The National Association of Residential Property Managers

The National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM) was born out of a network of single-family home fee managers, who gathered in the late 1980s to share information, tips, and support. Residential property managers had largely been isolated from each other and were often carrying out their roles without education or training. The need for a central organization became immediately apparent, especially as the advent of computer records made it possible for one person to manage several properties at a time, making it a viable career. Ralph Tutor, an employee of Real Estate Software, Inc., began conducting property manager seminars around the country, bringing these professionals together for the first time. In 1987, an organizational meeting in Dallas, Texas, forged a nonprofit trade organization for residential property managers, electing Tutor as its first president. A year later, the organization started to take hold, creating a newsletter that is still printed today, the Residential Resource, and organizing a national convention that was held in late 1989. The NARPM continues to hold an annual convention for industry professionals. By the early 1990s, NARPM addressed the need for central education by instituting four one-day courses. The NARPM now offers an extensive range of training classes that address a number of issues that property managers encounter. The courses can be applied toward multiple professional designations for property managers. Beginning as only a handful of ambitious property managers, the national network of over 2,000 members is now managed through 68 chapters throughout the country. The NARPM continues to evolve as each chapter works toward furthering the growth of property management professionals. Currently, the organization is developing a national legislative committee and creating a stronger online professional network. Being a part of the NARPM is an incredible professional resource and it is exciting to take part in the group’s exponential growth.