2013 July
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Finance
2013 July FEMA Funding 101

 When Superstorm Sandy hit the New England states last fall, the U.S. Department  of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was quick to offer federal disaster  assistance to the states affected to supplement the lo…

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Finance
2013 July Watch Your Language

 While the vast majority of one-time projects and long-term service contracts  involving vendors and service providers and their condominium or HOA clients go  smoothly and either conclude or continue without incident, a small percentage  …

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Finance
2013 July Can You Hear Me Now?

 Walls are the only separation between you and your neighbors when you live in a  densely-populated area, and privacy sometimes goes out the window. People hear  their next-door neighbors talking, footsteps from above or even music blaring…

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Finance
2013 July Follow the Money

 If you want to find out about the history of any town, region or country, head  to a museum or look it up on the Internet. If you want to find out about your  family’s history, look at your photo album, whether it’s in a book or online. A…

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Management
2013 July Crowd Control

 Sometimes condominium units become “home” to people who really don’t belong there. With the proliferation of “over-55” communities in recent years, aging baby boomers and an economy marked by  unemployment and foreclosures, there may be r…

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Real Estate Trends
2013 July Living Social

 Social activities offer an opportunity to improve relationships within the  community and add a far more convivial atmosphere to condo properties—something many prospective owners anticipate in a new location.    Sponsoring leisure…

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Design
2013 July Making New Things Old

 It’s a sad fact that the artisans and craftspeople who created some of the most  beautiful, distinctive interior and exterior architectural elements for  residential buildings are an endangered species. The proliferation of sleek,  glass-…

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2013 July Q&A: Voluntary Donations?

Q I am the secretary of a recently formed condo association board in a mid-sized  building. Due to circumstances I'm sure are common, what money we have is  barely sufficient to manage the status quo, including contributions to the  reser…

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