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What Goes in the Board of Directors Manual?

What Goes in the Board of Directors Manual?

What Goes in the Board of Directors Manual? The Board Manual: An Orientation and Resource Tool The foundation of a committed, knowledgeable, and effective board is orientation and education. As an essential companion to orientation and education, every organization should have a thorough, easy-to-use manual that board members can use throughout their terms. A board…

Emergency Preparedness …are you ready?

Emergency Preparedness …are you ready?

Recent events in San Diego County have rekindled the discussion of emergency preparedness. A fire in a downtown high-rise and a mistake in the management of San Diego’s electric grid left buildings without power. The 7.2 earthquake in Mexico was felt by most San Diegans and caused some minor problems, including the temporary shutdown of…

Annual Inspections of Association Assets

Annual Inspections of Association Assets

If your Community is less than ten years old, there is a good chance that your Governing Documents require an inspection of all Association assets at one-year or three-year intervals.  The purpose of the inspection is to find out if the Association Property is being maintained at a level sufficient enough to allow the assets…

Are Your Association’s Funds Protected?

Are Your Association’s Funds Protected?

By: Craig Koss, AMS®, PCAM® Regional Vice President, Associa – Ann Arbor, MI Many of us use our computer to order products from Amazon, to pay our electric bill and to manage our bank accounts. Online commerce has grown exponentially over the past few years, but with the improvement in convenience and efficiency comes risk….

Finding the Best (Not Necessarily the Cheapest) Management Company

Finding the Best (Not Necessarily the Cheapest) Management Company

By:  Robert Elks President, Select Community Services – Chantilly, VA Recently I was speaking with a vendor of an association to whom we submitted a management proposal about a year ago. This association had chosen a management company that was the lowest bidder. (Obviously, my company did not win the job.) This association’s board did…

Governing By Representation

Governing By Representation

Community associations are a representative form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people. Much of our country is based on the principles of representative democracy. It starts with organizations like community associations and progresses through our schools boards, city governments, county governments, state governments—all the way to the federal government….

Finding the Right Software Solution

Finding the Right Software Solution

With the rapid growth of technology, software has made many things easier for property managers.  Property managers already have a lot going on with their associations.  The last thing they need to worry about is searching through their computer to find that one spreadsheet or a file folder to find that one vendor contract that…

At what point do you need industry specific software?

At what point do you need industry specific software?

Immediately.  No matter what the size of your community or type of community (condo, townhome, single family), using software that speaks to your needs is essential.  Generally it will only cost you a fraction of the money that custom software would cost.  It’s also important to realize that other people – your competitors – are…

Committee Confusion Committee

Committee Confusion Committee

Committees are invaluable to community associations.  However, in order to harness the full power and benefit of committess, thoughtful planning should be applied. The Purpose of committees is to assist the Board of Directors.  Examples include, but are not limited to, researching alternatives and making recommendations to the Board, processing routine requests for approval of exterior modifications to…

Think Progress New Budget Planning

Think Progress New Budget Planning

The annual operating budget is much more than a number crunching exercise. It’s an information and communication tool that provides homeowners and management with insight into the board’s plan for the coming year. Developing and implementing the annual budget is one of the most important functions of a community association. As you begin to prepare…

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