Pets and New Jersey Community Associations…. March 25, 2020 Bookmark and Share

Anyone moving into a planned community or association in New Jersey will need to learn the rules around dogs, cats and other domestic pets. Since pets are such a vital part of people’s lives, many associations will allow them – though there may be restrictions and rules governing what kind of pets and how many […]

16 Discounts Seniors Did Not Know They Could Get March 20, 2020 Bookmark and Share

There are many special discounts that are available to all seniors. Retirees are offered discounts at most retailers, restaurants, parks, on public transport and at hotels. But you won’t get these discounts unless YOU ASK for them. Simply ask the question, “Do you offer a senior discount?” and see how much you can save. For […]

Moving? Choosing the Right Boxes Will Help March 16, 2020 Bookmark and Share

Getting ready to move means you (or your property managers) will probably spend more time thinking about boxes than at any other time in your life. Most residents spend the weeks leading to their move hunting for anything and everything cardboard. Yet because you have to fit practically everything you own into boxes to make […]

The Right Approach to Violation Disputes March 16, 2020 Bookmark and Share

As an HOA, it is your duty to uphold the rules of the community. These rules were written to ensure the health, happiness, and property values of everyone in the neighborhood. When enforced correctly, it ensures that every homeowner is held to the same standards for the good of the community. Including Board members. Of […]

Helping Homeowners Follow the Rules in Your HOA March 15, 2020 Bookmark and Share

It can be difficult to strike a balance between making sure homeowners follow the rules, and breeding ill will in the community because the board is seen as controlling and harsh. Whenever you have a problem with homeowners consistently breaking the association rules and regulations, it may be time to examine yourself and see what […]

What To Do When Homeowners Are Harassing Board Members March 10, 2020 Bookmark and Share

As a board member, you’ve surely seen emotions run high at your association meetings. Whether you lead a condo association or homeowners association, you know the subjects discussed at your meetings involve people’s homes, their quality of life, and their finances—topics that can be tricky to talk about, especially when lots of opinions are present. […]

5 Secrets to Shorter Association Board Meetings February 13, 2020 Bookmark and Share

Real talk: No board member has ever wished that association board meetings could last longer.After all, every board member is a volunteer who’s sacrificing their free time to make your community a better place to live. The less time they have to spend in meetings, the happier they’ll be–and the easier it’ll be to recruit […]

5 Reasons Why I Love Living in New Jersey February 5, 2020 Bookmark and Share

Forget The Sopranos and Jersey Shore – despite the hype the New Jersey offers much more than mob fiction or reality TV, NJ has amazing opportunities for anyone looking to live and work in a state with the nation’s highest graduation rate. Here are a few reasons why I love living in New Jersey: Affordable […]

What Makes a Great Property Manager? January 16, 2020 Bookmark and Share

Property managers are proud members of the customer service industry in New Jersey. Whether it’s speaking to a prospective resident, discussing market analysis with a home owner, or improving business relationships with a fellow mem property management NJ professional, having great customer service skills is a must. In the competitive marketplace, it is no longer enough […]

5 Things for Property Managers to Start 2020 off Right December 30, 2019 Bookmark and Share

It’s that time of year again, time to think about New Year’s resolutions for all of your properties. Whether you want to improve your owners relationships starting in January or you want to create dynamic properties NJ with the help of smart home technologies, the new year is a chance to meet all of your […]

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations December 19, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Prior to purchasing an electric vehicle, you should review your condominium documents and applicable state laws. California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, and Oregon have passed laws regulating requests to install electric vehicle charging stations. Many municipalities also have adopted ordinances regulating installation. Some condominium documents contain specific requirements for charging stations, but most don’t specifically address […]

HOAs, CC&Rs, ETC. Making Sense Of Community’s Alphabet Soup December 12, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Today, 70 million Americans live in 344,500 common-interest communities. Even if you haven’t lived in a condo, co-op, or HOA, chances are you’ve at least heard of these communities. Admittedly, those who live in, volunteer in, and work for common-interest communities tend to throw around terms like “ARC,” “CC&Rs,” “D&O” or “CMCA” that make things […]

Why Associations Need a Formal Collections Policy November 5, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Too many community association boards of directors avoid the question of how to deal with delinquent assessments until it falls squarely in their lap. When that happens, some quickly pull the trigger and start pursuing foreclosure, while others drag their feet or attempt various ad hoc measures. You can help them avoid these potentially risky […]

Happy Halloween From mem – A Must See ! “Click Here” October 14, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen. Voices whisper in the trees, ‘Tonight is Halloween!’  

Why HOA Boards Should Start Preparing Next Annual Budget Now October 3, 2019 Bookmark and Share

When it comes to the annual budget for your homeowners association, it can feel cumbersome to understand and plan. It can also seem like an overwhelming task because you just don’t have a lot of accounting knowledge. The budget planning process is a lot of work and a large responsibility for the HOA board to […]

Condo vs. townhouse: Which is best for you? September 19, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Condos, short for condominiums, are units within a larger building. These homes are typically on one level. Because condos tend to have more residents per building than townhouse communities, they sometimes have amenities including a pool, clubhouse, library, gym or even special services like a concierge or dry cleaning delivery. On the other hand, a […]

Budget? Yeah… I Think We Have a Budget. September 15, 2019 Bookmark and Share

As a HOA manager I was often approached by potential clients, at their wit’s end with HOA issues. Often these issues were about financial issues. I would usually ask them about their budget. Far too often I would get a response like. “Budget? Yeahhh… I think we have a budget.” In most of these cases […]

Constructively Managing Conflict in HOAs August 13, 2019 Bookmark and Share

I’m convinced that if homeowners, board members and managers keep this tip in mind, it will give everyone involved a real chance at resolving conflict before things get out of hand.  Listen, Listen, Listen!  Something I see over and over in HOA conflict, is that the folks involved in the disputes are so wrapped up […]

Tools of the Trade June 24, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Tools of the Trade: HOA Board Project Planning and Hiring a Professional Vendor The first responsibility of the HOA board when beginning any project in a non-profit corporation such as a homeowners association is to avoid any conflicts of interest while planning the project. In community associations, each board member is considered a fiduciary and […]

6 Community Reminders to Share with our Residents this Spring May 7, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Springs has sprung, which means residents will be out and about in your community enjoying the warm weather. That means it’s a good time to send out reminders to residents on community rules and procedures. We know it can be hard to think of everything, so use the list below to start sharing reminders on […]

What Should Be Done About HOA Security? April 16, 2019 Bookmark and Share

When considering HOA security, there’s a question that usually comes up and perhaps you’ve come across it on the neighborhood website.  Is it the board’s obligation to provide adequate security measures like cameras for protecting homes in the community?  And, is the board responsible for security breaches? It’s common for HOA boards to contract with […]

How Board’s Can Make the Association a Better Place in 2019 December 28, 2018 Bookmark and Share

How often do you communicate with your residents? Does your homeowners association have a website or newsletter? Let’s assume you do! (If you don’t, you should make a resolution to start one this January). As another year begins HOA board members should consider offering some thoughts about how the Association can make the community an […]

HOAs, CC&Rs, ….. Making sense of community’s alphabet soup December 7, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Today, 70 million Americans live in 344,500 common-interest communities. Even if you haven’t lived in a condo, co-op, or HOA, chances are you’ve at least heard of these communities. Admittedly, those who live in, volunteer in, and work for common-interest communities tend to throw around terms like “ARC,” “CC&Rs,” “D&O” or “CMCA” that make things […]

Top 10 List of Worst HOA Bylaws August 29, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Many people who own condos or single family residences in communal locations confess to having a love/hate relationship with their homeowners association. Sure, the HOA is great when it comes to shoveling snow off the sidewalk and keeping the pool maintained. Sometimes, though, they can seem either a little power hungry or totally insane when […]

Perks of Living in an Active Adult Community August 14, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Many people don’t understand or appreciate the benefits of an active adult community until they have experienced it. In fact, there are some who aren’t even aware of such communities. Active Adult Communities When do we stop becoming active? What we’ve learned is that this station in life comes at different times for everyone. We also know […]

Setting the Ground Rules for Neighbor Disputes July 16, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Neighbor vs neighbor disputes aren’t new, and they definitely aren’t unique to homeowner associations, but, when these confrontations arise in a common interest community, the HOA can get stuck in the middle. In many cases, it’s difficult to determine when, or if, the HOA should get involved. You’ve probably heard the stories or even experienced it […]

Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association June 25, 2018 Bookmark and Share

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? If you’re traveling to visit friends and family or taking a vacation, bon voyage! If you’re sticking close to home and celebrating with barbecues, bathing suits, and bright fireworks in your homeowners association, there are some important things to consider. If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of […]

Choosing an Attorney for Your Association June 9, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Not every condominium or homeowners’ association is going to run afoul of the law—the happy truth is that litigation and legal trouble are relatively rare occurrences…. But even the most upstanding board of trustees in New Jersey must navigate a labyrinth of community association rules in order to best serve its ownership, and the odds […]

Dealing With HOA Noise Issues May 14, 2018 Bookmark and Share

A community association’s board has multiple duties—among them deciding when to make repairs, improvements, and additions, and establishing rules and regulations to control aesthetics and unwelcome behavior. Nine times out of ten, repair projects go off without a hitch, and rules are followed. Unfortunately however, those rules and reason sometimes collide, pitting neighbor against neighbor.  […]

Train-Wreck Alert: Hallway Project Over Budget Before It Even Begins February 23, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Have we learned nothing from our chronic track record of cost overruns? Good Lord, just weeks after our Board voted to approve its take-it-or-leave-it, no other option, strongly-opposed hallway design, we learn the cost has skyrocketed. At the Board meeting last Thursday, our Treasurer Jane Santogrossi revealed that the hallway budget is already about a quarter million bucks […]