CAM Mash Up: This Week (Mar 28 - Apr 03, 2016)

Posted by Andrea Drennen, CMCA on April 3, 2016


This week the community association industry ended on a silly note as we celebrated April Fools Day.  For the rest of the week though, we were straight faced when we discussed several helpful articles, including board member balance, hoarding and homeowner misconceptions. Enjoy it all as you read the CAM Mashup for 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!

Now Do You Like My Hat?

Members of the board are wearing two hats at all times when they are in the community. One as the board member and the second as a neighbor in the community. It can be really hard to separate the role and responsibility of the board position from being a homeowner who's just another member of the association. Here are some tips on how you can achieve balance so you can enjoy your neighborhood.

One Man's Trash...

Are you concerned that you might have a hoarder in your community? Be very careful about the next step you take, or you could be in legal trouble. Here are some pointers on how to handle the situation the right way.

10 Things I Hate About You

Many homeowners have less than positive things to say about management companies or homeowner’s associations in general. A lack of education can lead to misconceptions and misinformation. What are these common misconceptions, and how can you combat them?

It's Complicated

LED lighting is cheaper to maintain, saves energy, is saver, and is better for the planet. So when a community association board made the decision to swtich to LED street lights in their community, they weren't prepared to have a fight with the city on their hands. What can you learn from this story?

Double Oh Seven

If your community is starting a major project, you should consider whether a performance bond is the best way to protect the community. This article explores what performance bonds entail, the budget value at which you need to get one, and how much it's likely to set you back.

Joke's on You

I love checking out the best pranks that are played every April Fools Day. Some fake April Fools products (like this tauntaun sleeping bag) have even been actually released due to their popularity. Sadly, TOPS 2000 WE, the prank product from TOPS won't actually get made. But it was fun! Did you get pranked for April Fool's Day?

 *Image credit: Chris Baranski via Flickr

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