2007 Feb
Focus on... Board/Owner Relations

Owner Relations
2007 Feb Dealing with an Unresponsive Board

Requests that go unanswered, records that cannot be found, meetings that happen behind closed doors, an opaque veil of non-communication. Unresponsive boards are the bane of HOA members—they seem to operate behind an iron curtain of inacces…

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Owner Relations
2007 Feb Dealing with Difficult Residents

As a member of board, you've volunteered your time to serve your building or homeowner's association with the best interest of your community in mind. But as every board member knows, even with the best of intentions, your board may…

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Owner Relations
2007 Feb Managing Conflict Among Neighbors

Conflict and disagreement among neighbors is something we all must face, whatever the living situation. As long as people have different viewpoints and varied lifestyles, they will argue and bicker and call each other names. And, add to tha…

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Owner Relations
2007 Feb Amending Your Rules and Bylaws

What would it be like if today's society was governed by laws set forth centuries ago and never updated? While some fundamental rules about not stealing things or hurting people might not change much, others would be in dire need of a facel…

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Owner Relations
2007 Feb HOAs Reach Out to Communities

For most of us, it's hard enough managing our own households and maintaining our duties within our co-op or condo community—we may not think about our neighbors outside the association itself. For many New Jersey co-op and condo residents, …

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Real Estate Trends
2007 Feb Women Homeowners on the Rise

I am a woman who owns a single-family suburban home, but I came about the process of home ownership the traditional way. First, I rented an apartment during college and my early working years. Then I met my then-future husband, we got marri…

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Q&A
2007 Feb Q&A: Does Every Minute Count?

Q I serve as secretary on my co-op’s board of directors and would like to know if it is common practice for the secretary to write down everything said at a given meeting word-for-word. My board seems to think so, but I feel that paraph…

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Q&A
2007 Feb Q&A: Converting the Roof

Q In order to raise our reserve fund and provide further amenities to our co-op, the board is exploring the possibilities of converting our roof-top into both private and common decked areas. The plan is two-fold: a) sell a portion of t…

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