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Key Considerations in Hiring an Employee Subject to a Non-compete (Part 1)

Most businesses find that some of the most qualified candidates for employment are current or former employees of competitors in their industry. Non-compete agreements are increasingly and frequently used to control and limit the competitive activities that a former employee

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Alternative Revenue Streams for Community Association Management

Is your management company living on the financial edge? Are you tired of never quite making enough to do the things you want to do for your employees, for your clients, for your business?  You could grow your portfolio, but

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Finding a Community Manager That Fits Your Community

Many homeowners associations look for community managers with years of experience managing similar communities in the area. While experience is certainly important, the real value for an HOA comes from finding the right fit between the manager and the community.

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Homeowners want changes to HOA transfer fees (CO)

If you live in a condominium or planned community, you likely pay a monthly fee to a homeowner’s association (HOA), but did you know they could charge you hundreds of dollars at closing if you sell your home?    Read

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What to Ask a Potential Management Company

Every property management company has strengths and weaknesses. Some have a national presence but little understanding of local challenges. Some offer more boutique-style service but simply don’t have the resources and manpower to provide consistently high service levels and tools

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Tips For Evaluating a Management Proposal

Choosing the best-fit property management company is one of the most difficult decisions an HOA or commercial property owner can make. Choose correctly and you’re on your way to a productive and stress-free relationship. Make the wrong choice and you

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Board lacked authority to enter three-year management agreement (IL)

A recent Illinois appellate level case concerns the validity of a management agreement entered into by a condominium association. The outcome did not go well for the management company.   Read the article………..

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Go local or mega for condo management services?

Community associations traditionally contracted with locally owned and operated firms for management services. In recent years, however, large national and even international companies have entered the market. Rather than managing thousands of condominiums and townhomes, they manage millions.    Read

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How to Choose the Best HOA Management Company [Infographic]

Being a volunteer board member is a big responsibility. There are decisions to be made, meetings to attend, budgets to build, and concerns to address. If your HOA board is at a place where members are feeling overwhelmed and overcommitted,

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Division of Real Estate removes non-licensed HOA manager (CO)

For the second time this month, a community association manager has been ordered by the state to stop doing business.  The Director of the Division of Real Estate ordered Ronald A. Valiga, owner of Homeowners Management, to immediately cease and

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A Breakdown of HOA Management Contracts

In an ideal situation, homeowners association board members and HOA managers would be on the same page about everything and have no worry of disputes. However, the reality is that even rational and reasonable people can have differences and disagreements.

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“It’s Not Me It’s You” Knowing When to Fire a Client

If you’re a CAM manager, you’ve probably had one of those clients who soak up too much of your time and energy. These type of clients can be stressful and exhausting for managers and will, in the long run, affect

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How to Quickly & Painlessly Break Up With Your HOA Manager

Breaking up is hard to do. After evaluating an HOA manager, a Board may decide it would like to change managers, change to a different management company, or it just doesn’t need the services of a manager at all any

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How to Effectively Evaluate an HOA Manager

People and organizations are often afraid of evaluation because they’re afraid of failure. If we don’t fail we can’t learn, and if we aren’t given the opportunity to learn, we can’t grow. It’s in the best interest of the homeowners

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Picking a Management Company…Made Easy!

Consumers are able to compare and value products like never before using the internet; heck, I was able to decide on my recent vehicle purchase from the comfort of my desk. I did finally have to go to the dealer

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An Employer’s Guide to Drafting and Enforcing Non-competition Agreements

As Florida’s workforce becomes more specialized and mobile, the economic climate becomes increasingly competitive for employers to protect their business interests. In an effort to protect those interests, employers frequently include restrictive covenants, or non-competition language, within their employment agreements

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Hiring New Management: When it’s Time for a Change

There is an old saying that claims, “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” and that is not a happy thought for a board of directors or an association looking to change property management firms. The turmoil

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Property Managers and the Attorney-Client Privilege: Does your Community Association’s Management Agreement cover Communications with the Association’s Counsel?

A successful community association is often dependent upon a cooperative working relationship between the association’s attorney, the board of directors and the property manager. Many condominium and homeowner association boards are dependent on the property management company to run the

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Is It Difficult and Costly to Change Management Companies

NO!, That’s it, that’s the secret management companies do not want you to know. So let’s assume for the sake of this article you have seen the warning signs or maybe just feel it’s time and you know how to

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Quiz Me: Questions to Ask Before Hiring the Manager

From time to time, a co-op, condo or HOA community may have to hire a new management company. It may be that the current firm just isn’t working out or the community may have decided to transition from self-management to

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Questions to Ask When Interviewing HOA Management Companies

Your HOA board has decided it’s time to hire an HOA management company, and you are in charge of the interview process. You know there are probably general questions you should ask, and other things you should find out before

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Tips for Transitioning to a Professional Property Management Company

Our 500-home neighborhood has been self-managed for the last seven years or so, with our property manager on the association’s payroll. We enjoyed the concierge level of service from our own private manager, but early in 2014 the new Board

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Courting a new association? How to impress the board

In a highly competitive market it’s hard to stand out. One of the ways you can do that is in the sales documents you provide for potential new association clients.  Examples of sales documents might include:      Read more……

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Why Community Associations Look for New Management

Whether you are trying to win the business of a potential community association client, or you are in danger of losing a client you already have, developing a strong understanding of why associations look for new management can provide the

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What’s in a Transfer Fee-That is the Question? (CO)

Last week it was reported that Rep. Jeanne Labuda indicated that she would be introducing legislation taking aim on management company transfer fees. This sparked tremendous debate on both sides of the issue and the value of a transfer fee.

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HOA HOMEFRONT: Selecting a manager, part 3 – the contract

After selecting the type of management services, and selecting the manager, the final step is the contract. Price is not everything: Hiring a manager solely on price is a mistake. You may discover “you get what you pay for.”  Read

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What to do AFTER your Community Management Proposal is Accepted

So you’ve been notified that your management proposal has been accepted. Congratulations! You’ve gotten your first management contract – a goal you have been putting all of your efforts to accomplish! Now what?  Read More……

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Have You Updated Your HOA Management Contract Lately?

Many of us are so busy in performing the work that we are hired to do that we often neglect the housekeeping we should do for our businesses. Management agreements with community associations may fall into this category. As with

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