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Curmudgeon Cure


Unfortunately, some community associations have curmudgeons – bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous people who treat the board of directors, managers and residents with disrespect, derision and sometimes even contempt.  These individuals believe they are always right and that they can always do a better job than those in charge.

Curmudgeons, regrettably, do exist. Read more

Mediation isn’t as easy as clicking your heels, but it can be a magical way to resolve disputes

We’re Off to see the Wizard

by:Elizabeth A. Tippin

There’s no place like home!

There’s no place like home!

Unless, of course, your home is the source of an unresolved dispute. And condominium and homeowner associations, because of close living conditions, restrictions, and shared property, see disputes on a daily basis. A resident violates the rules by parking his boat in the community parking lot. Someone hangs laundry in their backyard or on balcony railings. Dogs hark, stereos blare, construction defects surface–a myriad of issues can create disputes. Special committees or board members can often resolve these conflicts. But when two sides cannot negotiate a solution, associations should turn to mediation. A mediator can quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively resolve a dispute, in a way that is lasting, educational, and productive. If Dorothy and the witch had consulted a mediator–and shared those red shoes–the witch might never have melted.

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Best Practices for Working with Your HOA Management Company

Unless you’re careful in choosing a management company, you could end up with someone like Jeffrey S. Koger. In November, the 39-year-old Herndon, Va., man pleaded guilty to bilking about $3 million from 400 homeowners associations in Northern Virginia, according to the Washington Post.

As chief financial officer of Koger Management Group in Fairfax, Va., Koger collected association dues from homeowners.

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