CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 13-17, 2014)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on October 19, 2014
This week in Community Association Management

Juggling, taxes, refinancing, phones and plants—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!

So why did I take up juggling?

Community managers have to learn how to juggle due to the number of balls they've always got in the air right? But new research shows that multitasking can actually lower your iQ and make you slower and less efficient as opposed to focusing on a single task at a time.

Talk about Quality!

So if multitasking isnt't the right skillset, then what is? Checl out this list of the many qualities that make up a great community association manager. 

I’ll trade my house for your phone

There is no denying that times are still tough and some areas in the U.S. are taking a much harder hit than others. This next story is about a man in Michigan that tried for 4 months to sell his three bedroom home for $3,000 with no luck. Until he decided he would consider settling for this very unique trade.

Property Tax by State

“New Jersey once again topped the nation with the priciest median real estate tax bill at $7,331, according to the newly released 2013 American Community Survey. On the other hand, Alabama has the lowest in the nation at $532." Where does your state rank?

Delinquency Policy

Does your community have a written delinquency policy? If not, listen up! “First, every community needs to have a written delinquency policy, of which charging late fees is a part.  And, second, the policy should be reviewed by the community’s attorney to make sure it is reasonable, legal and complies with state law.” (Don't have one? Click the link above and get a template to get you started)

Refinancing Woes

"Ben Bernanke, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve, got $250,000 just for giving a 40-minute speech in March 2014." During this speech he admitted to the fact that he had just recently unsuccessfully refinanced his home! Seriously? Is there any hope for the rest of us?

Office Plants=Productivity

“If you want to be more productive at work, try investing in a plant for your desk or office. Researchers in the United Kingdom recently found that employees are 15 percent more productive, not to mention happier, when working in an office surrounded by greenery.” This is now on my to-do list!

Do You Have Big News This Week?

If you've got big news that would be relevant to other CAM professionals, please share it with us in the comments below 

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