Winter 2016: HOA Sweet HOA

-Community Associations Institute COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS: PREFERRED PLACES TO CALL HOME For the sixth time in 11 years, Americans living in homeowners associations and condominiums say they’re overwhelmingly satisfied in their communities: THE ASSOCIATION EXPERIENCE & EFFECTIVE BOARD LEADERSHIP On a scale of one to five, with one being very bad and five being very good, how would you rate your overall experience living in a community association?   87% »of residents rate their over- all community association experience as positive (65%) or neutral (22%).   Overall, would you say you are on friendly terms with your current community association board, or would you say you are on unfriendly terms with them? 81% » say they are on friendly terms with their association board   Do […]

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Are You Ready for Winter Weather?

-provided by Community Associations Institute Cold and wet conditions not only make you miserable, but they can damage your home. Some winterizing can wait, some can’t. Make a list of what needs to be done, and tackle the time-sensitive tasks first. Here’s a simple checklist from the association to help you get a jump on winter. Indoor winterizing checklist Examine doors and replace weather-stripping as needed. Examine window caulking and reseal where needed. Examine and repair vents where needed. Clean chimneys and flues. Remove items near heat vents. Place nonskid runners or door mats outside to help keep water, sand and salt out of the house. Outdoor winterizing checklist Examine outdoor handrails and tighten if needed. Turn off electrical breakers for outdoor equipment. Close hose […]

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Legal Corner

by Ronald S. Shubert, Esq. Our board has several questions concerning the collection of past due assessments. They are as follows: Q: We have a unit that has a reverse mortgage on it and the homeowner is now deceased. What is our recourse? A: A reverse mortgage is no different then a purchase money mortgage in that it is a lien on the property and, if not paid upon the death of the owner, the bank or holder of the mortgage, will foreclose it. In the case of a purchase money mortgage, the homeowner borrows money from a lender to purchase the home. In the case of a reverse mortgage, the homeowner borrows money against the equity of the home. There are several ways of […]

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Three Receive Certified Manager of Community Associations Designation

CAI-WNY is pleased to announce that three community association managers – Michelle A. Stark, CMCA; David P. Hillestad, CMCA; and Korie Terry, CMCA – have successfully passed the CMCA examination. They are all employed by Realty Performance Group in Rochester, NY. In addition to adhering to standards of professional conduct, managers must continue their professional development every two years to maintain their certification. Congratulations to Michelle, David and Korie! There are now 20 individuals in CAI-WNY whose manager members have acheived various levels of certification that help them serve their condominium and homeowner association clients. Michelle has been in the property/community management field for more than nine years, with experience in private student housing at Finger Lakes College, Brockport College, and the Rochester Institute of […]

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Phone vs. Email

Mary Felix, CMCA, AMS, PCAM   We’ve all heard the arguments: email versus phone call? How do we know what is appropriate and when? Actually, it’s more a question of knowing your audience, than knowing what works best for you. Returning a communication using the same mode of communication is usually a sure thing. If you’re being contacted by a Millennial, it’s most likely going to be by email or text, and you are going to send an email or text message back. Baby Boomers can go either way (email, text or phone) or anyone born before the Boomer generation will prefer the phone as the communication of choice. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and not everyone will fit into one of […]

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