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CAMICB CE Policy

The CAMICB Board of Commissioners approved a new continuing education policy for individuals seeking CMCA recertification. The policy is as follows:  CMCA recertification requires the completion of 16 hours of continuing education within a two-year certification period. Current CAMICB policy

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Think you’d be a great HOA community manager? CACM says ‘click here’

With many of its member homeowners associations eager to hire, the California Association of Community Managers (CACM) is widening its search for men and women from all walks of life who are suited for the opportunity.  CACM has laid out

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TOPS Software Website Redesign Honored in 2017 American Business Awards

TOPS Software, makers of TOPS [ONE]® Community Association Accounting Software, announced today that their website, topssoft.com has been honored with a Bronze Stevie® award from American Business Awards, for Best Website Redesign, in the Computer Software Category.    Read the

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Digital Badges

Have you heard of digital badges? CAMICB is considering this for the CMCA credential. We’d love to get your feedback in the comments section. Below is an article from ASAE’s e-newsletter to give you a better idea about what a

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Community Associations Institute (CAI) Hosts 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition

Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading international authority in community association education, governance, and management, will host the 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition, May 3-6 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. This annual event brings together nearly 2,000 community association

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CAI Set To Transform Canada’s Property Management Landscape

The newest Community Associations Institute (CAI) chapter is based in Toronto with a mandate to help create great Canadian cities that owners and residents are proud to call home. CAI Canada was officially launched in January this year and it’s

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CAMICB CE Policy

The CAMICB Board of Commissioners approved a new continuing education policy for individuals seeking CMCA recertification. The policy is as follows:  CMCA recertification requires the completion of 16 hours of continuing education within a two-year certification period. Current CAMICB policy

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Evercondo Hopes Its Condo Communication Platform Will Build Better Communities

Imagine taking all of the independent systems used in condo living: invoices, work order requests, communicating with your landlord, and putting them all on one app. That’s the goal for Evercondo, the latest pitch on The Disruptors.  The app provides

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Leading Community Association software provider TOPS Software LLC to integrate BillingTree and Payrazr payment technology

BillingTree® today announced that major Community Association software provider, TOPS Software LLC, has partnered to offer integrated Merchant Services and Payrazr Marketplace solutions interfaced via API to its software applications. The new partnership extends a flexible range of card not

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The Hignell Companies Expands into Redding with Acquisition of Swift Properties

The Hignell Companies announces its expansion into the Redding market to serve the needs of property owners and homeowner associations needing full time property management. The expansion includes the acquisition of Swift Properties, locally run in Redding by Walt and

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Poor Workmanship Tops List of Construction Defects in New Report From Community Associations Institute (CAI)

The majority of construction deficiencies occur in new condominium developments compared to townhomes and single family homes, according to a new study released today by Community Associations Institute (CAI), the leading authority in community association education, governance, and management.  The

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Women Leaders Thrive in Community Association Management Industry

WOMEN LEADERS THRIVE IN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY, ACCORDING TO NEW ARTICLE BY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS INSTITUTE (CAI) Feb. 27, 2017—Falls Church, VA— There are thousands of stories about women’s struggles in the workplace, but it’s not a topic you’re likely

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Condo.com Launches Industry-first Marketing Program for Condo Buildings

Condo.com announced today the launch of an innovative marketing program for agents that let them exclusively buy and own the top condo buildings on Condo.com. The patent-pending program is a new way for agents to make money in the condo

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CAI Welcomes a New Chapter

Canada is the second largest country in the world with a population of 36 million people. According to the 2011 National Household Survey (NHS), 1,615,485 households (12.1%) lived (either as owners or renters) in condominiums.  Further, one in eight households

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New Hampshire firm acquires Worcester condo company

Worcester condominium management services provider Rickman Companies announced it has been acquired by Great North Property Management of New Hampshire, a major New England provider of condominium management services.  Rickman Co-founder and CEO Jason Rickman said in a press release

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Associa B.C. Donates $15K to Residents Displaced after Condo Fire

Associa British Columbia comes to the aid of the close to 100 residents who had to vacate the Celeste Condos in the Queen Mary Park area of Surrey after a massive fire destroyed the 78-unit apartment building back in August.

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Embracing Self-Service Expectations for HOA Management

The ability to solve your own inquiry without human-to-human interaction is no longer a want?—?it’s an expectation.  It’s no longer a fad, a wish, or bonus feature?—?it’s an expectation. If you’re in the Community Association or Common-Interest Property Management industry

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Smartest Ideas On Setting Up Gardens In Condos

Today, more people are moving to condominiums from their village houses. Condo living lets them be nearer to coffee shops and restaurants when they need to dine out. It also allows them to shop since many condominiums are designed in

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Lightning Protection for Lightning Safe Homeowner Association Communities

Awareness about the dangers of lightning to people and property has significantly increased since the National Weather Service began its annual safety campaign in 2001. With consumer organizations like the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Insurance Information Institute

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Stephen Marcus Receives Prestigious Gurdon “Don” Buck Lifetime Achievement Award

We are beaming with pride and excitement to announce that our own Stephen Marcus has been awarded the Don Buck Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given by CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). Stephen will be accepting the

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PropLogix Files Suit Against Condominium Association

Last week, PropLogix went on the offensive by filing suit against the Villas of Emerald Lake Condominium Association when the association refused to reimburse PropLogix for a $250 estoppel fee on a transaction that never closed.   Read the article…………..

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Lantana HOA is going mobile (TX)

Lantana’s HOA will soon have a better way to communicate with residents. The Lantana Community Association is rolling out a new mobile-friendly website and app early next year.  Insight Association Management, which manages the Lantana Community Association, and Lewisville-based Nabr

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Weed Eating Goats Help Belmont Community Association Win the 2016 Associa Green Award

Community Management Corporation (CMC), an Associa company, congratulates Belmont Community Association for winning the 2016 Associa Green Award. The award is given out each year to an Associa-managed community that has strived to promote green living in categories such as

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Designs by RGA Landscape Architects Earns Ironwood Community Association an Award

From RGA Landscape Architects: RGA Landscape Architects, Inc., a leading landscape architectural firm on the forefront of water efficient design and planning, provided design services to address water conservation for Ironwood Community Association, now recognized by Coachella Valley Water District

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New umbrella product available to community associations, through Ian H. Graham Insurance

Insurance agents and brokers now have access to a new umbrella product for their community association clients. Ian H. Graham Insurance (IHG), a division of Aon Affinity, the affinity business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), has expanded its exclusive suite

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Keeping Good Company

Hobbs & Olson’s affiliation with Carpenter Hazlewood adds four additional members of the Utah Bar to our local team, and allows us to consult, share with and learn from the 29 condominium and HOA attorneys in Arizona and New Mexico.

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$7.3 Million Awarded to Downtown Los Angeles Arts District’s Barker Block Homeowners Association

This is believed to be the largest single settlement against KOR for construction defects on one of its many high profile residential projects in California.  “These proceeds will immediately go to reconstructing and replacing all of the building systems that

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Buildium Releases Tenant Tracking Tool for Condominium and Homeowners Associations

Buildium, the property management solution for real estate professionals, today announced a new feature in its platform that enables property managers to track tenants living in a condominium or homeowners association (HOA). With Association Tenant Tracking, property managers can track

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Community Associations Remain Popular with American Homeowners

Homeowners associations are preferred places to call home for millions of Americans, according to the “2016 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey”, national research conducted by Zogby Analytics for the Foundation for Community Association Research (FCAR).  The majority, (66%) of respondents said their

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Condo Residents Urge FHA to Ease Rules on Reverse Mortgages

It has been nearly one month to the date since the Federal Housing Administration proposed new rules that could make it easier for condo-dwelling seniors to obtain reverse mortgages. With the public comment period underway, various stakeholders are voicing their

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Dover condos benefit from energy saving partnership

A little more than a year ago, Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) embarked on a major project at the Bellamy River Village condominiums in Dover to help homeowners maximize their energy efficiency potential.  “This has been one of our largest projects,”

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HOABooks.co Partners with FOB Software to Provide Transparency between Homeowners and Management

Miami, Florida, October 21st, 2016 – HOABooks.co, an independent bookkeeping company, and FOB Software, an advanced software development company, have recently partnered to begin providing more innovative technology engineered to solve challenges faced by homeowners associations and community management companies.

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LRES Releases White Paper Outlining Crucial Answers Servicers Must Know Before Working with HOA/COA Properties

LRES, a national residential and commercial real estate services company providing valuations, REO asset management, HOA and technology solutions for the mortgage and real estate industry, announced that it now offers a free white paper, “10 Key Questions (and Answers)

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Georgia’s Top Community Association Attorneys Announce New Firm

By mutual agreement, NowackHoward will absorb the current community association practice of Weissman, Nowack, Curry & Wilco, PC (WNCW), transferring clients and novating contracts relating to the practice.  Nowack, who co-founded WNCW 25 years ago, described the motivation for starting

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83% of Americans Get to Know Their Neighbors While Walking the Dog

99 percent of Americans think they’re a good neighbor, according to a new report by Community Associations Institute (CAI). CAI, the leading authority in community association governance, education, and management, conducted the “2016 National Good Neighbor Day Survey” of its

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NAR President Tom Salomone Calls HUD Condo Rule a Start, but More Changes Needed

When H.R. 3700, the “Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act,” was signed into law earlier this year, the Department of Housing and Urban Development was given notice that they had 90 days to weigh in on regulations related to Federal Housing

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New FHA Condo Rules Expand Access to Reverse Mortgages

In response to changing conditions in the condominium market, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) today proposed new rules that would allow individual condo units to become eligible for FHA financing, including Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), an agency spokesman confirmed

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Top 5 reasons why your condo / HOA management needs a smartphone app

It’s no news to anyone that smartphone is one of mankind’s greatest creations. It has revolutionized many industries ranging from food and shopping to transportation services. Yet, nothing much has happened in the condo / HOA management world when it

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Condominium primer explains how to survive — and thrive — in a community-association neighborhood

Somebody else takes care of the mowing, the raking, the roof repairs and the squirrel untangling (more on that later).  For some folks, condominium living is the best of all worlds — but, Leo Rosenberger says, that world isn’t for

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Realtors Press HUD for Quicker Action on FHA Condo Rules

The National Association of Realtors is calling on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to speed up implementation of reforms to the Federal Housing Administration’s condominium reforms.  Legislation signed by President Obama in July that makes numerous reforms to

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TOPS GO! Recognized as Award-Winning Mobile Community Association Management App by American Business Awards

TOPS GO! 2.1, the mobile management app from developer TOPS Software was named the winner of the Bronze Stevie Award in the ‘Business/Government – Other Industries’ category in the 14th annual American Business Awards.  The American Business Awards are the

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Nevada Association Services Inc. Acquires ATC Assessment Collection Group

Nevada Association Services, Nevada’s largest provider of collection services for community associations has acquired ATC Assessment Collection Group, which was previously operating as Angius and Terry Collections   Read the article………

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Community Management Industry Pioneer Mike Packard’s Love for Teaching Unwaivered after 35 Years

Mike Packard is a senior vice president at Associa, the industry’s largest community management firm. He is one of the top executives at his company, but more noteworthy is the fact that he is celebrating his 35th year as a

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Hohmann, Brophy & Shelton Announces HOA Lawsuit and Investigation

Hohmann, Brophy & Shelton, PLLC, announces that it has filed a putative class action lawsuit and is investigating further claims of wrongdoing by Niemann & Heyer, L.L.P., and other Texas Homeowner Association (HOA) debt collection firms and HOA management companies.

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Cypress Data Services Announces Launch of The Florida HOA Database Project™

Cypress Data Services, Inc., (“CDS”) announced the launch of The Florida HOA Database Project™, a web-based database designed to assist the real estate, legal and title insurance industries in identifying condominium and homeowners’ associations that affect real estate throughout the

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TOPS GO! Recognized as Award-Winning Mobile Community Association Management App by American Business Awards

TOPS GO! 2.1, the mobile management app from developer TOPS Software was named the winner of the Bronze Stevie Award in the ‘Business/Government – Other Industries’ category in the 14th annual American Business Awards.     Read the article………….

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Chimney Safety Institute of America

We’ve added the Chimney Safety Institute of America to our Trade Associations and Internet Resources page.  Given the number of fires each year in condo associations, this is a site you should take a look at and borrow information from.

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AlphaStaff Continues to Enhance Alliance with California Association of Community Managers

AlphaStaff, a pioneer in the HR outsourcing industry, and California Association of Community Managers (CACM), the premier professional organization for individual community association managers and management businesses in the state of California, have joined forces to create tailored HR solutions

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Hammersmith Acquires HRCA Management Services Group

Hammersmith Management, one of the state’s largest Community Association management companies, has just completed the acquisition of all of the Sub-Associations that have been managed by Highlands Ranch Community Association (HRCA).    Read the article………….

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Online Voting: A Tool for Voter Inclusion and Fraud Deterrence (FL)

Over the past few weeks, the Miami Herald and Univision have teamed up to investigate allegations of fraudulent condominium elections, primarily in Miami-Dade County. In fact, Miami-Dade County by far has the highest number of complaints of any county in

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