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2013 March What Lies Beneath

 They say a house is only as strong as its foundation. A bad roof, or shoddy  plumbing can set your building back a lot of money. But, a foundation in  disrepair can put the entire building's structure at risk. It can also cost  tens of th…

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2013 March Raise the Roof

 Condo owners don’t generally exude enthusiasm over their roofs. In fact, they don’t pay much attention to them until there is a problem. However, a roofing  problem can cause a major expense.    Roofs in New England condominiums br…

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2012 March Concrete Concerns

Freezing, thawing and deicing undoubtedly take their toll on concrete during typically harsh New England winters. Corrosion of concrete is an issue in the Northeast, and homeowner associations need to ensure that the concrete forming t…

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2012 March Green Light

 As the ubiquity of the condo “green” movement reaches even greater heights, many property managers find themselves  searching for new ways to spruce up their operations. And with the continual  advances in lighting technology—each more re…

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2012 March Deck it Out

 When you consider all the different exterior components that a condo association  has to deal with, decks are sort of like the Rodney Dangerfield of the list—they rarely get any respect.    “Decks are definitely something that peop…

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2012 March Green Exteriors

More often than not, when boards or associations broach the issue of their buildings “going green,” images of bamboo flooring, hemp drapes, or solar panels on the roof suddenly spring to mind. The impression seems to be that in a condo,…

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2011 March Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

 One of New England’s more unique resort communities, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, beckons like  an oasis from the heart of the White Mountain National Forest. Two hours from  Boston and served by one main road – Route 49 –the village…

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2011 March Proposed Transfer Fee Rule Drastically Revised

 A proposal to ban federal lenders from purchasing mortgages in condos with  deed-based transfer fees has been drastically scaled back following intense  lobbying against the rule by community associations around the country.  The p…

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2011 March Seasonal Walk-Throughs

It’s a simple equation: Warmer temperatures and melting snow means that spring is rearing its head around winter’s chilly corner. And aside from the change of wardrobe, there’s one other thing that condominium residents have to look forwa…

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2011 March Go With Your Gutter

Everyone knows the old phrase about April showers bringing May flowers, but what the saying doesn’t tell you is that the rain in April can also bring a lot of damage to your gutter system. Hard rain and blustery wind are always around o…

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