2012 January
Focus on... Management/Board Relations

2012 January Come Prepared to Learn!

With the New Year underway, The New Jersey Cooperator’s 2012 Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo is quietly taking shape as this spring’s must-attend event for the Garden State’s property managers, board members, trustees and unit owners. H…

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Management Relations
2012 January Revenue vs. Reductions

 Budgeting is never easy, not for a family of four and certainly not for a co-op  or condo community of hundreds. That fact is made all the more difficult by the  lingering effects of the recession, which continues to wreak havoc with our …

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Management Relations
2012 January Friend Us on Facebook

 With smartphones dominating the cellular market, people now have Internet access  anywhere and everywhere they go. While shopping and “googling” are leading reasons to use the Internet, the rise of social media has changed  the way in whi…

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Management Relations
2012 January Management Style

Every condo, co-op, and HOA community is different—each has its own distinctive character, attitude, and expectations. The same is obviously true for the individual people who manage these communities and help them run their day-to-day …

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Real Estate Trends
2012 January Managing Properties in Tough Times

 The economy cratered—to use a term in popular parlance at that time—in September, 2008, with the collapse of too-big-to-fail Lehman Brothers. While the measures undertaken by the federal government and the Federal Reserve  averted complet…

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Real Estate Trends
2012 January Aging in Place

 Citizens over the age of 65 comprise nearly 13 percent of the U.S. population—just under 40 million seniors. By 2030, it is estimated that 72 million  Americans will be over the age of 65, nearly doubling those numbers. Where this  volume…

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Law & Legislation
2012 January RIP Fannie & Freddie?

One of the biggest issues in the real estate industry over the past year has been the speculation that government-sponsored mortgage programs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be ending. For the past 70 years, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac …

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Law & Legislation
2012 January Shiny and New

 For most people, few things are as stressful—or exciting—as buying a new home. That can be especially true for buyers and shareholders  who sign up to be among the first residents in a newly renovated or constructed  condo or co-op comple…

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Q&A
2012 January Q&A: Missing Money

Q I belong to a small self-managed condo of six units. However, there are 2 serious concerns: 1) Recently, I discovered that two of the board members used fund money to repair their boilers so they could pass inspection. They led us to…

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Q&A
2012 January Q&A: Ignoring the Pet Rules

Q I Our rules and regulations state that owners may not have more than 2 pets, one of which may be a dog. One of the unit owners—who also happens to be a board member— keeps 4 dogs in her unit as pets. Since she is a board member, the bo…

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