2011 August
Focus on... Insurance/Board Training

Insurance
2011 August An Ounce of Protection

 It sits quietly in your condo association’s insurance package, unremarkable next to the fire, flood and other forms of  mayhem that make insurance policies necessary fixtures in association budgets.    Looking at the file labeled “…

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Insurance
2011 August The Sky is Falling!

 New Englanders got a taste recently of Mother Nature’s wrath when a series of tornadoes touched down in Springfield, Massachusetts  and surrounding areas, leaving devastation and death in their wake.    While devastating tornadoes …

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Insurance
2011 August Not Your Grandfather's Policy

 Recent developments, both legislative and environmental, have led to  considerable changes in the New England insurance marketplace. And such  changes, as managers know, often lead to added paperwork, confusing  requirements, and tricky l…

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Insurance
2011 August Protecting Your Valuable Amenities

 Most homeowners love the idea of having a swimming pool, athletic court or  health club as part of their association's grounds because it adds value to  their property and it gives them something fun to do throughout the year. But  HOAs t…

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Insurance
2011 August On Your Side

 Imagine the panic that sets in when a home is lost or damaged. Now imagine  navigating through that fear alone. Whether it’s fire or flooding or the violent effects of a storm, anything that damages or  destroys a home will have a lasting…

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Insurance
2011 August Getting the Facts

 Congratulations. You have been chosen to help lead your community on a small  governing body that will determine the major policy decisions affecting  everyone who lives in your community. From finances to rules enforcement to  selection …

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Neighborhoods
2011 August Hyannis

 Rather in the manner of Russian folk-art nesting dolls, the village of Hyannis  nests within the town of Barnstable, within Barnstable County, within the  region of Cape Cod, within the state of Massachusetts. In one sense,  generalizatio…

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Insurance
2011 August NAMIC

 The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies is the largest and most  diverse national property/casualty insurance trade and political advocacy  association in the United States.    “We are a full-service trade associatio…

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Insurance
2011 August Value Engineering

 During the 1940s, Willie Sutton developed a lucrative niche of robbing banks.  During his unapproved withdrawals, he sometimes made use of ingenious  disguises. Those were the days when grand larceny took place in a bank lobby  rather tha…

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2011 August Q&A: Using the Common Hallway and Maintenance Increase

Q My condo board has given notice to a maintenance increase for this year after a five-year assessment, which is to expire next year. If an owner has several combined units and has incorporated the common hallway usage for their persona…

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2011 August Q&A: Establishing Reserve Monies

Q I am the president of our condo association and I am in favor of creating reserve funding. Over the last 40 some years, our residents have voted down the establishment of a reserve. I would like to recommend to the owners a general p…

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