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/ Owner - June 28, 2012
  • A Proposal To Overhaul Condominium Management (HI)
    A mid-20th century vignette: A young man stands in tall grass, hands in his pockets, gazing wistfully at an empty diner.  Though condominium living, emerging at around that period, is not exactly the cherished tradition that restaurant diner culture was back then, it will go the way of the abandoned diner cars, if the current troubled state of management isn’t replaced.   Read the article…………………………..
  • From Tragedy Comes Opportunities to Give Back
    Sometimes, a small gesture of kindness and community can mean a lot to those affected by natural disasters. Following the deadly wildfires that tore through the historic town of Lahaina, Hawaii, in early August, many in the community association industry wanted to show their support to Maui homeowners displaced by the fires. The wildfires are considered to be the deadliest in modern U.S. history, according to The Washington Post.   Read the article……………………………..
  • Pros and Cons of Buying a Condo in Hawaii
    If you dream of waking up with a view of the Honolulu skyline from your 42nd floor lanai, or downsizing to a smaller living space to retire in paradise, buying a condo in Hawaii is an investment to consider. List Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the Islands’ premier real estate agencies, has helped many prospective homeowners find the right condominium for their lifestyle.    Read the article……………………………….
  • What you should know about the AOAO (HI)
    Living in Hawaii is, in many ways, similar to living in any other state. Aside from the gorgeous white sand beaches and laidback atmosphere, people work, shop, socialize and even pay association fees.  There are three major types of community associations in the State of Hawaii—condominiums, planned communities (HOAs), and cooperatives. Each type of property has various rules, offerings and expectations.    Read the article………………………..
  • Aging condominiums: Background reading
    With the interest shown in the last couple of posts on condominium issues, I grabbed a few published articles that contain useful information or perspectives. What’s clear is that the issues created by aging condominiums are by no means unique to Hawaii. They are being experienced in all areas where condominiums have been built.   Read the article………………………..
  • What’s the life span of a high rise condo in Hawaii?
    Here’s a new point worth considering as many of Oahu’s condominium buildings reach 40 years or older: What happens when a condo becomes economically untenable in the face of falling property values caused by mounting maintenance fees that can’t keep up with the cost of needed repairs and maintenance? We need a discussion of procedures appropriate for condominium that reach the end of their useful life.   Read the article………………………..
  • Hawaii condo law does provide for “termination” of a condominium
    I did a little more research this morning, and found Hawaii’s condominium law (Chapter 514B HRS) does include a provision for terminating a condominium, found in Section 514B-47.  The process is spelled out in the statute, and there are several ways for a condominium as a legal entity can be dissolved.   Read the article………………………..
  • Could a Local Building Collapse Like the One in Florida? (HI)
    Experts say what happened at the Surfside condo is unlikely to happen here. But they warn condo boards: put off maintenance projects and you’ll end up paying far more.  Read the article………………………..
  • 7 Facts About Your HOA CC&Rs
    Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) are rules and limitations that govern on a group of homes (aka a community). Typically they are established by the developer, neighborhood association and / or homeowner association (aka HOA) to protect, preserve and/or enhance property values within the community. They might, for example, prohibit owners from parking their cars on the street or watering the yard on certain days.    Read the article…………………………………..
  • Advice for Hawaii Condo Owners and Boards
    Dana Bergeman, CEO of construction management company Bergeman Group, says many condo associations and unit owners look at infrastructure improvements as individual projects, but many can be consolidated. For example, combining a fire alarm or fire sprinkler project and a re-piping project can save condo owners money because contractors won’t have to open the walls as many times – which also means less disruption to owners and tenants.
  • Why Condos Need to Plan Ahead for Major Repair Projects (HI)
    Aging condo buildings need large, complex projects to keep them safe and functional.  But many condo associations have not budgeted for these expensive, time-consuming repairs, says Dana Bergeman, CEO of local construction management company Bergeman Group. He calls the situation “a real crisis.”     Read the article………………………..
  • A Condominium Can Last Hundreds of Years, But Not Its Components (HI)
    Dana Bergeman is the CEO of Bergeman Group, a local construction management company. He says many of Hawai‘i’s condominiums were built in the 1960s and ’70s and are reaching the point where they will need major infrastructure, cosmetic and architectural improvements to keep their value and remain liveable.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Advice for Hawai?i Condo Owners and Boards
    Dana Bergeman, CEO of construction management company Bergeman Group, says many condo associations and unit owners look at infrastructure improvements as individual projects, but many can be consolidated. For example, combining a fire alarm or fire sprinkler project and a re-piping project can save condo owners money because contractors won’t have to open the walls as many times – which also means less disruption to owners and tenants.   Read the article………………………..
  • Why Condos Need to Plan Ahead for Major Repair Projects (HI)
    The 353-unit 1350 Ala Moana condominium near Pi‘ikoi Street has a pool, grass-covered recreation area, barbecue area, exercise room and vast ocean views. The high-rise, built in 1968, has undergone a lot of work over the years, such as re-piping, spall repairs and renovation of its pool deck.   Read the article………………………..
  • A Condominium Can Last Hundreds of Years, But Not Its Components (HI)
    Dana Bergeman is the CEO of Bergeman Group, a local construction management company. He says many of Hawai‘i’s condominiums were built in the 1960s and ’70s and are reaching the point where they will need major infrastructure, cosmetic and architectural improvements to keep their value and remain liveable.    Read the article………………………..
  • SB326 – The Balcony Inspection Provisions of the Bill – How Will It Impact Common Interest Developments? (HI)
    The Governor signed SB326 August 30, 2019. This new law will have a substantial impact on Common Interest Developments (CID’s) throughout the State of California. The bill was introduced as a response to the Berkeley balcony collapse at the Library Gardens Apartments on June 16, 2015, when thirteen students fell forty feet from a fifth-floor balcony that failed, killing six and injuring seven.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Helping Seniors Survive The Hazards Of High-Rise Living In Honolulu (HI)
    When a fire erupted in his high-rise condominium building, Roy Mogi, 83, evacuated down six flights of stairs and crossed safely to the other side of the street.  Then he collapsed, and his head slammed against the pavement. He died of blunt force trauma.  Honolulu Fire Capt. Scott Seguirant said it’s not known whether exhaustion played a role in Mogi’s collapse on April 20 outside of the Rainbow Place condo building in Moiliili.     Read the article………………………
  • Commercial Units in Mixed-Use Condominium Not Responsible for Residential Unit Costs
    The Supreme Court of Hawaii held that, under the Hawaii Condominium Property Act, expenses for building components that served only particular units (residential units in this case) in a mixed-use project had to be allocated as limited common expenses to the units served, even though the declaration of the association did not assign the components as limited common elements.   Read the article………………..
  • Rise and Fire
    PUTTING SPRINKLER SYSTEMS in older high-rise buildings may sound like a no-brainer—particularly given recent fires like those in high-rises in West London and Honolulu—but winning support from owners can be tricky.  Plenty of older condominium associations—built before local or state laws required sprinkler systems in high-rises—have shied away from installing them, launching debates at legislative bodies across the country about whether they should be forced to.     Read the article…………………..
  • 6 Tips for Making the Most of Your Hawai’i Association’s Reserve Study
    For a community to last for generations, its major components – like elevators, clubhouses and swimming pools – all need major maintenance or replacement eventually. The funding for these capital improvements comes from putting a portion of the community’s money into a reserve fund determined by a reserve study. It is more than just another budget item. All board members have to know how to manage their reserve study successfully so that they have enough funding when the time comes to begin a repair or replacement, and board members in Hawai’i specifically need to know how to follow their state laws to remain compliant.   Read the article………………..
  • 5 Ways Hawaii Condo Dwellers Can Protect Themselves
    When I accompanied our daughter in her search to buy a condominium in Honolulu a few years ago, we didn’t even think to ask the real estate agent if the unit we liked had a fire sprinkler system or how much fire insurance the building association had purchased or if there were regularly scheduled fire drills.    Read the article…………….
  • 6 Ways to Use Your Budget as a Catalyst for Change
    In today’s chaotic world, we are all searching for more meaning – whether it’s in our personal or professional lives, or both. Relevancy is important, and our impact is the measurement of that relevancy.  While I could give you plenty of advice on how to take a vision quest to find personal fulfillment, in this space, we’ll stick to property management. And in that case, the question to ask is: How can we create a greater impact for the communities we serve?  For me, I look at the world through the view of my crystal ball – the reserve study. I think about the budget and planning process as an opportunity to build trust with your boards and help them ...
  • 6 Ways to Use Your Budget as a Catalyst for Change
    In today’s chaotic world, we are all searching for more meaning – whether it’s in our personal or professional lives, or both. Relevancy is important, and our impact is the measurement of that relevancy.  While I could give you plenty of advice on how to take a vision quest to find personal fulfillment, in this space, we’ll stick to property management. And in that case, the question to ask is: How can we create a greater impact for the communities we serve?     Read the article………………………………..
  • Condominium and community associations: File or else (HI)
    Every day we hear about “nonprofit organizations.” But some of us might not know that there are different flavors of nonprofits with different consequences. Our focus will be on homeowners’ and community associations.    Read the article…………..
  • 4 Tips for Homeowner Participation in your HOA
    We often come across HOAs that are struggling to handle disagreements, complaints, or controversial topics that are voiced by homeowners.  This is normal.  Just like a big family, there are going to be disagreements – many of them, in fact.    Read the article………………………………….
  • 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” is not always straightforward. For example, most ethical dilemmas in the workplace are not simply questions of “Should Bob steal from Jack?” or “Should Jack lie to his boss?”
  • The Hidden Cost of Hardwood Floors for HOAs
    Hardwood floors can increase property values in condo units by improving the aesthetic value and helping to alleviate dust allergies. This may seem like a no brainer but many homeowners are shocked to find (often after it’s too late) that this is a restricted and sometimes prohibited upgrade to their unit.   Read the article………………………………..
  • 5 Tips for Better HOA Board Meetings
    HOA board members have a tremendous amount of power and with that power comes responsibility to exercise it correctly. A big part of this is how you and your fellow board members conduct yourselves when it comes to planning and conducting association meetings.   Read the article………………………………….
  • Transition
    Transition
  • Strategic Planning
    Strategic Planning
  • Reserve Studies/Management
    Reserve Studies/Management
  • Green Communities
    Green Communities
  • Governance
    Governance
  • Community Security
    Community Security
  • Financial Operations
    Financial Operations
  • Energy Efficiency
    Energy Efficiency
  • Community Harmony & Spirit
    Community Harmony & Spirit
  • Couple settles lawsuit against condo association for $1.2M (HI)
    A Molokai couple who accused their condo association and individual directors of harassing and intimidating them for trying to get new leaders elected to the board have settled their lawsuit against the association for about $1.2 million.     Read more…..
  • 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 cultivate  a true sense of community,  promote active homeowner  involvement and create a  culture of informed consensus.
  • 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 for Community Association Volunteers’ (CCAV) Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program – offered online or by local CAI chapters.    Read more…….
  • 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 number of your responsibilities. The checklists will apply to virtually any association. To use them, simply modify or delete items as appropriate. http://communityassociations.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/so_now_youre_on_the_board.pdf  
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