Category: Board Operations

Board Operations
2010 Oct Northampton, Massachusetts

What do Northampton, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn, New York, have in common? A fair share of transplanted Manhattanites. Restaurants featuring local ingredients. Great music. A strong gay and lesbian community. Families with young kids.…

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Board Operations
2010 Oct Insurance Issues

The fortunate fact is that most associations do not have claims on any regular basis. The consequence of this, however, is that many associations are not experienced in the claims process, and are prone to make mistakes, which can result…

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2010 Oct Preparing for the Worst

“When there is a river in your parking lot where the cars and the dumpsters are floating away, it really puts the property manager to the test to see how well he or she has planned,” says David J. Levy, PCAM, veteran property manager an…

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Board Operations
2010 Oct Difficult Choices

 Decisions, decisions, decisions. Board members have to make them all the time,  from how money should be spent on repairs to what contractors should be hired.    Making decisions might seem easy, but deciding between two courses of…

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2010 Oct Everybody Out!

 At a Planning Board meeting in a small Massachusetts town, the members reached  an agenda item pertaining to a rather complicated land deal that involved the  purchase of hundreds of acres of lakefront property.    The Planning Boa…

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Board Operations
2010 Oct Put it in Writing

The sitting president of a board of directors of a homeowners association in Connecticut recently approached management with a proposition. If he awarded her boyfriend job contracts, the property manager would receive a kickba…

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2009 Oct Q&A: Motorcycles Not Welcome

Q I live in a medium-sized HOA in Connecticut and we have a long-standing dispute in our community which I am hoping you can help resolve. First, our documents define the “condominium” as being composed of “the buildings, grounds …

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2009 Oct Legal Briefs

 Although there seems to be no shortage of talking heads touting the beginning of  the end of the economic decline, associations (like the average consumer) are still struggling to do more with less.    It just so happens that servi…

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2009 Oct Financial Issues

New lending guidelines from HUD mean that FHA loan requirements will be significantly tightened for condominium sales. The new requirements could have a profoundly negative effect on the ability to sell or buy a condominium unit that…

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Board Operations
2009 Oct What Makes Them Tick?

 Since the board of a community association is usually composed of a collective group of unique individuals with their own  perspective and opinions, no two boards are ever the same. However, there are  certain overall, universal qualities…

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