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Sand Canyon HOA abandons “opt out” plan for email blast (CA)

Plans by the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association to share an email list of its members with the local radio station as a way of alerting them to emergencies such as brush fires, have been abandoned due to privacy concerns.  Last

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New Survey Exposes Payment Technology Surge in the CAM Industry

Technology fun fact: Have you ever wondered why QWERTY keyboards are laid out the way they are?  When typewriters were the primary “word processor,” the QWERTY keyboard was implemented because it spaces out the most commonly used letters, slowing down

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New Technology Means More Options For Community Association Billing And Payments

Over the years, technology has dramatically changed the way community and condominium associations bill and receive payments for owner assessments, sometimes referred to as dues.  When I first started in the business in the late 80s, just about every community

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Local HOAs Protect Members’ Information (CA)

Sand Canyon Homeowners Association, or SCHOA, is not the only HOA approached by KHTS co-owner Carl Goldman. He is asking associations to give the emails of their homeowners to the radio station. The emails will become part of the station’s

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HOA Homefront: Addition of cameras in common areas needs research before board steps in

Q: A new owner in our condo complex rented it to tenants who installed security cameras on the exterior of their unit, one on their front door and one on their balcony that pans all outside their doorway and mine,

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7 Tips to Create a Powerful Knowledge Base for Your Residential Community

Have you received phone calls to your office from residents constantly asking about the community’s guest policies? Or, how to obtain another parking sticker? Reading long, traditional documents may be too difficult or time-consuming compared to the ease of calling

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Management Companies: How to Overcome Your Fear of Technology

The recent WannaCry ransomware virus that rocked half of the globe sheds a lot of light on the problems that can come when you refuse to update your technology. I’m sure we’re all guilty of it—I know I am! I

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Security Cameras in Michigan Condominium Projects

Whether inside a grocery store, at a gas station or even in your neighborhood, security cameras are everywhere in modern society. As technology evolves and cheaper and better cameras come onto the market each year, Michigan condominiums are experiencing an

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Emails Are a Legal Minefield for Co-op and Condo Boards (NY)

A recent decision by the state’s highest court drives home a lesson every co-op and condo board member needs to heed: if you use your employer’s computer, tablet, or smart phone to communicate board business, expect zero privacy. While the

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Cable TV, Internet, Phone Services Coax, Fiber Optics and More – There are New Opportunities for Community Associations!

In the past, local telephone companies provided telephone services and local cable companies provided cable television services. That was it. For an association, selecting a service provider was relatively easy since quality choices were few. But in recent years, this

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Playing Technology Catch-Up in the CAM Industry

It’s no secret that the technology landscape has been completely overhauled multiple times in the last decade alone. And I’m not just talking about the obvious suspects, like computers, computer software, cellphones, or cars. I’m talking about nearly every industry

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Are Smart Homes Becoming A Reality in Florida?

Technology has developed rapidly over the last couple of years. New and improved products with the aim to make daily activities easier for us are constantly hitting the marketplace. New “smart” technology is being incorporated into our everyday lives, so

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Video surveillance allowed in condo’s common areas

Q: My condominium installed electronic locks with fobs on the building doors along with security cameras recording who is coming and going. I don’t like the idea of the board tracking my movements. What are my rights? —Read the Q&A…………..

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How to Start a Technology Revolution in your Management Company

Change is an important part of life, but keeping up with that change can be tough, especially in our current technological landscape. Every time an industry game-changer (like the smartphone!) arises, other industries are impacted by an unavoidable ripple effect,

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Is HOA Software Making Your Job Easier

Many years ago when I started my HOA management company, we were using software that was designed for managing rental units. It was great software — adaptable, robust, and fairly cheap. But there were a lot of things that we

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Unit Owners Look To Block Condo Association’s Plans For Rooftop Cellphone Antennas (MD)

The Worcester County Circuit Court has temporarily blocked actions on a lease agreement between an Ocean City condominium association and Verizon Wireless to install and operate cellphone antennas on the roof of a condo building.  The decision follows an ongoing

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Cyber Risk – Your Data is Safe, Until It’s Not…

You’ve undoubtedly read about the high-profile hacks and data breaches that have occurred over the past few years – millions of accounts compromised and credit card numbers stolen from Target, Home Depot, TJX, Yahoo, and other large companies. While big

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Autonomous Vehicles: Coming to a Condominium or HOA near you!

An autonomous vehicle, also known as a driverless car, self-driving car, or robotic car is a vehicle that senses its environment and operates without human input. On December 9, 2016, Governor Rick Snyder signed 2016 PA 332 into law and

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How technology can save community associations time and effort

When a community association manager needed to know how badly the property’s gutters were clogged, Nik Clark had a solution. He launched an unmanned aircraft system, otherwise known as a drone.  It flew above the building’s roofline, and Clark and

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Smart condo conundrum: Talk to appliances, or text them?

In today’s so-called smart home, you can dim the lights, order more toothpaste or tell the kids to go to bed simply by talking to a small Wifi-connected speaker, such as Amazon’s (AMZN.O) Echo or Google’s (GOOGL.O) Home.  This voice-first

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E-mail Intelligence – Does Your Board Possess it?

Today, I am discussing the pros and cons of homeowners’ association (HOA) board members and managers using email for community correspondence, and how to craft a sound email policy for your association.  Board members, managers and association residents are no

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E-mail Intelligence – Does Your Board Possess it?

Today, I am discussing the pros and cons of homeowners’ association (HOA) board members and managers using email for community correspondence, and how to craft a sound email policy for your association.  Board members, managers and association residents are no

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5 Productivity Apps For HOA & Condo Managers

Welcome to another Evercondo “tech tips” post, where we share some of the best apps and technology solutions out there for helping property managers, board members and residents get more done with less time.  We all want to be more

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Electronic Spying, Satellite Surveillance & Drones

Science fiction! Actually not. Over the last several years, technology available to the homeowners association has exponentially grown. Drones have become the proverbial “Soup de Jour.” An increasing numbers of homeowners associations use drones to inspect common areas, architectural improvements,

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Improving condo management with analytics

What is the average response time of managers in getting back to residents’ requests? For condo directors or managers that don’t know the answer, this is a must-read.  This article will go over what analytics means in the condo management

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Green Technology and Electricity Savings in a Condo Association

Electricity is one of the biggest expenses for a Condo Association. As such, green technologies or other ways to promote electricity savings in a Condo Association is definitely something you’ll want to look into. Improvements to and investments in your

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Sensors poised to transform property management

It’s an exciting time to be involved in residential property management. Technology is developing rapidly and permanently altering the residential landscape for managers, staff, and residents. Several companies are invested in developing the next generation of innovative tools for residential

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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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Surveillance Technology: How Much Does Your Building Really Need?

Gone are the days of windowless rooms filled with bulky recording equipment, multiple flickering screens, and file cabinets full of disks containing endless hours of footage. The state of the art in surveillance equipment today is all about pixels, thumb

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5 Apps That Makes Life Easier for Condo / HOA Managers

The tech world today is more advanced and sophisticated than ever. There’s a lot that the condo / HOA management industry can benefit from but with so many options out there, where do we even begin? That’s why we will

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BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal’s first decision: move along, not much to see here

The Civil Resolution Tribunal of British Columbia is one of the most world’s most advanced online dispute resolution projects within a formal court and tribunal structure. As such, it has attracted much interest and analysis – not least in previous

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Eagle Watch residents speaking out on cell tower (GA)

The Eagle Watch Homeowners’ Association was approached by cell tower company TowerCom to lease a small spot above the main amenity parking lot

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Free & Open Source HOA Software

Running a homeowner’s association is no cakewalk. With the diverse number of tasks your team needs to complete, it’s hard to get by without SOME kind of software- be it Excel, Quickbooks or Google Sites. However, if you’re finding that

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Fiber to the Home – Should you have it in your Community?

One of those decisions may include the need for your community to implement an optical fiber connection direct into your home

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Technological innovations in condominiums: The future of drones, robotics and software in building envelope inspections

So, what equivalent technological innovations are happening in the world of condos today?

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Digital Outreach and Collaboration in a Condo Association

It is time to use technology to enhance outreach and collaboration in a Condo Association

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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

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Top 5 reasons why your condo / HOA management needs a smartphone app

here are 5 reasons why we believe that smartphone apps is the next big thing in condo / HOA management

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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.

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

because condominiums are small businesses and they have two commodities cyber-thieves want: Money and consumer information – bank account and bank routing numbers,

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

Consumers tired of waiting for their telecommunication providers to connect to their homes with optical fiber are taking action.

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5 Tips to Improve Your System Security

Computers are great, but when you don’t use them properly, you can make yourself vulnerable to hackers and people who want to steal your information.

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

Before your HOA installs them, make sure your board drafts a policy to dictate how the cameras will be used and managed

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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

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Google+ Hangout the future of HOA Board meetings?

Google+ Hangout video conferencing tool may just make attending those long meetings a little bit easier.

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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

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Intelligent Building Solutions

The need for security cameras and effective image-recording devices is skyrocketing, along with the desire for software tools that generate remote accessibility

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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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