Category: Exterior

Exterior Keeping the Rain Off
2013 March Keeping the Rain Off

 After the four walls of a given structure, the roof is sometimes referred to as  the “fifth plane”—and just like the walls that hold it up, the roof is an all-important structure  that can make or break a building’s performance. New Jerse…

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Exterior Concrete Concerns
2012 March Concrete Concerns

In New Jersey, urban high-rises with sidewalk frontage and suburban HOAs containing walking paths, parking lots, and service roads are reliant on their paved surfaces and therefore need to regularly inspect and maintain their concrete.…

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Exterior Let There Be Light
2012 March Let There Be Light

 As recently as the 1930’s, only 68 percent of American homes had electricity. By the middle of the last  century however, most Americans enjoyed well-lighted homes, and the light had  started to spread outdoors as well. Initially, yards a…

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Exterior Deck it Out
2012 March Deck it Out

When you consider all the different components that a condo association has to deal with, decks are sort of like the Rodney Dangerfield of the list; they rarely get any respect. “Decks are definitely something that people don’…

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Exterior Green Exteriors
2012 March Green Exteriors

More often than not, when boards or associations broach the issue of their buildings “going green,” images of bamboo flooring, hemp drapes, or solar panels on the roof suddenly spring to mind. The impression seems to be that in a condo,…

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Exterior FHFA Reconsiders Flip Tax/Transfer Fee Ban
2011 March FHFA Reconsiders Flip Tax/Transfer Fee Ban

After receiving over 4,200 comments on a proposal that would have eliminated flip taxes and transfer fees in co-ops, condos and HOA communities, the Federal Housing Finance Authority (FHFA) has reconsidered its position and will allow …

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Exterior The Business Judgment Rule
2011 March The Business Judgment Rule

 Co-op or condo ownership can mean fewer concerns about maintenance and  administration for residents, but it also means living by a new set of rules  and regulations. Co-op and HOA boards don’t operate as little fiefdoms unto themselves, …

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Exterior Fort Lee, New Jersey
2011 March Fort Lee, New Jersey

 Mention Fort Lee, New Jersey and two things come to mind. One is its proximity  to the George Washington Bridge, and secondly, its heritage as the birthplace  of the modern film industry and of the Palisades amusement park.    The …

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Exterior Seasonal Walk-Throughs
2011 March Seasonal Walk-Throughs

 Warmer temperatures mean a farewell to clunky boots and bulky coats, but it also  means it's time for your building or HOA to shake off the snow and ice and take  stock of any damage or wear-and-tear inflicted by the winter months.   …

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Exterior Go With Your Gutter
2011 March Go With Your Gutter

Everyone knows the old phrase about April showers bringing May flowers, but what the saying doesn’t tell you is that the rain in April can also bring a lot of damage to your HOA's gutter system. Hard rain and blustery wind are always ar…

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