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Resale Disclosure in Community Associations

Resale Disclosure in Community Associations

October 21, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

What is a resale certificate? Simply put, a resale certificate is a legally mandated document containing a very large trove of information that a seller must provide to a buyer of a home or unit in a community association. In reality, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Preparation of a resale certificate is important to both the buyer and the seller, its contents are extensive and its preparation is time consuming. We’ll cover all the details of resale disclosure certificates in today’s episode of Community Matters.

Today's guest is Neil Hilkert, Esq., an attorney who specializes in community association law with the law firm Reidenbach & Associates, LLC located in Wayne, PA.s. 

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Lessons Learned: Association Boards, Reserves & Fiduciary Duty

Lessons Learned: Association Boards, Reserves & Fiduciary Duty

September 21, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

Anyone listening to this podcast is very likely aware of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium building in Surfside, Florida that occurred a few months ago. The discussion that we are focusing on today intends to serve as a conversation regarding the obligations of elected homeowner leaders, while avoiding any insinuation as to the causes or events leading up to that tragic incident. And, before we start our discussion, we want to extend our sincerest condolences to all those impacted by this tragic event.

The topic of condo and building safety will dominate the conversations of community association practitioners for many months and years to come, as we all work to insure something like this never happens again. CAI’s national organization assembled various task forces that are working on a series of public policies to address issues such as building inspections and maintenance and reserve funds and studies. This podcast is intended to be a conversation about the obligations of elected homeowner leaders when it comes to the various issues involved in this topic.  

Our guests for this episode include Sara Austin, Esq., with Austin Law Firm, LLC, Marshal Granor, Esq., CCAL, with Granor & Granor PC, and Stefan Richter, Esq., CCAL, from Clemons, Richter & Reiss. 

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Re-establishing Community in a Post Pandemic World

Re-establishing Community in a Post Pandemic World

July 30, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

As a community association manager or board member, it can be difficult to fully understand the financial, legal, and emotional impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the residents of your community association. While it’s crucial to focus on budgets, board meetings, and other community obligations to get your community back on track, you can’t lose sight of what matters most: reestablishing a sense of togetherness.

We’ll talk about this in detail with today’s guest, Jenniffer Harrington, Business Development Manager for Associa Mid-Atlantic, AAMC.

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Bet on This: Games of Chance in Pennsylvania Community Associations

Bet on This: Games of Chance in Pennsylvania Community Associations

June 25, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

Community associations often get creative in programming activities for homeowners. Sometimes these activities may involve games of chance like raffles, lotteries, drawings and 50/50s. But these games are considered gambling, and state regulations do apply. We’ll discuss these games of chance and how community associations can become licensed to host such events with Paula Haurie, a former member of the board of Traditions of America at Hanover, located in located in Bethlehem, PA. Information contained in this podcast is specific to community associations in Pennsylvania. Listeners from other states should check with your state for applicable laws and regulations.

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Managing Collections & Delinquencies

Managing Collections & Delinquencies

May 17, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

Today's episode is about the always important topic of assessment collections and delinquencies in community associations, and what impact, if any, the Covid-19 pandemic has had on homeowner delinquencies in community associations. 
Today's guest is Sara Austin, Esq., founder of Austin Law Firm, LLC, located in York, Pennsylvania. Sara is a graduate of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary. Sara served as the 2016-017 president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and is the chair of CAI's Central Pennsylvania Regional Council.

The sponsor of today's episode is The Falcon Group - a unique, full-service Engineering, Architectural & Energy Consulting firm. Falcon’s primary focus is on restoring and evaluating existing facilities ranging from site, building envelope and energy improvements. The Falcon Group's full-service capabilities focus on your building’s specific needs. For more information on The Falcon Group, visit www.thefalcongroup.us. 

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The Nuisance Factor

The Nuisance Factor

March 26, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

The topic for t his episode is nuisances in community associations – odors, noise, neighbor to neighbor disputes, and more. This is a topic that often comes up in conversations with association board members and managers and how they can deal with complaints from homeowners about nuisances that may occur in their communities. Our guest for this episode is Ed Hoffman, Esq., CCAL, with Hoffman Law. Ed is a member of the College of Community Association Lawyers and is the chair of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. Ed frequents contributes to CAI as a speaker and author. 

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To Re-Open or Not - That is the Question

To Re-Open or Not - That is the Question

February 18, 2021

Welcome to this episode of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

A year in to the Coronavirus pandemic, and there is a light, however dim, at the end of the tunnel. Vaccines are rolling out and ramping up and case counts are, at the moment, dropping dramatically in the United States. Does this mean it is now ok for community associations to re-open the clubhouse and the fitness center and other common areas? Or is the risk still too great to effectively manage?

We'll ask today's guests these very questions. Taking their turn at the Community Matters microphone today are Jon Katz, Esq., president of CAI's Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter Board of Directors, and George Greatrex, Esq., Chair of the CAI New Jersey Legislative Action Committee. Both Jon and George are attorneys with Hill Wallack.

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Avoid the Road to Ruin: Asphalt Maintenance

Avoid the Road to Ruin: Asphalt Maintenance

January 25, 2021

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

One of the biggest expenses that can face any community association is the maintenance and upkeep of asphalt roads and parking lots. A community with miles of roads can literally spend tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars on maintaining these roadways. My guest for today’s podcast, Paul Gates, is with Asphaltech Pavement Solutions. Paul is an expert on these issues and will help explain the bidding process, costs and other factors necessary to the proper maintenance of your asphalt.

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Service & Support Animals: What’s the Difference?

Service & Support Animals: What’s the Difference?

January 7, 2021

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

CAI often gets questions from community association managers and homeowner leaders on the topic of service and support animals. These questions range from what the difference is between a service animal and a support animal, the state and federal laws that apply, and how to evaluate what may constitute a reasonable accommodation request for a service or support animal. 

We’ll discuss these questions and more with Jeffrey Brenner, Esq., a community association attorney with chapter Platinum Sponsor Marcus & Hoffman, located in Media, PA. 

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Virtual Marketing using Social Media

Virtual Marketing using Social Media

December 17, 2020

Welcome to this edition of Community Matters podcast, where we discuss issues important to managing and governing condos, cooperatives and homeowner associations.

Today’s episode is part three in a mini-series of episodes focused on our business partner members and how they are marketing themselves in the new, virtual world we’ve all existed in since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. We’ll be talking with various business partner members about best practices for marketing in a virtual world, how to make the best of virtual events and how to make connections and new contacts without the in-person networking events that we were so dependent on in the time known as BC – before covid. These are important questions to think about since we are a relationship driven industry. The natural challenges of meeting new people is exacerbated by the challenges of 2020. The focus of today's episode is on using social media for marketing.

This episode features three special guests – Sean McCabe, with Servpro of Upper Bucks, is the chair of the CAI Business Partners Council, Nicole Skaro is with CIT Bank and is the Vice President of the CAI Chapter Board of Directors, and Anne Yannarella, with National Contractors, chair of CAI's Awards Committee. 

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