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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...
POA Budget Planning: Five Tips for Understanding RMI Sales Tax
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For many, the new year ushers in a fresh start, full of resolutions to get fit, eat right and lose weight.But for those on community or condominium association boards, the new year also signals the return of an often tedious and stressful task – budget planning.There are plenty of tips to alleviate that stress, including setting asi...
Well Informed Community Associations Make For Happier Residents
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Being involved with a condominium or community association can sometimes make you feel like a Jack-of-all-trades. Homeowners often expect professional managers and community volunteers – officers and board and committee members – to know something about, well, just about everything. We are expected to be attorneys and landsc...
Managing New Startup Condominiums and Communities For Developers
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Managing startup condominiums and communities is a unique job. There should be a community manager with experience working as part of a team, and that team should include other professionals in addition to the developer.    Typically, the development team will hire surveyors, engineers, architects, land planners and other specia...
Transition Your Association From The Developer To The Members
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For every association, there is a point when members should take over leadership and control from the developer. An association’s declaration and bylaws will stipulate when the developer is required to turn control of the association over to the members. (For more on Declarations and Bylaws see my article about common HOA terms...
What To Know Before Buying In A Condominium Or Planned Community
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There are many reasons people buy a home in a condominium or community association. Some great reasons include the availability and shared expense of recreational amenities, architectural style, affordability and social gatherings. However, learning all of the details of a community before purchasing is extremely important. The condominiu...
New Sales Tax Provisions For 2017
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This 2016-17 State Budget includes several new sales tax provisions intended to clarify the application of sales and use tax on certain repair, maintenance and installation services and provides a grace period for under-collection of that tax by contractors in 2016. These new provisions will be important to individuals and companies who p...
New NC Sales Tax Will Impact Associations Budget
For those of us that manage associations in NC there was recently a House Bill that was passed that will impact our associations budgets effective 2017. In summary, The NC Dept. of revenue will be taxing certain service providers that provide goods and/or services to our services to your associations. I have included the language of the b...

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