CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 5 - 11, 2015)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on October 11, 2015

This week was all about striving for perfection. From perfect newsletters to perfect contracts to perfect budgets, we can all get a little better! Read all about it in the CAM Mashup: 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!

Newsletter Mistakes

Does your property management company publish a newsletter? Do you feel like you’ve got it mastered or is it possible you could be making some major blunders? Check out this list of common mistakes when it comes to your Property Management newsletter and start sending out newsletter perfection!

Vendor Contracts

Hiring a vendor for your community? It is important to make sure your vendor contracts are on point. There are a few features that all vendor contracts should include. This handy checklist will help you create vendor contracts like a pro!    

Budget Season

I don’t think I have ever met a single person who enjoyed budget season. Especially not within this industry. They are complicated and incredibly time consuming. But what if there were a guide to help you navigate the necessary evil with just a little more ease? Well you’re in luck! Here at TOPS, we've just published an eBook to help you do just that! Get your copy here!  

Best Practices

Theft, fraud, embezzling - feels like we see a new story every week. So how do you prevent it from happening to you? Try these handy tips to incorporate some oversight into your community to help prevent your community from being taken advantage of.

Welcome to Brannon Hill

“Every day, Ismael Shahid fills five-gallon jugs of drinking water from a nearby building to haul to the burned-out shell that's providing the roof over his family's heads. Shahid and his teenage son Taha put the jugs in an Office Depot shopping cart and push it up the charred stairs—past their neighbors, some of whom use crack—into Brannon Hill, a condominium complex near Atlanta that by all rights should just be torn down before it collapses.” It is unimaginable that anyone in the United States is living in the manner. Click here for the entire story.

Don’t Top Your Trees!

Now, I am NOT talking about Christmas trees here. So go ahead, top away! What I am talking about are the trees in your association that you are looking to trim back due to them interfering with homes or powerlines. While this is a necessary evil, there are many reasons you should not be topping your trees and some great solutions to avoiding it all together. Check them out here!  

Public Relations and the HOA

"In an HOA, it’s easy to get caught up in managing, without considering how board actions are perceived." No matter how frustrating it can be, punishing the victims is not the solution. You have to put yourself into the homeowners shoes and do your best to avoid a PR nightmare!

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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