2013 April
Focus on... Landscaping & Lawn Care

New England Condo Expo Has it All! — May 21, 2013
2013 April New England Condo Expo Has it All! — May 21, 2013

 Free seminars, networking opportunities and a chance to get all your condo  questions answered — the 2013 New England Condo Expo brings it all together, in one day, under one  roof.    If you’ve been trying to find solutions to ong…

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Landscaping Keeping the Grass Greener
2013 April Keeping the Grass Greener

 New England is not exactly known for year-round sunshine and palm trees swaying  in the breeze. At first glance, greenery, lawns and lawn care, may seem a non–issue for many Northeast residents—but like most Americans, New Englanders have…

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Landscaping Invasive Species
2013 April Invasive Species

 In Worcester, Massachusetts, the north side of the city has been stripped of its  shade trees, victims of a slow but persistent invader from China—the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB). The value that mature hardwoods provide in  dense reside…

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Landscaping The Irrigation Situation
2013 April The Irrigation Situation

 One of the things that attracts people to a condo or HOA are the beautiful  grounds and lush landscaping that surrounds the property. Because of the  topography of New England, it’s almost always necessary for properties to use irrigation…

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Landscaping The Grand Design
2013 April The Grand Design

 Whether enhancing a towering high-rise or a sprawling suburban development,  landscaping not only helps a condo or HOA increase and retain property values,  but has a positive impact on residents themselves. Beautiful, functional green  s…

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Management What a Waste!
2013 April What a Waste!

 In the 1960s, people would laugh at the notion that someone could make money by  going to people’s houses and asking to mow their lawn. This was something that everyone did  themselves and the thought of paying someone else to do it seeme…

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Design Splish-Splash
2013 April Splish-Splash

 Whether indoors or out, few design elements are as dramatic and arresting as a  waterfall, water wall, koi pond, reflecting pool or statuesque fountain. These  water features add beauty and value to any property or building, whether they …

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Management Dealing with Commerical Tenants
2013 April Dealing with Commerical Tenants

 Stores and other commercial businesses on the ground floor of an apartment  building are a tradition in big cities. By contrast, when one looks at the  typical suburban condo development, one must go to another location to shop—maybe to t…

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Board Operations Knowledge is Power
2013 April Knowledge is Power

 While essential to the successful operation of all cooperatives or condominiums,  governing documents are often only glossed over by otherwise well-intentioned  board members, residents and property managers leading to potential pitfalls.…

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Neighborhoods Amherst, Massachusetts
2013 April Amherst, Massachusetts

 Nestled into the curves of the Connecticut River Valley, Amherst, Massachusetts,  is a study in contrasts: Rolling farmlands and a bustling retail center;  historic inns and high-rise dormitories.    First settled as a part of Hadl…

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Organizations The New England Nursery Association
2013 April The New England Nursery Association

 The New England Nursery Association (NENA) is dedicated to providing landscaping  and nursery professionals with high quality information and an array of  services and professional development support to keep the region growing their  bus…

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Q&A: Association Insurance Policy
2013 April Q&A: Association Insurance Policy

Q I own a condo unit and recently I asked to get a copy of my building’s insurance policy. The board’s management told me that they only give this information out when an owner is  buying, selling or refinancing—none of which I’m doing. A…

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Q&A: Board Term Limits
2013 April Q&A: Board Term Limits

Q I am the president of a condominium association. One of our owners has requested  that we amend our bylaws to provide for term limits for board members,  requiring them to stay off the board for a year after serving three terms. Is  thi…

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