CAM Mash Up: This Week (Jul 06 - Jul 12, 2015)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on July 12, 2015

This week in community association management

This week we learned the Supreme Court of the United States doesn't give a fig about your good intentions, and RFPs may not be a good way to find professional management. We answered the age-old question of what management software actually does, and got a great addition to your summer reading list. We also explored your relationship with your phone. Is it too much? The answer to that and a solution to NIMBY syndrome 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!

Four Obstacles For CAM Professionals

“New technologies, the ability to compete in an entirely web-based fashion and, perhaps most importantly, the rapidly changing preferences and demands of owners, are all forcing community association management professionals to adjust their own strategies. To give you a clearer perspective on some of the challenges you will face as a CAM professional, let's take a look at four obstacles seen on the path today, and the challenges and opportunities they present.”

Your Community Website-It Matters!

How much time, love and attention do you pay your community website? “Like any business entity, your website is your face to the world. When people are researching places to live, the first thing they do is go online for information. Your website is where those people will get the feel for what your community is all about, and what it might be like to live there.”

Your Community Documents       

How organized are you community documents? “Homeowners’ Associations, if they hope to run an efficient organization, have a large number of documents they must keep in proper order. They regularly work with these documents so keeping them in order ensures accessibility. However, actually to keep your documents in order is not always quite as easy as one might hope. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to change that. Let’s look at some of the best ways to get your documents in order and how to keep them there.”

Mission, Vision and Core Values

“By Boards working together (not always harmoniously, but always congenially) and ultimately agreeing on what will be their shared reason for existence, (Mission) their shared concept for the future (Vision), and their shared philosophy that will represent their culture (Core Values), a Board  cannot help but become the team they are meant to be. The sense of accomplishment, the sense of belonging, the sense of functioning as a team indicated not only achievement, but that the process itself is a communal, positive experience.”

What Does Association Management Software Do?

“In reality, the types of things that CAM software can do will not always be consistent across the various products on the market. However, in a broad sense, there are some standard functionalities you may expect. Here is a quick breakdown of the core functions of CAM software.”

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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