2008 Oct
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Board Operations
The Key to Board Efficiency By Lisa Iannucci

Until recently, Claudia Tracey worked full time in a position that required an extensive amount of travel. At the same time she was, and still is, board president at Hampton Vistas Condominiums in Manorville, New York, which just went …

Board Operations
Avoiding Sticky Situations 1 By Raanan Geberer

Most co-op and condo boards that hire managing agents, rather than manage themselves with in-house staff, are reasonably satisfied with them. After all, the managers are presumably trained and experienced professionals.

But no…

Board Operations
Seeing Through it All 1 By Jonathan Barnes

Any relationship depends upon effective communication to function properly. In a co-op or condo, the relationship between the board and managing agent, or between the board and the shareholders, all have boundaries regarding what is ac…

Board Operations
Developing an Online Presence 1 By Keith Loria

Nowadays people are using their computers to connect to the Internet for just about every facet of their lives. Whether it’s buying cheap airline tickets, making reservations at their favorite restaurant or connecting with old fr…

Design
Design Solutions for Small Spaces By Jonathan J. Levin

Real estate in the Big Apple like any large metropolis is expensive, and that often means making due with a small apartment. Small spaces present many functional and aesthetic problems—lack of storage, oppressive walls, etc. Fort…

Board Operations
In Your Place, In Their Place? 1 By Greg Olear

Though many co-op buildings forbid subletting for an array of reasons, some co-op (and many more condo) buildings have populations of rental tenants residing in them. The arrangement is mostly peaceful and drama-free, but friction does…

Board Operations
Picking a Few Good Apples By Hannah Fons

These days, there’s no shortage of articles in magazines, newspapers, and online about how time-crunched most people feel. Between work, family obligations, long commutes, and a vast array of other factors vying for attentio…

Board Operations
IREM Celebrates its Anniversary By Hannah Fons

This year, the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) is celebrating its 75th anniversary. For three-quarters of a century now, IREM has provided education, resources, information and membership to real estate management profession…

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It's Worth the Effort By David Kuperberg, CPM

We’ve all heard that “first impressions are important” when meeting people; so too with buildings. A potential buyer’s or visitor’s first impression often determines their opinion of the building and its a…

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Inside the New York City Loft Board 2 By Emily Abbate

Ever since New York City was New Amsterdam, landlords have made extra money by converting unused space in their buildings into residential lofts. While many apartment-seekers gravitated toward these conversions, artists, bohemians, and…

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A Tree-Lined Oasis 1 By Liz Lent

It’s a pretty name for a pretty neighborhood. Located in the southern end of Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens has long been a destination for those in search of a little greenery to go with their city living. With its park, its tre…

Q&A
Q&A: Where's the Heat? 9 By Sandra Jacobus

Q The co-op my mother lives in, in Queens, has a unique way of saving on heating expenses. First, from October to May, maintenance fees are raised for the fuel used during those months. Secondly, the heat is shut off completely at …

Q&A
Q&A: Guest Parking Violations By Mark H. Schneider

Q The co-op I live in has its own parking. Even stockholders must purchase a parking pass if they wish to use the lot. In order to make it convenient for my son to visit me, I bought him an annual pass to the parking lot. My son is a…