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It Takes a Village
By: Nena Groskind
August 2017
If you asked condominium board members and industry professionals 30 years ago to identify their biggest problems, “owner apathy” would have been at or near the top of their lists. Ask the same question today, and you’d almost certainly get the same response. Creating a sense of community that makes owners feel connected to their condominium association and encourages them to participate actively in its governance, is as difficult today as it was three decades ago, and every bit as important. “Lack of owner interest creates a climate of neglect, and [permits] the pursuit of self-interest by the board, managers, and committees,” the Community Associations Institute (CAI) warned in a report published several years ago.

Garbage Fees - Trash Collection Is Still a Taxing Issue for Many Condominium Associations
By: Nena Groskind
July 2017
Have you wondered why condominium associations in some cities and towns must pay private contractors to provide trash collection, recycling and other services municipalities provide owners of detached, single-family homes at no charge? Condominium owners pay property taxes, like other single-family homeowners; why don’t they receive the same municipal services?

Winner's Circle
By: Nena Groskind
June 2017
Hundreds of CAI-NE members and their guests gathered at the Marriott in Burlington, MA to celebrate the industry, the chapter and its honorees at the 21st annual chapter dinner and awards banquet. Wes Blair, the chapter’s immediate past president, joined current president Robert Keegan, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, in presenting the awards to association volunteers, professionals and business partners.

Clutter Blindness
By: Nena Groskind
May 2017
It usually starts with a complaint: Owners object to the “bad smell” coming from a neighboring unit, or they report that a resident has begun storing personal possessions in the hallway outside his front door. Perhaps the manager dropped by to deliver a notice or just to say “hello,” and was appalled by the “horrifying clutter” she saw in an owner’s living room. You may be dealing with a hoarding situation. How should you handle it? The first step is understanding that hoarding is a mental illness—designated €officially as such by the American Psychiatric Association in 2013, but recognized by mental health professionals for many years before that.

Forward Thinking - Condominium Associations Are Benefiting from Improved Products and New Techniques
By: Nena Groskind
April 2017
Condominium associations aren’t known as an early adopter of innovative technologies and practices. They are more likely to be found on the lagging rather than the leading edge of change. But it turns out that condominium innovations aren’t as much of an oxymoron as you might assume. In fact, the industry executives we surveyed identified a variety of innovations: In building materials, snow removal equipment and techniques, and disaster recovery strategies, among other areas. We even spotted hints of change in the way condominium owners are thinking about the long-term needs of their communities.

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