2017 April
Focus on... Landscaping & lawn Care/ Expo

Landscaping Seasonal Maintenance
2017 April Seasonal Maintenance

Building maintenance follows a schedule based on the seasons, each of which presents a unique set of challenges to a co-op or condo. At certain times of the year, it just makes sense to do certain regular maintenance projects: weatherizing,…

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Landscaping Caring For Trees
2017 April Caring For Trees

Trees may seem like the ultimate in low-maintenance landscaping; they’re naturally occurring, live for decades (sometimes centuries), don’t really require much in the way of watering, and sometimes don’t even need pruning.  But while all t…

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Landscaping New Jersey Market Review and Forecast
2017 April New Jersey Market Review and Forecast

After nearly a decade of slow but steady progress back from the depths of the Great Recession, New Jersey is showing signs of real growth and prosperity.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New Jersey added 61,000 jobs last y…

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Landscaping Sinkholes!
2017 April Sinkholes!

California has its landslides, the Midwest its tornadoes, Florida its hurricanes, and New Jersey has...sinkholes. They’re sort of like your own personal earthquake. There are many famous sinkholes, both large and small. The largest in the w…

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Law & Legislation Superstorm Sandy
2017 April Superstorm Sandy

Almost five years have passed since Superstorm Sandy slammed the East Coast and caused major havoc and destruction, reportedly resulting in 117 deaths and an estimated $65 billion in damages. For many affected people in New York and New Jer…

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Board Operations Spring Cleaning
2017 April Spring Cleaning

Thank goodness spring is just around the corner – even if winter isn’t the same brutal, icy season it used to be, it’s still a welcome relief when the clouds part, temperatures rise, and leaves and buds begin to appear outdoors. Nice as the…

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Board Operations Aesthetic Rules in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs
2017 April Aesthetic Rules in Co-ops, Condos & HOAs

For many people, one of the most attractive aspects of co-op or condo living is the fact that everything, from the windows to the elevators to the numbers on the apartment doors, looks great; clean, bright, elegant and well-maintained. For …

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Real Estate Trends Handling Conflict Between Neighbors
2017 April Handling Conflict Between Neighbors

For as long as people have been living in close proximity, the issue of maintaining relations has been an important one. A good neighbor is a lot of things: sensible, reliable, understanding. But humans can be touchy beings, and when we’re …

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Finance The Lending Landscape
2017 April The Lending Landscape

Today, some eight years after the Great Recession, financing for co-op and condominium buildings and individual unit purchases is widely available.  The market is overall quite healthy, and though there have been some systemic changes to th…

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Maintenance Managing Parking Facilities
2017 April Managing Parking Facilities

In any large city, parking is a big deal—it’s often hard to find, and when you do find a spot, it can be very expensive. Parking spaces not only provide urban drivers with freedom and mobility in the crowded cityscape, but they can be a ser…

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Real Estate Trends A Garden State of Mind
2017 April A Garden State of Mind

The Garden State is home to Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Frankie Valli, and a large and colorful cast of reality TV personalities. Are residents called New Jerseyites...or New Jerseyans?  Whatever you call them, residents take great pri…

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Management Working With Project Coordinators
2017 April Working With Project Coordinators

When a building, HOA or an individual apartment owner starts a big project, coordinating phases of work, construction schedules, and other logistics can seem like an extremely daunting task. It’s a lot to orchestrate and keep track of – so …

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Q&A Q&A: Sex Offender in the Building
2017 April Q&A: Sex Offender in the Building

Q. “I was recently made aware that a sex offender moved into my building.  He moved into his girlfriend’s apartment. I made the board aware of this and even gave them a printout from criminal justice. We have a lot of children living in o…

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Q&A Q&A: Dealing with a Verbally-Abusive Neighbor
2017 April Q&A: Dealing with a Verbally-Abusive Neighbor

Q. A unit owner is using really foul language at some other owners continually. He goes as far as telling them they should fall down the stairs and die. The association has been notified many times and says they can’t do anything. The rul…

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Q&A Q&A: Secrecy at Meetings
2017 April Q&A: Secrecy at Meetings

Q. I am a condo board member and often hear my fellow members say at our meetings, “What goes on in here stays in here.” How can that be fair to our unit owners? Shouldn’t everything go in the minutes except for names and amounts owed and…

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