CAM Mash Up: This Week (Oct 7-Oct 11, 2013)

This week in community association management

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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!

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

Prove Yourself

Can you believe it? Year end is right around the corner! (and with it, contract renewals!) Luckily, Andrew Woytowich, Account Executive at TOPS Software, shares with us three ways, as a management company or community manager, you can show your worth to the homeowners in the communities you manage before year end. Good Luck!

Procrastination Nation

We are all guilty of it from time to time. Putting things off until the very last second--like your budgets! Jeff Hardy, founder of TOPS Software, helps to get us started (on budgets, at least) by showing how to create a community business plan. Phew, thanks Jeff!!

Mineral Deeds

Think back to the last property you purchased. Did you think to take a look over the mineral deed? Unless you had the help of an attorney, then probably not! Without even knowing, it is possible that the developer still has the rights to drill for oil and minerals underneath your new home! Time for a new law to be passed? Donna DiMaggio Berger, Esq. gives us the details.

Questions > Answers

Sometimes questions can be more important than answers (as long as they are the right questions!) Property Management Insider explores how asking the right questions in the right order can help improve your property management skills.

Communication is Key

Whether its constructing a new entrance or making repairs to the clubhouse, it is necessary that the HOA takes certain steps to ensure the community is informed about upcoming construction plans. And don’t forget to celebrate the new addition with the community after its completion! Bob Gourley of MyEZCondo spells out the considerations you should be including in your construction plan.

Team Building

Dysfunctional teams are often ineffective and a waste of everyone’s time. Tarley Robinson, PLC tells us about two important steps to take to ensure your community’s Board of Directors are working together in an effective manner.

A great thing you can ask the board to do: Perform an 'End of Year Board Health Evaluation' with this handy checklist from Richards, Kimble & Winn PC that helps boards self-evaluate and stay functional and working together as a team. 


This week's lesson in Trapp Online's Whiteboard Wednesdays educational series is all about Cloud Mobility! The possibilities are endless when you’re in the cloud! You can work from anywhere with internet connection! Thanks for the lesson, Ashley!


Just One Week Away!

Special evening performance

Space is limited but it’s still not too late to sign up for the TOPS User Conference! Make sure you register you and your team for our biggest conference to date, kicking off in Orlando on October 22, 2013! If you are planning to come, make sure you stay for the special evening performance by a semi-finalist on "America's Got Talent"!

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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