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

Posted by Brianna Sturm on August 9, 2015

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Forget summer blockbusters, this was the week of the CAM blockbuster! As super slueths, we surveiled management companies. In sci-fi, we weighed in on the Drone Wars, In documentaries we got schooled on construction defects and in the ultimate thriller monster mash, we joined the battle against giant snails. I swear that's all true, and it all happened this week in community association management.

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

How Do You Compare?

A lot of research studies have been published on Community Associations, but there is far less known about the management companies that serve them. We aim to change that with a new survey that looks at the HR makeup of management companies across the country. We'll be sharing the answers on this blog soon, but we need your help! It only takes 3 minutes.

Marketing by Drone

“Residential property movers like the prospect of using drones to move property. Picture this: Inside, the drone can float from room to room to capture the unit from every angle. Out of the living room and into a short hallway, a spacious master bedroom and bath comes into view. A quick turn, and the doors open to a balcony overlooking a lake or valley and suddenly you’re airborne.” From the description alone, you are ready to buy, am I right?!

Drone Wars

On the other side of the drone debate is a new Florida law called the Freedom from Unwanted Surveilance Act that requires written permission from private citizens in order to allow drones to fly over public residences. What are the ramifications for community managers?

Homeowner Forum

“If a resident would like to bring an issue to the Board’s attention during a board meeting, they should be welcomed to speak during the homeowner forum—a time set aside just for homeowners so that everyone who attends has an opportunity for a meaningful exchange with the HOA board.” Check out the guidelines that the forum should follow here!

Homeowner’s Responsibilities in an HOA

“When you live in an HOA, you can depend on the Association itself to do certain things on your behalf: To preserve property values, to resolve disputes, and to offer some basic amenities and common areas, for example. These are all great perks and fine reasons to move into an HOA community—but of course, they come with some strings attached. You have to hold up your end of the bargain: The HOA does certain things for you, but you in turn have to do certain things for the HOA!.” Do you know your responsibilities to the HOA as a homeowner?

Rules for Construction Success

“When it comes to construction projects, all too often people start out with pretty drawings and end up with shouting matches or—worse—expensive lawsuits. Your project may be steel and concrete. But even a “minor” mistake, like using the wrong waterproofing caulk, can turn it into a leaky, moldy mess that’s ready for the wrecking ball—or at least a multi-million dollar rehab. So, whether you’re constructing an apartment building, the alterations for your new office space or a custom home, learn from the painful lessons of others.” Get schooled here!

Giant Stucco Eating Snails

Florida just never ceases to amaze me. “Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe.” These slimy creatures are wreaking havoc on the local homes in Miami as they seem to have an appetite for stucco. Just when you think you’ve heard it all.

Do You Have Big News This Week?

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

 

*Image credit: Pixabay user tpsdave

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