Fair Housing Act: Part One – Protected Classes

Washington REALTOR Legal Hotline Lawyer Annie Fitzsimmons discusses compliance with the Federal and State Fair Housing Laws. This video is the first in a series to share with the entire office. Did you know your receptionist is subject to Fair Housing violations? Learn more about this and the protected classes in this short video.

Avoid Discrimination Screening Criminal History of Prospective Tenants

HUD has recently released a ‘Guidance‘ that has eliminated blanket exclusions on an individual with a criminal record from their lease application. Landlords will now need to show facts specific to the prospective tenant and the crime committed as a basis for denial should a prospective tenant be denied as a result of a criminal […]

Help That Helps You Help Temps be Helpful

For those of you leaders who hold full-time positions as property managers or leasing associates, Property Staffing Associates strives to provide hard working and knowledgeable temporary associates when you’re in need of the extra help.  While we do our best to educate and staff the best help we can, there’s some things you can also […]

Continuing Education Webinar on Fair Housing Myths April 20th

Anne Sadovsky, a member of the National Speakers Association who’s been active in many apartment associations since 1968, is holding a webinar April 20th for on-site team members, regional managers, small owners, management company executives and training directors regarding fair housing myths and truths. Some of the issues to be explained include: Recently a class […]

Are IREM Certifications for You?

  If you’re looking to excel in a career of property management and/or residential management, then it would be a good idea to become familiar with The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) if you haven’t already.  IREM is an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) but focused on serving those professionals within […]

What Does “ETHICS” Mean to You?

The meaning can be hard to pin down and the Institute of Real Estate Management specifies professional codes of ethics in great detail.  The view many people have about ethics are sometimes shaky and arguable.  What it means to PSA:  Ethics are Standards of Conduct.  How one behaves based on moral duties and virtues. Ethics […]

Critical Thinking Part 4: Identify the Best Solution

The end product of critical thinking should be a well-reasoned, well-informed decision. Even when we have all the information we need, and have accurately analyzed and evaluated it, we still might come to wrong conclusions. One of the inhibitors to innovative/creative thinking is the tendency to take the “first right answer” when there may be […]

Critical Thinking Part 3: Accurately Evaluate the Information

There is an old joke about a biologist who trained a frog to jump on command. He then started an experiment by surgically removing one of the frog’s limbs, and comparing the length of the frog’s jump to the length of the jump before surgery. He proceeded to remove the other limbs, recording the length […]

Critical Thinking Part 2: Gather Necessary, Relevant & Accurate Information

Two of the most common mistakes people make in trying to think critically are: Not taking the time to gather all the information required for a well-reasoned decision. Taking too much time gathering more information than required, becoming inundated with useless data that bogs down the analysis. Thinking critically requires withholding judgment until you have […]

Critical Thinking Part 1: Identifying the Real Issue/Objective

A few years ago, the CEO of an asset management company called the office from the road, asking to talk to one of his subordinates. His subordinate’s assistant put him on hold, and after a few minutes, came back on the line to say she didn’t know where the subordinate was. The next day, the […]