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March  Exterior Maintenance  April   Landscaping & Lawn Care  May   Recreational Amenities  June   Law & Legislation  July   Community Budget & Finance  August   Insurance/Board Training  September   Energy & the Environment  COMING UP  Publisher  Yale Robbins  Executive Vice President  Henry Robbins  Associate Publisher  Joanna DiPaola  Advertising Director  Alyce M. Hill  Senior Editor  Hannah Fons  Associate Editors  David Chiu  Pat Gale  Staff Writers  Michael Odenthal  Alan J. Sidransky  Art Director  Shirly Korchak  Production Manager  Aetna Dowst  Traffic Coordinator  Victor Marcos  Copyright 2019 by New England   Condominium Magazine LLC, dba Community   Association Publishing. All rights reserved.    No part of this publication may be reproduced    or transmitted in any form or by any    means without prior written permission.  New England Condominium is published   monthly in New York, New York by    New England Condominium Magazine LLC,   dba Community Association Publishing, 205   Lexington Ave., 12th Floor, New York, NY   10016. 508-753-4630. ISSN 1550-946X.   Periodical postage paid at New York,    New York and additional mailing offices.  Subscriptions are available free by request    to condominium and homeowner associations.  POSTMASTER: Please send address changes   to New England Condominium Magazine,    205 Lexington Avenue, 12th Floor,    New York, NY 10016.  FREE Subscriptions for Board Members,   Trustees, Property Managers and    Real Estate Decision Makers.  To Subscribe, please visit us at:   TABLE OF CONTENTS  THIS MONTH’S FOCUS: BOARD RELATIONSHIPS  THE CONDO, HOA & CO-OP RESOURCE  CONDOMINIUM  NEW ENGLAND  NEWENGLANDCONDO.COM  NEW ENGLAND CONDOMINIUM   - FEBRUARY 2019     5  6    Pulse/Calendar  7   Legal Q&A   22   Marketplace  DEPARTMENTS:  Board Optics  By Mike Odenthal  Community association and co-op boards typically consist of elected volunteers whose job   is to serve the best interests of the community in day-to-day decisions both big and small. In   an ideal world, every board would live and die by its fiduciary duty, making well-informed   choices that not only keep its community or building solvent, but also maintain a pleasant   environment in which to live.   10 Board Demographics   By A J Sidransky  Volunteerism is arguably the bedrock of co-op and condominium communities. One   buys into one or the other with the expectation of participating in the governance and   operation of the property. Volunteering for board or committee service, though, is often   a matter of time – something many of us don’t have much of these days, especially the   ‘extra’ kind.   Self-Management Strategies  By A J Sidransky  One of the most important factors in the decision to purchase a condominium or co-op   is lifestyle. Many who live in residential communities, particularly those in single-family   HOAs, choose community living over a single-family home for the convenience of what   they don’t have to do: no snow shoveling, no grass mowing, and no cleaning the gutters or   falling off the ladder while doing it.  14  Managing Board Conflict  By Mike Odenthal  In a community association, it falls on the board to put out any fires that ignite among   the property’s residents. But what happens when that blaze springs up between the board   members themselves?    16  8  Trends: City Versus Suburbs  By Mike Odenthal  The ‘big city’ is known for its breakneck pace, as life whirls around the unprepared out-of-  towner in an overwhelming swirl. Suburbia, on the other hand, is supposed to be a respite   from that intense metropolitan grind–a place to patiently teach the kids how to play tee-ball   out in the yard until it’s time for dinner.   18

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