2018 April
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Landscaping Curb Appeal
2018 April Curb Appeal

When it comes to purchasing a unit in a condominium, co-op, or homeowners’ association, buyers tend to be (rightly) concerned with square footage, baths, beds, kitchen aesthetics – all of the fundamentals people look for in a new home. But …

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Landscaping Choosing the Right Plants for Landscaping
2018 April Choosing the Right Plants for Landscaping

Along with the exterior appearance of buildings themselves, landscaping is the first point of contact for potential residents and visitors to a condo or HOA community. While it’s tough to quantify the effect of beautifully curated and maint…

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Landscaping Working With Your Landscape Architect
2018 April Working With Your Landscape Architect

The sun stays up a little longer, the breezes are warmer, and the flowers begin to bloom. The signs all point to the arrival of spring, when we can cast off the dreary grayness of winter and look forward to blissful summer days. It is the p…

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Maintenance Exterior Cleaning
2018 April Exterior Cleaning

Cities and suburbs can be dirty places – and unfortunately, getting that dirt off the façade of a building takes more than just a scrub-brush and a bottle of Mr. Clean. How a building is cleaned depends on two factors: what materials the bu…

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Management Managing Distressed Properties
2018 April Managing Distressed Properties

While many of the co-ops, condos, and HOAs that struggled to stay solvent during the Great Recession of the mid-aughts have largely recovered, the truth is that regardless of the overall economic climate, there will always be buildings and …

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Management Managing Curb Appeal
2018 April Managing Curb Appeal

Attractiveness and so-called ‘curb appeal’ are both vital to a building or HOA’s sense of community pride and overall value. After all, it’s hard to attract prospective homebuyers if your association’s grounds are scattered with litter, the…

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Real Estate Trends True Tales of Property Management
2018 April True Tales of Property Management

People often say, “If these walls could talk…”, when considering the variety of experiences that a home has absorbed over the years. But while talking walls are a purely hypothetical construct, property managers can speak – and do – about t…

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Real Estate Trends Timeshares and  Fractional Ownership
2018 April Timeshares and Fractional Ownership

Timeshares are a mystery to many. What are they really? An investment? A vacation club? Some combination of both that affords an opportunity to have an ‘insider’ vacation with the vague sense of property ownership? The product often seems m…

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Board Operations Drafting Good Rules
2018 April Drafting Good Rules

Every co-op, condo, and HOA has rules and regulations that residents and their guests must abide by. For the most part, they’re usually pretty straightforward: no smoking in common areas, limits on pets, no hockey-playing in the hallways. T…

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Q&A Q&A: When a Sex Offender Lives in My Building
2018 April Q&A: When a Sex Offender Lives in My Building

Q. Is a board legally obligated to notify tenants when a sex offender resides in the building? What do we do?          —Concerned for the Community A. “New Jersey led the nation in the fight to notify of potential dangers of sex offen…

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Q&A Q&A: Smoking in the Building
2018 April Q&A: Smoking in the Building

Q. I live in a condo, and my downstairs neighbor is constantly smoking. I brought it to the attention of management and nothing has been done. What are my options as an owner? Do I bring legal action against management, or do I take legal…

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