2013 May
Focus on... Recreational Amenities & Community Programs

2013 May The New England Condo Expo_May 21, 2013

 Now in its fifth year, the New England Condo Expo has become the annual  must-attend event for New England property managers, board members, real estate  professionals and homeowners. Returning to the Seaport World Trade Center in  Boston…

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Community Building
2013 May The Play's the Thing

 Back in the day when we were little kids, playgrounds largely consisted of  swing-sets, teeter-totters, some monkey bars, and maybe a metal slide or two,  along with the requisite basketball hoops and tetherball set-up.    Since th…

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Community Building
2013 May Growing Green

 While it may be considered socially or politically correct to “go green” when embarking on new construction projects or updating an existing property to  include green roofs, energy-efficient lighting or electric-friendly car ports,  adop…

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Community Building
2013 May All is Illuminated

 Call it the Ikea-fication of America. It seems that more and more people are  getting interested in design, especially when it comes to their own home. In  decades past, household furniture and decorations didn’t vary a whole lot. Growing…

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Real Estate Trends
2013 May Condo This!

 For seven years, Mira Calton and her husband, Dr. Jayson Calton, owned a  floating home, one of the 165 privately-owned residences on The World, a  644-foot yacht that continuously circumnavigates the globe. Owning a home on  the yacht is…

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Management
2013 May That's Criminal!

 Serving on a condo board has its challenges—mostly of a relatively mundane, everyday sort, like how to pay for new carpet in  the clubhouse, or what kind of flowers to put in the new beds out front.  Occasionally however, a much more sens…

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Board Operations
2013 May Delegate, Delegate, Delegate

 Read any of the major business publications or websites and you’re bound to find articles on the importance of delegating. It’s one of the most fundamental skills for a successful business owner to have. A  simple Internet search finds sc…

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Law & Legislation
2013 May Rules v. Laws

 In buying into a condominium community and its lifestyle, the prospective owner  signs a contract, agreeing to accept and uphold the community’s rules and regulations—and essentially waiving certain rights.    In doing so, this buy…

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Maintenance
2013 May Let's Be Perfectly Clear

 When summer rolls around many New Englanders can be found at The Cape, Nantucket  or Martha’s Vineyard or any of the numerous beaches that are dotted along the Northeast  coast. New England’s stunning water vistas are rivaled only by its …

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Maintenance
2013 May Treading Lightly

 Stairwell safety may not get front and center attention from condo associations  but should not be side-stepped. In the event of a fire, it’s important for stairwells to be well lit with access to the exit. If an elderly  person slips and…

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Neighborhoods
2013 May New London, Connecticut

 Known for its links to the sea and the home port of the U.S. Coast Guard  Academy, New London, Connecticut sits on the banks of the Thames River, and is  also home to two well-known colleges and some notable academicians, politicians  and…

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2013 May Q&A: Financial Conflict of Interest

Q A member of our board runs to the property manager on a whim and makes him  complete tasks that may or may not be approved by the board. She also knows  every single detail about the homeowners’ financials in terms of how they pay and w…

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