Choosing the Right HOA Management Company

Choosing the Right HOA Management Company

Burke Nielsen When looking for a new manager where do you look? Internet search, the phone book, your local CAI chapter, word of mouth — all of these are fine options — okay maybe not the phone book, after all it's holding up the shelf in the bookcase. The point is, it doesn't really matter where you look, it's what you look for that's key. Read More...
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...
Does You Have a HOA Waste Policy?

Does You Have a HOA Waste Policy?

Waste problems affect everyone in a given area whether it is dog droppings or a mound of stinking refuse. They not only blight an otherwise lovely looking neighborhood, but they provide a real health and environmental risk. Accumulated waste material attracts flies, vermin, disease, and can leak into the local water and soil, contaminating local wildlife. They also, seriously affect house, apartment and condo prices. Read More...

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