2016 February
Focus on... Board Relationships

Board Operations Training New Board Members
2016 February Training New Board Members

A condominium or homeowners association is the cornerstone of a building community.  The condo or HOA maintains order and continuity by preserving architectural integrity, maintaining the common elements, protecting property values, and oft…

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Board Operations Managing Building Staff
2016 February Managing Building Staff

Your co-op, condo or HOA building may be your home, but to many others, it's a workplace. Whether they’re managing a small, tight-knit walk-up building in Jersey City or a sprawling condo development in Fort Lee, property managers handle a …

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Board Operations Board Transparency
2016 February Board Transparency

One of the biggest political buzzwords of the past 10 years or so is 'transparency.' Transparency in meetings of elected bodies in local and state governments, transparency in the proceedings of both public and private organizations, such a…

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Board Operations Co-ops Around the Globe
2016 February Co-ops Around the Globe

It’s cheaper for two families to pool resources and share a house than for the same two families to buy two houses. This underlying concept has been around since people starting building houses. As a report by the National Cooperative Law C…

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Design Coloring Your Community
2016 February Coloring Your Community

Volumes of research have been conducted on the practical and aesthetic applications of color. For better or worse, color—in private and public spaces—affects human behavior; it can manipulate mood and perception. A board planning to redecor…

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Maintenance The Sporting Life
2016 February The Sporting Life

Gone are the days when a treadmill and a set of dumbbells in a fluorescent-lit basement room passed for athletic amenities in condo buildings and HOAs.  Today, the size and scope of sporty offerings—be it basketball courts, pools or saunas—…

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Q&A Q&A: The Courtyard Rules
2016 February Q&A: The Courtyard Rules

Q. Our new condominium association contains, as part of its common elements, an atrium and courtyard. What do I need to know about instituting rules and regulations for these common areas in light of the fact that the board would like to …

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Q&A Q&A: To Bid or Not to Bid, That is the Question
2016 February Q&A: To Bid or Not to Bid, That is the Question

Q. At the most recent open board meeting some seven contracts were approved by the HOA board.  Some of the contracts were not put to competitive bid.  The board indicated that these (including snow clearing) were “renewals” and the board …

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