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Will a Management Company Take Control of My Neighborhood?
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In a word, no.Professional management companies, like us here at CAMS, serve to assist and provide guidance to homeowners’ associations, not take over. We do that through a number of duties and in a variety of ways, but what we don’t do is adopt budgets, approve contracts, establish special assessments and set policies. The au...
Tips for Avoiding Budget Headaches
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If you’re a member of a property owners or homeowners association board of directors, chances are, there’s one time of year you dread more than all others – budget preparation.The annual budget planning process – which usually begins in the fall since most property owner’s association (POAs) and homeowner&rsq...
Leasing in a Community Association
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Maybe you bought your property as an investment. Perhaps your circumstances in life have changed, and you now need to downsize – or go bigger. Or your job could be relocating you across the country.Whatever the reason for wanting to lease your home or condominium, if you live in a community association, it might not be as simple as ...
Architectural Review Within Your Community Association
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Want to give the exterior of your home a fresh new look… in your favorite shade of pink?If you live in a community association, chances are you can’t break out the paint cans just yet. Homeowners and property owners associations (POAs) in neighborhoods and condo communities typically include in their covenants a set of archit...
How Does Professional Management Benefit You?
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Anyone who has dealt with a leaky roof knows that finding the right person for the job is crucial because – unless you know a thing or two about reattaching or replacing shingles – you are entrusting someone else with your home’s safety and your family’s wellbeing.The same can be said of professional management com...
Keeping Your Association’s Money Safe
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Every board of directors of a property or community association has a lot of duties to perform – from ensuring guidelines are met and enforced to fielding casual concerns from neighbors.But perhaps the most important responsibility you have as a board member has is to protect the association’s funds. Given that you have b...
New Technology Means More Options for Community Association Billing and Payments
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Over the years, technology has dramatically changed the way community and condominium associations bill and receive payments for owner assessments, sometimes referred to as dues.When I first started in the business in the late 80s, just about every community and condominium association – whether self-managed or managed by a professi...
Being A Member Of CAI Has Its Benefits
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 If you serve on the board of your association, we applaud your time and dedication to being an active part of your community. Being on the board can be rewarding as a voice and representative of homeowners within your community, but it also can be overwhelming when it’s time to look at the fiscal year budget spreadsheet a...
Community Association Roles
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A community association is truly just that – a group comprised of representatives of the  entire community with the community’s best interest in mind. It’s a simple but important distinction, since opinion on the specific role of a community association can vary. There are three forms of management:Volunteer or ...
Protecting Community Association Funds
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Everyone understands the importance of keeping personal assets in order. It’s no surprise, then, that managing a community association’s finances is a critical function of any association’s board of directors. And, as part of that management, it’s crucial to ensure an association is protected in the unfortunate ev...

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