It’s not too late to reset any botched New Year’s resolutions and make an altogether different one - join an industry trade group. As we close the curtain on the first month of 2020, perhaps it’s time to take inventory on whether or not we have followed through and accomplished our New Year’s resolutions. Whether it was joining a gym, the cessation of vaping, losing weight, saving money, or whatever the commitment we have promised, a provocative question is looming - have we kept this pledge to ourselves? We do not want to be downers, but Forbes reports some rather grim statistics on the number of people who have made progress. We are here to tell you that tomorrow is the first day of the rest of our lives, and it is never too late to make improvements in all aspects of our personal and professional orbits of life. We’re rooting for you, but at this late date, might suggest a goal that is easy for property owners to accomplish: join an industry trade group to get up to speed on the latest laws, access updated forms and documentation, network with like-minded owners, and learn best practices for the rental property industry. Bay Property Group, in concert with our legal partners at Bornstein Law , has made it a mission to educate rental housing providers on how to optimize their real estate investment, but we do not work on an island. There are several groups we actively engage with and invite you to become part of the fraternity. This list is by no means exhaustive, but represents some groups we consider to be ambassadors. East Bay Rental Housing Association Over 15,000 members strong, the EBRHA serves rental property owners and managers throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Small Property Owners of San Francisco An exciting educational & legal advocacy organization made by and for small property owners, dedicated to overcoming obstacles to ownership and profitability. California Apartment Association For over 80 years, the CAA has been the definitive voice for owners, investors, developers, managers and suppliers of rental homes and apartment communities based in Sacramento with strategic hubs throughout California. Berkeley Property Owners Association A grass roots trade organization representing rental housing providers in the city of Berkeley. San Francisco Apartment Association A rental housing resource dedicated to educating, advocating for, and supporting the Rental Housing Community so that is members operate ethically, fairly, and profitably. Asian Real Estate Association of America The AREAA is a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities by creating a powerful national voice for housing and real estate professionals that serve this dynamic market. California Rental Housing Association Useful educational opportunities, updated legal forms and contracts, legislative support and the facilitation of business relationships. It's been said that people in glass houses should not throw stones. We have shirked on some of our resolutions, but on this one, we are pretty solid.