CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 28 - Oct 04, 2015)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on October 4, 2015

This week: 3 important issues facing associations - one is a hidden threat you probably never even considered. We also talked water conservation (in solidarity with California), bullies, and a new breed of therapy animals. (Snakes. Really? Next they'll be taking them on planes. ) 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!

 

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!  

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!                    

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.

Vendor Contracts

Hiring a vendor for your community? It is important to make sure your vendor contract 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! Andrea Drennen, Marketing Manager here at TOPS, just published an eBook to help you do just that! Get your copy here!  

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.

 

*Image credit: Pixabay user Couleur 

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