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A  n individual’s interest in their   community association is rarely   solely financial. In most cases, a   building or HOA is also that individual’s   home. And as such, they’re motivated   to contribute positively to its quality of   life, neighborhood congeniality, and aes-  thetics – just to name a few factors that   make a place somewhere people love to   live. For that reason, most of the people   who volunteer to serve on their associa-  tion board are full-time residents of said   association.   This is not always the case, however.   Occasionally those who do not reside in   an association pursue board membership   – usually due to some combination of   free  time  and  personal  and/or  financial   interests. While there’s nothing inher-  ently problematic with having non-resi-  dents on a co-op or condo board, it does   present certain considerations. Here,   association experts delve into what may   motivate these non-resident members;   whether or not they pose a conflict with   the  members who  do call the commu-  nity home; and how potentially differing   interests can coexist harmoniously and   productively.  Motivating Factors  When a person who does not live in an   association year-round runs for a board   position, voters should evaluate that can-  didate with much the same criteria they   would a full-time resident: what is mo-  tivating this individual to seek a board   position, and will that person put the   interests of the greater association above   his or her own?  “Over the years, we have repre-  MANAGEMENT  10 THE NEW JERSEY COOPERATOR   —JANUARY 2019  NJCOOPERATOR.COM  Non-Resident Board Members  Managing Absentee Decision Makers  BY MIKE ODENTHAL

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