Category: Recreation

Recreation Installing an In-House Gym
2011 May Installing an In-House Gym

 Like any major project in a co-op or condominium, installing a gym is made up of  two separate yet equally important parts: The brass tacks of planning and  executing the project, and the politics of running it through the board and  resi…

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Recreation The Lap of Luxury
2011 May The Lap of Luxury

It’s a different world for amenities, these days. Just a decade ago, if you were fortunate enough to live in a building with a gated entrance or a nicely-landscaped swimming pool, you thought you hit the jackpot. It was easy f…

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Recreation Get Active, Stay Active
2011 May Get Active, Stay Active

 You’ve all seen the ads, whether you’re over 55 or not. They’re called “active adult” communities, “retirement” communities, “over-55” communities, “active-lifestyle” communities or any number of other names.    Popular locations f…

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Recreation Condo Projects Take Steps to Win FHA Approval
2010 May Condo Projects Take Steps to Win FHA Approval

All for one and one for all. We always knew that buying a unit in a condominium project meant that the value of our property depended in good part on the likeminded conscientiousness of our neighbors. Where owners live, vote and fund th…

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Recreation Avoiding the Pitfalls of Shared Ownership
2010 May Avoiding the Pitfalls of Shared Ownership

 In addition to depressing home prices, the current housing crisis has put a  tremendous strain on the sixty million Americans who live in shared ownership  communities (SOC) such as condominiums, co-ops and HOAs. While these shared  owner…

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Recreation Hanging Together
2010 May Hanging Together

 For community associations facing a world of economic uncertainty, the old  notion of “strength in numbers” has perhaps never felt more relevant. Because when it comes to tough problems,  the associations that are able to work together an…

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Recreation Secrets of Successful Committees
2010 May Secrets of Successful Committees

 Being on a committee is not always an easy task. In fact, sometimes it can be  downright frustrating. A three-month commitment can stretch into six months;  meetings can go on forever; committee members may drift off topic; and  precious,…

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Recreation Clubhouse For Rent
2010 May Clubhouse For Rent

 Tennis courts, event spaces and private swimming pools are practically standard  issue when it comes to suburban homeowners associations and condominium  communities. While the residents who enjoy these amenities as part of their  ownersh…

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Recreation Ready, Set, Renovate
2010 May Ready, Set, Renovate

 Lobbies, corridors and common areas are the public face an HOA or condo  community shows to the world. Shabby, threadbare, or painfully dated common  areas can hurt overall property values and send the wrong message about how a  community…

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