President’s Message

A report card for CAI-WNY – Jean Kough, CMCA, AMS I would like to wish all our CAI Chapter members happy holidays as we bring 2016 to a close! This was the first year of my term as president of CAI-WNY and I want to thank to all of you for making it such a great year. Every year we strive to bring you our best programs and exceed previous attendance: Participation for 2016 was more than 550 attendees, beginning with How to Deal with Difficult Situations in Buffalo, followed by the Legal Forum Panel in Rochester, our Annual Meeting & Trade Show in Buffalo, the 5th Annual Trade Show in Rochester, and concluding with the Board Leadership Development Workshop in Rochester. This past year […]

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President’s Message

  Looking forward to a great year for CAI-WNY! – Jean Kough, CMCA, AMS I’m looking forward to my new opportunity as president of CAI-WNY. I follow the two-year term of Dick Aikens, who will continue to serve the chapter as a board member. I’m fortunate to have the support of a knowledgeable and experienced board of directors, some of whom have also served as president of the chapter. (Our 2016 board members are listed here.) My goals for the chapter mirror those of our business plan: retention and growth of our membership by continuing the education offered at our programs. We encourage you to attend our programs like the recent “How to Deal with Difficult Situations.” Our panel of experts had backgrounds in legal […]

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President’s Message

Our members are engaged in CAI-WNY! – Richard K. Aikens, CMCA This will be my final message as president of the CAI-WNY board of directors since my two-year term will conclude on December 31, 2015. President–Elect Jean Kough will serve as our board president for 2016-2017. As I reflect back on these past years in office, I am very pleased with what our board has accomplished, since our primary objective was to increase member involvement in our chapter. This goal was accomplished through the many successful programs we offered in both Rochester and Buffalo, including: How to Deal with Difficult People; Insurance Issues for Community Associations; Trade Shows and Annual Meetings. Overall, we had more than 600 attendees at our events in 2014 and 2015. […]

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Presidents Message

We’re embarking on a new year – Richard K. Aikens, CMCA       We are embarking on a new year for our chapter that promises to bring both new and timeproven programs. These will include trade shows in both Rochester and Buffalo, plus a change in venue for our 2015 annual meeting from Buffalo to Rochester. Also, Mary Fildes, CMCA, AMS of LMM Properties, has been nominated to fill the vacancy left by board member Mike Harmon, who is seeking a respite from the CAIWNY board to further focus on his ever-growing community management business. We wish Mike well in his endeavors and sincerely appreciate his support of the chapter over the past several years. In addition to welcoming Mary Fildes (many of you […]

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President’s Message

Good News – Richard K. Aikens, CMCA Coommunity associations, including HOAs and condominiums, continue to grow – currently more than 65 million people reside in associa- tion-governed communities. The following infor-mation indicates why this trend will continue, as more people qualify to purchase homes in community associations. Mortgage interest rates continue to be attractive to prospective purchasers, 4.125 – 4.25% for 30-year fixed loans, and 3.375% for 15-year loans.   Also, new loan programs may be approved soon by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with 10-15% down payments, instead of 20-25%. The Federal Housing Authority is considering returning to spot approvals for individual condominiums or townhomes, as opposed to requiring approval for the whole   property every two years.   This change will allow most properties to qualify […]

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