteer to host the next meeting, on November 6th — (our intention is to hold this meeting monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month.  If you plan to attend, don’t forget to vote!

Location – Clubhouse of Ashley Square, at 5501 Aurora Ave.

The Clubhouse is on the left as you enter from Aurora Avenue — just south of the pool.

See us 9/26-27 at Booth #7 – IA Assoc of REALTORS Convention-Ames

Located at Booth 7

Iowa Association of REALTORS Convention – Sept 25-28th, in Ames

The Iowa Real Estate Investors Association (IaREIA) is comprised of two associations – The Iowa Landlord Association and the Two Rivers REIA of Central IA.

Our Mission: To be the essential resource for improving member performance and creating a business environment favorable to residential rental and investment property owners, managers and stake holders.

Located at Booth 7

We will have a booth there both days: Sept 26 – 8-4:30 and Sept 27th –  8-3:00PM

Come by and see us!

Andrew & Rebecca Cordle – Financial Momentum – Next date T/B/A

Andrew & Rebecca Cordle will be here for the Two Rivers REIA meeting on Thursday night, which starts at 6:00 at the HOLIDAY INN, Downtown — 1050 6th Ave.  More info on Andrew & Rebecca can be found at

They will also be here on Saturday, Sept 22, from 8:30 – 4:00 for a full-day workshop. Both events are free and open to the public. I have seen Andrew speak before, relating his story, and I can’t wait to introduce him to our ILA and TRREIA members. He has s system worked out with Home Depot for SKU’s to be used in rehab’s and National REIA, Home Depot, and Andrew are perfecting a materials listing system that should be an outstanding time saver. This is cutting edge stuff, for a rehab’er, so … if you’re one of those, this would be a great event to attend!

Hope to see you there!

Grass Roots Lobbying & Legislative Issues Workshop

Legislative Issues Workshop

Downtown DSM Holiday Inn – 1050 6th Ave – September 20 

11:00-1:00 – Lunch & Learn – REGISTER NOW HERE or send an email for a will call ticket

Our regular “Lunch & Learn” meeting now includes a sandwich buffet, followed by our standard agenda.   We will be meeting at the Holiday Inn for several months and we thank Mona Lacona’s for their previous excellent service and meals.

This month’s featured Speaker is Richard Stradley — Chair and Member-Property Assessment Appeal Board

BIO – Dick was with the (Iowa) Department of Revenue for almost 33 years, all within the Property Tax Division.  He received a BA from Simpson College in economics.  He has been an economics instructor at Grand View College, testified in State and Federal Court as an expert in property tax valuation and tax policy, and written and published articles regarding property tax issues.  He has served on state, national, and international committees and boards relating to property tax and has obtained several professional designations dealing with appraisal theory.  He is also a member of the Iowa Association of Administrative Law Judges and the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary.

1:15 – 4:00 – Grass Roots Lobbying & Legislative Issues Workshop  – Suggested donation to the IARPO-PAC – $10.00 for those who attend.  

We’ve been building up for this workshop seemingly all year!   Certainly, there are many other aspects of rental property ownership and management that get the lion’s share of our attention.  Yet we neglect this aspect of the business at our own peril!    If you are a property owner, property manager or industry stakeholder, we want your input for what should be our legislative priorities in 2013.    The workshop will be kicked-off by Joe Kelly and Mary Lahay — with Presentations and Q&A.   Then we will break into up to five focus groups on several known issues, and seek input for additional ideas.   We may engage in some legislative drafting and some detailed reviews.   Out of this, we hope to find “Issues Captains” and “District Captains”.   Come prepared to present your concerns!

Planned Topics for Boardrooms – Rental Property Owner/Manager Issues
1) Bedbugs
2) Occupancy Bill
3) Criminalizing Vandalism for Malicious Damage
4) Authorization of Rental Property owners to perform basic mechanical’s repairs, like owner-occupants can do (Still looking for more info from Pottawattamie County)
5) Easing on the regulations for Service and Eviction
6) Requesting Iowa Judicial Branch require Date Of Birth on Small Claims Filings,
7) and, your priority item could be here!

South East Iowa District Meeting – Sept 11, 2012

On Sept 11, at 6:00 PM — The Southeast Iowa Property Owners Association (SEIPO), and their director, Marc Gillette, held their monthly meeting at “The Drake”, 106 Washington Street in Burlington.

Many of the members of this group are members of the Iowa Landlord Association (ILA) and/or Two Rivers REIA of Central Iowa, and can have access to the CIC Reports from Contemporary Information systems.  This is our top notch tenant screening system for background checks on Credit, evictions (nationwide), and criminal checks — for which ILA has an exclusive relationship.    This is what we demonstrated on Sept 11.  

SEIPO members have been exploring options for affiliation with a larger, statewide group of Rental Property Owners and managers for several months.   We have enjoyed getting to know this group and the local issues there in Burlington.  Many of you have joined the ILA, to make sure you are part of the statewide efforts to protect the interests of rental property owners in ALL communities.

If you know a rental property owner/manager from Burlington, Muscatine, Ft. Madision, Wapello, New London, Mediapolis, or beyond — they may want to be at this meeting!

Tuesday night, we’ll brought our story about why affiliation with IaREIA (ILA + Two Rivers REIA) is the right choice for SEIPO and their members!