Category: Finance

Finance Strengthening and building your savings
2022 Fall Financial, Physical, & Operational Health

In early 2020, our firm was hired to prepare a reserve study for an unremarkable 136-unit, 12-story condominium in south Florida. It was the kind of association you could drive right by without noticing, not much different from all the othe…

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2022 Fall Safeguarding Your Reserves

In our current environment of steeply rising costs, it’s more important than ever to safeguard your reserves to ensure that your association has sufficient funds available for immediate and future capital projects. Unfortunately, many assoc…

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Collecting Delinquent Common Charges

A recent article on a real estate website posed a common question: What’s the best way for a condo board to collect unpaid common charges?  The author of the article - presumably an attorney - gave some pretty good advice…and some not so g…

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Mid-Year Maintenance Increases?

Like baseball players, condo and co-op owners are often creatures of habit. Settled into their units, they’re used to costs rising over time, but on a regular and predictable basis.  That means once a year - usually in January - and by a co…

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As Costs Rise, So Do Carrying Charges

The Community Associations Institute (CAI) estimates that 74 million Americans live in communities managed by homeowners associations, of which condos account for 35% to 40%. That’s a lot of people - many of whom may be in for a nasty shock…

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Finance The Bidding Process
2021 October The Bidding Process

One truism of home ownership is that there is always something that needs to be fixed or upgraded. That’s true in condo and co-op communities as well, both large and small. There’s always a roof to replace or a boiler to upgrade, or a lobby…

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Finance Where Does It Go?
2021 Summer Where Does It Go?

The vast majority of co-op and condominium boards are well intentioned and work diligently with their management and accountants to draft and monitor their annual budgets—and recalibrate them as necessary. Despite their best efforts to keep…

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Finance New Jersey #1 in Property Taxes
New Jersey #1 in Property Taxes

According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median annual property tax paid by homeowners was $2,578 in 2019, or 1.03 percent of home value - not a huge percentage on average, but many households pay far more than this bas…

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Finance Financing for Condo & HOA Associations
Financing for Condo & HOA Associations

When a homeowner, landlord, or co-op corporation needs to fund a large capital project, they have the option of securing a loan with their real estate. In all those cases, a conventional mortgage - a loan secured by real property - is the m…

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Finance Tapping Reserves in a Time of Financial Crisis
Tapping Reserves in a Time of Financial Crisis

It’s a question we’re asked all the time: "Can we use reserves to cover an operating fund shortfall?" Under normal circumstances, our standard response would be an emphatic “No!” -- because reserves are for major repair and replacement proj…

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