Curriculum Vitae of Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM, DREI
Full Name: Jeffrey S. Lapin, CPM, DREI
An expert in real estate management and maintenance, and reasonable standards of care for commercial properties (retail centers, office buildings, industrial buildings, medical buildings, etc.) including inspection and maintenance procedures, landlord premises liability, financial reporting and fiduciary duties.
As an expert witness since 2015, I have been engaged on a multitude of cases involving reasonable standards of care for landlords and property managers, fiduciary duties and related topics for commercial properties by attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants. My area of focus pertains to a landlord’s/property manager’s duty to perform regular, documented property inspections, to diligently act on the findings of such inspections and to maintain a reasonably safe and secure property at all times.
I have been actively and directly involved in the management of real estate since 1984, first as a property manager and later as a property management supervisor, management company co-owner and top executive for national management companies. I have recently (2021) retired from day-to-day property management activities.
Since 2011, I have been actively involved in the education and training of real estate professionals through the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) and the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMI®). As an instructor for both of these prestigious organizations, teaching accreditation courses in property maintenance, risk management, ethics and finance, I have helped hundreds of real estate professionals advance their understanding and application of these topics. In 2016, I was President of IREM Chapter 22 in Sacramento, California.
Since 2018, I have been an Adjunct Professor teaching Real Estate Principles courses. I have taught these courses at the University of California at Sacramento and since 2020, at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
I also teach live and online streaming pre-licensing real estate courses for The Tennessee Real Estate Education Services (TREES) and am approved by the Tennessee Real Estate Commission to teach pre-license courses for Tennessee real estate licensing.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration – University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, California
Vice President, Property Management, Licensed Real Estate Officer and Supervising CPM® for a national real estate investment company (Retired August, 2021)
Licensed Real Estate Broker – California Dept. of Real Estate since 1985 – Lic. #00823766
Licensed Affiliate Broker – Tennessee Real Estate Commission – Lic. #363444
Certified Property Manager (CPM®) – Institute of Real Estate Management (www.irem.org)
Distinguished Real Estate Instructor (DREI) – Real Estate Educator’s Assoc.
Adjunct Professor – University of Tennessee Chattanooga – Gary Rollins College of Business – Real Estate Fundamentals (FIN 3710)
Instructor – Tennessee Real Estate Education Services (TREES) – Live and Online real estate pre-licensing courses
2011 – 2021 – Member of the Board (Executive Counsel) – IREM® Chapter 22, Sacramento – Education Director
Member – IREM Chapter 57, East Tennessee
2016 President – Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM®) Chapter 22 – Sacramento, California
IREM® CPM® of the year – 2014 & 2017
Certified Instructor – IREM® national CPM (Certified Property Manager) designation curriculum – MNT402 (Managing Maintenance Operations and Property Risk), FIN402 (Finance) & ETH800 (Ethics for the Property Manager) and numerous live and webinar courses.
Instructor – BOMI® International (Building Owners and Managers Institute International) –
Design, Operation and Maintenance of Building Systems, Part I & II and Environmental Health and Safety.
Member – IREM® Academy of Authors and IREM® Education and Knowledge Products Committee
Member – IREM® Best Practices Working Group – Contributor to 2020 Best Practices publication by the Institute of Real Estate Management (ISBN-13: 978-1-57203-290-3)
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Lapin, J.L. (2018). Do You Speak Finance?: How Owner Buy-In Begins Positioning Potential Expenses as Investments. Journal of Property Management Vol. 83, No. 2, March/April, 2018, 28-30.
Lapin, J.L. (2018). Five Steps Every Property Manager Should Take to Improve Maintenance. Journal of Property Management Vol. 83, No. 3, May/June, 2018, 28-30.
Lapin, J.L. (2017). For Safety’s Sake: A Reasonable Standard of Care for Commercial Properties. Journal of Property Management Vol. 82, No. 1 – Jan/February, 2017, 9-12.
Lapin, J.L. (2020). Come On Back, the Air is Fine!: New Technology in HVAC Systems May Help Property Managers Reassure Nervous Tenants. Journal of Property Management Vol. 86, No. 1, January/February, 2021.