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Spectrum Announces Mini (sym) Posium

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

We are happy to announce our Mini (sym) Posium for 2015. Join Steve Rosenblatt and the rest of the Spectrum team on June 5th, 2015 for a one day event packed with LIHTC topics Including:

  • The Value of Per Unit Credits
  • Casualty Loss Year 16 Options
  • Acquisition/Rehab Checklist From PIS to Certs
  • Rents Income limits
  • AND The latest Fair Housing Decisions and Updates on Service Animals.

Followed by an Adult Soire celebrating SPECTRUM’s 30th Anniversary and Stevie Lee’s 32 & 1/2 Birthday (x2).

Attend the Miniposium, Party and then enjoy a beautiful June weekend in Portland and the coast of Maine!

Government rates available – Call our office to inquire!  207–767-8000 x201

Location: Holiday Inn, Portland Maine

A detailed agenda will be posted on the Spectrum Seminars website soon!

Register Now!

Laughter, Learning and Lobster

Friday, July 12th, 2013

Spectrum Seminars is coming home for our annual Tax Credit Symposium in Portland, Maine.  Join us August 28-30 and learn while you enjoy our coastal community at the peak of summer.  

Register Here!


Wednesday August 28, 2013

8-10AM Early Registration and Tour Sign-up

10AM-12PM Discover Portland Trolley Tour*

Register early and bring your paid guest for a trolley tour of Portland.          

12-1PM Late Registration

1PM Opening Session

Steve Rosenblatt, President of Spectrum Seminars welcomes you with special guests.

2-3PM Know Your Deal Part 1

Do you know why your property has so many layers of financing/subsidy? Listen to the expert panel with a State Allocating Agency representative, an owner/developer representative, an accountant, an investor, and a management representative.

3:30-4:30PM Know Your Deal Part 2

4:30-5PM Industry Trends with Steve Rosenblatt

5PM-7PM 35th Anniversary Party *

Celebrate the 35 years Steve has been in the industry!

Thursday August 29, 2013

8-9AM Breakfast and Late Registration



1A Tenant File Compliance I (Income) with Erik Whitton

In these training sessions Erik Whitton from Spectrum Enterprises will discuss advanced topics of LIHTC compliance related to certifying low income households and maintaining good tenant files.  Topics will include screening and interviewing applicants, a discussion of management due diligence to prevent tenant fraud, using pay stubs and Work Number printouts to verify jobs, and testing income using year-to-date pay data.

1B HOME Compliance Issues

Join a panel of experts lead by Lois Churchill.

2A Tenant File Compliance II (Assets) with Erik Whitton

A sequel to the above; this session will focus on the portion of  Chapter 5 which defines tenant assets.

2B Compliance Housekeeping 10:30-11:30

Steve Rosenblatt will teach you how to keep your house in order.

Lunch 11:30-1:30PM


3A Creative Marketing Strategies

Learn new ways to increase  traffic, improve sales conversions and improve resident retention.  Emphasis on social media.  Lead by Melissa Zera.

3B Compliance Checklist: Applications, Tenant Selection and Wait Lists


4A Energy Efficiency and Utility Allowances

Explore energy initiatives and new rules and regulations with an expert panel.

4B Introductory Acq/Rehab Issues

Overview of Acq/Rehab issues including when to certify a tenant, transferring tenants between buildings, temporary relocation, when to begin the credit. 


5A Creative Residential Services

5B Advanced Acq/Rehab Issues

Detailed case studies reviewing some of the more complex compliance issues faced when doing an Acq/Rehab.

6-9PM Scenic Harbor Cruise and Island Lobster Bake*

Friday August 30, 2013

Breakfast 8-9AM

9-10:15AM Fair Housing Update: Elderly Housing Issues, Design

10:45-11:30AM Income Limits and the Gross Rent Floor

11:30-12PM Closing Session

*Indicates Paid Guest Events

Laughter, Learning, Lobster & Labor Day

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

Symposium 2013 returns home to Portland, Maine.  Come join us for laughter, learning, lobster and Labor Day. 

Portland, ME August 28-30, 2013

Tuition: $675

Contact us with questions: info@spectrumseminars.com or 207-767-8000 x205








This Labor day we are bringing our best Symposium yet to our home in the beautiful state of Maine.  You will enjoy the lovely coastal location during the best time of year.  Stay with us in town Portland at the Holiday Inn by the bay for a discounted room rate of $189 a night. 

One of the many highlights of this Symposium is a private ferry ride and island lobster bake!


Laugh and learn with leaders in LIHTC industry.  Celebrate Steve Rosenblatt’s 35 years in the affordable housing industry.  He has been offering training for USDA since 1986, tax credits since 1987 and Fair Housing 504 since 1989.  In his career he has trained close to 100,000 people including developers, managers, accountants, investors and State and Federal agency staff.

Sign up today!

Spectrum Symposium in Washington DC

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

There is still space left! Join us for our 2012 Spectrum Symposium

Annual Spectrum Tax Credit Symposium in Washington, DC – November 14-16, 2012.

Cost: $650



Join Spectrum and other leading experts for three days of laughter and learning at our annual Tax Credit Symposium at the Grant Hyatt Washington in Washington DC!

This is an excellent opportunity to explore advanced topics in LIHTC compliance; hear what leaders in the industry have to say regarding hot-button housing issues; and engage with professionals who tackle compliance challenges head-on.

Spectrum will present fresh informational sessions including content for managers and investor portfolios alike. Come join us for three days of expert content with leaders in the industry dealing every day with tax credit compliance issues.

For agenda details, please see below:

Wednesday, November 14 (Opening)

8am-10am – Early Registration

10am-12pm – Bus Tour (must register first to participate)

12pm-1pm – Late Registration

1pm-1:30 – Welcome & Awards

1:30-2:30 – Keynote Address – Kareem Slater, Purple Approach

2:30-3pm – Coffee Break

3pm-5pm – Operation Street Smart – Franklin County (OH) Sheriff

5pm-6pm – Exhibitors Reception

Thursday, November 15 (Breakouts)

8am-8:30 – Continental Breakfast


1. Income an Assets with Erik Whitton
2. Bed Bugs Seminar with Jonathan Boyar

10am-10:30 – Coffee Break


3. Advanced Tenant Files with Erik Whitton
4. Mold Seminar with Pat Tighe

11:30-1pm – Lunch on Your Own


5. Creative Management with Melissa Zera
6. Acq/Rehab Issues I with Charlie Rhuda

2pm-2:30 – Coffee Break


7. Social Media in Mgmt with Melissa Zera
8. Acq/Rehab Issues II with Charlies Rhuda

3:30-4pm – Coffee Break


9. Physical Inspections with Ed Clark
10. Know Your Deal! with Lois Churchill

5pm-7pm – Presidents Reception

Friday, November 16 (Closing)

8:30-9am – Fair Housing Update with Bryan Greene

9am-10am – Tax Credits at 25 Years with Steve Rosenblatt

10am-11am – Tax Credit Trivia! With Prizes!

To Count or Not to count Child Support, that is the question…

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

By Katie Rawson, Compliance Analyst

Recently, I have come across files where management is counting child support although it is not being received.  There is a lot of confusion surrounding this topic. 

When should you count child support income and how much should be counted?  Count the full amount when it is court ordered and received.  Also count it when it is voluntarily given. When court ordered and partially received or received some times and not others, average the amount received in a specific period (the last six months, year, etc., just be consistent) and annualize. 

When would child support NOT be counted?  The 4350.3 Rev 1 states “Owners must count alimony or child support amounts awarded by the court unless the applicant certifies that payments are not being made and that he or she has taken all reasonable legal actions to collect amounts due including filing with the appropriate courts or agencies responsible for enforcing payments.” This means that if there’s a divorce decree with support ordered or if the custodial parent has filed with the court for support, you must count the fully ordered amount whether it’s received or not, unless attempts to collect have been made.  If the Department of Child Services is involved it can be presumed that that agency will seek payment on behalf of the tenant. Payment history that is often supplied by the Department of Child Services should be reviewed for recent payments. If there have been any recent payments then child support income should be counted, averaging if need be as mentioned above. If payments are not received you would not need to count the court ordered support.

Spectrum Symposium Trivia!

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Written by Cathy Turner, Spectrum Enterprises

If you were fortunate enough to attend the 2011 Spectrum Symposium in NYC you will know that Friday morning started with a fun game of LIHTC Trivia. I think I can clearly say that fun was had by all! Plus there were great prizes! I am now seeking your help to make the 2012 Trivia Game an even bigger success!

I am looking for FUN, INTERESTING, and CREATIVE trivia questions. Questions can be related to:

  • Tax Credits
  • HUD
  • Section 42
  • Physical Inspections
  • Training
  • Forms

Here are some of the questions used last year:

  • What year was the LIHTC program signed into law? What President signed the bill?
  • On July 18, 2011, what Senator, from what state released a deficit reduction proposal entitled “Back in Black” in which he called for the elimination of the LIHTC program?
  • What celebrity LIHTC investor played first base and designated hitter (DH) for the Boston Red sox and was awarded the American League MVP in 1995?
  • Name the 12 cities that have held the annual Spectrum Symposium?

Have fun and be creative!

Please email your question with the correct answer to cturner@spectrulihtc.com! or leave them in the comment section below. Thank you for your assistance. I hope to see all of you in Washington, DC.

If you are looking for registration information please refer to www.spectrumseminars.com. The 2012 Spectrum Symposium will be held in Washington DC on November 14-16 at the Grand Hyatt Washington.

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