2013 March
Focus on... Exterior Maintenance

The 5th Annual New England Condo Expo
2013 March The 5th Annual New England Condo Expo

 Every condo comes with challenges for board members and managers alike. How do  you find the right professional for each job that needs to be done? How do you  keep the property looking sharp when finances are tight?  And how do yo…

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Maintenance Raise the Roof
2013 March Raise the Roof

 Condo owners don’t generally exude enthusiasm over their roofs. In fact, they don’t pay much attention to them until there is a problem. However, a roofing  problem can cause a major expense.    Roofs in New England condominiums br…

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Maintenance What Lies Beneath
2013 March What Lies Beneath

 They say a house is only as strong as its foundation. A bad roof, or shoddy  plumbing can set your building back a lot of money. But, a foundation in  disrepair can put the entire building's structure at risk. It can also cost  tens of th…

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Maintenance Side by Siding
2013 March Side by Siding

 As spring dawns anew on the frigid New England landscape, many condo dwellers  will get their first prolonged looks at Mother Nature’s wintery ravages. Likely nowhere is this better seen than on a property’s exterior siding, much of which…

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Maintenance Get it Done!
2013 March Get it Done!

 The shingles on the roof look worn. Paint is peeling off the clapboards on a few  buildings. Potholes have turned the parking lot into a slalom course. But  collections are down, several homes are in foreclosure, and the temptation to  le…

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Real Estate Trends Green by Committee
2013 March Green by Committee

 Green truly is the new black in New England. As more and more condos and HOAs  look to save money as expenses rise, more and more boards and unit owners are  exploring ways to incorporate “greening” into their building community.   …

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Real Estate Trends Exterior Elements
2013 March Exterior Elements

 When you think landscaping, you probably don’t think of a swanky Boston co-op or condo high-rise building. After all,  landscaping is typically reserved for suburban homes where there is rolling  turf, strategically placed trees, sprawlin…

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Real Estate Trends Managing Diverse Communities
2013 March Managing Diverse Communities

 Aside from death and taxes, there is one other variable every person can count  on: change. For condominium managers and boards of trustees change comes in  various forms, be it a varying age gap or cultural divide. In the end, how  chang…

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Organizations Keeping it Cool
2013 March Keeping it Cool

 Heating and cooling systems within condominium developments are called upon to  provide safe, consistent energy to residents. The people who bring you heat,  air cooling and refrigeration know that, and want to find what works—and what do…

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Maintenance Roofing Shingle Replacement
2013 March Roofing Shingle Replacement

 As we approach the 2013 construction season, it’s time to begin planning for any major building envelope projects that are  needed at your property. In fact, if you are only planning now, you are behind  schedule already. Getting your job…

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Q&A: Removing a Board Member
2013 March Q&A: Removing a Board Member

Q I'm a board member of an association in Cambridge, MA and recently the board  majority has called for a special meeting in order to have a trustee step down.  We have 12 units, and 11 of them were either willing to meet at the proposed …

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