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CAI Best Practices: Ethics

Simply put, when someone is employing ethics, he or she recognizes what is right and what is wrong and is choosing to do the right thing; however, as a great deal of business ethics literature will attest, “the right thing”

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CAI’s Guide to FHA Certification

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a major in role in housing finance through its Condominium Mortgage Insurance Program. FHA issued regulatory guidance to set standards condominium associations must meet for a

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From Good to Great: Principles for Community Association Success

Every community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core  principles. Good associations  preserve the character of  their communities, protect  property values and meet  the established expectations of homeowners. Great  associations also

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Homeowner’s Association Turned Away by Unanimous Court of Appeals

Few things are more offensive to the rights of homeowners than an overreaching homeowners’ association (HOA) board of directors. The type usually run by those who – for whatever reason – seem more inclined to use power they don’t possess

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No Insurance For Land Developer and Condo Board Member For Attempt To Rezone Condo Real Estate For Casino

In its recent decision in State Farm Fire& Cas. Co. v. Anderson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57837 (S.D. Miss. Apr. 23, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi had occasion to consider coverage for an

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Mississippi Court Holds D&O Policy Not Triggered By Real Estate Scheme

In its recent decision in State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Anderson, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57837 (S.D. Miss. Apr. 23, 2013), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi had occasion to consider coverage for

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Oxford condo lawsuit appeals mixed, court says

A Lafayette County chancery court decision in a condominium loan dispute was upheld in part and reversed in part for additional consideration Tuesday.  Read More……

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MS: Northbay ban on rentals upheld – Other neighborhoods could be affected by Madison Co. ruling

A Madison County Chancery Court ruling has affirmed a Madison neighborhood’s legal authority to ban rental houses. The decision, handed down by Judge Cynthia Brewer in a case filed by the homeowners association of Northbay, could impact other neighborhoods that

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MS Supreme Court Finds Nothing in Covenants Restricting Use of Land for Church

Long Meadow is a subdivision of forty-eight lots. The lots were developed in three phases. The first two phases had restrictive covenants that limited development to single-family residential units. The third phase lots did not have such covenants recorded so

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Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center

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Governance Guidelines

There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines – 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict

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Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities

More than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and

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Community Association Fundamentals

Each common-interest community has its own history, personality, attributes and challenges, but all associations share common characteristics and core principles. CAI developed the Community Association Fundamentals to foster a better conceptual understanding of how associations function and the roles of

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Model Code of Ethics for Community Association Board Members

This model code of ethics is not meant to address every potential ethical dilemma encountered by a community association board member, but is offered as a basic framework that can be modified and adopted by any common-interest community.    Read

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So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant

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