Category: Association Operations

Finance Behind in Reserves
2008 July Behind in Reserves

The Harbor Towers, a pair of 40-story residential buildings designed in part by noted architect I.M. Pei, offer some of the most exquisite views of the Boston harborfront and skyline. Once out of place in what was a district of warehouse…

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Finance Federal Form 1120-H, 990 or 1120?
2008 July Federal Form 1120-H, 990 or 1120?

For the uninitiated, tax filing for something as complicated as a community association can seem more than daunting. Fortunately, there are multiple options for homeowners associations, and with a little background knowledge, you can tak…

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Finance Greening for Savings
2008 July Greening for Savings

From your neighbor’s spiffy hybrid automobile to Leonardo DiCaprio’s “célèbre-green” status, it’s clear that increased attention to the environment is both vitally important and in vogue. It is also clear that there is huge savings poten…

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Management The Office of Neighborhood Services
2008 April The Office of Neighborhood Services

While New York City is defined by its classic architecture and familiar skyline, Boston is defined by its unique collection of neighborhoods and ethnic diversity. Twenty-one neighborhoods make up Boston proper and to find out a little mo…

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Management Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Open for Business
2008 April Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Open for Business

Consensus holds that Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has it all. Not content with a distinguished naval history only, the city of about 20,000 has blossomed like the strawberries once did on the banks of the Piscataqua River. Now, while remai…

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Management How to Attract and Keep Management Staff
2008 April How to Attract and Keep Management Staff

If a service company’s number one asset is its people, there is no more important topic than “How to Attract and Keep Staff.” The challenges of finding, hiring and keeping the best staff—at a cost that still fits within the overall finan…

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Management Caught in the Middle
2008 April Caught in the Middle

Conflict among neighbors is something every property manager must face. As long as people have different viewpoints and varied lifestyles, they will argue and bicker and call each other names. Add to that the close living quarters of som…

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Management Great Expectations
2008 April Great Expectations

Whether it’s a neighbor’s barking dog or a backed-up toilet, the problems of condominium owners and residents are always personal. Their homes are a haven–and an investment–so at times, even an easily-solved issue can feel like a catastr…

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Management Above and Beyond
2008 April Above and Beyond

No two condos are the same, and neither are the needs of the buildings. A brownstone in Cambridge, a hotel-like complex in Boston’s Back Bay, a row of townhouses in Nashua—each requires specific services from its management company. …

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Management The Subprime Mortgage Fallout
2008 April The Subprime Mortgage Fallout

The Climate of the real estate market across the country has shifted, and the fallout from the subprime mortgage crisis has been felt in cities and towns throughout the country. The co-op and condo market in New England is no exception, …

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