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February 12, 2013
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  • Fla. ruling can hit associations' dues collections, lawyer says
    A court ruling in Florida is making it difficult for condo and homeowners associations to collect past-due payments on foreclosed homes if the association held the home's title before it was repurchased, lawyer Richard DeBoest writes. "[I]f your association has taken title through lien foreclosure, your association may now be unable to collect any amounts which came due prior to the lender's foreclosure sale," DeBoest writes. "... It should be noted this court decision applies only to situations where the association becomes the owner of a unit through foreclosure of its lien or by accepting a deed in lieu of foreclosure from the owner." Naples Daily News (Fla.) (2/10) Email this Story
  • HOA dispute over yard sign sends neighborhood into bankruptcy
    A dispute between a homeowners association and two residents over a political yard sign led to a four-year legal fight and a plot of land being put up for sale to pay the HOA's legal fees. The Olde Belhaven community in Virginia's Fairfax County asked Sam and Maria Farran to take down an "Obama for President" sign because it was 4 inches taller than allowed, but the Farrans fought back, and eventually won. The Washington Post (2/9) Email this Story
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  Leadership Strategies and Organizational Management 
  • Why good leaders ask "power questions"
    Smart leaders are good conversationalists, which means they know it's better to ask questions than to talk incessantly, says business author Andrew Sobel. Your curiosity will empower the other person, allowing you to make a good impression and to learn. "When you ask thoughtful questions, you supercharge your conversations," Sobel explains. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/5) Email this Story
  • Leadership tips from the Super Bowl coaches
    Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh aren't the "screaming field generals" once ubiquitous in football, writes Dov Seidman. Instead, the brothers represent the modern coach that listens to players, rather than yells at them, and aims not for absolute and unquestioned authority but rather for softer and more collaborative forms of power. "[O]ur world has transformed. And football provides us a great metaphor for how our leadership needs to change with it," Seidman writes. Time.com (2/1) Email this Story
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  Doing Good in the Community 
  • N.J. residents donate Christmas trees to rebuild sand dunes
    Hundreds of former Christmas trees have been transported into neighborhoods in Seaside Heights, N.J., to help rebuild sand dunes that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. "They provide a natural beach replenishment program," says Dominick Solazzo, vice president of the Midway Condo Association. "... You are able to withstand the storm a little bit better. ... It has made a difference." The Hudson Reporter (N.J.) (2/10) Email this Story
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  • Can you still remember your company's values?
    A company's statement of values won't count for much if nobody can remember it, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Keep your company's statement of purpose short and to the point, and consider investing in gimmicks to make them more memorable. "Print them on wallet-size cards, have them in your e-mail signature line and/or have an artist come up with pleasing wall hangings," Asmus writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (2/6) Email this Story
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The National Board of Certification for Community Association Managers (NBC-CAM) is a 17-year-old independent board that sets the standards for community association managers worldwide. The board administers the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA) examination, a rigorous, three-hour test that measures managers’ knowledge of community management best practices. Passing the CMCA examination and maintaining the standards of the CMCA certification is proof that a manager is a knowledgeable, ethical and professional. CMCA-certified managers have the skills to safeguard the assets of homeowners’ associations, giving homeowners peace of mind and protecting home values.

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