Full service associations, budget advice, volunteering, angry residents, reclaimed water and community revival —it's 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 feel free to share it too!
Full Service HOA
There is a new trend in Homeowner’s Association and I totally dig it! Say hello to the Full Service HOA! “This new type of homeowner's association management is gaining popularity across the nation, especially in Florida. New full service homeowner associations are responsible for yard maintenance of all of the units in an association.”
Need some help with your budget? “Remember, the budget is just the best educated guess as to what the actual income and expenses will be for the new year, it will never be 100% accurate. Some items will inevitably be over budget or under budget, but overall, the budget and the actuals should be reasonably close unless some unforeseen event happens that distorts the actual results.”
“Regardless of the organization or the cause, volunteering is tough. And what's even more tough is finding great volunteers.” Need some pointers on how to recruit and keep great volunteers? This article will be sure to help will your volunteer woes.
“Dealing with upset owners and residents can be one of the most challenging parts of property management. Your home is your castle. When you have a problem with your home, it’s not unreasonable to expect that people may get upset and emotional.” In this article, discover some great tips on how to best handle a heated resident.
A New Kind of Budget Saver
If you're looking for ways to conserve in your community (both environmentally and fiscally) consider switching to reclaimed water for landscaping in your HOAs. This community brought their water bills from $17,000/mo to $3,000/mo, allowing them to keep homeowner dues low and still raide their operating budget.
Reviving a Community
This is a great little story about turning a once gang-ridden neighborhood into a livable, happy community. "When I first moved in it was drugs - drugs everywhere. There were drugs, gangs, gang fights, rival gangs. We had the loud music, the cussing, the streets were dirty, filthy," said Rev. Nathaniel Jeanpierre. Check out how much progress the community has made since!
Do You Have Big News This Week?
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