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ACTHA 2013 North Expo – Westin Chicago North Shore – Saturday October 12, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

ACTHA 2013 North Expo – Westin Chicago North Shore – Saturday October 12, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Westin Chicago North Shore in Wheeling Attention board members, homeowners and vendors serving the IL community association industry!  Come join me at the ACTHA North Expo on October 12, 2013. Here is the link to register online now: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=rmhmmecab&oeidk=a07e7tlfprle2f3dee8   General conference information: Expo Trade Show if FREE!  Exhibitor Showcase Presentations are FREE!  Parking is FREE! Breakfast is FREE! Registration and Trade Show Expo open at 8 a.m.  Trade Show Expo ends at 11:30.  Last two educational seminars end at 1 p.m. […]

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ACTHA 2013 South Expo – Tinley Park – Saturday September 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

ACTHA 2013 South Expo - Tinley Park - Saturday September 28, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT

Attention board members, homeowners and vendors serving the IL community association industry!  Come join me at the ACTHA South Expo on September 28, 2013. Here is the link to register now: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=rmhmmecab&oeidk=a07e7eermto07264079 There is no charge to attend the Expo Trade Show or the Exhibitor Showcase Presentations. The price to attend the educational programs is: $25 for those using the discount code (available from speakers and exhibitors). $ 30 for ACTHA members $ 45 per person for non-members If registering after […]

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Today, CAI (Community Associations Institute) celebrates their 40th anniversary

Today, CAI (Community Associations Institute) celebrates their 40th anniversary

Today CAI (Community Associations Institute) celebrates their 40th anniversary. CAI is the largest national organization dedicated to improving community association living. If you are a community association board member or homeowner or a vendor serving community associations, you should check out this organization. http://www.caionline.org/

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How Can Your Association Increase its Chances of Qualifying for a Loan?

How Can Your Association Increase its Chances of Qualifying for a Loan?

How Can Your Association Increase its Chances of Qualifying for a Loan? Contributed and written by:  Anthony W. Dister, Vice President COMMUNITY ADVANTAGE of Barrington Bank and Trust, a Wintrust Company I am sure you have all heard that Banks are not lending money and that financing is very difficult to obtain these days; however, this is not the case for well run community associations. Rather these loans, if underwritten properly by a financial institution with experience in this market, […]

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Example #2: How to throw away your community association money

Example #2: How to throw away your community association money

Overspending Example #2: A 15 unit condo association is proactively advised by the management company to take on a $5,000 tuckpointing project in order to address some tuckpointing areas that have deteriorated. The suggestion is made by management to proactively maintain the building and minimize the possibility of water intrusion. The board ignores the recommendation of the management company for several more years saying that they don’t have the money. Three years later the board decides to take on the tuckpointing […]

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How to handle unruly situations and people within your community association (Condoboss blog)

How to handle unruly situations and people within your community association (Condoboss blog)

How to handle unruly situations and people within your community association (blog) Do you live in a community association?  If so, you probably bought into a community association with the notion that it would be worry free and stress free to some extent.  Isn’t the idea supposed to be that all you have to do is pay the monthly assessment fee and everything is taken care of?  I think that is what most people think when buying into a condo, […]

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Chicagoland Cooperator Condo/Townhome/HOA Trade Show October 22, 2013, Navy Pier Convention Center

Chicagoland Cooperator Condo/Townhome/HOA Trade Show October 22, 2013, Navy Pier Convention Center

 Chicagoland Cooperator Fall 2013 Condo/Townhome/HOA Tradeshow   Attention homeowners, board members and vendors of Chicago area community associations, you won’t want to miss the upcoming Cooperator trade show.     Here is the link to the online registration: https://chicagocondoexpo.com/Register.aspx    

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How do you deal with unruly people within your community association?

How do you deal with unruly people within your community association?

So what do you do when you have some unruly people at a board meeting or at a community block party? 1. Kill them with kindness 2. Make the person feel seen and heard. Listen intently to what the other person is saying rather that thinking of what your response will be. You don’t have to necessarily agree with what the person is saying but just the fact that you are giving the unruly person some undivided attention does often […]

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One of the most beautifully landscaped high rise condominiums in Chicago: 600 N. LSD Condominium Association

One of the most beautifully landscaped high rise condominiums in Chicago: 600 N. LSD Condominium Association

Ever wonder which community associations have the most beautiful landscaping?  I just happened to stumble upon one of those exact places while I was going to see the Chicago Air and Water show recently.  It turns out that the brother of a friend of mine lives at 600 N. LSD and I was asked to go meet at his place before we all headed to the Air and Water show.  As soon as I turned the corner and saw the […]

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Important Amendment to the IL Community Association Manager Licensing Act.

Important Amendment to the IL Community Association Manager Licensing Act.

Compliments of CAI The Illinois Community Association Manager Licensing and Disciplinary Act was amended this legislative session to provide for the additional licensing of community association management firms and supervising community association managers. Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 595 into law August 16, 2013; the provisions will become effective January 1, 2014. Below is a brief summary of the significant changes to the Act. Community Association Management Firms Starting January 1, 2014, community association management firms will be required to […]

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