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Negotiate, Don’t Litigate

Negotiate, Don’t Litigate

Without a board of directors, a community association would cease to function. Many associations are challenged to find enough volunteers to serve on the board because some owners are fearful of being sued or becoming involved in litigation with a contractor or, more worrisome, a neighbor. Some boards believe they must sue on principle rather…

Three Components to Covenant Enforcement

Three Components to Covenant Enforcement

Three Components to Covenant Enforcement Covenant enforcement is a key component to association living. If you are an association leader, are you using good business judgment when enforcing the provisions of your association’s governing documents? Are the deed restrictions uniformly enforced? How do legislation and regulations affect that enforcement? Good Business Judgment Homes are extremely…

The Manager and Community Association Maintenance

The Manager and Community Association Maintenance

The Manager and Community Association Maintenance As anybody who’s ever had his air conditioner go out in the middle of summer can tell you, buildings don’t maintain themselves. The purpose of this article is to discuss how community association managers and board members work with staff and contractors to maintain their building and grounds to…

The Annual Audit—Taking Your Association’s Financial Pulse

The Annual Audit—Taking Your Association’s Financial Pulse

The Annual Audit—Taking Your Association’s Financial Pulse The health of your association’s finances can have a dramatic effect on the board of director’s ability to effectively maintain the property’s assets and value. In order to keep the property’s assets in good order and keep home sales on the rise, it is crucial that the board…

Help! For Homeowners New to Association Living

Help! For Homeowners New to Association Living

Help! For Homeowners New to Association Living It took longer than you expected to sell your home and find the perfect location to downsize, but here you are. Your new home meets all of your goals relating to location, amenities and conveniences. It is so exciting and you waste no time adding a few warming…

A Board Member’s Fiduciary Duty

A Board Member’s Fiduciary Duty

How board members effectively perform their voluntary duties directly affects the success of their associations. There is a wealth of resources available to directors to assist in understanding and meeting their fiduciary responsibilities. Not only are there books, pamphlets, magazines and newsletters, but there are professional advisors such as attorneys, accountants, reserve advisors, engineers, architects,…

Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

Drought-Tolerant Landscaping

Are you being “Smart” in your landscaping? If you have common area landscaping, your association budget usually has watering and landscape maintenance as two of the higher-budget items. Water is often seen as a “fixed” expense that cannot be controlled, yet it is one of the areas that you can significantly reduce based on your…

The Softer Side of Covenants Committees

The Softer Side of Covenants Committees

The Softer Side of Covenants Committees Association committees are vital to any community association. The most important committee – so important that it is often the only committee required in an association’s governing documents – is the covenants committee. While the covenants committee is very important, it is also the committee that most bears the…

Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing & Roof Construction

Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing & Roof Construction

  Frequently Asked Questions about Roofing & Roof Construction Why are shingles so expensive compared to other building materials. I thought the slow down in housing has resulted in lower prices for all materials. Shingle prices have increased 57.5% from March 2008-March 2009. There are two primary causes, 1. petroleum prices soared last summer and…

Budgeting and Reserves for Condominiums

Budgeting and Reserves for Condominiums

Budgeting and Reserves for Condominiums Most covenants for condominiums require that the association include as part of the annual budget, an allocation for  reserves. Reserves should be set aside for roof replacement, pavement resurfacing, building painting, and any other item of association responsibility with a replacement cost or deferred maintenance expense of $10,000.00 or more….

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