Herndon, VA Mayor Lisa Merkel Visits NRP

Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel stopped by NRP’s main office on June 29, 2017 to congratulate Jim Foley, Betsy Johns and team for winning the Washington Business Journal Best Places to Work Award. Thank you to the Town of Herndon for continually making our town a great place to live and work!

 

Mayor Merkel

We’re Hiring! Onsite Community Manager Position Available

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Would you like to join the Team that earned the Washington Business Journal’s coveted “2017 Best Places to Work” Award?

Are you willing to deliver Superior Customer Service?

Are you willing to continually grow both professionally and personally with our Team?

Are you willing to benefit from a corporate culture that not only expects you to succeed, but also does everything in its power to help you succeed?

Are you a solutions based, self-motivated leader looking for a place that appreciates what you deliver as a CIC management professional?

If so, NRP is currently looking for;

An Onsite Community Manager for an A+ community located in central Fairfax. Candidates for this position should have at least two years experience as a CMCA. Condo experience would be very helpful, but is not required.

Of course, we offer quite a few other benefits such as; Healthcare plan, 401K Plan (with an employer matching component), Long Term and Short Term Disability, Life Insurance, Dental, Vision, Wellness Plan, Bonus plan, CAI Training Courses, along with other extras like “bring your dog to work” days, monthly Team Events sponsored by our Social Committee (river tubing trips, cookouts, numerous charity events & theme parties)

At NRP we expect a lot, but we also give a lot. Let us know if you’d like to be part of the NRP Team by submitting your resume to Careers@NRPartnersLLC.com!

National Realty Partners, LLC (NRP) Recognized as 2017 Best Place To Work by Washington Business Journal

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Media Contact

Jim Foley

703 435 3800

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National Realty Partners, LLC (NRP) Recognized as 2017 Best Place To Work by Washington Business Journal

Herndon, VA  – May 10, 2017– NRP has been recognized as a winner of the 2017 Best Places To Work, an awards program presented by the Washington Business Journal.

Select employers from the DC metro area will be named winners of the awards program, to be held on June 22, 2017. These winning organizations will be honored for having created exceptional workplaces that their employees value highly.

Award applicants were evaluated and ranked across 5 categories according to the number of metro area employees. The ranking found companies in the region whose employees rate them as the highest on such values as fun, collaborative culture, solid compensation and benefits offerings and other amenities as well as management practices. The rankings will be unveiled on June 22, 2017 at the awards program.

“Since our founding, NRP has always been an “Associates first” company. We believe our success is the direct result of our ability to attract and care for the very best people in our industry.”  – Jim Foley, President, National Realty Partners

About NRP

National Realty Partners (NRP) manages Condominium and Homeowner Associations, as well as Commercial Properties throughout Northern Virginia.

About 2017 Best Places to Work 

Best Places to Work is an innovative publication and awards program produced by the Washington Business Journal. The rankings were determined by surveys that went directly to employees who answered a series of questions. The survey was administered online by and through a service provided by Quantum Workplace, our research partner. The rankings are numeric based on Quantum’s scoring process. By ranking companies and sharing best practices we facilitate idea sharing and help other companies learn from the best.

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We thought we’d share a short video of what life is like at NRP.

Lili Martinez, CMCA, AMS named Director of Management Services for NRP

Attracting, hiring and training quality associates are the three most important responsibilities of any Team Leader. Having the honor of promoting from within is validation of a Team Leaders’ job well done.

As a Team leader myself, I’ve often expressed to my associates that the best personnel referrals come from existing Team members. My justification and support for this belief is simply; good associates don’t want to refer sub-par performers and it creates a sense of pride when they can take part in the selection of a Team Member.

Well, seven years ago Lili Martinez was referred to us by one of our associates. She was hired as an administrative assistant (actually, she was NRP’s very first AA) in December 2010. Since that time, Lili has proven to be a thoughtful, dependable, knowledgeable, energetic and passionate Team Member. She is truly the consummate professional.

Since 2010, Lili quickly moved up in the ranks becoming our Admin Supervisor and later added the role of Architectural Services Department Manager. For the last several years Lili has incorporated those two roles, and added additional responsibilities as NRP’s Main Office Manager.

As of today, in her new role as NRP’s Director of Management Operations, Lili will oversee all administrative and management operations as they relate to the support of our Portfolio Management Team.

Jim Foley
President/Partner
National Realty Partners

April Meza, CMCA, AMS, PCAM named NRP’s Director of Association Management

I know we’ve all had “pearls of wisdom” bestowed upon us by parents, friends or other significant people in our lives. Two of my personal favorites were given to me by my Dad. If he said it once, he said it a 1,000 times; “Jim, always surround yourself with people that are at least as good as you are, preferably better.” And then there was, “Jim, there is nothing more important than your reputation, it’s the only thing you’ll ever truly own.”

Well, those two gems have proven to be valuable beyond measure for me. I have been extremely fortunate to work with and become friends with some of the most thoughtful, engaged, giving and intelligent people throughout my career. April Meza is one of those people. Since I met her eight years ago, I have watched her grow as a person and as a professional. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable in the areas of association governance, fiscal management, construction, personnel management and contract management. In addition, she has proven to be a quiet leader as she consistently sets the example for other Team Members to follow.

As of today, I am very pleased to announce April has been promoted to NRP’s Director of Association Management. April’s duties will include the supervision of NRP’s Team of Portfolio Managers and all administrative duties and functions related directly to the management of NRP’s portfolio of Common Interest Communities.

Jim Foley
President/Partner
National Realty Partners, LLC

Winter Storm- March 13, 2017

To all home owners, office tenants and guests;

Another winter storm is due to strike our region this evening. As of 1:00 p.m. on Monday March 13th, the forecast is calling for 8 “- 12” of snowfall between Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon. This will be a significant event. We strongly suggest that everyone within the path of this storm prepare for school and store closures along with difficult travel conditions. Of course, if you are able, it is always best to stay off the roads while snow removal efforts are underway.

As you may already know; your community, or office building, contracts directly with a local snow removal company to remove the snow as directed by per your Association’s Board of Directors. NRP will assist, just as we do with all of your contractors, by directly communicating with your snow contractor to direct them as best we are able and assist them in adhering to their contractual obligations with your association.

Please keep in mind, your association is not the only property your snow contractor will service, so please understand that they will not be at the property all day as the snow continues to fall. They will do their best to clear the property as much as possible before having to head to the other properties they service. But, rest assured, they will be back to make sure everything is cleared appropriately in due time. If this does not happen, please feel free to be our “eyes and ears” at your property by sending us an e-mail to info@NRPartnersLLC.com

Suffield Meadows–Fauquier Times Article

For over five years National Realty Partners has had the privilege to work with Suffield Meadows Condominium located in Warrenton, Virginia. Classified as a “55 and older community,” it is situated in a picturesque section of Fauquier County which is very attractive for current and potential new homeowners. To find out more about the thriving community and its residents, click the link below from the Fauquier Times newspaper published on January 4, 2017.

http://www.fauquier.com/eedition/page-c/page_be3cff6a-4043-5546-9907-b3a71a89aaed.html

Happy Administrative Professional!

Wishing our outstanding Administrative Team a wonderful day! A special thanks to the NRP Administrative Team for all your hard work and dedication!

We celebrate you and appreciate all that you do for NRP!

THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!

WMCCAI Board Leadership Development Workshop 4/23/16

The Washington Metro Chapter of Community Associations Institute (WMCCAI) presents the Board Leadership Development Workshop. It’s an excellent opportunity to educate Board Members! The Board Leadership Development Workshop teaches the homeowner leader how to communicate with association residents, hire qualified managers and service providers, develop enforceable rules, interpret governing documents and more. It provides a comprehensive look at the roles and responsibilities of community association leaders and conveys information to help create and maintain the kind of community people want to call home.

DATE: Saturday, April 23
TIME: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: The Thompson Center, Kingstowne in Alexandria, VA.

Here is the link to register online http://www.caidc.org/Calendar/Event/221~971285~1. Please pass the seminar’s information on to homeowners.

Questions? Contact Christine Domin at education@caidc.org.

Virginia Legislative Update- 2016

To all Community Association Owners and Members,

The report below gives you an idea of the subject matter of legislation being introduced in the Virginia Assembly for consideration this session.  A great deal of this Common Interest Community (CIC) legislation each year is something promoted by the Virginia Association of Realtors.  They are a well funded political action group and therefore have a lot of influence in the process.  Legislators also propose legislation in response to constituents who contact them, often as a result of complaints about their association Board of Directors.   I thought you might want to know what this legislation is and what is being done about it on your behalf by the volunteers from our industry. 

Fortunately Community Associations Institute (CAI) has Legislative Action Committees (LAC) for each state, and at the federal level, to monitor the legislation and try to work with the legislators and interested parties on both sides to address concerns.   Legislators do not always seek input from the “other side” of the story, so it is up to the volunteers to initiate that discussion. 

For instance, the Virginia LAC is comprised of volunteer association lawyers and managers who serve clients in Virginia.  They review and analyze proposed legislation and suggest legislation needed.   This of course requires the ability to meet face to face with legislators who are willing to be educated about the CIC industry before making decisions.  Therefore the LAC-VA has hired professional lobbyists to open doors to the LAC members and maintains the contact throughout the year.

The costs of the lobbyists and other administrative costs are covered by donations individuals and associations make to the LAC.  The volunteer lawyers, managers and volunteer leaders are not paid.  You might be surprised to learn that many of the donations come from your service providers such as landscape companies, trash companies, cleaning companies, etc. in addition to funds from managers and lawyers.

In addition to the face to face meetings, we have to compete with the large lobby groups, such as the Realtors, for legislators’ attention.  These powerful groups have their own Political Action Committees (PAC) that donate to the campaigns of those legislators friendly to their cause.  The LAC-VA finally was able to establish their own PAC, called the CAI PAC-VA this past fall just in time for the 2015 elections.  Thanks to the volunteers on the PAC-VA we were able to raise enough funds to make important donations.  

Since most associations’ governing documents do not allow them to donate to political campaigns, the donations on your behalf must come from individuals and service providers that want to help their client associations.   You can ask your service providers if they donated to the PAC-VA in 2015.  We are now starting our fundraising for 2016!

We will keep you up to date on the progress in Richmond over this session.

Betsy Johns

Chair CAI PAC-VA

Please note: our Domain Name and E-mail addresses have changed!

www.NRPartnersLLC.com

BJohns@NRPartnersLLC.com

Betsy Johns, CFO/Partner PCAM/CMCA
National Realty Partners LLC AAMC
365 Herndon Parkway Suite 106
Herndon VA 20170
Tel. 703-435-3800 Fax 703-689-0949
Office Hours: M-Th 8:30-5:30, F 8:30-1 pm
www.NRPartnersLLC.com

 

 

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From: CAI Government Affairs [mailto:Government@caionline.org]
Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:01 PM
To: Betsy Johns
Subject: CAI Virginia Legislative Update – January 2016

CAI GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Dear Ms. Johns,

The Virginia General Assembly opened the 2016 Session on January 13, 2016.  The Virginia Legislative Action Committee (VALAC) is hard at work, reviewing proposed legislation, determining its impact on our communities, and deciding whether we support or oppose the legislation.

The following are a few of the bills that we are working on, click here for the full tracking report.

HB 684 introduced by Delegate Chris Peace makes changes to the rental and resale provisions of the Condominium Act and the Property Owners Association Act requested by the Virginia Association of Realtors.  We are working closely with Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) and the Virginia Association of Community Managers (VACM) to address concerns we have with the bill.

SB 76 introduced by Senator Wexton addresses access to communities when a process service wants to serve an owner or resident in the community and prohibits the community association from denying access to the community.  We are working with Senator Wexton on some changes to the proposed legislation to address concerns about security and identification of the process server.

SB 238 introduced by Senator Petersen makes changes to the home-based business legislation originally introduced in 2013.  The original legislation permits home-based businesses unless they are prohibited or controlled by recorded covenants pertaining to the community.  This bill deletes the ability of communities to prohibit or control home-based businesses by recorded covenants, effectively, disregarding any covenant on home based businesses entirely.  We are very concerned about this legislation as it affects every owners “contract” with their community.  We are working on this issue.

We are also analyzing the following additional bills that were introduced last week, click here for the full tracking report.

SB 389 introduced by Senator Surovell addresses localities issuing building permits and licenses. The bill prohibits a locality from requiring the consent of, or notice to a community association prior to the issuance of a building permit or license.

HB 1034 introduced by Delegate Sickles requires community associations to provide the commissioner of revenue with a list of owners in the community and vehicle information for the owners, if requested by the commissioner of revenue

HB 946 introduced by Delegate Keam makes changes to the towing statute.  It provides that a tow truck operator may not tow a vehicle unless it has the written authorization or presence of the owner of the property.  This authorization is in addition to any written contract between the two truck driver and the owner of the property.

HB 812 introduced by Delegate Peace addresses short term leasing. It is named the Limited Residential Lodging Act.  It preempts state and local law that prohibits owners from leasing their homes for period of less than 30 consecutive days.  It also creates a mechanism for tax to be collected on such rental agreements.

As you review the legislation and see issues that you want VALAC to consider, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or any of our committee members. For more information on VALAC click here.

Thank you for your continued support!

Susan Tarley, Chair

Community Associations Institute
6402 Arlington Blvd. Suite 500
Falls Church, VA 22042
888-224-4321

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