April 18, 2005
In This Issue:
Fast Tracks...Take Two
Register Now for CAI's National Conference
Legislation Will Help Associations Collect Assessments
Find Out Where CAI Stands
This is How You Build Community
New: Common Sense on Association Finances
Management Company Executives to Meet in Nashville
Go in Style with CAI Summer Apparel
Contracts: Learn Before You Burn
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Fast Tracks...Take Two

This is the second edition of Fast Tracks, a monthly news bulletin for CAI members delivered directly to your in-box every month. As its name suggests, Fast Tracks consists of brief stories, often with links to additional information. Articles focus on industry news, announcements of new education resources and programs, career- and business-building opportunities and CAI news. If you did not receive the premiere (March) edition of this newsletter, you can access it here. Contact our member service representatives at (888-224-4321) if you have any questions.

Register Now for CAI's National Conference

cactus photoWith a sold-out exhibit hall and near-record registration, CAI's 54th National Conference and Exposition, May 19–21 in Tucson, is a hot ticket—and your ticket to unparalleled opportunities to learn, network and experience the unique ambiance of Tucson. Register now and enjoy a wide range of programming that addresses issues facing managers, management companies and community association leaders. If you haven't reserved your room at the picturesque Westin La Paloma Resort, you should write CAI reservation specialist or call her at (520) 615-8395 to be placed on a waiting list. Don't miss out! Click here for conference information or call (888) 224-4321. [ return to top ]

Legislation Will Help Associations Collect Assessments

After eight years of battles on Capitol Hill, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed bankruptcy reform legislation.  The new law will go into effect 180 days after President Bush signs the bill into law—which is expected to happen in the next couple of weeks. The legislation contains CAI language permitting community associations to collect post-petition assessments, meaning associations will be able to collect assessments after a homeowner files for bankruptcy.  We will provide members with the effective date of the new law and comprehensive information in the near future. [ return to top ]

Find Out Where CAI Stands

Public Policies coverEver wonder what CAI has to say about issues confronting homeowner and condominium associations? From community aesthetics to rules development and enforcement, you're just a click or two away from the perspective you need on more than 30 issues. You can get a summary of CAI's Public Policies, download the policies for free, or order a bound copy from CAI's online bookstore. You can also access CAI's top-line perspective on some of the issues that draw the most media attention. CAI media statements address issues ranging from assessments and conflict to foreclosure and flag poles. [ return to top ]

This is How You Build Community

Building Community coverDoes your association have what it takes to build community? Does your association have the rocket fuel that blasts volunteers into action? Does your association aspire to civic well-being? Does your association create a sense of community pride? Does your association promote a sense of shared responsibility among residents? If you answered "no" to any of these questions, you need to read Building Community. Build stronger, more active, more caring communities by following the simple advice offered here by the nation's top experts on community associations. Building Community is value priced at just $16 for CAI members, 40 percent off of the retail price. To learn more, or to place your order, visit the CAI Online Bookstore or call (888) 224-4321. [ return to top ]

New: Common Sense on Association Finances

Community Association Finances coverCommunity Associations Press is pleased to unveil its newest imprint, Common Sense from Common Ground, which will present the best of the magazine's articles, conveniently arranged by topic. The first title in the series is Community Association Finances, a collection of 31 articles covering assessments, cutting costs, generating revenue, budgeting, protecting assets, reserves, investing, and taxes. [ return to top ]

Management Company Executives to Meet in Nashville

Management company CEOs and executives should register today to learn, network and relax with their peers at CAI's popular CEO-MC Retreat, June 24–26 in Nashville. Featured session topics include how to hire and retain good people, using technology to increase productivity, the how-to's of profitability, and more. Group networking and "show-and-share" sessions offer the opportunity to discuss industry issues and trends and the chance to learn how other companies are meeting common business challenges. Click here for hotel information, registration fees and programming information, and to reserve tee times. Download a registration form (PDF) and register today! [ return to top ]

Go in Style with CAI Summer Apparel

CAI logo golf shirtGear up for warm weather in style by wearing selections from CAI's popular line of logo merchandise. Our golf shirts are perfect for any occasion that calls for casual comfort and style, and our new twill baseball cap provides a relaxed look that is ideal for any activity, and goes well with all of the CAI shirts. Be sure to check out our entire line of CAI logo merchandise, and see all that CAI has to offer. [ return to top ]

Contracts: Learn Before You Burn

Hiring personnel, securing professional services, purchasing products—all involve the execution of contracts. Unfortunately, many association leaders do not appreciate the importance of negotiation, counter offers, addendums and, most of all, contracts that are clear, unambiguous and binding. It's safe to say the level of comprehension often increases exponentially after mistakes are made—after it's too late. Rather than being intimidated by contracts, volunteers and professionals need to understand the basics—the four components that make a legally binding contract: parties, subject matter, time, and price. HOA expert Richard Thompson offers some helpful advice in Realty Times. [ return to top ]

 

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