2019 February
Focus on... Board Relationships

Board Operations
2019 February Board Optics

Community association and co-op boards typically consist of elected volunteers whose job is to serve the best interests of the community in day-to-day decisions both big and small. In an ideal world, every board would live and die by its fi…

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Board Operations
2019 February Board Demographics

Volunteerism is arguably the bedrock of co-op and condominium communities. One buys into one or the other with the expectation of participating in the governance and operation of the property. Volunteering for board or committee service, th…

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Board Operations
2019 February Self-Management Strategies

One of the most important factors in the decision to purchase a condominium or co-op is lifestyle. Many who live in residential communities, particularly those in single-family HOAs, choose community living over a single-family home for the…

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Board Operations
2019 February Managing Board Conflict

In a community association, it falls on the board to put out any fires that ignite among the property’s residents. But what happens when that blaze springs up between the board members themselves?  Those who volunteer to serve on their com…

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Real Estate Trends
2019 February City Versus Suburbs

The 'big city' is known for its breakneck pace, as life whirls around the unprepared out-of-towner in an overwhelming swirl. Suburbia, on the other hand, is supposed to be a respite from that intense metropolitan grind – a place to patientl…

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Q&A
2019 February Q&A: Share and Share Alike

Q. Can a condominium association charge all unit owners the same fees? MGL Chapter 183A Sections 5(a) and 6(a)(1) seem to require the association to determine the percentage of undivided interest for each unit and to access fees in accord…

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Q&A
2019 February Q&A: Fishy Financial Operations?

Q. We live in a 64 unit condo in Massachusetts and feel that the board of trustees is not following their fiduciary responsibilities. The treasurer resides out of state, and has all maintenance invoices sent to her monthly. She is, theref…

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