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2013 Board of Directors



-Joe Dahl



-Bill Peretz



-Aaron Moeser


Executive Committee

-Tim Ballering

-Tristan Pettit


Directors at Large

-Ralph Hibbard

-Steve Johnson

-Jon Krause

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Sept Professional Meeting PDF Print E-mail

Next Professional Quarterly Membership Meeting

Learn to Buy Milwaukee Foreclosures

September 24th 11:30 AM


The AASEW cordially invites you to our Quarterly Meeting series.  The topic of this meeting will deal with the City of Milwaukee foreclosures and the opportunities as landlords to acquire them and learn of different financing opportunities to do the rehabs.  With the abundance of properties the City owns, the Department of City Development has been pricing the properties aggressively in order to lower their inventory.  If you are in the market to purchase and/or are interested in expanding your portfolio or are interested in learning about different financing opportunities for your rehab, I highly recommend you attend.


FREE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS - $25 for non-professional members


Guest speakers will include:

Keith Bailey - City of Milwaukee Real Estate Coordinator

Christina Klose - Community Outreach Liaison


Food will be served


You MUST preregister so we have enough food and chairs.



Upcoming Meetings

September 19th: Annual Trade Show - 9AM-3PM at the Potawatomi Expo Center

September 24th: Quarterly Meeting

October 4th: Landlord Boot Camp More Info & Registration

October 20th: Insurance - Getting the right policy at the right price. 

November 17th: Annual Election and Legal Q&A session 

December: Christmas Party

Register for the 2014 AASEW Tradeshow PDF Print E-mail

You don't want to miss the 2014 Tradeshow!


September 19th 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

The Apartment Association of Southeastern Wisconsin will be hosting the 2014 tradeshow at The Expo Center in Potawatomi.

With more space and more vendors, the show is once again free - register today!

  • Show opens at 9am visit vendors for a chance to win raffle prizes - drawing at 2:45pm
  • Educational Semianrs begin at 9:30am - schedule below
  • Snacks all day, complimentary soft drinks and a cash bar
  • Lunch for just $5 in advance - select appropriate ticket when registering
  • Free parking in attached structure
  • Bonus Fire Keeper Club Dollars from Potawatomi
  • Free attendance is based on pre-registration before September 12th - don't wait to regsiter!


Register here


Educational Seminar Schedule


Active Listening - Shrin Kestin, an attorney and mediator, talks about what people are saying vs what you're hearing.

Fair Housing - Margarit Bowitz will provide an overview and answer questions


Maintenance Panel - Giertsen, Ogden, Orkin and ABC Sewer will provide tips and answer questions to help keep your properties in top shape

Legal Update - Wondering how things are goign with Act76 now in force? Tristan Pettit will explain towing, evictions, and all the other highlights plus what's on the horizon


Bed Bug Demonstration and Update - Batzner's dog will be out to strut her stuff while her humans provide updates on trends and concerns.

Advertising Panel - All the dot-coms will available to talk about what's working, what's trending and what you should be doing to make sure your properties are at desired occupancy.


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Why Join the AASEW? PDF Print E-mail

Why belong to the Association?


Being President of the AASEW and traveling around southeast Wisconsin promoting the group I am continuously asked by prospective members “Why should I join”.  I admit that my first reaction is often to turn the question around and ask them why don’t they belong to the largest trade organization in their industry that has been tirelessly advocating for their rights and business. I want to ask them if they are aware that the AASEW has saved our industry millions of dollars fighting unfair laws and ordinances. We have been at the forefront of issues ranging from lead paint to outrageous property recording fees and were the only organization to litigate against the city of Milwaukee rental inspection program, spending almost 100 thousand dollars in legal and lobbying fees. However more often than not I politely list some variation of the 5 reasons below.


There is strength in numbers- Have you seen the video of the 2.3 million toothpicks against the tiger? If not take a look, it is a good analogy for our industry (Tiger Vs Toothpicks) We have over 40,000 landlords in SE Wisconsin and individually none stand a chance against the tiger (State/Local government). The Residential Inspection Program is a great example of this. I have not met one landlord who agrees with this program. Even if your units are in great shape and have no significant deferred maintenance (I have units in both of the target areas and received only minor violations) I am sure you take issue with having to pay a government employee to come into your property to look for violations. However the tiger is strong and hungry (broke) so he turns to his number one prey for sustenance, landlords. As mentioned the AASEW fought this ordinance from the start. We talked with city officials and when that failed filed a lawsuit and hired a lobbyist. Unfortunately we didn’t have the strength to resist the attack and lost. The proper approach to defeat this type of legislation is multifaceted and will require more strength and numbers on our part. First we need to support the alderman who sided with us on this law. Second we need to educate others on the economic impact landlords have in SE Wisconsin. I’m fond of saying if we were in the business of manufacturing widgets politicians would be tripping over one another to throw money and praise on us. I will ask the board of directors to authorize the funding for a comprehensive analysis and report on the economic contribution our industry makes in this region, and more importantly the pejorative impact excessive fees and punitive ordinances can have on our ability to hire employees, grow our small businesses and contribute to the financial well being of Wisconsin. Third we need to be more organized and efficient at getting out the vote. Which alderman/legislator is most unsympathetic towards our cause? How many units do we control in his/her district? How do we get the message to our customers (tenants) that this person is not acting in their best interest and mobilize them to express that dissatisfaction at the polls? We must hold the tiger accountable, and remember that he will not stop. In two years this measure will be reviewed for possible city wide expansion. I promise you friends if you think the tiger is going to limit himself to Lindsay heights and UWM you are going to be his dinner. We must organize now for this imminent expansion and stop the tiger in his tracks!


Bad Laws Travel- Many of my colleagues with property outside of the Milwaukee area do not see the value of the association as many of the most repressive ordinances and aggressive enforcement happen here. To this I frequently remind them that the residential inspection program has its roots in an ordinance passed in Minneapolis Minnesota. Our esteemed commissioner of DNS at the time admired greatly the efforts of our northern counterparts in “holding landlord’s accountable” From Milwaukee this ordinance may very well travel to Madison, Racine, Kenosha, etc. Unfortunately Milwaukee is many times the testing ground for these things and if we are not organized and in a position to stop them here, other areas will suffer. I assure you what happens in Milwaukee can impact all of South East Wisconsin


Education-We are fortunate to have the premiere landlord tenant attorney in the state of Wisconsin on our board of directors. Tristan Pettit’s reputation for vigorously defending landlords is laudable and the respect he garners from his peers and commissioners is undeniable. Tristan is a landlord and recognizes that the best way for us to protect ourselves is to educate ourselves. Every owner operator should take our Landlord Boot Camp and our management companies should send every manager to this 1 day seminar. Tristan and our board constantly evaluate our curriculum to ensure our members have access to the information that can positively impact their business and bottom line


Discounts- The AASEW is actively working on ways to leverage the power of our group purchasing power to lower our individual costs. Possibilities include a discount card we present to vendors or innovative ways to implement group buying purchases (see the idea presented by board member Tim Ballering).


Mentoring- Every successful landlord has had someone give them a guiding hand or good advice along the way. I can say without a doubt the reason my business is successful is because I was fortunate enough to have a mentor named Dennis Miskowski who taught me the fundamentals (Crown hardware, Lisbon Storm, ABC Lock etc). Having the ability to turn to this successful landlord with questions saved me a lot of wasted effort and energy. Mindful of what he has done for me I have taken an interest in others and will not hesitate to field questions from young landlords who are full of energy and very naïve about the nature of this business. One of my favorite things about the Association is that it is a venue for those who have received to give back, and provides those who are new to the business and hungry for information an opportunity to meet others who have been where they are going.


There are countless other reasons to join the association but after I mention these most people are tired of hearing me talk (and probably of reading this post) and sign up to shut me up. I encourage you to get active in the association and help make Wisconsin a better place for landlords to do business.

All the best.


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Member Discounts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tim Ballering   

As an AASEW member you receive discounts from the companies below.  For many members the discount far exceed the price of membership.

Building Supplies & Paint

  • Home Depot
    • 2% annual rebate
    • 20% off paint
  • Sherwin Williams
    • Special member pricing 
  • Pittsburgh Paint
    • Special member pricing
Pest Control
  • Orkin Pest Control
    • Special member pricing


Tenant Screening

  • Landlord Service, LLC
    • Members receive a $5 discount on credit reports



  • Rent Recovery Service
    • Members receive a 15% discount on reporting bad tenants to credit bureaus and collections


Forms & Leases

  • Wisconsin Legal Blank
    • 10% Discount on all forms
AASEW Legislative Goals PDF Print E-mail
AASEW Legislative Goals “Climate Change” is coming.
And by that I mean a  change in the legal climate which affects your business as a landlord. Since last summer your Association has been working with other apartment associations and real estate groups around the state to improve landlord/tenant statutes, administrative rules and court practices. Here are the highlights of our legislative goals:
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