2010 May
Focus on... Recreational Amenities & Programs

Recreation The New Jersey Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo
2010 May The New Jersey Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo

 On Wednesday, May 5th, 2010, The New Jersey Cooperator and its parent company  Yale Robbins, Inc. hosted the third annual New Jersey Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus.    The New York version …

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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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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 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 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 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 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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Q&A Q&A: Authority to Impose Fees
2010 May Q&A: Authority to Impose Fees

Q I am the board president for a condominium development. At one point the board allocated space for storage cages and bike spaces at no cost. The board would now like to consider charging for these spaces (to existing owners as wel…

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Q&A Q&A: Monthly Community Barbecues
2010 May Q&A: Monthly Community Barbecues

Q Our board of directors has approved more than $1,000 for the cost of our monthly community barbecues. It is my understanding that using the monthly maintenance fees in this manner is inappropriate. The board, however, insists on g…

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Q&A Q&A: Apathetic Ownership
2010 May Q&A: Apathetic Ownership

Q We have trouble finding people to serve on our condo board. We have a five member board, although only two or three of us actually do much work. We are a small complex. We have tried several things to entice owners to serve on the…

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Q&A Q&A: All in the Family?
2010 May Q&A: All in the Family?

Q I have a question about two family members being on the board of trustees. Is that OK or against some rule or law? —Curious Stakeholder A “There is no law which prohibits two family members from serving on…

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Q&A Q&A: What About Advisory Committees?
2010 May Q&A: What About Advisory Committees?

  Q With the huge growth of condo and co-op units in New Jersey, it is long overdue  for municipalities to form advisory committees to better serve those  communities with input on the special needs of condo, co-op owners and renters.  …

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