CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 24 - 30, 2015)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on May 31, 2015

This week in community association management

This week in community association management, super liens continued to be in the news, we predicted the end of mediocre management companies, we learned how to deal with troublemakers on social media, and we learned how to apply color theory to community landscaping. Check out all these stories that were reported 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!

Superliens Still in the News

Just when the announcement comes out of Ohio that they may become the 22nd state to allow HOAs to have superlien status, lobbyists and mortgage bankers in Nevada are fighting to have the provision removed. "If the bankers and realtors succeed in eliminating the super priority lien, the entire burden of unpaid assessments will shift to those owners that do pay while banks continue to strategically delay foreclosure."

Mediocre Management

“There are three factors that I believe contribute to the current glut of mediocre management companies.” Reason #3: “It’s reasonably easy to start a community association management company – there is no national licensing requirements or restrictive legislation on a national level (of course on the state level this varies greatly).” Check out the reasons #1 and #2 here!

Social Media and Your HOA

“Nobody likes people who constantly stir up trouble. You’ve seen them on Facebook, Nextdoor, and online forums: instigators, rabble rousers, gadflies. Whatever you call them, they’re pretty annoying to the rest of us. And even worse, they have a way of ruining your otherwise pleasant social media experience!” So how do you go about handling these trouble makers? Answers found here!

Accounting Woes   

“The simple mention of the word “accounting” makes most people feel like turning around and walking away. Debits, credits, audits, taxes, the matching principle — lots of rules to follow and none of it sounds like fun. In the real estate and property management industry, the accounting task is twofold in that accounting personnel must manage not only the operational accounts for the business, but also the trust accounts held on behalf of clients. Here’s a quick accounting survival guide for all non-accountants out there.”

The Color of Curb Appeal

I love this piece of advice when it comes to landscaping! “If you wouldn’t wear it – don’t plant it.” Words to landscape by from Brickman’s very own Seasonal Color Expert, Laurent Lavoisier. He works with property managers and owners to apply the science of color to attract the right tenants or buyers.” Check it out!

Manicured Lawns

“Don't underestimate the importance of a beautiful yard to home owners and their neighbors. 84 percent of adults say that the quality of a home's landscape and yard would affect their decision on whether to purchase a home or not, according to a new survey of more than 2,000 adults conducted by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.” Manicure those lawns people!

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