CAM Mash Up: This Week (May 02 - 08, 2016)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on May 8, 2016

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To all of our readers who are mothers, pamper yourself. You have well earned it! Happy Mother's Day! To those who aren't, I hope you have something special planned for Mom!

This week, over a thousand members of the CAM industry gathered together in Orlando, Florida to learn, network, and celebrate at the annual CAI National Conference - and we've got photographic evidence! But that's not all! This week also brought us some interesting news, tips and useful ideas. Check out everything that 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!

Photographic Evidence

Were you in Orlando this week for the 2016 CAI National Conference? Find yourself or those you know in our photo album from the show, or from our TOPS Portals Launch Party at Howl at the Moon on Wednesday night.

No Soliciting

Nobody likes door to door salesman and political canvassers prowling their neighborhood. It makes it uncomfortable to venture out to wash your car, weed the flowerbed, or take little Fido for a walk. But beyond posting signs, what can community associations actually DO when soliciters come a'knocking?

This isn't Clown School

One of the themes I heard several times in various sessions at CAI National this week related to how Board Members tend not to take management of the community as seriously as they ought to. If you consider the fact that you are on the governing board of a multi-million dollar organization, one would expect you to treat it seriously. It all really comes down to developing a code of ethics for the members of the Board that you each agree to adhere to.

Hey! You Removed My Funny Bone!

Landscaping in a community association can feel like a game of Operation. There are so many different things that need to be handled, and the slightest slip-up can lead to BUZZZ you're out! Learn how you can help your contractors win at the game in Operation: Landscape.

Parliamentary Procedure

“There are numerous methods of taking a vote in community associations. For issues which may be challenged, it’s wise to use a written paper ballot.  For other non-controversial matters, associations may choose from a variety of voting methods. Robert’s Rules of Order describes several ways to take a vote.” Learn about the many ways you can take a vote here!

It's Almost Pool Season

If you're located in one of the more northern states, chances are your pools aren't open year-round. If so, now's the time to start the process of getting your pools ready for the summer season. Here's what you need to consider.

Nerfed, Again...

Super-priority liens are a hot-button topic for many in the CAM industry, as Community Association representatives fight to insure that associations get what is rightfully owed to them. For several years now, all eyes have been on the State of Nevada, where the NV Supreme Court has been fielding cases on the topic. Sadly, the high court has fallen to the influence of big banking with their latest ruling, which prevents associations from including legal and collection fees into their liens.

Throw Out Your Crutch

While this isn't strictly related to CAM Management, I think you may benefit as much as I did from the below presentation. If you tend to rely on PowerPoint slides to get new boards to pick you, you may be selling yourself short in the long run. Take it from Tyrion Lannister:

 

*Image credit: Keith via Flickr

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