This week in Community Association Management, HUD wrote a letter to Santa. I guess we'll see if they were naughty or nice. If you're trying to get in some last minute good vibes to make your own way onto the Nice list, we've also got ideas for you - from employee perks to eco snow removal. And last but certainly not least, get a leg up on year end with a handy guide on closing the books. Learn more in this week's CAM Mashup!
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 Mashup and please share it too!
Hey Now, You're a Rock Star
If you've read any help wanted ads recently, you've seen it. Everyone wants to hire rock stars. But do they really? Think about real rock stars and their reputation. In this fun romp, explore why you should NOT aspire to be a rock star property manager.
Hope from HUD?
HUD has published a new mortgage letter, which revises some of the definitions that affect condo communities applying for FHA certification. Some of it's good news (especially if your community has snowbirds) and some of it's not so good. Get the full details on the new HUD letter here.
Closing the Books
I always dread the end of the holidays just a little because I know what happens as soon as the season is over - the beginning of year end - tax time. And each year I vow to start a little bit earlier. This year, that promise can become a reality with this year-end guide, which has everything you need for year-end. Be sure to note the new deadlines for 2016 filings - it's a leap year so these are different than the usual dates.
Going Green in the White
Forget the gas guzzling, giant snowblower just to clear the sidewalks in your community! New eco-friendly battery operated snowblowers are just the ticket this winter. If your community has been thinking of getting a new snowblower this year, consider one of these green options.
Everyone's talking about social media adoption, but there are so many different options, it can be hard to know where to start. Learn about the popular social media networks, what each is good for, and how to decide what's best for your management company or community.
Raise the Roof
Nobody likes a special assessment, right? Maybe not. Here's a story about a community that put the question in the hands of their homeowners and let them decide the best way to fund the new roof the building needed. Not only were they able to come to consensus, the owners even said they were happy about it! It's an inspirational story of a cooperative community coming together to do what needed to be done. (And you could do it too!)
Best Perks for Your Staff
Happy employees simply make your company better - they provide better service, you get happier clients, and you have lower turnover. So what can you do to help make your employees happier? Check out this infographic with 24 perks and incentives rated to see what's the most effective. Number one? A flexible schedule. Gotta love community association management! You've already got that one covered!
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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