Category Archives: Management

Smoke On The Water (Faucet): The State Of Smoking In Condominiums In The Age Of Legal Recreational Marijuana

Washington State has become greener, yet smokier, with the recent passage of laws legalizing the personal use of marijuana. The question is: Will one be able to remain pot-free if one’s neighbor in our condominium complex is abiding by the … Continue reading

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A Community Masterpiece: Working Together To Create Beautiful Music

Is your community association a beautiful sonata or more like a car-horn symphony? Through dedicated communication and commitment to a shared vision your community can be a true work of art. The board of directors of the master association should … Continue reading

Posted in Board of Directors, Community, Management

Taking Back Your Life from the Whirlwind

About five years ago, when people would ask me what I did for a living I’d confess that I managed a portfolio of homeowner associations, but in those few seconds before the blank stare or some exaggerated version of, “Wow!  … Continue reading

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WSCAI Names Mary Helen Roberts as Legislator of the Year

State Representative Mary Helen Roberts (D-Lynnwood) has been named WSCAI’s 2011 Legislator of the Year. She will be recognized at the annual CA Day event on September 24 in Bellevue. Roberts prime sponsored House Bill 1309 which clarifies and expands … Continue reading

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The Team Approach to Community Association Management

Before reading this article, I want you to grab a pen and paper and write down the top five to ten things that make you a successful manager.  What skills do you bring to the table that make you unique … Continue reading

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Exterior Painting – More to it than just watching the paint dry

Whether you are a community manager, board member, or a vendor, we all have the same goal when preparing to start a big maintenance project; to have a successful project from start to finish.  Nothing else can cause more headaches … Continue reading

Posted in Annual Meetings, Board of Directors, Budgets, Maintenance, Management, Reserve Funding

Financial Committees – An Invaluable Resource

Being a Board member can be challenging with all of the day to day items that arise. As a Board member or manager, we are trusted with ensuring that the Association runs smoothly. This includes overseeing financial matters such as … Continue reading

Posted in Budgets, Management, Uncategorized

Mediation: Nuts and Bolts

Conflict is inevitable.  Disputes arise with our neighbors, on our Boards or committees, and within our business and family relationships all the time. There is no shame in having a disagreement that rises to the level of a very serious … Continue reading

Posted in Board of Directors, Legal, Management, Reserve Funding

Dealing with the Impact of Foreclosures in a Neighborhood Near You

Mirror, mirror on the wall where will the next foreclosure in our community fall? Little hints can be found almost like bread crumbs left along the trail that identify which home may be the next to fall into foreclosure or … Continue reading

Posted in Board of Directors, Budgets, Landscape, Management, Rental

To Smoke or Not to Smoke – Clearing the Air

A potential source of conflict between condominium homeowners is differing positions on “freedom to smoke” vs. “freedom from smoke” inside individual homes.  A Washington condominium association found out the hard way that multiple unit buildings – especially older ones – … Continue reading

Posted in Annual Meetings, Board of Directors, Legal, Management, Risk Management