Member Spotlight: Lindsey Boothby, CALP

Meet Lindsey Boothby, CALP, Wintercrest Village, who recently earned her desgination as a Certified Apartment Leasing Professional at Southern California Rental Housing Association. Congratulations to Lindsey on this accomplishment.

Tell us about how you started working in the multi-housing industry? What motivated you?
After around two years of being a resident here, management brought the job opening to my attention. I came in to talk to them about the leasing job, and I felt that it would be a great fit for me.
At the time, I was working as a waitress, but I was looking for a sales job. My degree is in Marketing Communications and Sales, so this job has been a great way to utilize the skills I gained during college.

What continues to motivate me is how rewarding the job is. I really value the relationships that I’ve built with residents here during the process of finding them a new home.

How long have you been in the leasing?
I have been the Leasing Consultant for almost two years now.

What made you decide to get your credential?
I decided to get my credential because I knew it would be a good way to learn more about the leasing industry and that it would be a good opportunity to hear advice from other leasing professionals.

What was the experience like?
I enjoyed the way that the instructors led the courses. With many of the topics we discussed, the instructors encouraged group conversations. I found it interesting to be able to hear about everyone’s personal experiences in the field.

Also, the instructors offered a lot of tips, which I have been implementing in my job.

What was the exam like?
The test prep materials that were provided helped me a lot while studying for the exam. During the exam, I took my time while reading and answering the questions. The exam is timed, but I found that there was enough time to re-read questions if I was uncertain about what exactly was being asked.

Would you advise co-workers/ colleagues to get the CALP?
Yes, definitely! I think that the courses would be beneficial to anyone in the field. Things are always changing in this industry, and hearing from professionals in leasing is a good way to stay current.

What advice would you give someone who wants to get their credential?
I would recommend taking notes of anything that you found interesting or that you would like to remember. The courses go over a lot of information over a short time, so taking notes is a good way to remember details or ideas that you could apply at your property.

I would also recommend printing off the course materials if you’re able. I’m the type of person who likes to have hard copies of things and take notes with pen and paper. I found it easier to navigate the materials after printing them out.