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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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2011 March Material Differences

 When a condo’s fencing, decking or siding wear out and need replacement, smart condos are  looking well beyond “apple-for-apple” replacement materials.    Wood siding, a favorite for decades, is frequently being replaced by vinyl  …

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2011 March Paving the way for Spring

 When the days finally lengthen and the mornings lose that bitter chill, it’s time to assess the damage wrought by another New England winter. For the board  members and the property manager of a community association, that wintertime  dam…

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2011 March Invasion of the Night Crawlers

 Virtually unheard of for decades, bedbugs are now making a fierce comeback  around the country, including New England. “The problem is astronomical. Every phone call is about bedbugs,” says Galvin Murphy, president of Yankee Pest Control …

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2011 March New England Condo Expo

 Good information and clear communication are crucial for anyone involved with  the administration of a condominium or homeowners association—crucial not just to thriving, but surviving in today’s challenging economic times. Finding that i…

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2010 March Q&A—Ronald Perl

Q A resident needs to have a chair rail installed so she can access her second  floor apartment in our condo building, built in the 1950s. Who pays for the  chair rail and the installation, the resident or the condo association?    — …

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2010 March Q&A—Joe Saurino

Q A few years back, the prior board passed a motion to charge all future unit  owners with dogs a $50 fee per month because of an existing dog that would  occasionally defecate in the building. There was no analysis conducted to  determin…

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2010 March Don't Feed the Bears!

Ah, the return of spring and our feathered friends who make this season so special! Time to break out another bag of seed and fill up the bird feeder as the year-round bird population is joined by the returning migrants. Or is it? If y…

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