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Working With Managers and Management Firms

  • 4 Things to Expect From Your Property Manager May 26, 2017 Much of a property management company’s success with your HOA is influenced by the relationship between the manager and your board of directors. We often hear from prospective clients who want to know if the service they are receiving from their current property management company is standard practice or if they can expect more from their manager.  Keep in mind that your property manager’s goal is always to increase your property values and help your HOA board run your association ...
  • Community Management: Myths Dispelled May 11, 2017 There are quite a few myths and misconceptions about community management that we must dispel. If your association is larger than a handful of units, there is a better than average chance that your community is managed by a community management company. Some of the frustrations faced by owners and board members in associations are based on the lack of understanding of the role and functions of the management company.  The first thing to understand is that the management company ...
  • Your Association Community Association Manager’s Role in Getting Work Done May 4, 2017 “A community association manager has the opportunity to create a sense of community that people really love and that enriches the community living experience,” writes PeytonBolin’s founder, Jane Bolin, in her book, Mastering the Business of Your Association: No More Condo Commando.  Creating that community, however, isn’t for the lazy, weak, or shy.    Read the article…………..
  • Crystal Vision: Why Communication Between a Board and Management Company Matters April 27, 2017 As a board member, you want your community to grow and thrive. Having a vision for your community—the aesthetics of it, its reputation, the kinds of programming it offers and amenities it provides—is critical to its long-term well-being. A well-crafted vision will transcend board and resident turnover and keep your community on track.     Read the article…………….

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Working With Attorneys

  • How to Avoid Condo Association Lawsuits June 12, 2017 Every Condo Owner – and Board – seeks to live in a harmonious community – one where people have great parties and other events, special assessments don’t happen, and things are great. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, things go south. In today’s litigious society, when things go south, lawyers get involved.    Read the article……………..
  • Consider the Source June 10, 2017 The internet can be a wonderful resource but BEWARE: Not everything you read on the internet is true or accurate. It is also not a substitute for professional advice.  Sometimes, bad internet “advice” is easy to spot. For example, hopefully none of us will fall for headlines like: “How spending $162,301.42 on Clothes Made Me $692,500”, “African Billionaire Will Give $1 Million to Anyone Who Wants to Leave America if Trump is Elected” or “How to Make a Million Dollars ...
  • Condo Boards Beware: Risks Outweigh Advantages of Using E-mail to Discuss Association Business May 29, 2017 It is a sign of technology’s fast and firm grip that few of us can remember a time when we communicated by mail (letters inserted in envelopes, affixed with stamps and delivered by the post office) rather than e-mail, delivered instantly to one recipient or dozens of them by pressing the “send” button on a computer.  E-mail has become the communication standard, used to communicate just about everything to just about everyone. It is easy, efficient, expected – and fraught ...
  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...

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Working With Accountants

  • Tips for Understanding the Role of an HOA CPA May 31, 2017 Both Board members and homeowners have an interest in the money end of an HOA’s business. After all, it’s the owners who have to pay higher fees when the homeowners association goes over budget. And it’s the Board who is responsible for hiring the right people to run the HOA’s financial business. The good news is that when it comes to understanding the role of an HOA CPA, you don’t have to go it alone. Read on for tips for ...
  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...
  • When To Call In The Professionals To Advise Your Board February 9, 2016 Common areas of a community are vitally important. Not only do they ensure a better quality of life for residents, they also help the resale value of properties. So it makes sense that two of the most important duties of any community’s volunteer board of directors are to manage the affairs of the association and maintain the common areas. For some condominium and community associations, this also applies to the limited common elements.   Read the article……….
  • The Art of Picking Professionals: To Choose or Not to Choose November 13, 2014 Running the day-to-day business of a condo development or an HOA of any size—be it a sprawling, multi-building community, or a single self-contained building—requires not just a functional board but a team of competent outside professionals. These professionals keep things running smoothly and efficiently for residents and boards—from the legal counsel who advises board members on their responsibilities under the law to the accountant who balances the books and keeps tabs on the building’s assets to the property manager who ...

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Working With Insurance Agents

  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...
  • The Need for Professional Liability Insurance for Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers April 7, 2016 There are numerous insurance risks associated with every construction project, however, one of the most important policies is all too often overlooked by architects, engineers and construction managers. While many construction firms will do what they can to ensure they have coverage for builders risk, general and excess liability and workers compensation, owners fail to take into account professional liability insurance.   Read the article………….
  • When To Call In The Professionals To Advise Your Board February 9, 2016 Common areas of a community are vitally important. Not only do they ensure a better quality of life for residents, they also help the resale value of properties. So it makes sense that two of the most important duties of any community’s volunteer board of directors are to manage the affairs of the association and maintain the common areas. For some condominium and community associations, this also applies to the limited common elements.   Read the article……….
  • Does your community’s relationship with your insurance agent qualify as a “special relationship”? August 24, 2015 Does your board consider itself “special” in the eyes of your insurance agent? Do you believe your agent has a duty to advise you whether or not the coverage you are purchasing and the limits you are seeking are sufficient?    Read the article……….

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Working With Vendors

  • Tips for Competitive Bids in Your Homeowners Association Community June 12, 2017 A large part of running an HOA is hiring contractors. If your board doesn’t do their homework, your community could end up pay more than you should. Before hiring or renewing a contract with a third party, make sure you get a competitive bid. Not only will this help ensure quality work is done, but your budget will thank you.     Read the article……………
  • Price vs A Job Well Done ~ Managing Maintenance Issues in a Homeowners Association May 6, 2017 One of the largest questions we get at Key CMI is about managing maintenance issues in a Homeowners Association scenario. Has your board of directors ever embarked on a significant community project, and once completed, it became evident the quality of the job didn’t meet expectations, but you sure saved a lot of money? HOA board members face the delicate task of accomplishing the maintenance needs and desires of their association while balancing cost and quality of work.  As a ...
  • Great Communication Makes the Most of Vendor Relationships May 5, 2017 Working with vendors is a large part of serving on the board of a managed community. Every community has outside partners for services like landscaping, sanitation, cable and Internet provision, pool maintenance, valet services and more. Open and effective communication among the board, the management company and the vendors employed by the association is an important part of making the most of any community’s operating budget and improving the lifestyles of its residents.    Read the article…………..
  • Discover the Truth About Your Contractor (WA, OR) April 20, 2017 A recent newspaper article warned homeowners of an inspector who had been fined more than $80,000 by Oregon’s Construction Contractors Board (or “CCB”) for performing illegitimate inspections and using the license number of an inspector who had the same first and last name. It is a reminder that licensure comes with important consumer protections, including insurance and bond requirements and other reporting obligations intended to put owners on notice of a history of problems.    Read the article……………

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Working With the Media

  • Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL) March 16, 2017 The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding concerns. But without solid answers to the problem, they decided to form their own Traffic Calming Committee and contacted Leslee Lacey to Speed Bust in Seminole Heights.    Read the article…………..
  • Local flag fight gets national attention (FL) June 25, 2014 Despite Mr. Murphree’s claims to the contrary, the Tides Condominium Association is not pursuing legal action against him for his disrespectful flag display. We seek the monies due to the Association from Mr. Murphree and other owners whose accounts are delinquent. The Board of Directors has a fiduciary responsibility to the Association and all its residents. This includes ensuring that all monies due to the Association are collected. We prefer such payments to be made voluntarily, but when they are ...
  • Fact book an eye-opener on community associations June 20, 2014 A community association is a popular lifestyle choice for many people, but it has been difficult to determine just how many — until now.  A new body of research, the “Community Association Fact Book,” tallies the numbers of associations, housing units, residents and property values for the country and each state. It was published by the Community Association Research Foundation, the research arm of the trade group Community Associations Institute in Falls Church, Va.    Read more……..
  • Community Association Residents Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied June 10, 2014 Americans who make their homes in homeowners associations and condominiums are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, according to national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Research.  Almost two-thirds of the 65 million owners and renters in common-interest communities rate their overall association experience as positive, while only 10 percent express some level of dissatisfaction. Twenty-six percent are neutral on the question.   Read PDF report………

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Dealing With Governments

  • Condo residents want county to curtail park’s recycled water project June 22, 2017 A project to install a recycled wastewater irrigation system at Waipuilani Park in Kihei is concerning condominium residents, who irrigate a portion of the park themselves and say that the project is a needless cost to the county.  Board members at the Maui Sunset condos and the Kihei Community Association sent letters to the county last week asking to stop the project, which is scheduled to begin July 5.    Read the article…………..
  • Hazen Hills Homeowners Association donates park to City of Kirkland (WA) June 19, 2017 Mayor Amy Walen, Deputy Mayor Jay Arnold, Councilmembers Toby Nixon and Jon Pascal were joined by over 30 community members on June 10 to celebrate the transfer of Hazen Hills Park to the City of Kirkland.  The park, located at 13215 121st Ave. N.E. in the Kingsgate neighborhood, was donated to the city by the Hazen Hills Homeowners Association and contains open lawn areas, a backstop for informal sports activities and a small stream.   Read the article………….
  • Cape Coral Condominiums: Old Building Permit Requirement with a New Twist (FL) June 14, 2017 The Cape Coral Building Department has had a rule on the books requiring owners of residential condominiums in Cape Coral to have a letter from their association before pulling a permit to do work in condominium common areas.   You might be thinking “I pulled a permit for something like that 3 months ago, and I didn’t have a letter. Did I miss something?” To answer your question, nope, you’re fine.     Read the article…………….
  • Burr Ridge homeowner groups resist new consolidated garbage pickup agreement June 13, 2017 Seven homeowner associations, six of which already have their own contracts with Groot Industries – the village’s chosen waste hauler – have said they do not want to be part of a village-wide deal to consolidate garbage service providers. The seventh association, Savoy Club, is opting out to remain with Republic Services for its waste-hauling.     Read the article…………..

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