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Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

The year is 2016. The world is full of incredible technology – small drones that can deliver burritos or crash into Condos, smart devices which allow us to send selfies to the entire world, and self-driving and electric cars. With

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Lenexa HOA blames Google Fiber subcontractor for major road damage (KS)

People in a neighborhood in western Lenexa blame the installation of Google Fiber for destroying their streets.  The Whispering Hills community has used its entire $60,000 budget set aside for road repair, but leaders of the Homeowners Association say the

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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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Embracing Technology for the Betterment of Florida’s Residential Communities

Florida has finally joined almost two dozen other states in permitting members living in private residential communities to cast votes in a more convenient, secure manner than previously existed. This is a particular boon to communities with large percentages of

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Board Members Beware: Condo Associations Are Attractive Targets for Cyber-thieves

Cyber-thefts are becoming more frequent, more sophisticated and more costly. This isn’t news to anyone who surfs the Internet, reads newspapers (I’m told I’m not the only one who still does that) and watches television news. But if you think

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Homeowners’ Groups Fill U.S. Last-Mile Broadband Gap

Incumbent telecommunications providers in the U.S. have long been protective of their franchises and footprints in trying to maintain their advantage in last-mile network infrastructure.  Municipally owned alternatives, exemplified by networks in Wilson, NC, and Chattanooga, TN, have met with

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5 Tips to Improve Your System Security

Cybercrime is everywhere and may people fall victim to it every day. However, there are ways you can protect yourself and improve your system security. These five tips will make it harder for people to access your computer and information.

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Security Cameras and HOA Policy – Prepare before assuming the role as big brother

Security cameras in your HOA can be a handy security tool, but if they’re not managed properly, they can end up being more of a headache (and a liability). Before your HOA installs them, make sure your board drafts a

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Today’s tech tools can save your board time, trouble, paper – and money.

Where co-op and condo boards once thought of e-mail and Skype as strange and exotic, members today regularly use online file-sharing, scheduling apps, automated message systems, and resident-only computer forums. Some are low-cost, some are even free, and this technology

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Google+ Hangout the future of HOA Board meetings?

Anyone that has ever lived in a HOA or Condo Association community knows that the feeling of being persuaded by a neighbor to volunteer for the board of directors for their community. Most people are scared to death to add

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Future-proofing condos: Waterfront communities ahead of the tech curb

Forward-looking planners, architects and designers know that broadband and information technology have a transformative effect economically and socially on our urban communities.   Read the article…………

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Intelligent Building Solutions

In my recent experiences with residential and commercial clients across the GTA, I find myself often stumbling upon new heights of concern when it comes to understanding the value of security and communication requirements for multi-dwelling units. Our city is

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CES 2016 – The Best New Devices For Smart Condos

If the products at CES 2016 are any indication, 2016 looks to be the year smart homes become mainstream. Smart home devices have increasingly taken centre stage at the event, which attracted 3,600 exhibitors and over 150,000 attendees on a

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Trends in Association Management Software

Association management software is a very important part of taking care of business in your community. You have to have software that is going to allow you to run the association the right way, and you need to make sure

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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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Is Your Association Ready For The Future? A KSN White Paper on Technology

Our recent complimentary guide is an informative report on technology and its impact on community associations. KSN attorneys David Bendoff, Michael Kreibich, and Michael Shifrin discuss relevant topics such as drones, electronic voting, and tracking short-term rentals.   Read the report

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Associations and Mobile Apps

From time to time we hear from an association that they would like a mobile app.  Regardless of the reasoning for the request, there needs to be some questions answered by the association before going any further in the process:

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Back to the Future in Community Association Management [Quiz]

In Back to the Future II, Marty goes to 2015 and experiences all sorts of exciting new future tech, from flying cars to hoverboards. In the 30 years we’ve been around, we’ve seen some exciting predictions for future technologies too.

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Addressing Concerns With Electronic Voting (FL)

The passing of HB 791 has ushered community associations into the future by allowing investors and owners to vote electronically; however, this change has not come without challenges. Vetting vendors, whose services comply with the new law, will not be

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Use of Technology by Community Associations

Technology makes most of our lives easier, and so it makes sense that community associations would choose to employ certain technological advances in the performance of their obligations. There are many possibilities for the use of technology in community associations.

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Feeling exposed? How to Prevent Data Breaches in CAM Management

The world used to be a simpler place, especially when it comes to protecting private information. Did you know that identity theft is the most wide-reaching and damaging crime in the United States today? Most likely you do, considering the

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Is Automation Causing Your Management Company More Harm Than Good?

Every story has two sides. For every time you hear how great the latest gizmo or business practice is, you are likely to hear from someone else why it’s a huge mistake. Automation in business and industry has long been

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Five trends in digital notice boards in condos

Long gone are the fear of technology, the ups and downs (pun intended) of elevator installations and the quest for an affordable solution specific to condos that were common to digital notice boards in their infancy. As the industry has

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Smart Condos: The Simple Secret to a Better Condo Life

In the early 1960s, The Jetsons lived in a state-of-the-art home – what we would now call smart condos. This high-tech family could control their entire living environment with voice commands, and they even had a robot-maid that took care

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How to Get Homeowners to Pay Dues Online

When homeowners pay dues online, it makes the process easier for them as well as the HOA. However, online dues payment is still new to many homeowners, so the trick is to make it easy, and explain why it’s beneficial.

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“Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane… It’s a DRONE in my Backyard!”

If you haven’t seen a drone yet, chances are you soon will. Drones were originally used for military purposes, but newer technology and falling prices have put drones – many with cameras attached – in the hands of private citizens. For about

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Florida Condos & HOAs: Are you ready for electronic voting?

Every year I hear the same complaints about the procedures associated with obtaining a membership vote to approve some action or with respect to the election itself. Apathy on the part of owners can really restrict community operations. Many communities

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Reconsider Videotaping Meetings

To video or not to video? Just like with running a business, managing an HOA, includes keeping detailed records. Traditionally, taking minutes of HOA meetings are one of the most common ways to record what was discussed or agreed upon.

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Smart Homes Are Here

It seems like ages ago that homeowners dreamed of advanced home features and electronics, but the dreaming is over, and smart homes are here. There are many new and exciting products that are already out or are almost here that

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Drones present opportunity, challenge for community associations

In the not-too-distant future, community associations could launch camera-equipped, unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, for many routine tasks. They will be able to examine buildings for leaks and damage, check on the performances of contractors and find illegal

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Think twice before installing security cameras in condominiums

Does your condominium building have security cameras that were installed by the developer? Have there been violations of the association’s security protocol, such as unauthorized use of key fobs and contractor access to the building without registering with the front

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Cloudy with a Chance of Technology

We all know about the clouds that shade the sun and carry rain. Now it’s time to get to know the other cloud—the one that delivers computing power, handy applications, and the ability to share information with others wherever and

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Pros and Cons of Videotaping an HOA Meeting

In some states, such as Florida, it is legal for residents to film community association meetings. While there are many benefits to this, there are also some disadvantages as well. Consider the pros and cons of having your association meetings

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Board Meeting Participation and the Evolution of Being ‘Present’

Serving on a board, not even necessarily as its president, requires a lot of time and work. Because it can be a very demanding role, you often, though not exclusively, see board members who have retired from their fields and

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Lawmakers struggle with Ubers, Airbnbs of the world (FL)

The cost of hailing a ride with your cellphone or booking a private-home room for the night could rise under bills pending in the Legislature this year, even as lawmakers struggle to adapt state laws to new business technologies and

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Smart Machines Dominating 2015

Smart machines are growing, and more and more businesses are turning to them to offer assistance and support to make it better for customers. These smart machines are even a great option for HOAs. Learn a little more about smart

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Email Intelligence-does your Board possess it?

In my last blog entry, I discussed the considerable downside to sending a resignation via email. Today, I am discussing the pros and cons of board members and managers using email for other purposes and how to craft a sound

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Preparing your association for electronic communications

Illinois community associations may now communicate electronically with their owners, but that doesn’t mean they can cut their paper and postage budgets. Many practical details must be worked out before any savings are realized.      Read more……

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The Future is Now: Is Your Condominium Association Prepared to Handle these 6 Technological Advances?

The last significant revisions to the Michigan Condominium Act took place in 2001 and 2002. While many Michigan condominium associations have amended their governing documents to address the 2001 and 2002 amendments to the Michigan Condominium Act, those amendments often

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Improve Your Property Management Company’s Efficiency with a Smart Technology Strategy

Throughout the preceding decades, savvy managers have leveraged new technologies to save time, build efficiency, and gain a competitive advantage. In the 1980s the PC came onto the market, and with it came a whole array of tools and applications

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Eyes in the Sky

Drones have been the topic of conversation for the past several years sparking privacy concerns amongst residential communities. In the state of Florida, Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that limits law enforcement’s use of drone aircraft; however, that bill

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Lawmakers, Homeowners Fight Rules Saying Solar Is Too Ugly To Install

Homeowners’ associations are naturally conservative, having to appeal to the masses, and many of them find themselves with outdated or unaccommodating solar laws right when residential solar is booming across the country. In the last several years solar installations in

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Videotaping community association meetings-where do the owners’ rights start and the directors’ rights end?

Have you ever sat in a board or membership meeting only to notice at some point that someone in the audience is videotaping the meeting? Did the fact that you were being filmed concern you at all?   Read more………..

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Condo technology becomes a modern amenity

The fast-changing landscape of technology is spurring condo developers to offer faster, more sophisticated services to prospective buyers.  With 4K television, home automation and high-resolution audio making a big splash at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year in Las

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Board Communications and E-mails

In 2012, the Colorado legislature changed the laws governing community association records, including requirements that Board members’ e-mail addresses be retained as official records. At first, many of our clients balked at the new requirement. As many of you are

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Spy Drones: The Next Challenge for Private Communities

There seems to be a proliferation of drone sightings these days and not simply of the military variety.  OpenSky Drones LLC, a South Florida company, recently launched with a promise to offer engineers, architects and government agencies a less-risky way

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Is a Private Cloud Right for Your Property Management Company?

By now, you’ve heard all about cloud computing. It’s the buzzword that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue. At its heart, cloud computing is simply the use of computing resources over a network (the Internet). Let’s dig a little deeper.

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2 Transformational Technologies Your CAM Management Company Needs Now

The wheel, indoor plumbing, the printing press, the steam engine, the lightbulb, the telephone, automobiles, airplanes, and computers… what do these things have in common? Each of these changed the world as the people of that time knew it. They

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Airspace in an Age of Drones (Research Paper)

The growing interest in domestic drones is drawing new attention to unresolved questions regarding the scope of landowners’ rights in the airspace above their land. Domestic drones are small, unmanned aircraft capable of delivering packages or capturing photos. Existing aerial

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Should our HOA install surveillance cameras?

Q: We have had several recent incidents of vandalism in our otherwise quiet and well-maintained subdivision. It has a single entrance and our board is considering the installation of surveillance cameras to capture the image of vehicles coming and going

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