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Looking to Go Green? You May First Need to Check with Your Homeowner’s Association

If you live in a subdivision, your property is likely governed by a homeowner’s association (HOA) and a written declaration of covenants, conditions, and restrictions regarding the use, condition, and overall appearance and aesthetic of your home (“Declaration”). As the

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Association Required to Provide Names and Addresses of Delinquent Owners

The Kansas Court of Appeals held that Kansas law requires a homeowners association to disclose the names and addresses of delinquent homeowners. Although this case was decided in Kansas, it could be an indication of how a Washington court might

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Condo Owner Windfall of Over $500,000? Court Says “Not So Fast” (MO)

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled in a recent case that the unit owners of a condominium building were not entitled to excess insurance proceeds remaining after their building was reconstructed. One of multiple buildings making up The Willows on

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Renewable Energy: Are Solar Panels Welcome in Your Neighborhood?

More Missourians want to put solar panels on their homes to cut costs and to reduce their traditional energy usage. For the most part, everyone is in favor of more renewable energy being used.  So what’s the problem?    Watch

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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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Not All Thieves are Stupid

Not all thieves are stupid and here are some thoughts that we ALL should consider   Read more………….

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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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Criminal Minds

Is your community association properly protecting its funds against theft? Today’s newspapers are riddled with stories of trusted property managers and Board members embezzling large sums of money over long periods of time. Do not be the victim of a

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Amendments to Subdivision Indentures; A Tricky Business of How Far Is Too Far (MO)

Quite frequently, the homeowners association (“HOA”) of a subdivision will want to amend, remove or add provisions to the governing documents, generally called an indenture, restrictive covenants or covenants and restrictions. Changes can be relatively minor, from changing the date

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The Door of Shame

Thinking about labeling your delinquent owners with a scarlet “D”.  It’s a risky business

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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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Does Your Homeowners Association Have the Right to Sue on Your Behalf? (MO)

Homeowners associations regularly file lawsuits to protect the interests of their members. These actions are oftentimes met with a challenge that the homeowners association has no right — or standing — to bring these claims, but instead the property owners

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Here’s a Riddle: What Takes More Than a Minute, But Less Than a Minute to Lose?

Unlike earlier articles we have written about the necessity to memorialize and document actions taken by condominium and subdivision boards and their constituent members, there is an equally important matter which, unfortunately, I just sort of assumed would be understood,

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Prevent Damage With Properly Trimmed Trees

Keeping your property – especially the landscape – looking beautiful takes a lot of effort. As the year unfolds, a property may cut the grass several times each month, as residents can be counted on to let you know if

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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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Sterling Investment Group LLC v. Board of Managers of the Brentwood Forest Condominium Association (Limiting rentals)

The Board is the governing body of the Association, which comprises 1,425 condo units. Sterling owns 27 of those units. Generally, an amendment to the Association’s bylaws requires a supermajority (75%) of the owners. Exceptionally, however, the bylaws allow the

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HUD charges Pevely condo owner with violating Fair Housing Act

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development announced Wednesday that it filed a complaint against the owner, architect, builder and designers of the 36-unit Valle Creek Condominiums at 8011 Valle Creek Parkway in Barnhart, Mo., for violating the Fair

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Why you need to pay attention to the money

David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the owner of a Kansas City, Missouri business was sentenced in federal court today for embezzling more than $750,000 from dozens of homeowners associations. Dale

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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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