CAM Mash Up: This Week (Nov 9 - 15, 2015)

Posted by Brianna Sturm on November 15, 2015

Does objecting to a live camel mean you're declaring war on Christmas? What can you legally do about a suspected hoarder? What's the secret to successful self management? The answers to these and other questions 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!

Special Assessments

There is nothing fun about special assessments. HOA’s hate to give them and homeowners definitely hate receiving them. But what if there are steps you can take that would ensure the process is just a little less painful? Check out these tips on how best to deliver your special assessments.

Successfully Self-Managed: The Secret?

“The answer is simple: industry specific software. One of the most common mistakes that many new community managers make is cost-cutting in the wrong places. Choosing to use off-the-shelf software seems like a no-brainer at first because it is cheaper and many people already know how to use it. What happens in reality though is a different story.”                                         

Public Speaking 101

I just recently had a conversation with a friend who said that he absolutely LOVES speaking in front of an audience. I realized right then, that we could no longer be friends. Obviously kidding, but come on, there are people who actually enjoy public speaking? For those who don’t, this article may be of great use. 

Accommodating Service Animals

One important distinction: service animals are NOT pets. What steps does your HOA take to accommodate service animals for our veterans? This article just may help to ensure that your residents, veterans and service animals all live in harmony with one another. Check it out!

There is no War on Christmas

A live camel in a manger scene on someone's lawn? If an HOA sets rules to prevent overzealous holiday decorations, they're accused of making war on Christmas. One writer takes offense, and puts that in perspective of real war. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and be the voice of reason when everyone's gone crazy.


I have a weird fascination when it comes to hoarding stories. Although, I guess it isn’t that weird seeing as there was an entire show devoted to it. I am a minimalist by nature so it is truly intriguing to me to see how people on the other end of the spectrum live their lives. As an association manager, it is probably your worst nightmare. If you happen to be in Texas, there is a new ordinance relating to hoarding. Get educated here!  

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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