Monthly Archives: April 2009

To Foreclose or Not to Foreclose – Issues to Ponder

To Foreclose or Not to Foreclose – Issues to Ponder

Assessment collection is likely on the minds and agendas of virtually every community association board member throughout the country today. During the recent months I have worked with several condominium associations to assist them with the overwhelming decisions associated with the current economic crisis created by the real estate collapse. One only needs to listen

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Concrete Failure 101

Concrete Failure 101

Today, many reinforced concrete structures, especially those in cities along the coastline or in extreme climatic conditions are in a state of deterioration or distress commonly referred to as “spalling”, requiring extensive concrete repairs. What is spalling? Spalling is a fragment or chip removed from the face of a stone or masonry surface by a

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Make the Most of Your Time—Strategies for Better Board Meetings

Make the Most of Your Time—Strategies for Better Board Meetings

The central event in the business operation of any community is the meeting of the board of directors. Whether the board meets monthly, quarterly or somewhere in between, this is where all of the work of the many volunteers and professionals involved in the operation of the community is weighed and the decisions made that

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Eliminating the Termite Blue Tarp of Shame

Eliminating the Termite Blue Tarp of Shame

Picture this: It’s springtime, and my management company has just taken over management of a beautiful beachfront community. They’ve assigned this six-year-old property to me. While walking the property to familiarize myself with the grounds, I noted the pool looking over the private beach, a natural gathering spot for socializing and observing the sunrises and

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Rogue Board Member

Rogue Board Member

Having a roguish manner in some situations might be quite charming, but such a characteristic is not considered an attribute for a position that involves overseeing or managing the investment owners have in their respective property in a homeowners association. The board of directors is elected by the homeowners, usually based on leadership qualities that

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