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Resolving Disputes with Mediation and Arbitration

Posted on Thursday November 03, 2016

In an ideal world, all parties in a homeowners’ or condo association would always agree and work well together. In the real world, however, disagreements and disputes are a fact of life. Oftentimes, the parties involved are able to settle their differences on their own through open and honest discussion or negotiation. In the best case scenario, this is done in a civil way and both parties reach a resolution that not only resolves the issue but also prevents it from escalating. 

Tips to Increase Homeowner Participation and Build Stronger Communities

Posted on Tuesday November 01, 2016

The decision to purchase a new home is never an easy one, and when that purchase is within a deed-restricted community or building, the word “association” is often front and center. The important thing to remember is that membership in your association, whether community association or condo association, is an added bonus to homeownership. An association is comprised of fellow, likeminded homeowners and stakeholders who, like you, want to protect the community’s property values, enhance the quality of life of its residents and make it a desirable place to live.

Tips and Tricks to Help Your Community Go Smoke-Free

Posted on Thursday October 27, 2016

As a society, we are very aware of the dangers posed by smoking and secondhand smoke. Tobacco use is the leading cause of disease and preventable death in the United States. But smoking doesn’t just impact our health; it also affects the buildings and homes we live in – from potentially increasing the risk of fire and property damage to raising insurance costs and legal liability. Ask around and most property managers will tell you that they often field complaints from homeowners about their smoking neighbors, and those complaints aren’t just about their health and safety, but about their lifestyle. 

Ten Ways to Make Your Rooftop Rock

Posted on Tuesday October 25, 2016

When it comes to making your high-rise more marketable, start at the top: your rooftop! Under-utilized space can be enhanced to offer new or improved amenities to your residents, increasing property values and improving the lifestyles of everyone in the building. 

How to Make Rules Without Making Enemies

Posted on Monday October 24, 2016

As a member of your community association’s Board of Directors, you know the importance of making rules. The key to association policy making, whether for a condo, townhome or master-planned community, is that rules are clear and sensible. Equally important is for the Board of Directors to be united on the policy at hand and then clearly communicate it to residents. Whether it’s a policy for overnight parking or amenity usage, the process for creating and enforcing it successfully is the same. 

Not Your Grandma’s Retirement Community: Today’s Active Adult Communities

Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016

The last of the Baby Boomers, the largest generation in United States history, turns 55 in 2019. Their children are grown, they may be retired or scaling back on full-time work, and it’s their time in the sun. Literally. 

High-Rise Amenities: The Hottest Trends in 2017

Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016

One of the many perks of high-rise living in the Sunshine State, beyond the location, is the long list of amenities that many Florida high-rises offer. In fact, amenities could very well be the deciding factor for many homebuyers. But the amenities landscape is ever-changing and what was desirable 30 years ago – like card rooms for poker games and bridge tournaments, and in the early days of the World Wide Web, business centers with online access – are no longer the hottest tickets in town. Today’s most popular amenities include yoga studios and children’s playrooms, all in an effort to stay relevant and meet the changing needs of high-rise residents. 

Four Simple Tips to Enhance Your Building’s Lobby

Posted on Tuesday October 11, 2016

We’re all familiar with the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And though the sentiment typically applies to people, the same rings true for places that have the power to make a lasting impression, such as the lobby of your building. 

Miami Beach Minimum Wage Increase Taking Effect January 1, 2018

Posted on Wednesday October 05, 2016

In June, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to increase the city’s minimum living wage. The ordinance, which was first proposed by Mayor Philip Levine, will take effect on January 1, 2018. 

Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Rate Increase: What it Means for Florida Associations

Posted on Friday September 30, 2016

Earlier in the summer, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) announced a proposed 19.6% workers’ compensation rate increase, which had many Florida community associations concerned as they considered what this could mean for their labor costs.

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