2019 May
Focus on... Design

Design
2019 May Design by Committee

Every member of a community association has a vested interest in the appearance of their property, both inside and out. Residents see the inside of their building every day, so it matters that it’s visually appealing. Equally importantly, t…

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Design
2019 May Alteration Agreements

So, you want to renovate your kitchen.  You’ve chosen your tile, cabinetry, and fixtures. You’ve gotten bids from several contractors, and are ready to dig in and overhaul the whole space.  But not so fast. You live in a co-op.  You need b…

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Design
2019 May The Latest in Green Design

Even before Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) introduced the Green New Deal resolution to Congress on February 7, the impending consequences of climate change and global warming has been a hot topic (no pun intended). While some may cove…

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Design
2019 May Repurposing Unused Space

Ideas about architecture, design and the use of space have changed over the years.  Back in the first half of the last century when both developers and consumers had different needs and agendas than they do today (not to mention less advanc…

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Management
2019 May Considering a Change in Management?

When a community association enters into a contract with a professional management company, board members may feel a sense of relief. After all, much of the burden of running the community’s daily operations has now been transferred to (hop…

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Management
2019 May Co-ops, Condos & Kids

While children are most certainly the future, in the present they can often be a bit of a handful. In buildings and associations where residents live in close quarters, it’s inevitable that unit owners without kids will cross paths with the…

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Real Estate Trends
2019 May What Does the Rest of 2019 Hold?

2018 – and the first half of 2019 – have been anything but dull, from the global level all the way down to co-op, condo and community association communities. While it’s somewhat beyond New England Condominium’s scope to opine on geopolitic…

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Management
2019 May Keys, Key Fobs, and Door Codes

It’s been a long time since most people have felt comfortable just leaving their front doors unlocked. For better or worse, security has become the order of the day – and technology follows security needs.  Today, that path leads to electr…

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Maintenance
2019 May Soundproofing

Do you remember when you were a kid, and the closest thing you had to a cell phone was two cups with a string pulled taut between them, speaking into one cup to see if your friend holding the other could hear you? That long-ago game worked …

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Q&A
2019 May Q&A: Show Me the Money!

Q. I live in a condo complex in Rhode Island. I only receive a financial statement once a year. I would like a monthly expense sheet and income tax return sent to me. The management company and the treasurer have not answered me. Is there…

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Q&A
2019 May Q&A: Questioning Quorums

Q. When we had our annual owners’ meeting in November, there was one trustee position up for election and one candidate for the position.  I have asked the trustees and property manager to confirm the percentage of beneficial interest rep…

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