CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 19, 2017)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on February 19, 2017

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This week, the Community Association Management industry got a little sentimental, looking for a perfect match between community and manager, and guarding that most important asset, time. We also looked into the future possibilities for the tiny home movement, and talked about dealing with nuisances like stray cats and slippery ice.

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!

Most Important Asset

The idea that time is our most important asset has been a reoccuring theme brought up in my life recently. It can be applied to every area of your existance, and your work like is included in that. It is the resource that none of us can afford to waste or spend haphazardly. Take advice from the expert and be mindful of how your time is being utilized when it comes to your business efforts. 

Tiny Homes

I am a believer! I spent the better half of last year seaching for my perfect first home. With housing prices skyrocketing, and a highly competetive market, I have had zero luck. I even went so far as to put an offer on a home only to be out bid by a cash offer $10,000 above asking price. After losing that deal, I started to rethink owning a home. Is this what I really wanted? A house that is too large for just little ole me and signing my life away on a 30-year motgage? For a self-proclaimed minimalist like myself, the answer was a resounding 'NO'! That's when I began to research a bit into a fantasy that I have had for quite some time. Building my very own, tiny home. But is this just a fad or is a peak into the future in the housing industry? More here! 

Cat Scratch Fever

I rarely see cats as a problem (coming from the resident cat lady at TOPS), but if you've ever lived in a neighborhood where the strays and ferels are out of control, you know how much of a nuisance they can be. Get creative with ways to work together to take care of the issue in a humane before it become completely unmanageable. Great tips here! 

Another Long Meeting? <eyeroll>

"Long HOA board meetings can be a drag. Planning ahead can make a difference. The goal is to eliminate lengthy discussions at board meetings and to empower board members with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. During a board meeting, the board may have a brief discussion about these types of voting matters, but either a vote can be taken quickly or a motion may be made to acquire additional information before the board feels ready to vote. This allows the board to move to the next discussion item and stay on agenda. Staying on agenda means shorter meetings!"

Winter Wonderland

'Wonderland' as in its a wonder you landed so gracefully when you slipped on that glacier on the sidewalk. Winter can be beautiful, but what isn't beautiful is when someone in your community slips and falls on an icey patch and is now sueing for injuries. Who is responsible for instances such as these? 

Energy Efficiency

"We’re finally able to provide information in context,” says Sean Brennan, the nonprofit council’s research manager. “We can now show a building’s Energy Star score and compare it to similar buildings. If you’re using more energy, your board should talk to the super and property manager, and see if there are courses they can take. You might also talk to other co-op boards in the neighborhood and find out what they’re doing to save energy and water.” Boards might also investigate such programs as the city’s Retrofit Accelerator or, for smaller co-ops and condos, Community Retrofit NY"


The Perfect Hire

What are the qualities that you look for when it comes to hiring the perfect community manager?  It truly does take a special combination of qualities tocome togethrer to shape the ideal candidate. Here is what to look for in the hiring process.  

 

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