CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 9, 2017)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on April 9, 2017
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Being a community association professional can be stressful, so you need good techniques to help you cope. Take advantage of not one, but two great techniques to manage stress and deal with the whining. For your communities, helpful tips are always welcome, like energy saving initiatives and preventing a cyber breach. For homeowners, advice on how to get involved in your community and understanding what your fees cover. Read them all in this week's Community Association Management 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!

Cheese with Your Whine? 

"I really do love being a property manager, but I’m human, okay? I can only take so much whining during a day. Some days, I have given out all of the grace I have in my cup before lunch. Lord, have mercy! So… I have a little game that I play to get me through the difficult days when my grace cup is nearly empty."  Tanoa is always bringing wisdom to the table [get it? ;)]

Managing Stress

One of my favorite inpirational speakers, Jack Canfield, speaks about dealing with stress. He always references the equation E+R=O (Events+Response=Outcome). No matter what happens to you in your life or your work life, depending on how you repsond to it determines the outcome. This is a great way to manage stress. If you commit to reacting in an appropriate manner to the events that happen to you, you have complete control of the final outcome. Try it! 

Energy Efficiency

"With today’s technological advances, becoming energy efficient can be as simple as switching out light bulbs or practicing strategic landscaping. Going green not only saves your community money, it can also increase desirability for buyers committed to green living. While some may fear the amount of work required to go green, here are four simple and easy things your community can change right now."

Cyber Risk

"You’ve undoubtedly read about the high-profile hacks and data breaches that have occurred over the past few years – millions of accounts compromised and credit card numbers stolen from Target, Home Depot, TJX, Yahoo, and other large companies. While big companies make big headlines, no business or organization is too small to be hacked – and hackers often find smaller businesses to be easier prey. That means community associations, property management companies, association banks, payment processors, and other community support organizations are all at risk." 

Get Involved! 

Research shows that being social and having a network of people in your life that you spend time with on a regular basis will extend your not just your quality of life but also the number of years that you live. So if you live in an association, the network is there, you just have to get involoved! Here are a number of ways you can do so now!

What Association Fees Really Do

New homeowners often enter the homebuying space with no clue what they are getting themselves into. So they are shocked when confronted by the fees a community association charges. Maybe it would help to explain to them all the many things those fees could be covering?

 

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