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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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Lender Seeks an Edge in Data on Condo Associations in Chicago

The Federal Savings Bank in Chicago has partnered with CondoGrade, a local data company, to provide prospective buyers and sellers of condominiums with information about condo associations.     Read the article………….

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Southern California Edison (SCE) Launches Charge Ready Electric Vehicle Charging Pilot Program

Southern California Edison is moving through implementation phase of its Charge Ready pilot program to install 1,500 charging points.  The Charge Ready pilot is valued at $22 million ($14,667 per charging point) and is just an introduction to the full-scale

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Greenbox Energy Intelligent Hydronic and Domestic Hot Water Management Delivers the Future in Water Temperature Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Jim Seidel GreenBox Energy, LLC. 949.246.2386 jim@greenboxenergy.net GreenBoxEnergy.net GREENBOX ENERGY INTELLIGENT HYDRONIC AND DOMESTIC HOT WATER MANAGEMENT DELIVERS THE FUTURE IN WATER TEMPERATURE MANAGEMENT Read Article Irvine, Calif – May 09, 2016 – – Today GreenBox

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Sperlonga Announces Agreement with Equifax to Begin Reporting Homeowner and Condominium Association Payments

Sperlonga Data & Analytics, a data aggregation business for non-standard credit data sources, announced an agreement to become the first company to furnish homeowner association (HOA) payment and account status data to Equifax Inc., a global insights provider and multinational

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Winter Park (CO) condo management companies merge

On April 15 two local, longtime vacation-rental and homeowner association management firms combined forces. Teverbaugh-Heaton Management Company (THMC) of Winter Park, operating under the trade names Destinations West and Beaver Village Condominiums, has been sold to Condominium Management Company, also

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Evanston Condominium Board President Receives Community Association Institute National Recognition

Draper and Kramer announced today that Hank Goldman, president of The Residences of Sherman Plaza Condominium Association in Evanston, IL, is the recipient of top national recognition in a competition sponsored by Community Association Institute (CAI).   Read the press release…………

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CAMS Merges With Firm Based In N. Myrtle Beach

A Wilmington association management firm has merged with a South Carolina counterpart, according to an announcement Thursday.  Community Association Management Specialists (CAMS) is expanding its business by merging with Benchmark Management Group, a North Myrtle Beach-based association management company.  

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HOA Board of Directors to Provide Plants At No Charge to Residents

The homeowner’s association Board of Directors for Rancho El Dorado is choosing to take a pro-active approach to replacing dead winter plants by engaging residents of the community in a unique way. “The Board of Directors at Rancho really tries

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PayLease Launches Credit Reporting for Property Management Firms

PayLease, a leading payments, billing, and utility expense management provider for the property management and HOA industry, today announced the launch of Credit Reporting, a service that will report a resident’s rent-related payments to Experian RentBureau® and TransUnion.   Read the

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NYC Finally Has Its Own CAI Chapter

Concerted efforts by a group of industry professionals are about to bear fruit, as a Big Apple Chapter nears certification by the international Community Associations Institute (CAI). The new chapter—representing condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowners associations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The

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The Foundation for California Community Association Education Donates $57,500 to Community Association Research Nationwide

On the 30th anniversary of the formation of California’s Davis-Stirling Act, which governs condominium, cooperative, and planned unit development communities, Governor George Deukmejian and the Board of Directors of the California Foundation celebrated this historic occasion with an event that

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Property Owners and Community Association Managers can take Several Steps to Prepare for the Continued El Niño Storm Season

According to the Climate Prediction Center, the recent increase in temperatures does not mean the El Niño effect has passed. Experts state that El Niño conditions will continue to develop near the equator, and March through May could still bring

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YapStone Partners with AssociationVoice To Form HOA Payments Powerhouse

YapStone™, a global provider of full-stack payment solutions for global marketplaces and large vertical markets, announced today a partnership with AssociationVoice™, the leading provider of website solutions for homeowners’ associations and management companies. YapStone will power payments for AssociationVoice customers

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Here’s Why Your Community Association Funds are at Risk of Being Defrauded

It’s 2016 and we’ve sent people to the moon, carry computers in our pockets and are this close to making driverless cars a reality, yet, we’re still losing millions of dollars annually to small and large scale acts of theft

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LiftMaster® Provides Security and Safety Recommendations for Gated Communities

Throughout the United States, both homeowners and renters are putting an increased emphasis on the safety and security of their homes, with more people moving to secure or gated communities. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent

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CCAL Elects Leaders, Inducts New Members

Lincoln W. Hobbs, a partner in the Utah law firm of Hobbs & Olson, L.C., has been elected president of Community Associations Institute’s prestigious College of Community Association Lawyers (CCAL). His one-year term began Jan. 1. Read the article………….

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Kelly G. Richardson is Named 2016 National President of CAI

The Community Associations Institute (CAI), the premier international association for homeowner volunteers who govern communities with more than 34,000 members has announced that Kelly G. Richardson will head the organization, effective January 1, 2016.   Read the article………….

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Condo Adviser Awarded “Best Practice Group Blog Award” by Clawbies

The winners of the 10th Annual Canadian Law Blog Awards (the Clawbies) were announced on December 31, 2015. We are honoured and delighted to report that Condo Adviser was awarded the Best Practice Group Blog Award! This category rewards blogs

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San Diego’s bank of niches

You could call Seacoast Commerce Bank the “non-relationship community bank,” but you would only be half right. The non-relationship part applies just to lending. The San Diego-based bank is a transactional lender, but it funds those loans largely from a

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CAI Meets With Members of Congress

Community Associations Institute (CAI) members recently met with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives in their district offices to discuss the concerns of their associations. The meetings focused on three main concerns with which community associations have

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Apps for Better Neighborhoods and Homeowners Associations

Recently I joined the board of the Homeowners Association in my neighborhood and discovered what many others have discovered about their HOA: a lot of frustration around management of the community and the lack of support the residents receive from

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Sharon Reuler Appointed to Texas State Bar Committee

Dallas attorney Sharon Reuler was appointed as one of eight charter members of the Property Owners Associations Committee of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law (REPTL) Section of the State Bar of Texas, which held its inaugural meeting on

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N.Y. Rep. Recognized for FEMA Fairness Efforts

Community Associations Institute (CAI) recently presented the 2015 Hero of Associations award to Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) for his “…tireless efforts in helping constituents living in condominiums, cooperatives and community associations become eligible for federal disaster relief.”   Read the article…………….

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