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

Posted by Brianna Sturm on January 15, 2017


Part-time porters, wearing two hats, free speech and your code of ethics - the CAM Mashup holds many truths for the board this week! Also, help for selling your management company, and not one but TWO great events this month. 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!

Code of Ethics

“Welcome to 2017! Do you have new board members at your association? According to ECHO, this is a great time to stress the importance of a Board’s duties, responsibilities and ethics. Ethics are the moral compass that guides the performance of a director’s duties and governance of a homeowners association. Creating a functioning compass means establishing a standard for your HOA to follow when conducting its business.”

Outsourcing Services

“Full-time superintendent positions are now being transformed into part-time porter positions, with the option of handyman services a la carte... By doing so, properties save on hours not being utilized by the superintendent, and instead put those funds into necessary focused improvements around the property. In the long-run, this transitions to time and money saved, without sacrificing any service goals.” 

Multiple Hats

“One very annoying situation that directors complain about often is usually something to the effect of “I hate when owners come up to me in the hallway with a problem.” So how can this be dealt with? The best way is to make sure that owners understand the two hats directors wear is to create job descriptions for directors and owners and include specific role and responsibility descriptions.  I recommend creating a written document and sharing so owners can easily find it. “

Free Speech

“Condominium and homeowner associations in Washington and Oregon often deal with free speech issues.  Political signs are perhaps the most common issue. It is commonly misunderstood that owners have a right to display political signs.  Generally, there are no free speech rights in community associations unless granted under the governing documents or state law.  There are a few exceptions, though.”

Sick? Stay home!

“Getting a cold sucks. Getting behind on work also sucks. In a perfect world, neither would ever happen. Unfortunately, as you very well know, that’s not the case. So give yourself a break the next time you wake up feeling badly and stay in bed. If you’re stressed about your to-do list, fear not. You can probably still accomplish a decent amount without ever changing out of your pajamas.”

Thinking of Selling?

Negotiating the sale of a management company is a very delicate operation. Buyers and sellers will always be at odds because their interests are first and foremost profit/loss driven:  the Buyer wants to pay the least amount possible, while the Seller wants to get the highest price possible. This often results in a lengthy back and forth process of offer and counter-offer.”

Can't Miss!

"This is an invitation. I am inviting you to do something other than make a New Year’s Resolution. I am inviting you instead to make a New You Transformation. You know, the transformation into the “you” that you want to be, could be, and should be. You know, the “you” that you have been waiting for. The “you” that you have kept us waiting for. This is the invitation you have been waiting for.” Don't miss two amazing webinars this month!



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