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2020 April
Focus on... Staff Safety, Social Distancing, and Other Practical Advice

Management
2020 April Managing Through the Coronavirus Crisis

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. Here in the US, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has detailed recommendations for individual preparation and response to the ou…

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Management
2020 April The Evolution of Property Management

Like so many other sectors of the economy, residential real estate management has changed and evolved since the turn of the millennium—and like those other sectors, much of that evolution is directly linked to the development and adoption o…

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Management
2020 April Staff Safety 101

With few exceptions, most multifamily buildings or communities have at least one or two staff members (and sometimes many more) who maintain the safety, security, cleanliness, mechanical operations, and day-to-day functions that residents a…

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Insurance
2020 April Parsing the Insurance Market

Insurance is cyclical; there are hard markets and soft markets, and insurance companies typically make money in two ways: underwriting profit, and investment income. When the market is soft, insurance companies are looking for market share,…

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Real Estate Trends
2020 April Let’s Go Work Out!

By far the most popular amenity in apartment communities, whether co-op, condo, or rental, is a gym.  Even in small buildings where space for extras is at a premium, boards look for ways to add a fitness room somewhere, anywhere, they can w…

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Board Operations
2020 April Updating Your Documents

The governing documents of a housing development—be it a cooperative, condominium, or homeowners association—spell out the rules, regulations, and policies that all unit owners or shareholders are obligated to follow as a condition of their…

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Board Operations
2020 April Bidding Basics

Co-op, condo, and HOA boards across the country are made up of volunteers who are committed to the governance of their community. Among their most important duties is selecting vendors to provide goods or services—everything from lawn care …

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Q&A
2020 April Q&A: Voting Rights and Ownership of the Land

Q. Our association is comprised mostly of people who own both their building and the land under their building. We have a small group of people who only own their building and pay a user fee to a sponsor for the land under their building.…

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Board Operations
2020 April Coronavirus and Open Meetings

Many of our communities have asked whether it is permissible to conduct association business -- particularly board meetings at which binding votes are taken -- via email or other similar means during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The short answe…

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Security
2020 April Census 2020

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Census takers will not be able to visit neighborhoods door-to-door to request survey responses as they did during previous counts. Instead, Census responses are now being requested online through …

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