CAM Mash Up: This Week (Aug 19-23, 2013)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on August 23, 2013

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Storms, Assessments, Blurred lines, Therapy dogs, Philly, Financial check-up and Home Values; Oh My! It's this week in Community Association Management:

As an educated member of the Community Association Management industry, you already know how crucial it is to stay informed and up-to-date on the latest news, trends and happenings within the industry. Each week, we're bringing together our favorite reads of the week and putting them in one convenient place! Enjoy the CAM Mash Up and feel free to share! 

Can your Association weather the storm?

Hey North Dakota! Are you ready for Hurricane season? Kidding. But for some geographical locations (shout out to you, FL!) hurricanes are a major concern. Make sure you and your community are prepared by taking these five key actions.

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman (

Go, Dog. Go?

Condominiums don’t always look too fondly upon "man’s best friend". But what happens when that said best friend is also a life saver? One recurring debate within community association discussion groups is that of therapy dogs. Should they be allowed to live in dog-free associations?

Is your community financially healthy?

When was the last time you gave your community a financial ‘checkup’? If it’s been a while, this article is a great resource to help you analyze your current financial condition.

Financing options for HOA special assessments

So, your HOA has a major project that can’t wait another minute! But what options are available when owners just don’t have that kind of extra money on hand? Luckily, there are a quite a few!

Blurred Lines

The division between the board of directors and the management company’s responsibilities can often be a blurred line (and, no that is not a plug for Robin Thicke). This article provides a great explanation of the division of labor.

Homes in HOA’s worth more?

A new study concludes that homes in HOAs are worth more: “HOAs in Northern Virginia are worth, on average, more than 5 percent more than similar houses in the same neighborhood but outside of HOAs. Given those large advantages, it is not surprising that HOAs are growing rapidly.”

TOPS takes Philadelphia

Another leg of the TOPS User Conference tour is complete. We had a great time in Philadelphia with all of our clients and partners. Philly may never be the same after our visit! (That's me, third from the right!)

TOPS Team Members at the 2013 TOPS User Conference in Philadelphia

Do You Have Big News This Week?

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



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