2011 January
Focus on... Management

New England Condo Expo
2011 January New England Condo Expo

 With the New Year under way, New England Condominium’s 2011 Expo is quietly taking shape as this spring’s must-attend event for New England’s property managers, trustees, and unit owners.    Held on Tuesday, May 24th at the Seaport…

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Management Hitting the Books
2011 January Hitting the Books

These are hardly the best of times for those who manage community associations, charged as they are with overseeing financial well-being, maintenance goals, legal issues and an almost unpredictable kaleidoscope of other daily concerns, …

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Management Managing in the Economic Downturn
2011 January Managing in the Economic Downturn

Job losses. Bankruptcies. Foreclosures. These are tough times for everyone, but when homeowners fall on hard times, they are often late paying condo fees. Some can’t even afford to pay them at all. Add i…

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Management Negotiating Management Contracts
2011 January Negotiating Management Contracts

 Drawing up a contract for management services looks at first glance like a  simple task. Such contracts usually follow a particular format and outline  similar services. But what about contract areas where there’s room for negotiation? Ho…

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Management EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!
2011 January EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!

 Most community associations have emergency preparedness plans in case of fires,  floods, or hurricanes. But there’s one form of disaster that very few have an organized response for: the public relations  disaster.    “It’s the lac…

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Management Keeping in Touch
2011 January Keeping in Touch

As recently as five years ago, traditional phone logs and Rolodexes were a common part of a property manager’s daily communications arsenal. Yet, with recent advances in condo management software, such anachronistic methods are rapidly d…

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Management Hazardous Caulk Poses a Threat to Older Condos
2011 January Hazardous Caulk Poses a Threat to Older Condos

 Condominium associations and their property managers have shown that, like  owners of other types of buildings, they are eager to do their part to be good  stewards of the health of the planet, as well as the health of the occupants of  t…

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Management Q&A: Can't the Board Ease Up on Late Fees?
2011 January Q&A: Can't the Board Ease Up on Late Fees?

Q I ran into financial difficulty a while ago and I failed to pay my regular monthly condominium fees for two months. I subsequently paid these two months of regularmonthly condominium fees, but our association board levied late payment …

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