Who Runs the (CAM) World?

Who Runs the (CAM) World?

Tanoa Lynne Poirier As I was completing a busy morning that began with a 6:00 AM meeting with my husband and business partner, Robert, I also attended to a sick pet, fed and watered four cats, sent a slew of e-mails, and started making breakfast (spinach omelettes with sun-dried tomatoes, bacon and cheddar) which I happily do every day. In the meantime, I remembered that we’re having pot roast for dinner, so I prepared the roast for the slow cooker, and began to get ready for the day. Game on, girlfriend! Read More...
The Perfect Hire for Community Management

The Perfect Hire for Community Management

Burke Nielsen When hiring, we look for skills in customer service, communication, and leadership (among other things). While these skills are great, and even essential for good community managers it seems that excellent community managers possess something extra – But what is it? These 4 qualities of excellent managers may not always be obvious at first but are the key to to what makes an excellent manager. Read More...
Common Amenities — Make Them Pay for Themselves!

Common Amenities — Make Them Pay for Themselves!

Tina Larsson Start with amenities that can bring in the most money to the association for the lowest up front cost. This way, the first added amenity can pay for the next one; and so on. Adding advertising in the form of signs or billboards can be revenue generators, but are not allowed in many residential areas. However, ATM machines bring in revenue, can be thought of as an amenity by some, and do not take up a lot of room. Read More...
HOA Legal Costs — Who’s Running Up The Bill?

HOA Legal Costs — Who’s Running Up The Bill?

John Richards Too often, board members will meet and discuss an issue or project that they need to discuss with their attorney and will not appoint a board member to contact the attorney. Before they know it, all board members have contacted one or multiple attorneys for legal advice regarding the same exact issue. As a result, the association will have to pay twice the amount, if not more, for duplicative work on the same project. Read More...
HOA Records — Save or Shred?

HOA Records — Save or Shred?

John Richards Many community associations maintain documents and records for many years, even decades. Most state laws require that owners be allowed to inspect records of the association under specific conditions, but the inspection right is broad. In some cases homeowners will request documents in an effort to conduct a witch-hunt against the HOA. So how long do you keep records, and what records need to be kept? Read More...

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