Time Savers for Community Association Managers

Time Savers for Community Association Managers

CAM Managers

For community association managers, one thing stands out. CAM Managers need more time. These time-saving tips and efficiency tricks will help.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 11 - 17)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 11 - 17)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Differences and why they're so important!

Turnover Happens - TOPS [ONE] Makes It Less Painful

Turnover Happens - TOPS [ONE] Makes It Less Painful

TOPS [ONE], Technology

Turnovers aren't always tasty. Replacing an employee or board member can be exhausting, and can result in a huge gap of collective information. With TOPS [ONE], that data is all in one place, ready and waiting for whoever comes next.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 4 - 10)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 4 - 10)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Problems and solutions, all in once place, right here in this week's CAM Mashup!

Get Engaged with Your Homeowners This Voting Season

Get Engaged with Your Homeowners This Voting Season

TOPS [ONE], Management Tools

The Annual General Meeting is right around the corner, are you prepared? Even more, are your homeowners prepared? Make sure they know in advance when and where to show up, and why. See how TOPS [ONE] can help give you a boost in homeowner turnout to the AGM.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 28- Nov 3)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 28- Nov 3)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Trick or Treat? No, trick AND treat! Get the latest tricks and life hacks, plus the tastiest treats, all right here in this week's CAM Mashup!

Respect, the Trust Barrier, and Why I'll Fire My Clients

Respect, the Trust Barrier, and Why I'll Fire My Clients

Customers, Association Living, Industry Resources, Association Boards, CAM Managers

It's not every day that you have to "fire a client," but sometimes, it's an unfortunate reality. Find out why James Long is prepared to cut the cord when that time comes.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 21- 27)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 21- 27)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: annual meeting prep, social media and how to post to it, and two tantalizing teasers from right here at TOPS.

Don't Let Your Budget Haunt You: 3 Ways TOPS [ONE] Simplifies Budget Season

Don't Let Your Budget Haunt You: 3 Ways TOPS [ONE] Simplifies Budget Season

TOPS [ONE], Financial Services

It's that time of year again! Pumpkin carving, hay rides through corn fields, and...budgets. Planning your budget may be a scary task to take on, but it must be done, and if you've got the right tools, it's as easy as (pumpkin) pie!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 14 - 20)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 14 - 20)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Team building for boards, how to avoid lawsuits, budget season and disaster prep.

Letters From the President - Moving Day!

Letters From the President - Moving Day!

TOPS, Letters from the President

Moving to a new house can be rough, but at the end of the day, it's always worth the time you dedicate to it. Much like moving houses, moving to a new software requires the same level of patience and energy, and is just as rewarding!

Avoid the Dreaded 'Selective Enforcement' Label

Avoid the Dreaded 'Selective Enforcement' Label

Governance Tools

Does it take a ruler in the grass to provide consistent enforcement of deed restrictions and covenants? Learn how to set a consistent enforcement process.

Going Cloud-Based as a Disaster Preparedness Plan

Going Cloud-Based as a Disaster Preparedness Plan

TOPS [ONE], Natural Disasters

It's easy to ignore the inevitable destruction natural disasters can bring. Why worry about what might not happen? But when you fail to plan, you risk losing everything.

Human Error in Payments Processing

Human Error in Payments Processing

Accounting

25% of all HOA assessments are made with ACH. But how do you prevent mistakes due to human error? (Or worse, deliberate fraud?!) And who is liable when the worst does happen?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 12 - 18)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 12 - 18)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Beating the burnout, one step on the road to success at a time!

Getting Ahead of Community Association Manager Burnout

Getting Ahead of Community Association Manager Burnout

CAM Managers

Burnout is a word a lot of management professionals tend to shrug off, but you can't ignore it forever! Here are three signs you're experiencing burnout, and tips to combat the effects.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 5 - 11)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 5 - 11)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Your HOA Board, and how you can make them the best they can be. From managing disputes to creating subcommittees.

The Mystery of the Missing Documents

The Mystery of the Missing Documents

TOPS [ONE], Technology, Management Tools

Does "managing your documents" mean "keeping all of your invoices in a shoe box at the back of your storage room" to you? If it does, you're making your job harder than it needs to be! Don't be the villain in your own sleuthing story when it comes to document management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 22 - 28)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 22 - 28)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Automation, Drones, and clouds - oh my! We're bringing you all of the technology information you can utilize for your company.

Building a Business Case for AP Automation

Building a Business Case for AP Automation

Technology, Guest Post, Partners

Leaders are looking for ways to reduce spending while increasing profits. Luckily, automation does just that with a few other benefits board members and leaders can appreciate.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 15 - 21)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 15 - 21)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: what to do about neighbors in an argument and why you should be installing a pool in your community.

Should Your Management Company Pricing be Public?

Should Your Management Company Pricing be Public?

Management Companies

Hidden pricing is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but is it doing you any favors? For TOPS, we realized it was time to break free of industry expectations and make our pricing public. Should you do the same?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 8 - 14)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 8 - 14)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: what to do about neighbors in an argument and why you should be installing a pool in your community.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 1 - 7)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 1 - 7)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: The kind of personalities that create success in an HOA board to the best ways to communicate with board members.

When Your Boards Play Politics

When Your Boards Play Politics

Legal

Politics are messy. And supporting politicians can be a dangerous game. Find out how a community or board member can show support or represent the industry, and how they can't.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 24 - 30)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 24 - 30)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup:. all of the tips that will have your Community Association running smoothly.

Automation and You: Admitting When a Process Isn't Working

Automation and You: Admitting When a Process Isn't Working

Management Tools, Technology, Featured

Every activity you perform in business has a process. Aligning these processes into a workflow is one of the most crucial steps in automating your business. What is also important is knowing exactly how a workflow really helps your business.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 17 - 23)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 17 - 23)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Be prepared! From making summer plans for your community to keeping your association safe from hurricanes, preparation is everything.

Communication is Key, Even in Community Association Management

Communication is Key, Even in Community Association Management

CAM Managers, Featured

Tom Willis, PCAM®, has a lot to say about the lack of resources available for CAM Professionals to best serve their customers. So do we.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 10 - 16)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 10 - 16)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Be prepared! From making summer plans for your community to keeping your association safe from hurricanes, preparation is everything.

Automation and You: Implementing Workflows

Automation and You: Implementing Workflows

Management Tools, Technology, Featured

Every activity you perform in business has a process. Aligning these processes into a workflow is one of the most crucial steps in automating your business.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 3 - 9)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 3 - 9)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Don't get heated this summer! Find out how to stave off board-member burnout, mean-mail repercussions, and community pool contagions.

Future-Proofing Your Management Company [Free eBook]

Future-Proofing Your Management Company [Free eBook]

Technology, Featured

As a Community Association Management company, you must keep up with evolving customer demands, reduce costs, and increase efficiency. Our new eBook will teach you how to use automation to turn your organization into a future-proof, efficient, machine!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 27- June 2)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 27- June 2)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: The skies are opening and bringing forth the dreaded summer hurricane season. Make sure you're ready, wherever you may be, for gross weather with helpful tips on landscaping preparedness, HOA insurance, and handling surprise expenses. Plus a quick rundown of the GDPR!

The GDPR and, Well, Everyone

The GDPR and, Well, Everyone

Legal

Time for us to practice what we preach! We strive to keep all of our readers and clients in compliance with new laws as they pop up. With the implementation of the GDPR, it's our turn to do just that. See what changes we've made to our website and why.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 20-26)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 20-26)

CAM Mashup

Summer is almost here! Keep up to date with ideas that will get your community as ready for the oncoming months as possible, including pool and playground maintenance, and fun activities for the whole HOA to participate in.

10 Types of Property Management Software: Which Is Right for You?

10 Types of Property Management Software: Which Is Right for You?

Technology, Featured

If you are shopping for software to help you manage your portfolio of Condos and HOAs, the range of options available to you can be overwhelming. We help you make sense of the many types of Property Management software and how they work for community association management.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 13 - 19)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 13 - 19)

CAM Mashup

This week's CAM mash-up: expanding on your knowledge and why it's so important. From choosing the right contractor, to learning about different kinds of software and deciding which is best for your community, to keeping your insurance up to date.

CAM vs PMS... What Software Should I Choose?

CAM vs PMS... What Software Should I Choose?

TOPS [ONE], Technology

Choosing the right software is important. Property Management software companies will try to convince you that Condo and HOA accounting can be done just as well in a rental PMS. Is that true?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 6-12)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 6-12)

CAM Mashup

All the news of this week in community association management: Mediation, collaboration, automation and more in this week's CAM Mashup

Automation and You: The Benefits of Process Mapping

Automation and You: The Benefits of Process Mapping

Management Tools, Technology, Featured

Every activity you perform in business has a process. From how you prepare for a meeting, to what to do when a homeowner calls in, they are all processes. Mapping out all of your processes is the first step in implementing automation.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 29 - May 5)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 29 - May 5)

CAM Mashup

Short-term rentals, standing up for CAM industry best interests, safely salvaging food in a power outage, defining board resolutions, and more! All part of this week's CAM Mashup!

The Real Superheroes of Community Association Law

The Real Superheroes of Community Association Law

Featured, Legal

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you're wearing red and blue spandex, a flashy red cape, or a freshly-pressed suit, you have the power to induce change in your community, and you've got more help behind you than you realize!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 22 - 28)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 22 - 28)

CAM Mashup

Cutting out the investors in short-term rentals, meeting time management, tracking custom data, and the Peter Principle for fraudsters, all this week on the CAM Mashup

Best Practices for Tracking Custom Data for Community Associations

Best Practices for Tracking Custom Data for Community Associations

Technology, Management Tools, Featured

Tracking custom fields consolidates your info, and prevents errors due to outdated or inaccessible data. Custom fields help workflows by making it easier for you to evaluate, categorize, report on and customize communications. Learn how to plan and set up custom fields in association management.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 15 - 21)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 15 - 21)

CAM Mashup

From it's the fairly innocuous association voting, to knowing when to finish the fight for a bid, to the new legal conundrums facing Florida's coastal communities. All this and more in this week's CAM Mashup!

The War for Florida's Beaches

The War for Florida's Beaches

Legal, Large Management Companies

Beachfront property owners are about to have an easier time roping off their private beach areas...unless the government decides to get involved. Starting July 1, 2018, HB 631 will force local government to sue coastal property owners for public beach access. Here's what you need to know.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 8 - 14)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 8 - 14)

CAM Mashup

Social media, bankruptcy, swing sets in lawsuits and local government - These are a few of the things community associations need to be prepared to face. Learn the dos and don't in this week's CAM Mashup.

HOA & Condo Delinquencies: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

HOA & Condo Delinquencies: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Guest Post

When it comes to Condo and HOA delinquencies, getting in front of the problem goes a long way to preventing a special assessment. Mitch Drimmer of Axela Technologies explains the benefits of predicting delinquencies and how a quality collections solution can really change the game!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 1 - 7)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 1 - 7)

CAM Mashup

This week we've got a great lineup in the CAM Mashup for you all--updates to our previous article, how to build community engagement, and a big announcement from our TOPS Support team!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 25 - 31)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 25 - 31)

CAM Mashup

Board engagement, hiring contractors, websites in Florida, and reserves - this week we cover the foundations of community association management. All of this, and more in this week's CAM Mashup!

Everything You Need to Know About Condo & HOA Websites in Florida

Everything You Need to Know About Condo & HOA Websites in Florida

Association Boards, Featured

New statutes passed in 2017 will take effect January 1, 2019. Is your Condo/HOA website compliant? Do you have one? If not, you need one! See what else you'll need to follow the law in Florida.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 18 - 24)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 18 - 24)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Rules, rules, and more rules! This week's CAM Mashup is dedicated to some of the trending regulations being discussed this week. From populating your HOA Board, to equal housing regulations in terms of transgender persons, to condo resident's rights to privacy, it's all here!

Avoid These Six Common Detours in your Reserve Study "Roadmap to the Future"

Avoid These Six Common Detours in your Reserve Study "Roadmap to the Future"

Partners, Accounting, CAMfire, Featured

This year at the CAMfire Conference, Robert Nordlund, CEO of Association Reserves, spoke about the six common detours you'll face in your 'reserve study road map,' and how to avoid them.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 11 - 17)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 11 - 17)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: What do you fear? Public Speaking? Embezzlement? Volunteers with Unreasonable Expectations? Volunteers who Refuse to Step Down? Help for these and more - Read on for this week in community association management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 25 - March 3)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 25 - March 3)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: The word of the week is: EDU-TRAIN-MENT! Check out this week's best in education, training, and entertainment! Still want more? Meet us in Orlando from Feb. 28 - March 2 for The CAMfire Conference--THE industry conference for EDU-TRAIN-MENT!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 18 - 24)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 18 - 24)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: A list of lists to help you better your HOA, better your work life, and better your communication, plus much more.

The Ultimate List of CAM Industry Events in 2018

The Ultimate List of CAM Industry Events in 2018

Featured, CAM Industry

We've compiled a huge list of 2018 CAM events to encourage you to take advantage of the professional development opportunities happening in your area!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 11 - 17)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 11 - 17)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: The art of strategy! Powering through tedious tasks, handling common HOA complaints, bolstering your education and more.

5 Reasons Every Community Association Management Pro Needs to Be at CAMfire

5 Reasons Every Community Association Management Pro Needs to Be at CAMfire

CAMfire

CAMfire is coming up and we hope to see all of you there! Still not sure? We've got 5 reasons why YOU need to be at CAMfire (plus a great discount ticket code)!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 4 - 10)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 4 - 10)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Elections guide, legal advice for boards, unhappy homeowners, Management exec financials and baptism by fire for new managers

It's Time to End the 'Baptism By Fire' for New CAM Managers

It's Time to End the 'Baptism By Fire' for New CAM Managers

CAM Managers, Featured

How do you welcome new managers to the industry? If the answer is throw them into the deep end and hope they don't sink, you need a better way. This is the solution.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 28 - Feb 3) 

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 28 - Feb 3) 

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: The impact of a Govt shutdown, staving off harassment in the workplace, the customer experience, and more!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 21 - 27)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 21 - 27)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: From food trucks to Facebook you'll get some great ideas that are easy to implement, and deliciously effective at building community!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 14 - 20)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 14 - 20)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: From business resolutions to a handy year-end checklist, this CAM Mashup has everything you need to start the year off right!

Year-End Checklist for CAM Accountants

Year-End Checklist for CAM Accountants

Accounting, Featured

The busiest time of the year is upon the community association management industry - the dreaded YEAR END. This post is a down and dirty guide to get you through year end. We've got deadlines, helpful tips, a handy checklist - everything you need to make it through year end.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 7 - 13)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 7 - 13)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: We kick off the new year (and the beginning of year-end) with a bang - New tax codes, predictions, a podcast and more!

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Guest Post, Featured, Accounting

James Ernst, CPA, explains what impact the newly-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on Common Interest Realty Associations (CIRAs) beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 31 - Jan 06)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 31 - Jan 06)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: A look back and a step forward, we're ringing in the new year with some of the best content from 2017, and tips to make 2018 great!

13 of the Most Influential Articles of 2017

13 of the Most Influential Articles of 2017

CAM Industry

Since 2017 is almost over, let's look back on some of the most powerful articles and news updates that we had throughout the year!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 24 - 30)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 24 - 30)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: We announce a winner, last minute gift guide, tips to stay safe when you're away from home, and more!

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the CAM Pros in Your Life

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the CAM Pros in Your Life

CAM Managers

It's not too late to grab that perfect gift for your favorite CAM Professional! Here are 12 great last-minute holiday gifts for the CAM in your life!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 17 - 23)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 17 - 23)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Financial management, Net Neutrality, how foreclosures can impact your community, a $1500 CAMfire giveaway, and more!

What is Net Neutrality and Why is it Important to CAM Professionals?

What is Net Neutrality and Why is it Important to CAM Professionals?

Association Living, Featured, Technology

The FCC is voting to repeal Net Neutrality, jeopardizing the freedom of access that we rely on today. Here's what that could mean for you.

What Happens if Your Business Doesn't File Year-End Reporting Forms?

What Happens if Your Business Doesn't File Year-End Reporting Forms?

Accounting, Featured

Understand the importance of filing, the penalties of not filing on time or at all, and what such missteps can mean for your employees and contractors

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 10 - 16)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 10 - 16)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Get ready for the holidays with tips, checklists and templates to help you automate and schedule important tasks ahead of time

Courting a New Association? How to Impress the Board

Courting a New Association? How to Impress the Board

Marketing and Sales

In the highly competitive CAM market it's hard to stand out. One way you can do that is in the sales documents you provide to potential new association clients.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 03 - 09)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 03 - 09)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Being a better coworker, landing your pitch, building value in your community, and more!

Pitching to the Board: A Sales Presentation for Management Companies

Pitching to the Board: A Sales Presentation for Management Companies

Featured, Marketing and Sales

Your pitch deck is your intro, your elevator pitch, your sales brochure and your proposal all wrapped up into one visual presentation. Here's what to put in it.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Service dog fraud, teamwork, solar panels, and a CMCA study guide!

Handle Holiday Drama like the Pro Community Association Manager You Are!

Handle Holiday Drama like the Pro Community Association Manager You Are!

CAM Industry

Holidays? More like Dramadays. Family is fab, maybe almost as fab as the feast! But sometimes, they can be a little much. Ditch the drama with this fun quiz!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Will the new tax code affect community associations? How are you treating your brain? Are there alternatives to the lien? Answers here!

Beyond Letters and Fines: When to Take Further Actions

Beyond Letters and Fines: When to Take Further Actions

Accounting, Featured

The lien is like the nuclear 'football' that follows the president. It should be considered only as a last resort, and with extreme prejudice by the board. Consider these alternative options when homeowners are in arrears.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: modern living, life hacking hackers, and measuring your community collections health.

Measuring the health of your community collections process

Measuring the health of your community collections process

Accounting, Association Boards, Featured

A poor collections process can result in higher dues, special assessments, loss of amenities and even being turned down for loans. What grade is your community?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 29 - Nov 3, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 29 - Nov 3, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: To stay safe, make prevention a priority through cyber security, fraud drills and reserves funding!

Ensuring a Successful Reserve for Your Community

Ensuring a Successful Reserve for Your Community

Webinars, Partners, Accounting

Keeping reserves funded can be challenging without first establishing what your community needs. Robert Nordlund has ideas on how to ensure continued success.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 22 - 28, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 22 - 28, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: The Golden Rules of CAM! Online safety, sharing amenities, and respecting Mother Earth are just a few of the topics we're covering!

International Espionage and You: Why a Russian Hack Matters to Community Associations

International Espionage and You: Why a Russian Hack Matters to Community Associations

Technology, Featured

The recent revelation that Russian hackers may have used Kaspersy's antivirus software could have ramifications for your community association management company.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 15 - 21, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 15 - 21, 2017)

CAM Mashup

Between difficult decisions, time commitments, limited budgets and difficult people, a good trustee deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. This is the next best thing.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 8 - 14, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 8 - 14, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Staying in the green, saving green, and going green, plus rules and how to break them!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 1 - 7, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct. 1 - 7, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Not one but TWO budget survival guides, plus prioritizing major projects and Gen Z in the workforce

Community Association Budgets:  The Art of Guesstimating

Community Association Budgets:  The Art of Guesstimating

Accounting, Featured

Your community association's annual budget is the keystone of your community's success. Don't have yours squared away yet? Don't worry--we've got you covered.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept. 24 - 30, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept. 24 - 30, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Smoking in your community, Vendor Management Process, HOA rule FAQs, and keeping senior citizens active and entertained!

This is the Right Way to Respond to Disaster in Community Association Management

This is the Right Way to Respond to Disaster in Community Association Management

Natural Disasters

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston CAI chapter sent a letter to area CAM Professionals. What it said will change the way you look at disaster recovery.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept. 17 - 23, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept. 17 - 23, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: keeping fees low, the right to dry movement, when to waive fees, hate flag flying, addressing harassment in the community, and more.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept. 3 - 9, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept. 3 - 9, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: lemonade, 6 degrees of separation, bylaws vs. governing documents, natural disaster recovery, and more.

6 Degrees of Outputs for CAM Managers

6 Degrees of Outputs for CAM Managers

Technology, Featured

For many (like homeowners) the reports you generate are the sole representation of the hard work your CAM mgmt company does. What kind of ambassador are yours?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 27 - Sep 1, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: work-life balance, complaints bans, resale disclosure, green strategies and aging in place

Here's Looking at Resales, Kid. (Understanding HOA & Condo Resale Disclosures)

Here's Looking at Resales, Kid. (Understanding HOA & Condo Resale Disclosures)

Association Living, Featured

Resale disclosure protects the buyer as well as the community association from starting off their new relationship on the wrong foot by exposing hidden dangers. (Plus, it's the law!)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 20 - 26, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 20 - 26, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: appealing qualities of exceptional managers, appealing to millennials, and curb appeal. Bonus: when to audit your association's documents.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 13-19, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 13-19, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: How to annoy your board, a new kind of audit, community association horror stories, parliamentary procedure, and what makes a great management company.

When Should You Audit Your Association's Documents?

When Should You Audit Your Association's Documents?

Association Boards, Association Living

Don't get blindsided by lax language in your governing documents. Avoid the legal headaches by auditing your community association's governing documents regularly.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 6 - 12, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 6 - 12, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: hiring a quality manager, fostering shared accountability, and a new survey from BillingTree! Bonus: 2-for-1 ticket pricing for CAMfire!

New Survey Exposes Payment Technology Surge in the CAM Industry

New Survey Exposes Payment Technology Surge in the CAM Industry

Accounting, Technology

BillingTree surveyed property managers and HOAs to gather insight into what challenges they face, and what payment collections solutions they have explored.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 30 - August 5, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 30 - August 5, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: learn about automation from a cupcake ATM, the case for professional landscaping, sharing leadership with others, and a CAMfire announcement!

How To Be Better Than a Robot in the CAM Industry

How To Be Better Than a Robot in the CAM Industry

Technology, Featured

Until recently, it’s been pretty easy to out-shine an automated service. But that’s quickly changing. So how do you keep yourself relevant? You CAN be better than a robot with this advice.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 23 - July 29, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 23 - July 29, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: student housing, information silos, cloud-based tech, young professionals...and how to refocus after reading about all of those things!

Feeling Isolated? How Information Silos are Hurting Your Management Company

Feeling Isolated? How Information Silos are Hurting Your Management Company

Management Companies, Featured

Information silos result in lost time, lost money, and miscommunications. Is your community association management business suffering? Learn the types of data silos and how you can resolve them.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 16 - July 22, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 16 - July 22, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Paperless Payables, Green roofs, Engaging volunteers, building a knowledge base and helping homeowners avoid HOA fines.

5 Secrets to Achieve Paperless Payables

5 Secrets to Achieve Paperless Payables

Partners, Financial Services

Paper is out, and automation is in! Could your HOA benefit from a more efficient process for receiving and paying your bills? Find out Wed. Aug. 9th at 2PM EST.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 09 - July 15, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 09 - July 15, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this Week: Productivity and your happiness... is there a connection? And are management companies ditching the spreadsheet?

New Survey Reveals Why More Mgmt Co.s are Looking to Quit Excel

New Survey Reveals Why More Mgmt Co.s are Looking to Quit Excel

Technology, Featured

More people are realizing the drawbacks of using non-specific solutions to track community information and manage their daily tasks. Are you one of them?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 02 - July 08, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 02 - July 08, 2017)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Self-care tips to stay happy and hustling, plus a couple of uncomfortable scenarios you're probably familiar with and how to handle them!

Management Companies:  How to Overcome Your Fear of Technology

Management Companies:  How to Overcome Your Fear of Technology

Technology

Don't let your fear of change hold your management company back! You're losing valuable customers the longer you put off upgrading your technology.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 25, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 25, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: communications is key! Whether developing a communications plan, scheduling a hearing, or getting homeowners to read community documents, this week's CAM Mashup is for you!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 18 - 24, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 18 - 24, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: all things future related! The robot apocalypse, revolutionizing the intercom, and 4th of July safety tips.

Is the Robot Apocalypse Inevitable in the CAM Industry?

Is the Robot Apocalypse Inevitable in the CAM Industry?

Technology

The future is now and automation is the new world order. How do you survive the impending robot apocalypse? You make it work for you--find out how.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 11, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 11, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: How to deal with fraud, conflict, short term rentals, and constant interruptions. Plus, time to take a vacation!

The Key to Ending Community Conflict is in the Approach

The Key to Ending Community Conflict is in the Approach

Association Living, CAM Industry, Guest Post

Condo conflict driving you mad? HOA headaches wearing you down? No cooperation in your Co-op? Learn how to prevent and resolve disputes.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 4, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 4, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Growing a thick skin to handle unfair rules, your ugly website, and seeing how your community stacks up in utilities and payments

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 28, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 28, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: The dreaded CAMster Wheel, homeowner education, and how the industry has integrated with technology!

Playing Technology Catch-Up in the CAM Industry

Playing Technology Catch-Up in the CAM Industry

CAM Industry, Technology, Featured

Every industry it seems has found a way to evolve steadily alongside technology...except for the CAM Industry. Why? And how do we catch up quickly?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 21, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 21, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: meeting deja vu, project red flags, when to fly at half-staff, insurance blunders, and social media and the law.

What Happens in Vegas (at CAI)...

What Happens in Vegas (at CAI)...

Featured, CAM Industry

What happens in Vegas (at CAI) STAYS in Vegas...and on the CAM Blog! Check out our review of all the fun had at CAI National so we can relive it one more time.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 7, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 7, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: electric car chargers, the dreaded F-word, election gotchas, positive press and the carrot vs the stick.

The CAM Industry Is On TV... And It's A Good Thing

The CAM Industry Is On TV... And It's A Good Thing

CAM Industry

The largest management company in our industry is being featured on Undercover Boss. Why that's a great thing for the community association management industry.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 30, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 30, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Amenities ROI, mary jane laws, pool season, and getting to quorum.

How to Start a Technology Revolution in your Management Company

How to Start a Technology Revolution in your Management Company

Innovation, Technology, Featured

Keeping up with technology can be overwhelming. Here are a few ways to revolutionize your management company and stay competitive.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 23, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 23, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Constructive venting, green roofing, and what millennials mean for the future of HOA management.

Revolutionize Banking for your HOA

Revolutionize Banking for your HOA

Banking, Guest Post, Technology, Innovation

Over the last decade, financial institutions have invested in financial technology companies to meet modern regulatory, digital, and security challenges.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 16, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 16, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Fostering good will, dangerous heating, the money tree, taking your community's temperature, and communications.

Take the Next Step in Homeowner Communication

Take the Next Step in Homeowner Communication

Webinars, Technology, Featured

Effective communication is key in the homeowner industry. This webinar gave the knowledge required for effective mobile communication in the homeowner industry.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 9, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 9, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Dealing with stress and whiners, energy savings and cyber breaches, plus a little something for everyone.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 2, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (April 2, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: community engagement, The Palladium Rule, and what real emergencies are made of (Blood, Flood, or Fire).

New Homeowners:  What Association Fees Really Do

New Homeowners:  What Association Fees Really Do

Association Living

Buying a new home is exciting, but those HOA fees can be scary to first-time home buyers. Here's the truth about what those dollars are actually doing for you!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 26, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 26, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: a new app for communities, why moms make great managers, tips for spring, shadow boards and changing your mindset.

Hiring a Property Manager? She's Right Under Your Nose

Hiring a Property Manager? She's Right Under Your Nose

CAM Managers, Management Companies, Featured

Management companies are seeking new ways to attract the best community association management talent. But your best talent may be right under your nose!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 19, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 19, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: millennial home-ownership, attracting quality tenants, and why silence really IS golden!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 12, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 12, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: transparent communication, handling angry homeowners, and serious girl power.

There's Something Rotten at the DBPR: Regulating Florida's Condo Associations

There's Something Rotten at the DBPR: Regulating Florida's Condo Associations

CAM Industry, Featured

Strap on your seat belts folks, we're going for a ride on the truth train, and it's going to be bumpy. Miami-Dade County's grand jury report on Florida's DBPR.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 5, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (March 5, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: celebrating women, paperless payables, renters (short term and long term), wifi and break-ups.

The Problems with Paper: Paperless Community Management

The Problems with Paper: Paperless Community Management

Partners

See how AP and payment automation can help you go paperless, and eliminate tasks like opening the mail, manual data entry, and filing stacks of paper.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 26, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 26, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: CAMfire, reputations, green bananas, resident billing, manager neutrality, garage sales and medical marijuana.

Wish You Were Here: Highlights from CAMfire '17

Wish You Were Here: Highlights from CAMfire '17

CAM Industry

Are you missing out on CAMfire 17? See through the eyes of social media what you've been missing!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 19, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 19, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: a perfect match, stray cats, tiny homes and your most precious asset.

Seduce Your Community Association Prospects [SlideShare]

Seduce Your Community Association Prospects [SlideShare]

CAM Industry

Learn how to use emotion to help your property management company evoke a loving response from your proposals and get community association boards to sign the contract.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 12, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 12, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Breaking up with a client, AirBnB for dogs, All the events and jumping through management RFP hoops.

The Ultimate List of CAM Industry Events in 2017

The Ultimate List of CAM Industry Events in 2017

CAM Industry, Featured

We've compiled a huge list of 2017 CAM events to encourage you to take advantage of the professional development opportunities happening in your area!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 5, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (February 5, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Manager musical chairs, and the 'can we tow that car?' game. Plus, long-term planning and increasing property values

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 29, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 29, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Shadow IT, the Robot Takeover, and Green Technology. Plus, some good news to balance all the horror stories!

Keeping Condo Conflict Out of Court:  The Benefits of Mediation

Keeping Condo Conflict Out of Court:  The Benefits of Mediation

Guest Posts, Association Boards, Featured

Kat Marquis gives her insight into the ways mediation can save your community association time and legal fees.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 22, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 22, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Increasing AGM attendance, dealing with difficult or apathetic members, and the dreaded 'We've always done it this way'.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 15, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 15, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Part-time porters, wearing two hats, free speech, your code of ethics and help for selling your management company

Negotiating the Sale of a Management Company

Negotiating the Sale of a Management Company

CAM Industry, Management Companies, Featured

Sales agreements can be tricky. Here is some important information for Buyers and Sellers to keep in mind while negotiating the sale of a management company.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 08, 2017)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (January 08, 2017)

CAM Mashup

This week in CAM Management - HOA performance reviews, Management in glass houses, Advertising in Community Associations, What shaped 2016 and 2017 Predictions

Community Association Management Insights that Defined 2016

Community Association Management Insights that Defined 2016

CAM Industry, Featured

As the new year begins, we take a look back at the most influential community association management articles of 2016. Did you catch all ten of these popular posts?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (December 18, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (December 18, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in CAM Management - Year end is upon us. Are you prepared? Get your calendar ready, and get all the stuff you need to have ready for tax time and the beginning of 2017

How Much is my CAM Management Company Really Worth?

How Much is my CAM Management Company Really Worth?

Management Companies, Featured

If sweat equity equaled real world value, we would be millionaires many times over. So how do you calculate the sell value of your CAM Management Company?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (December 11, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (December 11, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in CAM Management - ending 'baptism by fire' for brand new managers, learning to manage like you live in a community, encouraging transparency & more!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (December 4, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (December 4, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: D&O, management company valuation, total board recalls, illegal pets, and a glimpse into the future

Reality Check: Your Management Company Isn't Worth What You Think It Is

Reality Check: Your Management Company Isn't Worth What You Think It Is

Management Companies

It’s easy to confuse the sweat equity and effort it takes to run a management company with the value it is worth when you go to sell it.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (November 20, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (November 20, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Overtime, political statements, giving homeowners a break, security, hiring lawyers, and 2 new webinars

From Desperation to Inspiration: Don't be afraid to push the button!

From Desperation to Inspiration: Don't be afraid to push the button!

CAM Managers

Those who have never made a mistake have never taken a chance. If you want to move ahead in the industry, in your career, in life, you have to be willing to take risks!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (November 13, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (November 13, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Bragging rights, feral cats and the most interesting man you'll meet this February.

The Most Interesting Man you will Meet at CAMfire '17

The Most Interesting Man you will Meet at CAMfire '17

CAM Industry, Featured

Meet inspirational best-selling author and CAMfire '17 keynote speaker, Anthony Iannarino! Learn why he's such a cool guy and what you can get out of coming to CAMfire in February 2017

CAM Mash Up: This Week (November 6, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (November 6, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: How to re-engage burnt out managers, apathetic owners at the AGM, and disputing residents.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 30, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 30, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Beefing up your brand, dealing with job loss and high legal bills, and home businesses in the HOA

Management Companies: What does your brand say about you?

Management Companies: What does your brand say about you?

Management Companies

Your brand can build up the financial value of your organization, create credibility and trust, inspire your employees, and make it easier to acquire new customers. But it also may be the most misunderstood and under-utilized tools for businesses of all sizes.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 23, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 23, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: If Hillary and The Donald were running for the board, plus: tackling the big election issues like crime prevention and planning for the future.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 16, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 16, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Mid October already? Get ready for holiday prep, winterization tips, and the mad rush of seasonal short term rentals

3 Crucial Tips to Relay to Homeowners During Fire Prevention Week

3 Crucial Tips to Relay to Homeowners During Fire Prevention Week

Association Living

October 9-15 is Fire Prevention Week. These three tips are crucial to share with your homeowners to avoid disasters this winter.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 9, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 9, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: getting prepared for budget season!

Budget Time: How much should you charge for assessments?

Budget Time: How much should you charge for assessments?

Accounting, Featured

Afraid to raise assessments in your budget because homeowners may not like it? How much to charge for your community association's regular assessments.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 2, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (October 2, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: zika prep, backwards complements, recouping legal costs, utility savings, committees and directors vs officers

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 25, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 25, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week: budget cuts, orange houses, drones in audits, aging in place and accountants getting tattoos.

“Why Can’t I Paint My House Orange?”

“Why Can’t I Paint My House Orange?”

Association Living

Homeowners are sometimes more aware of the rules and restrictions that community associations bring, rather than their benefits.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 18, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 18, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week: Generation gaps, gaps between accounting and management - This week's CAM Mashup is all about closing those gaps!

Closing the Gap Between Accounting and Community Managers

Closing the Gap Between Accounting and Community Managers

Accounting, Featured

When the accounting team and the community managers in your organization are at odds, it's hard to run a successful management company.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 11, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 11, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week: Getting on with the business of running a community: voting, meetings, budgets and more!

Make More Money When You Replace Your Mailings With This

Make More Money When You Replace Your Mailings With This

Management Companies

One management company analysis the true costs of mail versus email and shares their results (and a free spreadsheet) with us.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 4, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (September 4, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week: The highs and lows of community association management, like Pokemon and potholes, or dues increases and special assessments.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 28, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 28, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week: The highs and lows of community association management, like Pokemon and potholes, or dues increases and special assessments.

Implementing New Software in your CAM Management Company

Implementing New Software in your CAM Management Company

Technology, Featured

The sales process is the beginning of your journey, not the end. This checklist will help you plan the process of implementing your new CAM software

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 21, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 21, 2016)

CAM Mashup

Zika, vampires, cyber-breaches and sinking condos. It's Fear Factor week! Learn how to protect yourself and your community in the CAM Mashup!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 14, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 14, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: A magic portal to help you save time? Sleeping with the enemy known as your phone? Are accountants the next to be replaced by robots?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 7, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (August 7, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: putting on another hat may not be wise, writing of bad debt, documenting processes and a mediation primer.

Dealing with Bad Debt in Community Associations

Dealing with Bad Debt in Community Associations

Accounting

Bad debt is any amount that is uncollectible. If you aren't be able to collect from a delinquent homeowner, you should write off the bad debt. Here's how.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 31, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 31, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Effecting change on a smaller scale than red vs blue, serving two masters, happy employees and more

Have CAM Managers Become Order Takers?

Have CAM Managers Become Order Takers?

CAM Managers

CAM Managers are expected to keep the board happy to retain clients. Is this causing managers to become order takers? How does this affect our ethical code?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 24, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 24, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: What to do with all the kids wandering around the community, plus celebrating the annual meeting, summertime reading, and sharing your stories

10 More CAM Industry Insiders You Should Be Reading

10 More CAM Industry Insiders You Should Be Reading

CAM Industry

10 of the best resources in the CAM industry for news, help, advice and information. Find your new favorite blog on this list!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 17, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 17, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Loan or special assessment? How can your community get out of a financial hole, and what the heck is going on at the AICPA?

What you missed: Important news for CAM Accounting

What you missed: Important news for CAM Accounting

Accounting

AICPA is merging with CIMA to form the AICPA, but the old AICPA is not going away. So what does that mean for Community Association Management Organizations?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 10, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 10, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Find out the latest about mortgage servicers, the differences between partners & vendor differences, why have a CAM attorney—and more.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 3, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (July 3, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: tips on coping with change, hiring the right contractor, handling smoke in your neighborhood, and making a flawless 4th of July holiday.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 26, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 26, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Is it opposite day? Banks supporting superliens, management companies getting a divorce and credit reporting for delinquent homeowners.

Tired of the Same Old Same Old? Time for Something New. [Survey]

Tired of the Same Old Same Old? Time for Something New. [Survey]

Miscellaneous

Tired of the same old topics from CAM industry media? Me too! Help us get out of this topic rut with your answers to a new survey.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 19, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 19, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: We attempt to answer age-old questions - Should directors get paid? How do you build community? Who should pay for certifications? Can you ever make everyone happy?

Building Community is More Important (and Easier) in Tragedy

Building Community is More Important (and Easier) in Tragedy

Association Living

Building a sense of community is more important than ever when tragedy strikes your community. Here's how to do it.

Management Company or CAM, Who Should Pay for Education?

Management Company or CAM, Who Should Pay for Education?

CAM Managers

Why do management executives hold certification as a reward for long-term employees that have 'paid their dues'. Who should really be paying for CAM education?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 5, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (June 5, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Why your auditor should be your new best friend, the security risks of catching waves by the pool and everything you ever wanted to know about short-term rentals.

4 Things Every CAM Manager Should Know About Auditing

4 Things Every CAM Manager Should Know About Auditing

Accounting

Every community association manager should know these things about auditing for condo and homeowners associations.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 16 - 22, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 16 - 22, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: The gender pay gap, alternate revenue sources, board expectations and more!

Alternative Revenue Streams for Community Association Management

Alternative Revenue Streams for Community Association Management

Management Companies

Your management company doesn't have to live on the financial edge. Learn how to increase profits with a combination of cost cutting measures and alternative revenue streams.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 09 - 15, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 09 - 15, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Criminals in your community, CAM Managers can't get no respect, and 4 types of board members.

CAM Managers Just Can't Get No Respect (and what to do about it)

CAM Managers Just Can't Get No Respect (and what to do about it)

CAM Managers

The average new community manager burns out within 18 months of starting the job. If you're still in it after that, you're part super hero, and part masochist

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 02 - 08, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 02 - 08, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: photographic evidence from CAI National, super-lien updates, landscaping, pool season, a presentation by Tyrion Lannister, and more!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 25 - May 01, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 25 - May 01, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: going paperless, choosing a manager, finding a fairytale tenant, and the worst kind of board member.

The Bottom Line in Paperless CAM Management is your Bottom Line

The Bottom Line in Paperless CAM Management is your Bottom Line

Management Companies, Technology

Saving money is a very good incentive to start your journey toward a paperless office in your community association management company. Learn how.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 18 - 24, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 18 - 24, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: grace under pressure, mapping the CAM buyer journey, and the CAM industry's problem with social media.

Map Your Marketing to the Community Association Buyer's Journey

Map Your Marketing to the Community Association Buyer's Journey

Marketing and Sales

Interested in growing your CAM Management business? Then you need to meet your dream clients where they are in the buyer journey. Learn how to identify and serve your buyer's journey.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 11 - 17, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 11 - 17, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: co-ops turn 100, websites get updated, returned mail costs more than expected, CDs go bigger and background checks are bad?

Out of Date and Hard to Reach. Are Sloth & Pride Hurting Your CAM Website?

Out of Date and Hard to Reach. Are Sloth & Pride Hurting Your CAM Website?

Management Companies, Technology

Are poor website choices sending your visitors away from your management company website? Learn what to look for when updating and how to make your site more inviting to visitors.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 04 - 10, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 04 - 10, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: constitutional rights in community associations, greed and lust in your website, and black mold.

Are Greed and Lust Bringing Your Management Company's Website Down?

Are Greed and Lust Bringing Your Management Company's Website Down?

Technology

Is your website useful to your target audience? If not, you might be committing one of the seven deadly sins of management and community websites.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 28 - Apr 03, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 28 - Apr 03, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: board member balance, hoarding, homeowner misconceptions and April Fool's jokes.

Common Misconceptions of Community Association Management

Common Misconceptions of Community Association Management

Association Boards

There are many misconceptions homeowners form about Community Associations. What are they, and how can you combat them?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 21 - 27, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 21 - 27, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: community managers as Alfred the butler, insurance, election fraud, non competes, camera policies and how not to get sued.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 14 - 20, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 14 - 20, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: smarter boards, lawsuit avoidance, Apple's ethics, and mass buying power.

What Apple's fight with the FBI has to do with your Board of Directors

What Apple's fight with the FBI has to do with your Board of Directors

Association Boards

Apple is embroiled in a major ethical dilemma, something community association boards of directors experience on a smaller scale all the time.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 7 - 13, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 7 - 13, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: What causes unethical behavior? What to do with poisonous customers? and should your community association consider taking on debt?

Examine Your CAM Ethics with Socrates and Julie

Examine Your CAM Ethics with Socrates and Julie

CAM Industry, Miscellaneous

Unethical behavior is happening in the CAM industry. Can ethical behavior be taught and learned? Hear from Socrates and Julie Adamen.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 29 - Mar 6, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 29 - Mar 6, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Apathy, Security, Org Charts, Squatters and the wage gap.

Management Companies: What's Missing From Your Org Chart? [Free Report]

Management Companies: What's Missing From Your Org Chart? [Free Report]

Management Companies

How does your management company's org chart stack up against your competition? Do you meet the new golden ratio for employees to clients? These and many more questions answered in a free report on the state of the CAM industry: Management Company Organization.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 22 - 28, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 22 - 28, 2016)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup this week: Audits, Therapy Animals, Committees, Hoverboards, Minutes and Reading Financials.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 15 - 21, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 15 - 21, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week's CAM Mashup is packed with a ton of advice to help your board out with whatever challenge they might be facing.

Less is More: How to Prevent Decision Paralysis in your HOA Boards

Less is More: How to Prevent Decision Paralysis in your HOA Boards

Association Boards

Condo and HOA Boards frequently experience decision paralysis. This causes agenda items from meetings to show up month after month without being resolved. How can community association managers prevent this?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 08 - 14, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 08 - 14, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: gun restrictions, preparation, reference checks and CAMfire wrapup

CAMfire Conference 2016 Wrapup (The Best Week Ever!)

CAMfire Conference 2016 Wrapup (The Best Week Ever!)

Miscellaneous

We asked CAMfire attendees to let us know what you thought, and here are some of your (and our) favorite things about the 2016 CAMfire Conference.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 25 - 31, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 25 - 31, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Cool Condos, High Stress, Cold Toes and Hot CAMfire Nights.

In their own words: Why you should go to CAMfire

In their own words: Why you should go to CAMfire

Miscellaneous

Why do you go to an industry conference? We asked previous attendees to the CAMfire Conference to tell us in their own words what they love about CAMfire. Here are their responses.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 18 - 24, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 18 - 24, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in the CAM Mashup: Do your experienced managers mentor your newer managers? How can you save money without raising assessments? Can you provide affordable car chargers in your building?

10 Tips to Get the Most of Your CAMfire Experience

10 Tips to Get the Most of Your CAMfire Experience

Miscellaneous

Are you ready for the best three days in community association management? Learn tips to take on CAMfire like a PRO!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 11 - 17, 2016)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 11 - 17, 2016)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: culture, teamwork, certification, reserves and green roofing.

My Association Management Certification Journey: the CMCA

My Association Management Certification Journey: the CMCA

CAM Managers

It you're thinking of getting your CMCA certification or working to your PCAM, you probably have questions. How much does it cost? How long does it take? How hard will it be? Read my journey to the CMCA for all the answers!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 4 - 10, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 4 - 10, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: sick buildings, resolutions and lessons from the recession.

4 Steps To Management Company Success (Your New Year's Resolutions)

4 Steps To Management Company Success (Your New Year's Resolutions)

Management Companies

Did 2015 go by too fast for you to complete your goals? Here are 4 resolutions you can actually keep to improve your CAM Management Company in the coming year.

Community Association Management Insights that Defined 2015

Community Association Management Insights that Defined 2015

CAM Industry

As the year comes to a close, we take a look back at the most popular community association management articles of 2015. Did you catch all ten of these popular posts?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 14 - 20, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 14 - 20, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: HUD's letter to Santa, year end instructions, employee perks and eco snow removal.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 7-13, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 7-13, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: college condos, employee perks, smoking hot communities and CAMfire speakers.

5 Inspirational Industry Leaders You'll Meet at CAMfire

5 Inspirational Industry Leaders You'll Meet at CAMfire

CAM Industry, Miscellaneous

Meet the CAMfire Keynote speakers and learn what makes them leaders in community association management.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 30 - Dec 6, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: snow removal, coupons, annual meetings, holiday package delivery filling up the condo lobby and other festive events.

The Infographic You've Been Waiting For (What is CAMfire)

The Infographic You've Been Waiting For (What is CAMfire)

Miscellaneous

What is all the fuss about this CAMfire thing? This infographic gives you just a taste of the excitement and inspiration that awaits you in Orlando Florida on February 3rd 2016

Are You a Community Association Meetings Master? [A Crossword]

Are You a Community Association Meetings Master? [A Crossword]

CAM Industry, CAM Managers

Prove that you are a community association meetings master in this meeting-themed crossword challenge.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 16 - 22, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 16 - 22, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: from bad turnouts at annual meetings, to bad financial decisions, to delivering bad news, to the baddest place to live in America, and more!

How to Increase Efficiency in Community Association Management

How to Increase Efficiency in Community Association Management

Technology

In a community association, the key players (The Board, Committees, & Management) need to know whether the current procedures are working. Are they achieving the objectives they want, and what means are being used to measure this?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 9 - 15, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 9 - 15, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: war on Christmas, hoarding, service animals, public speaking and more!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 2-8, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 2-8, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: getting along, business-like associations, risk management and more.

4 Easy Steps to Manage Risk for your Property Management Company

4 Easy Steps to Manage Risk for your Property Management Company

Management Companies

CAM Managers work to identify and mitigate risk for your clients every day. But the majority of community association management companies do not have a risk management plan in place. Follow these steps to get started now.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: never enough time, hostile takeovers, firefighting drones and more!

How to improve your time management prowess

How to improve your time management prowess

Manager Minute

Ever get that feeling there aren't enough hours in the day? These time and energy management tips for CAM professionals can help you find the time to get things done and avoid burning out in the process.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 19 - 25, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 19 - 25, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: winterizing tips, solving the apathy problem and meetings that go sideways

Back to the Future in Community Association Management [Quiz]

Back to the Future in Community Association Management [Quiz]

Technology

We take a look back over the last 30 years and predictions of the 'future' of community association management and see how close we've come.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 12 - 18, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 12 - 18, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: coping with burnout, burning buildings, cyber theft and failing dams.

How to Avoid Community Association Manager Burnout

How to Avoid Community Association Manager Burnout

CAM Industry

Employee engagement has been a relatively prominent matter in the average business for years now, as staff churn and an increasingly weighty talent gap are holding community association management companies back from strong profit margins and operational performances.

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

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

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: perfect newsletters, perfect contracts, perfect budgets and more!

Surviving Community Association Budget Season [Free eBook]

Surviving Community Association Budget Season [Free eBook]

Accounting, Association Boards

The most feared two words in community association management: 'Budget Season' You want to do more than just survive. You want to THRIVE. How? Find out here.

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

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

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Idaho Supremes on AirBnB, Taxes present a hidden threat to HOAs, Turf wars and new therapy animals slither into associations.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 21 - Sep 27, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 21 - Sep 27, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: budget season is upon us. That means it's time to explore new initiatives for your communities, consider hiring new people (possibly millennials?) and dealing with the 'Yeah, buts' from board members.

No Excuses for Poor Communication in Community Association Management

No Excuses for Poor Communication in Community Association Management

Technology

With modern technologies, there is no excuse for management companies to have poor communications. We discuss 8 modern technologies that will bring your business out of history and into the future.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 14 - Sep 20, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: communications, job hunting, green communities and more!

The best places to find (and post) CAM professional jobs

The best places to find (and post) CAM professional jobs

CAM Managers, Management Companies, Featured

Whether you're a community association professional looking for a job, or a management company looking for a new addition to your team, here are tips on where to go and what to do to find the perfect CAM job (or candidate) online.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 07 - Sep 13, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sep 07 - Sep 13, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Positive change, breaking up, chickens and pooper scoopers.

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Client Retention in Your Management Company

Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Client Retention in Your Management Company

Management Companies

Breaking up with clients when it's not your choice can be crushing to both your ego and your bottom line. Learn your retention rate and employ these simple strategies to boost profits and limit loss.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 31 - Sep 06, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 31 - Sep 06, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Are you a victim of this new exploit by delinquent homeowners?

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

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

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: From the news media to social media, it's all about perception.

Feeling exposed? How to Prevent Data Breaches in CAM Management

Feeling exposed? How to Prevent Data Breaches in CAM Management

Management Companies, Technology

While the CAM industry might not be on the front lines when it comes to data and information breaches, data security is important to CAM Management.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 17 - Aug 23, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 17 - Aug 23, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: How to say no to a client, and are you ready for rapid growth?

Is Your Management Company Suffering from Growing Pains?

Is Your Management Company Suffering from Growing Pains?

CAM Managers, Management Companies

Is your management company ready for rapid growth? First, you'll need to get past growing pains within your own organization.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 10 - Aug 16, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 10 - Aug 16, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: Can't we all just get along? CAM Professionals explore relationships and working together.

Is Automation Causing Your Management Company More Harm Than Good?

Is Automation Causing Your Management Company More Harm Than Good?

Technology

Automation may be one of the best things you can do to improve efficiency, but be careful not to over-automate, or you could risk losing touch with reality.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 03 - Aug 09, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 03 - Aug 09, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: the ultimate summer blockbuster for CAMs, from Drone Wars to monster snails!

Survey: Compare Your Management Company to Your Peers

Survey: Compare Your Management Company to Your Peers

Management Companies

Have you ever wondered where your management company fits in relation to your peers? Help us find out with this 3-minute survey.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 27 - Aug 02, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 27 - Aug 02, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: turnover, culture, break-ups. right of entry, code violations and community gatherings.

The Impact of Employee Turnover to your Management Company

The Impact of Employee Turnover to your Management Company

Management Companies

No matter how large your management company, losing an employee can have a lot of negative consequences. Learn the true costs of turnover, and what you can do to prevent it.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 20 - Jul 26, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 20 - Jul 26, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: high fiving residents, bad media relations, a new resource for board members and building community.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 13 - Jul 19, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 13 - Jul 19, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management, overcoming obstacles, protecting against lawsuits, organization, budgeting and building harmony

Challenge or Opportunity? 4 Issues Community Managers Need to Know About

Challenge or Opportunity? 4 Issues Community Managers Need to Know About

CAM Industry

For community managers, there are potential opportunities to excel in the marketplace, so long as the obstacles are understood and faced in real time.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 06 - Jul 12, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 06 - Jul 12, 2015)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management, SCOTUS doesn't care about your intentions, beach reading and a solution to NIMBY

What does association management software do?

What does association management software do?

Technology

Are you trying to improve your community association management business? CAM Software may be the edge you need. But how do you know what you should expect, and what questions to ask to find the best solution?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 29 - Jul 05, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 29 - Jul 05, 2015)

CAM Mashup

Fireworks were in the sky sparking all kinds of hot topics this week in community association management. From flags to freebies to... pitchforks?

Are your Boards dropping the ball? How to keep up. [Free Action Item Worksheet]

Are your Boards dropping the ball? How to keep up. [Free Action Item Worksheet]

Association Boards

Every community association board of directors has a lot to keep track of. An Action Item Worksheet helps reduce meeting times and keep everyone on track.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 22 - 28, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 22 - 28, 2015)

CAM Mashup

A method to meeting minutes, having a paint maintenance plan, legal tales from the Sunshine State, centralizing your management and locking in your energy bill prices. It's all being talked about this week in Community Association Management!

Centralize your CAM Management to be the Greatest Show on Earth

Centralize your CAM Management to be the Greatest Show on Earth

Management Companies, Technology

As many professionals in the community association management arena have likely learned the hard way, tasks can build up quickly, important responsibilities might fall through the cracks and virtually no resident will have much patience when their needs are not met.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 15 - 21, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 15 - 21, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: bare walls, guilds, self evaluation, bad pipes and more! It all happened this week in Community Association Management.

Professional Trade Organizations for Community Association Managers

Professional Trade Organizations for Community Association Managers

CAM Managers, CAM Industry

Professional trade organizations have roots in the guild system of medieval Europe and ancient Rome. Learn what industry trade groups do for community association managers.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 08 - 14, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 08 - 14, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: board code of ethics, preventive maintenance, super priority liens and more! It all happened this week in Community Association Management.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 01 - 07, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 01 - 07, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: pricing, communications, urgency and architecture. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

How much should I charge for my management services?

How much should I charge for my management services?

Management Companies

A comprehensive how to guide to setting prices for your community association management services. Includes free sample pricing matrix and schedule of reimbursable expenses.

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

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

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Ohio may gain super liens while Nevada loses them, how to deal with troublemakers in social media and color theory in landscaping. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

The End of the Line for Mediocre Management Companies

The End of the Line for Mediocre Management Companies

CAM Industry, Management Companies, Technology

If profit margins are thin and competition is fierce, why are there so many mediocre community association management companies?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 17 - 23, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 17 - 23, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Banks lash out, Florida Supremes support CAMs, Big Business rolls in, and your biggest pain. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 10 - 16, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 10 - 16, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Fannie Mae problems, a new way to retire, conflicting state and federal laws, security issues, industry specific software and radioactive condo buildings. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 03 - 09, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 03 - 09, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: A tribute to mom, fireworks for geese, swanky parties, music by the pool, Excel tips and stinky websites. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

6 Ways Excel can make your life in CAM Management Easier

6 Ways Excel can make your life in CAM Management Easier

Accounting, Technology

Spreadsheets play an important role in community association management. Learn how CAM Professionals are using Excel for community association management, and get some great Excel hacks too!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 26 - May 02, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 26 - May 02, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Community sponsored gambling, debt collectors, welcome packages, asset management, the death of the check and employee retention. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Turn your association's welcome packet into a chocolate soldier [Free Template]

Turn your association's welcome packet into a chocolate soldier [Free Template]

Association Boards

Your community association welcome packet is one of your best weapons to combat negativity. Is it past time you updated yours?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 19 - Apr 25, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 19 - Apr 25, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Between celebrating CAMs and cultivating bees, we had a lot to buzz about this week in Community Association Management.

What does a Community Association Manager Do?

What does a Community Association Manager Do?

Guest Posts

Are you considering becoming a community association manager? You know that means managing Condos and HOAs, but what would you actually do?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 12 - Apr 18, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 12 - Apr 18, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: A Mercedes for the cost of a Kia, ditching Robert for Martha, kitty cat curfews and a trip to Washington, DC. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Is Robert's Rules too Restrictive? Consider Martha's Rules of Order for Meetings

Is Robert's Rules too Restrictive? Consider Martha's Rules of Order for Meetings

Association Boards

Some community associations are feeling constricted by the structure of Robert's Rules. Here is an alternative designed for community housing and as simple as a thumbs up.

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

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

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Customer service, taking minutes, strategic ops, hoarding, insurance going up in smoke and ice dams. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Does Your Management Company Need a Strategic Operations Director?

Does Your Management Company Need a Strategic Operations Director?

Could your management company experience more directed growth with the help of a strategic operations director?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 29 - Apr 4, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Fake service animals (and some relief?), Estoppel torture treatment, legal authority for HOAs, best places to network online and facade inspections. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Top 10 CAM Industry LinkedIn Groups

Top 10 CAM Industry LinkedIn Groups

CAM Industry, Management Companies

It's not what you know, it's who you know. Learn to leverage LinkedIn Groups to raise your networking skills to the next level. We give you the top groups you can join in the community association management industry.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 22-28, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 22-28, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Interest rates, HAM, construction defects, foreclosures, cyber insurance, attaboys, poverty killers and email,. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 15-21, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 15-21, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Sticky Management, vendor references, marketing ideas, pool inspections, rising rents around the RNC, video tapes and collections policies. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

5 Ways to Get 'Sticky' with Award-Winning Community Associations

5 Ways to Get 'Sticky' with Award-Winning Community Associations

How award winning community associations can make your management company more 'sticky': An easy-mode way help your communities become more engaged, to help them understand what you do and appreciate you for it, and to help them to want to stay with your management company for years to come.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 8-14, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 8-14, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: The Starbucks effect, reserves accounting, skype for meetings, community events and voluntary associations. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Back to Basics: Reserve Fund Accounting

Back to Basics: Reserve Fund Accounting

Accounting

Best accounting practices for community associations require special handling of reserves. Get back to basics in this Reserve Fund Accounting primer.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 1-7, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 1-7, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Short term rental laws, drone policies, private cops, NACHA and parking lot paint. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

ACH: The HOA & Automated Clearing House Transactions

ACH: The HOA & Automated Clearing House Transactions

Accounting, Guest Posts

A banker shares everything you need to know about ACH and how it applies to your community association(s)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 22-28, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 22-28, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Debates over management company size, social media usage, construction defects and artificial turf! It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

It's Not the Size of Your Management Company—It's Your Team

It's Not the Size of Your Management Company—It's Your Team

Management Companies

Can a company have it all, whether large or small? Or is a company's size an impenetrable barrier to achieving important Association Management company ideals?

Just the Stats: Social Media Adoption in the Association Management Industry

Just the Stats: Social Media Adoption in the Association Management Industry

Management Companies

We asked nearly 300 CAM professionals which marketing and social media tools they use to promote their community association management organization

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 15-21, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 15-21, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: New laws to protect homeowners and educate board members, job hunting tips, social media, Google Adwords, executive board sessions and rentals too! It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Can Social Media Help your Management Company Grow? A Case Study

Can Social Media Help your Management Company Grow? A Case Study

Management Companies

Why are we in the CAM industry flying in the face of all evidence and ignoring social media as a way to grow out community association management businesses? Here's how to build your strategy.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 8-14, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 8-14, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM Mashup: Love is in the air! Use science to seduce prospective boards, lure homeowners to annual meetings, and short-term rental control plus travel tips for those love-birds who are just trying to get away. It all happened this week in Community Association Management

Seduce Your Community Association Prospects [SlideShare]

Seduce Your Community Association Prospects [SlideShare]

Management Companies, Association Boards

Learn how to use emotion to help your property management company evoke a loving response from your proposals and get community association boards to sign the contract.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 1-7, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 1-7, 2015)

CAM Mashup

Licensing, goals, scandals, zen, security and deferred maintenance. It all happened this week in community association management!

HOAs in the Media: Scandals Affecting Community Associations in 2014

HOAs in the Media: Scandals Affecting Community Associations in 2014

CAM Industry, Association Boards

2014 was a year rocked by scandals affecting homeowners associations. As we are trying to keep New Year's resolutions, take a moment to reflect on what we learned.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 25-31, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 25-31, 2015)

CAM Mashup

The fight of the century for HOAs, slow Internet service, free advertising, grieving, quitting and rentals. It all happened this week in community association management!

FHFA Takes Sides in War Between Lenders & Community Associations Over Priority Liens

FHFA Takes Sides in War Between Lenders & Community Associations Over Priority Liens

The FHFA encourages courts to supplant state laws granting HOA liens priority to ensure Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac receive the full amount from mortgage foreclosures, but CAI and the courts disagree.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 18-24, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 18-24, 2015)

CAM Mashup

CAM events, awards, staying calm, elections 101, the social compact and community mixers. It all happened this week in community association management!

60+ Community Association Management Industry Events in 2015

60+ Community Association Management Industry Events in 2015

CAM Industry

We've compiled a huge list of 2015 CAM events to encourage you to take advantage of the professional development opportunities happening in your area!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 11-17, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 11-17, 2015)

CAM Mashup

eCigarettes, year-end, recovery, social media reviews, vendor relations and fidelity insurance. It all happened this week in community association management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 4-10, 2015)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 4-10, 2015)

CAM Mashup

Resolutions, bullies, theft protections, tool libraries and the future. It all happened this week in community association management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 28-Jan 3, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 28-Jan 3, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Happy New Year! Hope your celebration was great (but not too great *wink*)! Despite the holidays typically being a slow time, I've got so much to share with you, from the FHFA invalidating state laws to a Tardis in the driveway.

How well do you know the CAM Industry? [A Crossword]

How well do you know the CAM Industry? [A Crossword]

CAM Industry

This crossword puzzle questions your knowledge about the CAM industry and CAM accounting. So try your hand and answer the questions in "How Well Do You Know the CAM Industry?"

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 15-19, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 15-19, 2014)

CAM Mashup

The holidays are upon us and it's a time to focus on our loved ones. This will be our last Mash-Up until the new year, so I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry holiday!

Making it Fair: Transparency in Homeowner Communications

Making it Fair: Transparency in Homeowner Communications

Accounting

People respond positively to the idea of transparency because it suggests fairness. Transparency can also be applied to homeowner communications.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 8-12, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 8-12, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Priority liens, drinking games, Myth Busters and Unsung Heroes. It's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup.

What Does Your Community Association Portfolio Say About You?

What Does Your Community Association Portfolio Say About You?

Management Companies

Defining your community association management company and employing smart growth strategies to your portfolio can increase profitability and empower your property management business. 

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 1-5, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 1-5, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Winter is coming! Learn about protecting against the flu and dealing with ice-melt shortages along with flying pigs, smart technology, doggie day care and a little perspective. It's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 24-28, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 24-28, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Besides parades, giant turkey dinners and frantic Black Friday shopping, here's what happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

Before Legal Action: How to collect past due assessments [Free Sample Collection Letters]

Before Legal Action: How to collect past due assessments [Free Sample Collection Letters]

Accounting

The vast majority of late assessments can be collected long before you reach that critical mass, and you don't have to be a jerk get the money the association is owed. Here's how...

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 17-21, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 17-21, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Winter is coming, epic HOA fails, smart smoke detectors, social media and your management company and the condo vs house debate—it all happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

Going Social with your Management Company - Social Media Divas Q&A

Going Social with your Management Company - Social Media Divas Q&A

Management Companies

Some of the most prolific social media divas in the community association management industry talk about social media, and how it fits into the business strategy for community association management companies.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 10-14, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 10-14, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Full service associations, budget advice, volunteering, angry residents, reclaimed water and community revival—it all happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 3-7, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 3-7, 2014)

CAM Mashup

New homeowners, HOA budgets, CAM fears, social, training, travel and your vote—it all happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

What to do After your Condo or HOA Budget is Approved by the Board

What to do After your Condo or HOA Budget is Approved by the Board

Accounting

Your Condo or HOA board has approved your draft budget. But you're not done yet! Here are your next steps in the budgeting process.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 27-31, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 27-31, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Email, balance, backups, productivity and Snowbirds—it all happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

CAM Professionals Reveal the Biggest Issues Facing Community Management

CAM Professionals Reveal the Biggest Issues Facing Community Management

CAM Industry, Management Companies

We asked CAM Professionals to tell us what the biggest issues facing the community association management industry are today. This is what they said.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 20-24, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 20-24, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Birthdays, apps, signals, decorations, competition and the future—it all happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

How to Beat Your Competition in Community Association Management

How to Beat Your Competition in Community Association Management

Management Companies

Implement these defenses into your CAM Management business strategy and not only will you win, you'll be on the shoulders of your biggest fans - your clients!

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

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

CAM Mashup

Juggling, taxes, refinancing, phones and plants—it all happened this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

Why your community needs a written delinquency policy

Why your community needs a written delinquency policy

Association Boards

Without a properly researched and documented delinquency policy, your condo or homeowners association is in danger of going unprotected when handling collections for delinquent assessments.

Does Your CAM Management Company have SMART goals?

Does Your CAM Management Company have SMART goals?

Management Companies

When asked what their goals are, most CAM management company owners say they want growth. But they're not creating SMART goals that will help them achieve that growth. Here's how...

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 29-Oct 3, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 29-Oct 3, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Marketing, FHA Certification, Millennial homeowners, Communication challenges, Healthy greens and the American Dream—it's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

Forget the yellow pages. Inbound is the new way to market your CAM management company

Forget the yellow pages. Inbound is the new way to market your CAM management company

Marketing and Sales

In today's tech savvy world you need to present your CAM Management Company where your dream clients are looking, and that is online - specifically search engines. The answer is Inbound Marketing. Learn more in this presentation from the recent TOPS CAMfire Conference

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 22-26, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 22-26, 2014)

CAM Mashup

CAMfire, new opportunities, renters against homeowners, drones, digital receipts, green communities, identity theft and millennials buying homes—it's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 15-19, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 15-19, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Reserves, smaller boards, private clouds, statistics galore, and transformational technologies—it's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

Is a Private Cloud Right for Your Management Company?

Is a Private Cloud Right for Your Management Company?

Management Companies

With the private cloud, your property management company can gain all of the benefits of being in the cloud without most of the downsides that come from the public cloud.

2 Transformational Technologies Your CAM Management Company Needs Now

2 Transformational Technologies Your CAM Management Company Needs Now

Technology

In his session at the CAMfire conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, Kevin Ergenbright demonstrated the transformational technologies that defined community association management in the past, and explored the technologies that will transform the future of the industry and your CAM Management company.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 1-5, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 1-5, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Mental health, trash cans, hellish board meetings, maintenance, charity, condo conversions and re-invigoration—it's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date with the CAM Mashup

How to Avoid the Annual HOA Meeting from Hell

How to Avoid the Annual HOA Meeting from Hell

Association Boards

Nobody wants their HOA's annual meeting to wind up on YouTube in the category "HOA Meetings From Hell". Learn how to turn a bad meeting around with these tips.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 25-29, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Feng Shui, foreclosure crisis, predatory investments, home building booms, reinvigorating your career, 3 most dangerous words and #icebucketchallenge—it's this week in Community Association Management! Stay up-to-date witht he CAM Mashup

3 Ways #CAMfireConference will Reinvigorate You and Your Management Company

3 Ways #CAMfireConference will Reinvigorate You and Your Management Company

Management Companies, Miscellaneous

We asked Community Association Management professionals who attended CAMfire: What was your favorite part of the Conference and why?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 18-22, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 18-22, 2014)

CAM Mashup

FHA, Continuing Education, Branding, Social Media, Monthly Financials, Coffee, Typos and Teamwork—it's this week in Community Association Management! The CAM Mashup helps industry professionals stay up to date

Everything you need to know about balancing monthly HOA financials [Free Checklist]

Everything you need to know about balancing monthly HOA financials [Free Checklist]

Accounting

Resources for board members on monthly financial reports abound, but how do you make sure the financials are correct before handing them over? Everything you need to know about balancing monthly HOA financials, plus a free checklist for you to use at the end of each accounting period!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 11-15, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 11-15, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Going green, differences between associations, housing in America compared to the rest of the world, busyness, and abandoned condo units—it's this week in Community Association Management!

CAMfire Community Association Management Conference Delivers

CAMfire Community Association Management Conference Delivers

Management Companies, Miscellaneous

The inaugural CAMfire Conference for community association management professionals exceeded expectations! But this was not my sentiment alone.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 28 - Aug 1, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 28 - Aug 1, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Changing rules & regulations, instagram, CAMfire, city farming and infographics—it's this week in Community Association Management! Each week, we bring together our favorite reads and share them with you in the CAM Mashup.

[Infographic] The Growth of Community Associations: From passing trend to everyday America

[Infographic] The Growth of Community Associations: From passing trend to everyday America

CAM Industry, Management Companies

Today, millions more homes are now a part of the thriving Community Association Management industry, centered around about 1/4 of all US homes.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 21-25, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 21-25, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Lawsuits, motivation, mobile living, list making, farm communities and #CAMfireConference—it's this week in Community Association Management! Each week, we bring together our favorite reads and share them with you in the CAM Mashup.

7 Things to Look Forward to at #CAMfireConference

7 Things to Look Forward to at #CAMfireConference

Miscellaneous

7 things to look forward to at the CAMfire Conference, a new event that brings TOPS users and CAM professionals together to INFORM attendees about CAM industry trends, INSPIRE them to be a positive force, and IGNITE in them a passion to serve.

CAM Mash-up: This Week (July 14-July 18, 2014)

CAM Mash-up: This Week (July 14-July 18, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Omnitasking, micromanagement, entrepreneurs, collections and conferences... It all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

Win free tickets to the 2014 CAMfire Conference

Win free tickets to the 2014 CAMfire Conference

CAM Industry, Miscellaneous

Want to win a ticket to the industry's most exciting new event for Community Association Management professionals? We're giving away tickets to the 2014 CAMfire Conference, plus a hotel stay, worth over $500!

CAM Mash-up: This Week (July 7-July 11, 2014)

CAM Mash-up: This Week (July 7-July 11, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Motivation, competition, culture, pigs and productivity... It all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

Love where you work - corporate culture in CAM Management

Love where you work - corporate culture in CAM Management

Management Companies

Your company has a culture, whether you choose to define it or not. By sitting down and actively deciding what you want your company culture to be, you can create a positive environment to work in.

CAM Mash-up: This Week (June 30-July 4, 2014)

CAM Mash-up: This Week (June 30-July 4, 2014)

CAM Mashup

America's birthday (from a drone's viewpoint), wildfires, identity theft, boutiques, productivity and motivation. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

How to transform your management company from small business to boutique

How to transform your management company from small business to boutique

Management Companies

Is a 'boutique management company' just a nicer term for a small property management business, or is it really something special?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 23-27, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 23-27, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Branding your HOA, bridging the gap between accountants and managers, firing, meeting minutes and smart homes... it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 16-20, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 16-20, 2014)

CAM Mashup

BYOB, plastic balls, water conservation, chatting with the fridge, dressing up your company and pot in HOAs... it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 9-13, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 9-13, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Condo shortages, hot apps, CAM history, Google Glass, CAMfire classes and 3D printed community associations?: it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

6 productivity apps your association management company needs

6 productivity apps your association management company needs

Technology

Are you really using your phone or tablet to it's fullest potential for your community association management business? Try these productivity apps to start making your mobile devices work for you today!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 2-6, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jun 2-6, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Healthy cities, preparing tenants, board member advice, courtroom avoidance and professional reservists: it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

The Association Manager's CYA Guide to Avoiding the Courtroom

The Association Manager's CYA Guide to Avoiding the Courtroom

CAM Industry

For community association managers, the key to avoiding a courtroom battle (or making it go faster) is to CYA with proper documentation.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 26-30, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 26-30, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Duck Dynasty, snowbirds, summer safety, defibrillators and the Board Meeting drinking game: it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 19-23, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 19-23, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Official records, micro-managers, online voting, new board members, lawsuits and getting fired up: it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

What Keeps CAM Management Interesting?

What Keeps CAM Management Interesting?

Manager Minute, Guest Posts, CAM Managers, Association Boards

In this installment of videos, Julie Adamen talks about what keeps CAM Management interesting and suggests a simple way to keep members involved.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 12-16, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 12-16, 2014)

Management Companies, CAM Industry

Mom, trust, transition, reserves, doorknobs and scaventure: it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

Management Companies: How to guarantee pain-free transitions

Management Companies: How to guarantee pain-free transitions

Management Companies

Whether it's transitioning from developer control and transitioning to a new management company. Jeff Hardy gives tips on how to make it easier on property management companies.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 5-9, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 5-9, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Shopping for management companies, electrified swimming pools, rules and regulations, and new home buyers. It's this week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

Why Community Associations Look for New Management

Why Community Associations Look for New Management

Management Companies, Association Boards

Why do community associations look for a new property management company? The answers can provide the insight you need to gain a competitive advantage.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 28-May 2, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 28-May 2, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Gratitude, Clouds, Change, Surveys, Donations and Beach Breaks: it all happened This week in Community Association Management! Stay informed with the latest news, trends and happenings within the CAM industry.

Overcoming the Fear of Change in your Property Management Company

Overcoming the Fear of Change in your Property Management Company

Accounting, CAM Managers, Management Companies

People just naturally resist change—any type of change—whether changing jobs, banks, parking spaces, doctors or… changing accounting software. Why?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 21-25, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 21-25, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Story hour, yams, going paperless and building a sustainable green community. It's all this week in Community Association Management.

It's a Beautiful Day at TOPS (Take Your Kids to Work Day)

It's a Beautiful Day at TOPS (Take Your Kids to Work Day)

Miscellaneous

It's Take your Kids to Work Day, and at TOPS we had some great visitors who went around the office to learn about TOPS. We asked them to write an article to tell us about their experiences, and the results are fun and insightful!

Cloud, Mobile, Server... Where Should You Deploy Association Management Software?

Cloud, Mobile, Server... Where Should You Deploy Association Management Software?

Technology

On premise? SaaS? Mobile? Web? Cloud? If you are choosing association management software, it may be hard to distinguish between deployment options.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 14-18, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 14-18, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Spring, Common sense business rules, phantoms, bomb squads and scaventure. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 7-11, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Apr 7-11, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Volunteering, bleeding hearts, water management, empowerment and meetings with the experts. It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

Raise a Glass to the Community Association Board

Raise a Glass to the Community Association Board

Association Boards

It's time to recognize the community association board members who volunteer on the board of their condo, HOA or co-op. We have some ideas on ways to say thanks!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 31-Apr 4, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 31-Apr 4, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Visiting the doctor, common laws, zombie apocalypse prep and barroom economics - It all happened this week in Community Association Management!

The Definitive Guide to State Laws Governing Condos and HOAs

The Definitive Guide to State Laws Governing Condos and HOAs

CAM Industry

As a professional in the Community Association Management industry, it is more than just a 'good practice' for you to be informed about laws that affect your clients - it is essential.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 24-28, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 24-28, 2014)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: the value of HOAs, unenforceable rules, street signs, websites, tumbleweeds and cute animals with great advice!

How to be a better community association manager [Free eBook]

How to be a better community association manager [Free eBook]

CAM Managers

How to be a better community association manager? Learn from other people's experience! A new ebook from TOPS shares tons of advice from hundreds of CAM professionals.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 17-21, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 17-21, 2014)

CAM Mashup

A new take on the swear jar, leadership lessons from football, crazy ants, yoga, millennials and puppies: It's all this week in Community Association Management!

Community Manager's Minute: Opportunity could knock any minute. Is your resume ready?

Community Manager's Minute: Opportunity could knock any minute. Is your resume ready?

CAM Industry, Manager Minute

Julie Adamen knows better than anyone how to help CAM Managers find a job. She tells why we should keep our resumes up to date, and best practices on getting it seen.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 10-14, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 10-14, 2014)

CAM Mashup

Gen Y, going self-managed, communication, pets, self-managing, getting fired up and putting fires out! It's this week in Community Association Management.

Introducing the CAMfire Conference

Introducing the CAMfire Conference

Miscellaneous

TOPS is pleased to announce the CAMfire Conference, a new event that brings TOPS users and CAM professionals together to INFORM attendees about CAM industry trends, INSPIRE them to be a positive force, and IGNITE in them a passion to serve.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 3-7, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 3-7, 2014)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management, we talk paperless, llamas, cell phones, getting ready for spring and... audit season?

Are these 6 things preventing your CAM Management Company from going paperless?

Are these 6 things preventing your CAM Management Company from going paperless?

Technology, CAM Industry

Are we doomed to be storing paper copies of community data for the next 40 years? Six barriers that are preventing community association management companies from going paperless today.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 24-28, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 24-28, 2014)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: We go to Vegas for the year's biggest scandal. And speaking of scandal, what's your stand on marijuana in HOAs? If the snow has got you feeling a little blue (or white?) try this new accounting game. Not sure how to play? Just fake it till you make it!

Fake it 'till you make it - how to be a GREAT community association manager

Fake it 'till you make it - how to be a GREAT community association manager

CAM Managers

What sets apart a CAM manager who's got it all under control is confidence. How to be a great community association manager? You fake it.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 17-21, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 17-21, 2014)

CAM Mashup

If pit bulls, petty e-car vandalism and overdue dues excuses don't have you updating your resume, you can get some inspiration from other successful CAM professionals and maybe even earn a little easy money this week in Community Association Management!

Secret Ways Property Management Companies Have Found Success

Secret Ways Property Management Companies Have Found Success

Management Companies, Miscellaneous

We asked customers of TOPS Software if they would share out of the ordinary ways that have helped contribute to the success of their CAM business. Here are their responses.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 10-14, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 10-14, 2014)

CAM Mashup, Association Boards, CAM Industry

This Week in Community Association Management: We show a little love for community association management with stories both serious and hilarious, plus some free bonus CAM themed printable cards!

Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand have some advice for your property management company

Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand have some advice for your property management company

Management Companies, Association Boards

Has the bloom of your relationship with long-term clients worn off? Save your relationship with your community association boards with these helpful tips on ways to remind them you still care.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 3-7, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Feb 3-7, 2014)

Accounting, CAM Mashup, Management Companies, CAM Industry, Association Boards

This Week in Community Association Management: Combine an improved economy, optimistic CEOs and green communities with taxes, foreclosures, dysfunction, and poor accounting practices and you get the roller coaster that was this week in the CAM industry. Put your hands in the air!

Fudging the numbers in Community Association Accounting

Fudging the numbers in Community Association Accounting

Accounting, CAM Industry

The CAM industry is very tight-knit and competitive. News of possible fraud can destroy everything you have worked for. Fudging the numbers in your accounting may save time in the short term, but it can have a very high price in the long run.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 27-31, 2014)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 27-31, 2014)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: Brianna's sick, so we're winging it with an entire cast of characters from superheroes to David and Goliath to David Copperfield. You won't want to miss this!

3 things every CAM manager should know about HOA resales [Free Estoppel Letter Template]

3 things every CAM manager should know about HOA resales [Free Estoppel Letter Template]

Management Companies, Technology

Since you don't have telepathy, you're going to have to settle for always finding out about a resale in the associations you manage at the very last minute. That's why it helps to be prepared to process a resale at the drop of a hat.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 20-24, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 20-24, 2013)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: Angry birds, pop quizes, aging issues, mobility, preparation and conservation... whew! What a week!

10 Ways to Make Mobile Devices Work for Property Management

10 Ways to Make Mobile Devices Work for Property Management

Technology

Ten industry-specific implementations that property managers and CAM Managers can do right now on a mobile device like a tablet or a smart phone

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 13-17, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 13-17, 2013)

CAM Mashup

Scandals, fortune tellers, squatters, resumes, repairs, heat illness and giant, tree-sucking holes in the ground. What do these things have in common? It's this week in Community Association Management!

In the Media: Scandals affecting community associations in 2013

In the Media: Scandals affecting community associations in 2013

CAM Industry, Association Boards

We can learn a lot from scandals. These are just a few of the outrageous stories surrounding condo and homeowners associations in 2013.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 6 - 10, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jan 6 - 10, 2013)

CAM Mashup, CAM Industry, Technology, Association Boards

The cloud, the board, the kudos and the poop - what do these things have in common? It's this week in Community Association Management!

The trouble with credit cards in community association dues

The trouble with credit cards in community association dues

Accounting

Homeowners expect modern solutions to common problems, like the acceptance of credit cards for community association dues. So why can't communities accept credit cards?

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 30 - Jan 3, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 30 - Jan 3, 2013)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: community, the housing market, sneak peaks, gardening, accounting cycles and testimonials!

A Blueprint for the CAM Accounting Cycle

A Blueprint for the CAM Accounting Cycle

Accounting, Technology

Follow this blueprint to insure you are covering all of the bases in your community association accounting. (Best practices for CAM Accounting)

Looking Ahead: The Future of the CAM Industry

Looking Ahead: The Future of the CAM Industry

CAM Industry, Management Companies

In an industry that is typically thought of as ‘behind the curve’ in technology and innovation, we have to move up in a hurry if we want to be able to stay competitive.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 16-20, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 16-20, 2013)

CAM Mashup, Association Boards, CAM Industry

Thank yous, Hoarders, Trees, Cars, Careers, Lights and Humbugs. What do these things have in common? It's this week in Community Association Management!

12 Unwelcome HOAliday Disasters for the CAM Manager

12 Unwelcome HOAliday Disasters for the CAM Manager

Management Companies

The holidays are great. The time with family, the joy of the season, holiday shopping, traffic, waiting in lines, stress, Stress, STRESS! Who needs a disaster in the communities you manage at a time like this?

What to get the Property Manager who has everything?

What to get the Property Manager who has everything?

CAM Industry, Technology

What on earth should you get the Property Manager, Accountant, or Board Member who has everything? Here are some awesome ideas!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 9-13, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 9-13, 2013)

CAM Mashup

Thank yous, Hoarders, Trees, Cars, Careers, Lights and Humbugs. What do these things have in common? It's this week in Community Association Management!

Community Manager's Minute: Who's Responsible for your Education?

Community Manager's Minute: Who's Responsible for your Education?

CAM Industry, Manager Minute, CAM Managers

Julie Adamen helps you get real about your career growth in parts 3 and 4 of her 12-step program to help you get out of your career funk and focused on your future.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 2-6, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Dec 2-6, 2013)

CAM Mashup

Real Estate turnarounds, neighborhood watch, fraud prevention, holiday gifting, and paying it forward—it's this week in Community Association Management!

With Fraud at an All-Time High, Secure Checks Help Deter Fraud & Detect Tampering

With Fraud at an All-Time High, Secure Checks Help Deter Fraud & Detect Tampering

Accounting, Guest Posts, Association Boards

High security checks and nine other ways your property management company can be protected from potential fraud. Guest post by Deluxe Corporation

Giving Thanks by Giving Back to your Community

Giving Thanks by Giving Back to your Community

CAM Managers, Association Boards, Miscellaneous

A recent study revealed that generosity can be infectious. However, in Community Association Management, it can sometimes be difficult to put into practice, so I wanted to share with you some stories that are sure to warm your heart and maybe even give you a few ideas.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 18-22, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 18-22, 2013)

CAM Mashup

To Rent, or Not to Rent? Should renters be allowed within associations? Questions boards have been on the fence about for decades. And more!

Florida Community Association Managers: Are you breaking the law?

Florida Community Association Managers: Are you breaking the law?

CAM Industry

The Florida supreme court will determine whether 14 scenarios are illegal for Community Association managers to practice.

4 Alternatives to Stuffing Envelopes in Association Management

4 Alternatives to Stuffing Envelopes in Association Management

Management Companies

Rather than stuffing envelopes, here are some other ways Association Managers can get information out to homeowners.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 11-15, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 11-15, 2013)

CAM Mashup, Miscellaneous

What do mustaches, holiday cheer, control freaks and building houses have to do with community management? It's this week in Community Association Management!

How to manage, motivate and inspire community volunteers

How to manage, motivate and inspire community volunteers

Association Boards, Management Companies

In the CAM industry, we often talk about how hard it is to GET community volunteers. But one of the things we don't talk about a lot is how to help retain the ones we've got. Let me share with you the lessons I learned from Habitat for Humanity.

A proven method to show community association board members how much you care

A proven method to show community association board members how much you care

Guest Posts, Management Companies, Association Boards

In community association management, building customer relationships, getting your name out there and keeping employees happy are critical to your success.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 4-8, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 4-8, 2013)

Accounting, CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: Today, we decided to TAKE A WALK around the neighborhood in our RUBY SLIPPERS. The streets looked all BRIGHT, SHINY and NEW, probably because the community recently decided to TAKE ACTION and STREAMLINE FOR SUCCESS! Yes, we are excited, at least until it's time for COLLECTING DEBT. We will put that off until WHITEBOARD WEDNESDAY. Confused? Don't be! It's this week in CAM management!

Software that Streamlines = Happy Association Management

Software that Streamlines = Happy Association Management

Management Companies, Technology

By choosing property management software that streamlines your workflows, the result will be happy staff, happy homeowners, and a happy YOU!

Automating Receivables in CAM Accounting: MICR, Lockbox and ACH—Oh My!

Automating Receivables in CAM Accounting: MICR, Lockbox and ACH—Oh My!

Accounting, Technology

Walking into a CAM Management company can feel like stepping back in time. Or maybe, visiting another world altogether. (Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore!)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 28-Nov 1, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 28-Nov 1, 2013)

CAM Mashup, CAM Managers, Management Companies, Accounting, Association Boards

This week in community association management - vampires and zombies, pitchforks and torches? We're going to need a 12 step program to get over it!

Community Manager's Minute: Start getting real about your career

Community Manager's Minute: Start getting real about your career

CAM Industry, Manager Minute, CAM Managers, Guest Posts

Julie Adamen helps community association managers get real about career growth in the first two parts of her new 12 step program to help you get out of your career funk and focused on your future.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 21-Oct 25, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 21-Oct 25, 2013)

CAM Mashup

This week in community association management: This week it was all about TOPS! We celebrated our 28th birthday at our largest (and final) user conference of the year in beautiful Orlando Florida! The conference heralded several major announcements...

Professional CAM Budgeting: Finding the Right Contractors (Free RFP Template)

Professional CAM Budgeting: Finding the Right Contractors (Free RFP Template)

Accounting

How to find a contractor for one-time or unusual jobs to complete your community budget like a professional - Includes free sample RFP template

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 14-Oct 18, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 14-Oct 18, 2013)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: I've been in a pickle. A PARADOXICAL PREDICAMENT, if you will. My favorite new song from DBPR, SECONDS ON MINUTES is competing on the TOP TEN against the latest hit from SMASHING PUMPKINS - HATERS GONNA HATE. What to choose? The cheerleaders in my head are screaming 'WE HAVE SPIRIT, YES WE DO!' but If I don't get some work done, I'll get FIRED, so I'll think about that later - on WHITEBOARD WEDNESDAY.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 7-Oct 11, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 7-Oct 11, 2013)

CAM Mashup, Management Companies, Accounting, Technology, CAM Industry, Miscellaneous

This isn't nonsense - it's This week in Community Management!: COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY when you are a citizen of PROCRASTINATION NATION! Although the QUESTIONS may be greater than the ANSWERS (especially about MINERAL RIGHTS), TEAM BUILDING is an essential skill to PROVE YOURSELF. And you'd better hurry too, because WBW is JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!

3 Ways to Show Your Worth to Homeowners Before Year End

3 Ways to Show Your Worth to Homeowners Before Year End

CAM Managers, Association Boards, Management Companies

Contending with ‘What have you done for me lately?’ syndrome from homeowners and board members in the associations you manage? Here are 3 ways you can prove your worth as a CA Manager!

Professional CAM Budgeting: Creating a Community Business Plan (Free Worksheet)

Professional CAM Budgeting: Creating a Community Business Plan (Free Worksheet)

Accounting

Before putting projections into a spreadsheet to come up with a community association budget, the first place to start is to develop a business plan.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 30-Oct 4, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 30-Oct 4, 2013)

CAM Mashup, CAM Industry

Shutdown showdown, Messy Matters, Bro in Laws, WBW and Dos and donts - what do these things have to do with you? It's this week in Community Association Management!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 23-27, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 23-27, 2013)

CAM Mashup

If you find yourself in a CRAPPY SITUATION, don't fret or have a GL BREAKDOWN, just jump on the GO GREEN BANDWAGON and in a SNAP SURVEY, you may just find yourself saying WHO ME? When you hear YOU'RE HIRED! Confused? Don't be! It's this week in community association management!

Setting Up your Community Association's General Ledger

Setting Up your Community Association's General Ledger

Accounting, Technology

The General Ledger keeps a record of every transaction you perform for your community association accounting. Learn how to set up the GL for Condo and HOA management.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 16-20, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 16-20, 2013)

CAM Mashup, CAM Managers, Miscellaneous

This week in CAM management: Need a gift idea for CAI's 40th BIRTHDAY? Don't STRESS out or consider BREAKING UP over it! We have gift ideas that would satisfy even the most BORED GADFLY! How about a CONDO-DWELLER'S BEST FRIEND? Or if your budget is lower, perhaps some VENDOR ALPHABET SOUP? Sadly it's too late to send them to the TOPS USER CONFERENCE IN VEGAS, but there's always Orlando!

Recipe for a Successful Management Company

Recipe for a Successful Management Company

Management Companies, Technology

It can take a long time to cook up a successful business, Stefanie Ford presents this great recipe for CAM success, and a delicious companion recipe for S'mores cookie bars!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 9-13, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 9-13, 2013)

CAM Mashup, Accounting, Management Companies, CAM Industry, Miscellaneous

While PACKING FOR VEGAS I was dancing merrily to the tune of CALL ME, MAYBE when it occurred to me that budget season was upon me. Oh no! It's a CATCH 22 -- I'M UP TO MY NECK in work already!, I thought, and I began to go into a BUDGET FRENZY. The only thing that worked to soothe me was the thought of GOING GREEN. Confused? Don't be. It's this week in Community Association Management.

Community Manager's Minute: No More Budget Frenzy (Free Template!)

Community Manager's Minute: No More Budget Frenzy (Free Template!)

Manager Minute

Coming into October, everyone in community association management is talking budgets! Julie Adamen teaches us how to avoid budget frenzy! Free Community Budget Template

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 2-6, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Sept 2-6, 2013)

CAM Mashup

This week in Community Association Management: Year End, Dancing Guy, Inspirations, Positive Perspectives, Reasons for Denial, and Contracts. Say What?

It’s Fall! Is your Property Management Company Ready for Year End?

It’s Fall! Is your Property Management Company Ready for Year End?

Guest Posts

5 tips for preparing your community association for tax season a little early this year. Check your list twice to make sure your property management company is ready on time!

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 26-30, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 26-30, 2013)

CAM Mashup, Association Boards, Miscellaneous

Cameras, Fraud Prevention, What happens in Vegas, Master Policies, Super-Liens and the 7 Deadly Sins. Whew! It's this week in Community Association Management

How super-liens help your HOA collect on delinquent assessments

How super-liens help your HOA collect on delinquent assessments

Accounting

Help for HOA Collections: Why lending institutions are worried that HOAs will utilize priority super liens to collect delinquent assessments.

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 19-23, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 19-23, 2013)

CAM Mashup

Storms, Assessments, Blurred lines, Therapy dogs, Philly, Financial check-up and Home Values; Oh My! It's this week in Community Association Management

How community association management companies turn a profit

How community association management companies turn a profit

Accounting, Management Companies

With such tight margins in management fees, what do CAM Management companies do to become profitable? (Free reimbursable expenses schedule.)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 12-16, 2013)

CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 12-16, 2013)

CAM Mashup

Silent meetings, crack fill, greasy plumbing, CAM vendors and housing discrimination: What do these things have in common? They happened this week.

Startup Tips from Successful Association Management Entrepreneurs

Startup Tips from Successful Association Management Entrepreneurs

Management Companies

Successful association management entrepreneurs share tips and tricks that helped them achieve success with their startups.

8 Easy Steps to Prepare Budgets for your Community Association(s)

8 Easy Steps to Prepare Budgets for your Community Association(s)

Accounting

Follow these 8 simple steps to create a realistic and accurate budget for your community association.

One simple trick to improve communications with your homeowners

One simple trick to improve communications with your homeowners

CAM Managers, Management Companies, Technology

In an age of automated responses and text messages, it's the personal touch in community association communication that makes a difference.

Community Manager's Minute: Soothing the Angry Board Member

Community Manager's Minute: Soothing the Angry Board Member

Manager Minute, Guest Posts, CAM Managers

Every CAM manager has encounters with angry board members. Julie Adamen gives us tips to keep everyone cool by giving them the information they need.

Choosing an Accounting Method for your Community Associations

Choosing an Accounting Method for your Community Associations

Accounting

The 5 Million Dollar rule and when it's right to choose Cash vs Accrual (or modified) accounting methods for your community association accounting.

How 'the Cloud' is Reshaping the Corporate World

How 'the Cloud' is Reshaping the Corporate World

Guest Posts, Technology

Learn how businesses across the globe are using the cloud, and how, with some simple changes, your community management company can benefit as well.

The Definitive Guide to Community Association Acronyms

The Definitive Guide to Community Association Acronyms

Association Boards

If you think AOAO is an ancient battle cry, you need this lighthearted but informative look at demystifying community association alphabet soup.

Community Manager's Minute: Stress, Distractions and the Art of Focus

Community Manager's Minute: Stress, Distractions and the Art of Focus

Manager Minute, Guest Posts, CAM Managers

Learn how to do your best work by reducing stress and distractions in this installment of the Community Manager's Minute with Julie Adamen.

What to do AFTER your Community Management Proposal is Accepted

What to do AFTER your Community Management Proposal is Accepted

CAM Managers, Management Companies, Association Boards

You've worked so hard to win a contract for your new Community Management company. Jeff Hardy discusses next steps AFTER you win the contract.

10 Tips for Marketing Your New Community Management Company

10 Tips for Marketing Your New Community Management Company

Marketing and Sales

You can't make money as a community management company without clients! Jeff Hardy gives 10 pointers on ways to let the world know you exist.

5 Lessons I learned from a community association management pioneer

5 Lessons I learned from a community association management pioneer

CAM Industry, Management Companies

Embarking on the next chapter of TOPS Software, we take a look over our shoulder at the man that made it all happen, and the lessons he taught us.

Community Manager's Minute: Association Management, What's to love?

Community Manager's Minute: Association Management, What's to love?

Manager Minute, Guest Posts, CAM Managers

What's to love about being a Community Association Manager? Everything! In this Manager's Minute, Julie Adamen talks about what makes this job great!

Facing Rough Times in Community Association Management

Facing Rough Times in Community Association Management

Guest Posts, CAM Managers, Miscellaneous

How do you deal with rough times in community management? Craig Huntington is the keynote speaker for the TOPS User Conference.

How Community Association Accounting differs from Business Accounting

How Community Association Accounting differs from Business Accounting

CAM Industry, Accounting, Technology

What makes accounting for HOA, Condo and other community associations so different from standard business accounting?

Community Manager's Minute: Act, Don't React to Micromanagers

Community Manager's Minute: Act, Don't React to Micromanagers

Manager Minute, Guest Posts, CAM Managers, Association Boards

Julie Adamen talks about why board members try to micromanage community association managers, and actionable tips to deal with micromanagers.

7 Ways Your Community Management Company can Increase Client Retention

7 Ways Your Community Management Company can Increase Client Retention

CAM Industry, Management Companies, CAM Managers

Keeping your current Condo and HOA communities out of the hands of low cost competitors is hard! Learn 7 ways to make your management company 'sticky'!

Preparing your Community Association for Aging in Place

Preparing your Community Association for Aging in Place

Guest Posts, Association Boards

Many baby boomers are opting to stay put and adapt their homes to accommodate aging. But Aging in Place (AIP) affects the homeowners association or condo association as much as it affects the homeowners.

Management Companies: Are you Winning (or Losing!) Business with Social Media? (VIDEO)

Management Companies: Are you Winning (or Losing!) Business with Social Media? (VIDEO)

CAM Managers, Management Companies

If you are community association management company, or involved in the Condo or HOA management industry, learn how to leverage social media to help win new client communities and establish a better relationship with condo and HOA board members and homeowners.

What Shaped the Future of Community Management Technology?

What Shaped the Future of Community Management Technology?

Technology

Remember using rent roll cards, comptometers or yellow legal pads for community management? We talk about what's been and what's to come

5 Lessons from TOPS Software's Website Redesign

5 Lessons from TOPS Software's Website Redesign

Management Companies, Technology

topssoft.com has a new look! We share what we learned along the way to help you with your web presence

The Property Manager's Dress Code

The Property Manager's Dress Code

Guest Posts, CAM Managers

Is there a dress code for community association managers? Guest blogger Julie Adamen gives us a dressing down on dressing up.

Community Association Management: The Past and the Future

Community Association Management: The Past and the Future

CAM Industry, Guest Posts, Association Boards, Management Companies

In the TOPS CAM Blog: Industry guru Paul Grucza explores a timeline of the community association industry, and where it is heading.

HOAs in the Media: 5 Scandals affecting community associations in 2012

HOAs in the Media: 5 Scandals affecting community associations in 2012

CAM Industry, Association Boards

2012 was a year rocked by scandals affecting homeowners associations. As we are looking ahead making resolutions, take a moment to reflect on what we learned.

Social Media Primer for Association Managers and Management Companies

Social Media Primer for Association Managers and Management Companies

CAM Managers, Association Boards, Management Companies, CAM Industry

Community Association Managers should know the legal pitfalls and best practices to put in a social media policy. Guest Post by Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq.

5 Ways Your Association Software Can Help You Go Green Today!

5 Ways Your Association Software Can Help You Go Green Today!

Technology

5 simple tips to start going green today using tools in your association management software.

New Association Management Company Setup Checklist

New Association Management Company Setup Checklist

Management Companies, CAM Managers

Follow these steps to prepare your new community association management company to open for business.

Accounts Receivable Automation: Think Outside the Lockbox

Accounts Receivable Automation: Think Outside the Lockbox

Accounting, Guest Posts

There are many factors to consider for your Community Association Accounting AP automation. Are you on the right track? CAM Industry banking expert Craig Lee Huntington shares his tips in this guest post, Thinking Outside the Lockbox

How to Create an Action Plan for Your Community Management Company

How to Create an Action Plan for Your Community Management Company

Management Companies, Technology

Industry expert Jeff Hardy guides you through the process of creating an action plan to start your new community association management company.

5 Olympic Lessons for Community Association Managers

5 Olympic Lessons for Community Association Managers

CAM Managers

Learn how to be a better community association manager by studying the techniques that make an athlete into an Olympian.

6 Reports that Need to be Included in Your Condo and HOA Monthly Financial Packages

6 Reports that Need to be Included in Your Condo and HOA Monthly Financial Packages

Association Boards

To have a true understanding of your communities’ finances, you need to understand what your numbers mean. The answers are in your Month End Reports.

Before you evaluate CAM Software, you need a software needs analysis

Before you evaluate CAM Software, you need a software needs analysis

Management Companies, Technology

The first step to choosing a new software solution for your association management organization is performing a needs assessment.

So You're Thinking of Starting a Management Company

So You're Thinking of Starting a Management Company

Management Companies, CAM Managers

If you've been thinking of starting a management company, let an industry expert guide you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

TOPS CAM Blog answers to frequently asked questions on guest posting, article sharing, opting out, opting in and more!

About the TOPS CAM Blog

About the TOPS CAM Blog

TOPS CAM Blog - your source for community association management news and information.