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March 21, 2017
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Growth of HOA fees outpace home values
HOA fees jumped 32.4% between 2005 and 2015, outpacing growth in home values, which increased 15.1% for the same period, according to a Trulia report. Several cities experienced large increases, including Miami and Baltimore, which saw 52.8% and 68.4% hikes, respectively.
HousingWire (3/17) 
Colo. legislators introduce bill to save construction reform
State lawmakers in Colorado have scrambled to resurrect provisions in two failed bills that aimed to promote condo projects while preserving the interests of HOAs. They introduced a compromise bill last week that would require a majority of HOA members to approve legal action for defective construction.
The Colorado Statesman (Denver) (3/17) 
Officials in Minn. city aim to ban non-HOA short-term rentals
City leaders in Duluth, Minn., said they plan to make changes to a city code that would ban vacation rental permits for condos inside a secured building without 24-hour oversight. Owners in HOA-governed buildings would have to follow the covenant rules regarding vacation rentals.
Duluth News Tribune (Minn.) (3/13) 
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Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management
These are the skills you need to have
Former FBI agent LaRae Quy shares what she considers the 10 essential skills of mentally tough leaders, including the ability to adapt to new situations, emotional competence, self-awareness and not being afraid to fail sometimes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (3/15) 
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Ethics and Professional Conduct
You can be funny even if you're not naturally funny
Incorporating humor in the right way can elevate a presentation and help engage the audience, writes Michael Grothaus. He cites research and offers six tips to be more funny, including not trying to be a comedian, practicing jokes beforehand, watching your timing and acknowledging the audience immediately.
Fast Company online (3/15) 
The effect of March Madness on office productivity
March Madness may hurt or help office productivity according to two recent studies. A study by an outplacement firm estimated that the basketball series will cause employers to lose $4 billion in productivity, but another survey found that tournament office pools helped people enjoy coming to work.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/16) 
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