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CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 25, 2016)

Posted on Sun, Sep 25, 2016

This week in Community Association Management, accountants get some love... and tattoos?We also talk about what to say to homeowners who want to paint their house orange and other crazy things homeowners say, and a new use for drones - interesting! Learn how in this week's CAM Mashup.

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

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“Why Can’t I Paint My House Orange?”

Posted on Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Communicating to Residents the Benefits of a Community Association

Guest Post by Barry Yatovitz, President of Association Management, WPM Real Estate

"Why can’t I paint my house orange? Or have a giant flamingo in the front lawn? Or build a triple-story playground in the backyard?"

As a community management professional, you understand the value of belonging to a community association. Homeowners, however, are sometimes more aware of the rules and restrictions that community associations bring, rather than their benefits.

So what are the benefits of HOAs? And how can you communicate these benefits to residents?

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Topics: Association Living

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 18, 2016)

Posted on Sun, Sep 18, 2016

This week in Community Association Management, everyone was talking about gaps. The Generation gap, The gap between your accounting and management teams, the gap between documents you have to save and ones you can shred, and communication gaps. Let's close those gaps people! Learn how in this week's CAM Mashup.

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

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Closing the Gap Between Accounting and Community Managers

Posted on Thu, Sep 15, 2016


Sometimes it feels like you're both on either side of a canyon.

The chasm yawns wide between you.

You try to communicate but between the echo and the whistling of the wind, you cannot truly understand each other.

Of course, you both want the same thing. But it's hard to meet in the middle when the very nature of your jobs pit you against each other.

When the accounting team and the community managers in your organization are at odds, it's hard to run a successful management company.

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Topics: Accounting

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 11, 2016)

Posted on Sun, Sep 11, 2016

Before we get into the week's news from the community management industry, I'd like to take a moment to remember those we lost, and the brave men and women who worked hard to rescue them on September 11, 2001. Today is remembrance day.

This week: from budget preparation to annual general meetings and political campaigns, communities and management companies around the country are getting on with the business of running their communities. Let's take a peek into what that looks like in this week's CAM Mashup!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

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Make More Money When You Replace Your Mailings With This

Posted on Thu, Sep 08, 2016

What is the true cost of mailing letters to the homeowners in your community association?

Scott M. Davis is Operations Supervisor for Professional Community Management, Inc in Millersville, Maryland, and he found the answer.

PCM was facing the dilemma of whether or not to switch to using email over mail as the primary form of communications for their communities.  Being a bit of a numbers geek himself, Scott ran the numbers. And because he's a nice guy, he agreed to share his results with the CAM Blog so you could benefit from them.

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Topics: Management Companies

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 4, 2016)

Posted on Mon, Sep 05, 2016

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are enjoying your long weekend and aren't too soggy from this weekend's rash of storms!

This week was more than just a long weekend. We got some 'back to school' help for board members, a possible return of redlining, FHA certifications and more this week in Community Association Management.

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

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CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 28, 2016)

Posted on Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Managing community associations can be a series of highs and lows. Like the revenue roller coaster that communities ride when they wait too long to raise dues, or the sinking feeling when the membership votes down a special assessment the community needs. Check out all the highs and lows from this week in Community Association Management!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

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Implementing New Software in your CAM Management Company

Posted on Fri, Aug 26, 2016

Ready for Launch?

It goes like this: You do all the research and put in the time to evaluate and select a new software product. You've done your due diligence: justified your purchase and insured that you get the most value from the product - so that you will receive a return on your investment. You signed the contract, you've paid the first installment. The sales process is done.

The next step is get the software up and running. Since you won't be using it, this is the time to delegate, right? So you shoot an email to the accounting manager who will be the primary user and say something like: "Hi Janice, I got this great new software for you! Why don't you go ahead and get it all set up?"

The funny thing about new software implementation is not how hard it is, but how few organizations actually plan for it. When you have completed the sales process, that is the beginning of your journey, not the end.

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Topics: Technology

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 21, 2016)

Posted on Sun, Aug 21, 2016

Zika, vampires, cyber-breaches and sinking condos. It's Fear Factor week in Community Association Management! Learn how to protect yourself and your community in the CAM Mashup!

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we bring together our favorite reads of the week and share them with you! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and please share it too!

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