2016 February
Focus on... Board Relationships

Board Operations Training New Board Members
2016 February Training New Board Members

A condominium or homeowners association is the cornerstone of a building community.  The condo or HOA maintains order and continuity by preserving architectural integrity, maintaining the common elements, protecting property values, and oft…

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Real Estate Trends The Spring Cooperator Expo Chicagoland
2016 February The Spring Cooperator Expo Chicagoland

The Cooperator Spring Expo Chicagoland will make its second appearance at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Expo will offer more than 150 exhibit booth…

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Board Operations Dealing with Problem People
2016 February Dealing with Problem People

It's almost axiomatic that when numbers of people live in close quarters with each other, disagreements over noise, odors, shared spaces, and other day-to-day minutia are bound to crop up. This is true even in the most usually-harmonious co…

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Board Operations Staff Safety & Security Training
2016 February Staff Safety & Security Training

A fire breaks out in an apartment building; A broken water pipe floods several floors; A resident collapses with a heart attack on the tennis court; An intruder roams the premises with criminal intent; and the chilly winds whipping in off L…

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Real Estate Trends Co-ops Around the Globe
2016 February Co-ops Around the Globe

It’s cheaper for two families to pool resources and share a house than for the same two families to buy two houses. This underlying concept has been around since people starting building houses. As a report by the National Cooperative Law C…

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Q&A Q&A: Access to Bikes?
2016 February Q&A: Access to Bikes?

Q. In our parking garage we have access to a bike storage room and an outside bike rack that is next to a resident's handicapped parking spot. Right now the only way to get to the bikes is to "trespass" over the parking spot. Our concern …

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Q&A Q&A: Complaining and Confidentiality
2016 February Q&A: Complaining and Confidentiality

Q. I have a question concerning the confidentiality of a person in a condo or HOA filing a complaint. Number one, are all complaints confidential?  Or when a management agent of a condominium receives a complaint from a homeowner about an…

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