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May 19, 2017 Podcast: Why Your Community Association Needs a Reserve Study
 In this episode of CAI's Community Associations Podcast, we talk with John Hershey, founder of J. Hershey Architecture Inc., about the purpose of a reserve study and why community associations of all sizes and types should have a regularly upda...
May 10, 2017 Cool Trends: Low Slope White Roofs
Replacement of Dark Roofs with Low Slope White Roofs – How to Avoid Problematic Building PerformanceM. Edward Wrenn & Alyssa Berman | Berman & Wright Architecture, Engineering & Planning, LLC  Overview and BackgroundLow sl...
May 2, 2017 Podcast: May and June CAI Event Highlights with Guest Host Michael Shaw
Spend a few minutes with CAI! This short edition of CampisiCast, our monthly podcast from CAI's Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter Executive Director Tony Campisi, features guest host Michael Shaw as he highlights upcoming chapter programs...
May 1, 2017 LAC’s Capitol Day Helps Move Legislative Priorities
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee spent the day at the state capitol in Harrisburg on Monday, April 24 meeting with legislators and legislative staff in a continuing effort to educate lawmakers on issues confronting community asso...
May 1, 2017 May BP Spotlight Shines on Smith Insurance Associates
Smith Insurance Associates, Inc. is a family owned business that has earned a solid reputation for providing innovative insurance protection at the best value for the real estate industry. With over 35 years of experience and an extensive client list...
Apr 28, 2017 Podcast: Sometimes Rentals Work FOR Community Associations
One of the topics that confound community associations and their boards is what to do about renters. Many times, the question is what can be done to limit them, prohibit them or somehow control them. However, in the right circumstances, possession ...
Apr 27, 2017 Engineering a Successful Spring
Engineering a Successful Spring:What You Need to Do to keep Your Community Association Running Smoothly This SpringThe robins have started to appear, daffodils are springing up out of the dirt and April showers bring … clogged catch basins. Uh-...
Apr 21, 2017 Legislation Passes State House Expanding Attorney General Role in Association Complaints
 HARRISBURG – House Bill 595, which would change the way investigations and mediation of complaints are handled in community association across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was unanimously passed by the state House of Representatives ...
Apr 11, 2017 SOLitude Lake Management's The Stages of Lake and Pond Succession
The Stages of Lake and Pond SuccessionPaul ContiEnvironmental Scientist & Industry ExpertSOLitude Lake Management Like any ecosystem, lakes and ponds naturally change over time through succession. As many outside inputs accumulate, chan...
Apr 10, 2017 Podcast: Social Media Issues for Employers
The continuing growth of social media has created an array of pitfalls and challenges for employers, including community associations. Hiring decisions have been complicated because of publicly available information on social media, employees are usi...
Apr 7, 2017 Podcast: Project Management
If your condo or community association is starting a capital improvement project, you want the job done right. Hiring the right professionals can mean the difference between happy residents and a satisfied board of directors and a disaster. In this...
Apr 4, 2017 Business Partner Spotlight for April - The Falcon Group
 Diamond Partner Profile: The Falcon GroupBy: Jessica Vail, Director, Marketing & Business Development, The Falcon Group Company BasicsName of company:  The Falcon Group Principal of company: Andrew Amorosi, William Pyznar &am...
Apr 4, 2017 CAI's PA-LAC presents LAC-Out-Loud!
Community Associations Institute's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) presents LAC-Out-Loud! (LOL) - a variety-style talent show showcasing the unique talents of participating CAI members while raising money to support the important w...
Apr 3, 2017 Podcast: Five Minutes with CAI - April, 2017
Spend five minutes with CAI! This short, five minute (more or less) monthly podcast from CAI's Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter Executive Director Tony Campisi highlights upcoming chapter programs and events. In this month's episode for A...
Apr 3, 2017 Podcast: Fiduciary Duty for Community Associations
In this episode of CAI's Podcast, we will be talking about the important topic of fiduciary duty and what it means in the context of your condominium, cooperative or homeowner association. This is an important legal and financial term for elected b...
Mar 31, 2017 Spring: It’s Time for Inspection
Spring: It's Time for Inspectioncourtesy of CAI Diamond Partner Lemus Construction & Roofing Spring is here — and it’s time to head out to relax on the deck, take a swing on the tennis courts…and make an inspection tour of ...
Mar 31, 2017 Derrenbacher Wins Outstanding Board Member Leadership Award
     CAI's Community Association Volunteers Committee (CAVC) is proud to announce the recipients for the 2017 Outstanding Board Member Leadership Award. For the first time, we received more than 150 nominations! This year's v...
Mar 29, 2017 Pennsylvania is CAI's Legislative Action Committee of the Year
Coming off our most successful year ever, Community Associations Institute will recognize the Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) as CAI's Legislative Action Committee of the Year. The award will be given at the national conference in...
Mar 28, 2017 CAI Profiled in Suburban Life
CAI is the subject of a cover story and profile in the March, 2017 issue of Suburban Life magazine, distributed to over 40,000 homes in Philadelphia and its suburban counties. CAI staff were interviewed and photographed (with the exception of Anne Ya...
Mar 8, 2017 CAI Welcomes New & Returning Members
Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning February 2017 Members!Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! Our 2017 calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-member an...
Mar 8, 2017 Triple Crown Update!
February 2017, The Triple Crown!Congratulations to Dorisann Mooring, AMS, PCAM with Hemlock Farms Community Association, our February Top Recruiter-of-the-Month. Dorisann won a $50 Visa gift card and $60 CAI Cash! To learn how YOU can be the Top Recr...
Mar 1, 2017 Congratulations to CAI Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to our 2017 Manager Designations Scholarship recipients and thank you to our scholarship sponsors - dC Engineering Inspections, The Falcon Group, KPI2, Lemus Construction & Marcus & Hoffman.Our scholarship recipients will rece...
Mar 1, 2017 Business Partner Spotlight for March - Macadam Company, Inc.
CAI's Business Partner Spotlight shines this month on Diamond Partner Macadam Company, Inc.  Company BasicsName of company:   Macadam Company, Inc.   Principal of company:   Mark BevevinoYear company was founded: 1986# of employee...
Mar 1, 2017 Boast About Your Community Association!
  CAI offers a great opportunity for you to promote all the great things about the community you govern, live in, work with, or manage that can also serve as a way to cast a deserving light of recognition on you and all of the hard work tha...
Feb 28, 2017 Don't End Up Swimming with the Sharks
 Many of us that work with community associations are thanking the weather gods for a mild winter season this year. While it is always nice to see one significant snowfall each year (and for the kids to get a snow day!), I don’t think I am...
Feb 27, 2017 Podcast: Five Minutes with CAI - March, 2017
Spend five minutes with CAI! This short, five minute (more or less) monthly podcast from CAI's Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter Executive Director Tony Campisi highlights upcoming chapter programs and events.   ...
Feb 24, 2017 Don't Be Fooled By The Warm Weather - Winter Isn't Over!
  SNOW & ICE REMOVAL: IMPORTANT COURT OPINION FOR CONDO & COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS (IN NEW JERSEY) It's hard to tell by walking outside today, when the temperatures are in the mid-seventies despite it being late February, but win...
Feb 24, 2017 Social Media in Your Community Association
It’s 2017, and it’s safe to say that there’s no avoiding social media use these days whether it is for personal use, commercial use or even for the benefit of a Community Association.   So just how should your Association be...
Feb 13, 2017 Point. Click. Connect. CAI Launches eBid online RFP system.
CAI is excited to announce that eBid – our online request for proposal system – is now available on our website by clicking here. eBid is more than a directory of business partners, it’s a conduit that streamlines the RFP proce...
Feb 13, 2017 Congratulations to Jane Wismer!
Congratulations to CCR Management's Jane Wismer, CMCA, AMS, our January 2017 Recruiter Rewards Recruiter-of-the-Month. Jane earns $45 in CAI Cash, a $50 gift card, and is entered into the running to win one of our three grand prizes in our CAI Recrui...
Feb 2, 2017 Update Your (Member) Record
Update Your (Member) Record for the 2017 Member DirectoryWe're preparing to print our 2017 edition of the Membership Directory and Resource Guide! Before we do, please take a moment to review your member profile to ensure its accuracy. The Membership...
Feb 2, 2017 Gold is Good
Greetings from your Gold Star Committee,Allow us to introduce you to the value of being a Gold Star Community. Did you know that completing a Gold Star application provides a one year courtesy membership for one of your Board members? How cool is tha...
Feb 2, 2017 CAI's Business Parnter Spothlight for February: ADP Barlow Insurance
CAI's February 2017 Business Partner Spotlight shines on ADP Barlow Insurance. Name of company: ADP Barlow Insurance Principal(s) of company: Robin L Barlow, CIRMS; Robert E Barlow Jr, PCAM CIRMS Year company was founded: 2007   ...
Jan 31, 2017 Podcast: Five Minutes with CAI - February, 2017
  Spend five minutes with CAI! This short, five minute (give or take) monthly podcast from CAI's Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter Executive Director Tony Campisi highlights upcoming chapter programs and events.     ...
Jan 27, 2017 The Top Three Insurance Resolutions for Property Managers in 2017
The Top Three Insurance Resolutions for Property Managers in 2017 By Caesar Mistretta, Vice President, New Business Development, HUB International Northeast and Guy Gioino, Senior Vice President &  Risk Services Leader, HUB Internationa...
Jan 17, 2017 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning December 2016 Members!
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning December 2016 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! Our 2017 calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-m...
Jan 16, 2017 Fries Collects $100 Gift Card
Congratulations to Natalie Fries, CMCA, AMS with Associa Mid-Atlantic, AAMC, our December Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.  Natalie won a $100 Visa gift card and $105 CAI Cash!  To learn how YOU can be the Top Recruiter in January, and earn CAI ...
Jan 13, 2017 Legal Brief: Logan's Reserve HOA v. McCabe
PA COMMONWEALTH COURT HOLDS THAT OWNERS ARE PROHIBITED FROM WITHHOLDING PAYMENT OF COMMON EXPENSE ASSESSMENTS UNDER UNIFORM PLANNED COMMUNITY ACT.On January 4, 2017, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court confirmed that the Uniform Planned Community Act...
Jan 6, 2017 Kipcon, Inc. - CAI's Business Partner Spotlight, January 2017
CAI's January 2017 Business Partner Spotlight shines on Kipcon, Inc.      Name of company: Kipcon, Inc.Principal of company:Mitchell H. FrumkinYear company was founded:1983# of employees:20States in which the compan...
Jan 5, 2017 On Your Marks...Go for CAI's Triple Crown
  On Your Marks...  Get set and go for CAI’s 2017 Recruiter Rewards Race for the Triple Crown. It’s a fast-paced race to the finish and all you have to do to participate is send your your prospects to Anne!  Join in the ...
Dec 29, 2016 Winter Safety Tips
During the winter holiday season, newspapers are filled with stories about happy families, generosity, and communities coming together. Unfortunately, they are also punctuated with stories about tragedies, including devastating fires.Residential comm...
Dec 20, 2016 A committee just for you
Dear CAI Homeowner members:  Did you know that the largest number of CAI members are Community Association Volunteer Leader (homeowner) members like you and me? As a CAVL member of CAI, I decided a couple of years ago that I wanted to get m...
Nov 30, 2016 Meet eBid: CAI's online RFP system
eBid is CAI’s brand new online Request for Proposal (RFP) system and it’s scheduled to launch in late 2016 / early 2017. This members only benefit is a great new way for business partners to build their business. Here’s how it ...
Nov 30, 2016 New for 2017 - CAI Podcasts and Video FAQs!
The Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter of CAI is constantly looking for exciting new ways to bring you the information and resources you expect and deserve as a CAI member. We've had great success with our immensely popular and award-winning ...
Nov 29, 2016 Podcast: Governor, Legislature End Recording Fee Abuse in Pennsylvania
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee applauds Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature for making Senate Bill 1282 a reality. Listen to our new podcast to learn all about Act 162 of 2016 and what it means for Pennsylvania's Commu...
Nov 17, 2016 Tenant Criminal Background Checks and Your Association
 Does your association require landlords to check a potential tenant’s criminal background?We all want to live in a safe environment and what is more important than knowing your neighbors are law-abiding citizens? To achieve this, many ass...
Nov 10, 2016 Step Up! Join a Committee in 2017
JOIN A COMMITTEE IN 2017As a volunteer driven organization, CAI is only as strong and successful as our members make it. CAI’s volunteers are the driving force behind our success and our ability to deliver value and benefit to you, our members....
Nov 9, 2016 Meet Our New Members!
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning October 2016 Members!Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! Our fall calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-memb...
Nov 9, 2016 FirstService's Malason is October's Recruiter of the Month
October 2016, Membership is Everywhere!Congratulations to Cheryl A. Malason, CMCA with FirstService Residential MidAtlantic, LLC AAMC, our October Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.  Cheryl won a $50 Visa gift card and $15 CAI Cash!  To learn how ...
Nov 7, 2016 Governor Tom Wolf Signs Senate Bill 1282
 Legislation Ends Practice of Per Parcel Recording Fees Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (CAI PA LAC) applauds Governor Tom Wolf for affixing his signature to Senate Bill 1282, legislation that w...
Nov 1, 2016 Four Ways to Set a Decoration Policy Without Ruining the Holiday Party
Four Ways to Set a Decoration Policy Without Ruining the Holiday Party Jorge I. Acosta, LCAM USI Insurance People decorate for everything these days – from Valentine’s Day to the patriotic celebrations of summer and on to the fa...
Oct 27, 2016 Call Governor Wolf: Tell him to Sign SB 1282
 In a series of swift votes on Wednesday night, the legislature gave final approval to Senate Bill 1282, which eliminates excessive fees for the recording of Amendments to Declarations for community associations throughout the Commonwealth of Pe...
Oct 7, 2016 Sign the Petition: End Recording Fee Abuse in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Statutes governing community associations require amendments to a community association declaration be recorded in the county Recorder of Deeds Office. Unfortunately, what has historically been an administrative act at minimal expen...
Sep 28, 2016 An Ounce of Prevention...Preventative Maintenance
 Summer’s heat has faded away, and before you know it, winter’s icy blasts will arrive. These comfortable days of autumn provide the perfect opportunity to put the familiar “ounce of prevention” adage into practice. ...
Sep 21, 2016 TELL YOUR LEGISLATOR TO END RECORDING FEE ABUSE
 URGENT - CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVEEND RECORDING FEE ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIAAN UNJUSTIFIED AND ILLEGAL TAX ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSYour urgent help is needed to adopt legislation that will reign in skyrocketing recorder of deeds fees that...
Sep 20, 2016 Nine New Member Referrals Wins Month for Martin
Congratulations to David Martin, Community Manager at Saw Creek Estates, our August Top Recruiter-of-the-Month. David won a $100 Visa gift card and $135 CAI Cash! To learn how YOU can be the Top Recruiter in September, earn CAI Cash, and be entered i...
Sep 20, 2016 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning August 2016 Members!
Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning August 2016 Members!Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! Our fall calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-member and ...
Sep 14, 2016 CAI Rebuts Misleading Opposition Arguments to Senate Bill 1282
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) has been supporting legislation (Senate Bill 1282 / House Bill 1101) which would clarify the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment of declarations fo...
Sep 13, 2016 Jot it Down!
 JOIN CAI'S NEW WRITERS' BLOCK If you're interested in contributing an article to our blog or magazine but your'e not entirely sure what you want to write about, why not join our new Writers' Block group? CAI's Writers' Block is a database ...
Sep 8, 2016 An Unjustified and Illegal Tax on Community Associations
 URGENT - CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE END RECORDING FEE ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA AN UNJUSTIFIED AND ILLEGAL TAX ON COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSYour urgent help is needed to adopt legislation that will reign in skyrocketing recorder of deeds fe...
Sep 7, 2016 URGENT: Contact the State Legislature TODAY
 URGENT - CONTACT THE PA HOUSE URBAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEEEND RECORDING FEE ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIAYour urgent help is needed to adopt legislation that will reign in skyrocketing recorder of deeds fees that are costing Pennsylvania’s community a...
Sep 7, 2016 Will You Sponsor a Scholar?
CAI is seeking sponsors to help us underwrite our Manager Designation Scholarship Program (MDSP) for 2017. Created by the chapter Managers Committee, the MDSP is designed to assist community association managers in the Pennsylvania & Delaware Val...
Sep 7, 2016 Who Are Our Gold Medal Members?
The Summer Olympics may be over but that’s no reason to stop recognizing people for their hard work and achievements! We are now accepting nominations for the CAI Annual Awards. Every year, CAI recognizes our best and  brightest membe...
Aug 22, 2016 CAI Makes Manager Scholarship Available for m320
CAI is pleased to offer a scholarship to our November m320: High Rise Maintenance & Management through our Manager Designation Scholarship Program (MDSP). Created by the chapter Managers Committee, the Scholarship Program is designed to assist co...
Aug 18, 2016 Chapter Bowling Raises Funds for Ronald McDonald House
The Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI) hosted over 60 bowlers on both sides of the Delaware River last night at our Second Annual Charity Bowling Tournament. Bowlers participated in two events - ...
Aug 12, 2016 Christy Williams Wins July Recruiter of the Month Honors
July 2016, Membership is Everywhere! Congratulations to Christy Williams, CPM of Chancellor Properties, Inc., our July Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.   Christy won a $50 Visa gift card and $45 CAI Cash.  To learn how YOU can be the Top R...
Aug 12, 2016 Share Your Knowledge; Reap the Benefits
Membership with Community Associations Institute offers myriad opportunities for business partners to increase brand awareness within the association. From sponsoring educational sessions and seminars to attending networking events like CAI’s A...
Aug 11, 2016 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning July 2016 Members!
Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! Our fall calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-member and introduce them to CAI!  Our 2016 “Membership is Everywhe...
Aug 4, 2016 Experience Counts in Complex High Rise Transitions
EXPERIENCE COUNTS IN COMPLEX HIGH RISE TRANSITIONSDon Brenner, Esq. | Stark and StarkTransition of control of the board of trustees of a condominium association can be particularly complex when the common elements include a high rise building. In the...
Aug 3, 2016 PA LAC Testifies at Hearing on Recording Fees
Members of CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee gave testimony in support of Senate Bill 1282 / House Bill 1101 at a hearing of the House Urban Affairs Committee on July 28, 2016 at the Bucks County Administration Building in Doylestown. T...
Aug 2, 2016 High Rise Maintenance & Management Coming to Philly
CAI's M-320 course will teach you how to address the unique challenges of multi-story communities. The course is part of CAI's Professional Management Development Program and will help managers earn the necessary credits to apply for and maintain the...
Aug 1, 2016 Summer Mosquito Prevention
What you need to know about mosquito prevention this summer Jennifer Brumfield, Training and Technical Specialist, Western Pest ServicesBy now, you’ve probably seen or heard that mosquitoes are making international headlines again, this ti...
Jul 28, 2016 Do you have the write stuff?
Time and time again, surveys and polls sent to our members reflect that the educational articles found in our award-winning chapter magazine, Community Assets, and our website’s blog, @ Home with CAI, consistently rank high among the reasons t...
Jul 25, 2016 Brace Yourself: Responding to a Natural Disaster
It's every community association's worst nightmare but sometimes natural disasters happen. If your property has been damaged in a natural disaster—hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake or fire—there are some important steps you can take i...
Jul 20, 2016 No Clowning Around: Bowling for Charity
CAI is pleased to announce that Ronald McDonald House Charities has been selected as its benefitting charity for the 2nd Annual Charity Bowling Tournament to be held simultaneously in Maple Shade, NJ and East Norriton, PA on Wednesday, August 17 begi...
Jul 15, 2016 CAI Welcomes June New & Returning Members
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning June 2016 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! The 2016 summer/fall calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring...
Jul 13, 2016 Horn Snags $50 Visa Gift Card
Congratulations to Christian Horn of FirstService Residential MidAtlantic, LLC, our June Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.   Christian won a $50 Visa gift card and $15 CAI Cash.  To learn how YOU can be the Top Recruiter in July, earn CAI Ca...
Jul 7, 2016 Go for the Gold!
2016 is an Olympic year and athletes from all over the world are gearing up for the summer games in Brazil. These athletes have invested many hours in perfecting their individual abilities in their chosen sport with their ultimate goal of captur...
Jun 30, 2016 PA Senate Reforms Recording Fees with Adoption of SB 1282
In the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg today, the Pennsylvania Senate voted 48-2 in favor of Senate Bill 1282 (R-Wagner). SB 1282 clarifies the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment o...
Jun 29, 2016 Management Company CEO Breakfast
CAI invites member Management Companies to our second and final Management Company CEO Breakfast of 2016. Management companies are invited to send up to two (2) representatives to this program - the CEO, managing director, vice president, regional di...
Jun 28, 2016 How Do I Join the Chapter Board of Directors?
Serving as a member of CAI's Chapter Board of Directors is a rewarding and challenging experience. Serving on the chapter board requires participation at regular board meetings, attendance at chapter programs, time spent reviewing documents such as f...
Jun 23, 2016 Senate Committee Advances Recording Fees Legislation
Yesterday the Senate Urban Affairs Committee reported Senate Bill 1282 (R-Wagner) from committee on a vote of 10-1. SB 1282 would clarify the manner in which county Recorders of Deeds may assess fees regarding the amendment of declarations for condom...
Jun 22, 2016 Stay Safe in the Storm
Warm weather usually means fun in the sun, but summer heat also can bring severe weather. Threatening thunderstorms often loom large on summer afternoons so it’s important to be prepared for downpours and accompanying lightning, which can strik...
Jun 8, 2016 Regional Council Bingo Challenge!
Regional Councils - Get your game on!We're launching a CAI Regional Council Bingo Membership Challenge to grow the organization in our regional council territories and to provide a fun, competitive game for our regional council members to participate...
Jun 6, 2016 CAI Welcomes May's New and Renewing Members
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning May 2016 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! The 2016 calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-member...
Jun 6, 2016 Fons Named May's Top Recruiter in CAI's Recruiter Rewards
May 2016, Membership is Everywhere! Congratulations to Roger Fons II, CMCA, AMS, PCAM with Associa Mid-Atlantic, AAMC, our May Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.   Roger won a $50 Visa gift card and $75 CAI Cash.  To learn how YOU can be the...
Jun 3, 2016 Pike County Verdict Upholds the Importance of a Proper Election Process
Gregory D. Malaska, Esq. | Young & Haros, LLCOne of CAI’s goals, both nationally and locally, is to improve the operation of our constituent community associations.  This effort has several core components, three of which are transpare...
Jun 1, 2016 Wagner to Introduce Recorder of Deeds Fees Bill
State Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) has signaled his intent to introduce a Senate version of House Bill 1101, legislation which would reign in skyrocketing fees charged by some county Recorder of Deeds to file an amendment to a Declaration of Condomi...
Jun 1, 2016 Philadelphia's Façade Reporting Requirement
 Important Information for Property Managers in PhiladelphiaAs of June 30, 2015, all buildings more than six stories high or with other features more than sixty feet tall are required to file a written report with the City of Philadelphia on the...
May 20, 2016 From the President: CAI's Strategic Planning Session
As with most progressive organizations, our chapter holds a leadership retreat each year to recap the past year and to look to the future so that we can continue to add value to our members and our industry.This year we held a strategic planning sess...
May 16, 2016 Your Community Counts; Your Vote Counts
Your Community Counts. Your Vote Counts. One-third of Americans who are eligible to vote have never registered. Even worse, of those who have registered and are eligible to vote, fewer than 58 percent did so in the last presidenti...
May 13, 2016 Philadelphia Multifamily Benchmarking Training Comes to Town
Multifamily Benchmarking Training This is a hands-on training co-hosted by the Office of Sustainability and the Delaware Valley Green Building Council for personnel of multifamily buildings who will be collecting and entering information into Energy...
May 13, 2016 CAI Seeks Marketing & Market Research Summer Intern
The Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapter is the 4th largest of 61 state and regional chapters of Community Associations Institute (CAI). CAI is a 34,000+ member not-for-profit organization dedicated to building better communities. CAI provides ...
May 10, 2016 O'Donnell, Gounis Receive Inaugural Scholarships
The Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter of Community Associations Institute (CAI)’s Managers Committee is pleased to announce that two manager members have been selected as the inaugural recipients of the new Manager Designations Scholarsh...
May 9, 2016 Survey Says: High Ratings are in for HOAs
For Immediate Release Associations, Board Members and Community Managers Earn High Ratings Falls Church, VA, May 6, 2016- Americans who live in homeowners associations and condominiums remain overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, their h...
May 5, 2016 Congratulations to our newest Gold Star Award recipients
Congratulations to our newest Gold Star Award recipients  Congratulations are in order! The following communities were recognized at the 2016 Annual Conference & Expo for receiving or renewing their Gold Star Award.  2100 Bryn Mawr Pl...
May 4, 2016 Taming the Communication Beast
Our Manager Ed Breakfast Club moves to an afternoon seminar on May 17th, followed by a happy hour and our annual Manager Designations Event. Managers who attend this education seminar, or who attend CAI's Annual Conference & Expo, receive co...
Apr 1, 2016 The LAC Has Your Back. Do You Have Theirs?
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) works on behalf of the approximately 2 million residents who live in 10,000+ community associations in the commonwealth - guarding against intrusive and harmful legislative efforts, advancing t...
Mar 24, 2016 Legislative Alert: Contact Your State Senator Today
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee needs your help to encourage the State Senate to take up House Bill 1340. Details on the Bill are below. House Bill 1340: Leasing Restrictions & Lien for AssessmentsCAI Supports this Bill....
Mar 7, 2016 Welcome New & Returning February 2016 Members!
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning February 2016 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! The 2016 calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-m...
Mar 7, 2016 Debbie Fioravanti Wins $100 Visa Gift Card as Recruiter of the Month!
February 2016, Membership is Everywhere! Congratulations to Debbie Fioravanti of Wilton’s Corner Proprietary Association, our February Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.   Debbie is the winner of a $100 Visa gift card and $120 CAI Cash.&nbs...
Mar 1, 2016 CAI Mentoring Program: We're Here to Help!
CAI's Association for Professional Community Managers (APCM) board has developed a mentoring program for managers nationwide who are on the path towards attaining CAI professional designations, such as the Association Management Specialist (AMS), Pro...
Feb 15, 2016 Getting To The Expo: Take the Train
CAI's Annual Conference & Expo takes place on April 14, 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. This information will help you plan your transportation to the convention center, whether you plan to drive or take public transp...
Feb 15, 2016 CAI Launches Chapter Growth Fund
CAI's Board of Directors is creating a Chapter Growth Fund to provide marketing resources to the chapter can expand the membership, which will in turn provide additional opportunities for business partner and management company members to grow your...
Feb 10, 2016 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning January 2016 Members!
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning January 2016 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you! The 2016 calendar is jammed packed with exciting new programs and events you won’t want to miss. Bring a non-me...
Feb 10, 2016 Lehman Scores Big - Wins January Recruiter of the Month
January 2016, Membership is Everywhere! Congratulations to Glenn D. Lehman, RMP of Lehman Property Management, our January Top Recruiter-of-the-Month. Glenn is the winner of a $100 Visa gift card and $150 CAI Cash.  To learn how YOU can be the ...
Feb 9, 2016 Private Dams Legislation Adopted in PA House
House Bill 1712, establishing the Pennsylvania Private Dam Financial Assurance Program and the Private Dam Financial Assurance Fund, passed the state House of Representatives by a vote of 195-1 on Monday, February 8, 2016. The Bill now moves to the S...
Feb 9, 2016 Protecting Your Pavement After the Snow Arrives
On January 22, @ Home with CAI featured a blog post from Mike Burkholder with Asphalt Consultants entitled, "Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt Pavements". To read that post, please click here. Now, Mike Burkholder with Asphalt Consulta...
Feb 4, 2016 House Passes FHA Condo Project Approvals Changes
HOUSE PASSES FHA CONDOMINIUM PROJECT APPROVAL PROCESS CHANGESMegan Newman - 2/3/2016 ​Yesterday, progress was made towards helping condominium projects recertify their FHA approval. H.R. 3700 the "Housing Opportunity through...
Feb 1, 2016 Winter Plumbing Tips
This post courtesy of CAI Business Partner member Klausmair Construction. For more information, please contact Klausmair Construction at:Address: 3543 Marietta Avenue, Suite C, Lancaster, PA 17601Phone: (717) 522-1019Web: www.klausmairconstruction.co...
Jan 25, 2016 Snowy Rooftops - A Potentially Dangerous and Expensive Problem
This post is courtesy of CAI Diamond Partner The Falcon Group: Engineering, Architecture & Energy Consultants. For more information, visit The Falcon Group online at: www.falconengineering.com or e-mail them at: info@falconeng...
Jan 22, 2016 Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt Pavements
Preventative Winter Maintenance for Asphalt PavementsEventually, even the best paved surfaces will slowly start to deteriorate due to the sun, weather conditions and the stresses created by the vehicles using them. The sun naturally breaks down petro...
Jan 21, 2016 2016 Members Only Management Company Breakfast
CAI is pleased to announce our Second Annual Members Only Management Company CEO Breakfast! This members-only event is an opportunity for management company principals and senior level executives to gather, network, hear about industry trends and fin...
Jan 21, 2016 Storm Warning! Be prepared for the coming snow
During a blizzard, and possibly for days afterward, electricity and other utilities might not be available. Snow and/or ice might block the roads, preventing vehicles from getting in or out of your neighborhood. You'll need to be completely self-suff...
Jan 12, 2016 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning December 2015 Members!
Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you!  Our 2016 “Send Anne 2” Recruiter Rewards Campaign has begun and runs through November 30, 2016.  Congratulations to our 2015 Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize winner, Barbara...
Jan 12, 2016 15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update: We’ve Landed!
Congratulations to Bob Wise of Robert H. Wise Management, our December Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.   Bob is the winner of a $50 Visa gift card and $90 CAI Cash.  To learn how YOU can be the Top Recruiter in January, earn CAI Cash and b...
Jan 11, 2016 Send Anne 2: Membership is Everywhere!
  Meet Kevin.Kevin is CAI's Member Ambassador. He's on a quest to find new CAI members and he needs your help. Kevin believes that Membership is Everywhere. All you have to do is look for it.Kevin will be making random appearances at e...
Jan 8, 2016 Oh, deer. What you should know about feeding your neighborhood deer.
Sure, you have a soft heart and good intentions but feeding deer is not in their best interests, or yours. Depending on what you feed them, deer may actually be harmed by your feeding. Some foods will kill them within a few days or debilitate them e...
Jan 6, 2016 Keys to Recruiting
Groucho Marx once said that he refused to join any club that would have him as a member. Thank goodness CAI members don’t prescribe to that motto. It’s not too difficult to understand that an organization’s members are its lifebl...
Dec 16, 2015 CAI Recognizes Newest Gold Star Communities
CAI’s Gold Star Community program recognizes community associations that work hard to develop and maintain standards, encourage community participation, maintain fiscal stability, and positively impact the quality of life for residents. Board m...
Dec 7, 2015 Prepare for the Worst: Writing an Emergency Plan for Your Family
Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes in the summer months, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place. Consider prepari...
Nov 30, 2015 PA LAC Supports the Private Dam Financial Assurance Program
 Early in 2014, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued new regulations requiring private dam owners to provide a mechanism for financial responsibility over their dams, in the event of a dam breach. The deadline for...
Nov 19, 2015 NJ LAC Report
As the Delaware Valley Chapter’s delegate to the CAI-National Legislative Action Committee –New Jersey (LAC), I report to the Chapter’s Board on the efforts of the NJ LAC to initiate, monitor, negotiate, support and sometimes oppose...
Nov 18, 2015 BREAKING NEWS | Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA CONDOS - CHANGE YOUR 2016 BUDGETDELETE THE HOUSING INSPECTION LICENSE | ADD THE HIGH RISE FIRE INSPECTION LICENSE After much confusion over many months, Gary Krimstock, Esq., CCAL from Fineman, Krekstein & Harris was able to con...
Nov 16, 2015 Manager's Mini Legal Symposium Delivers High Value Info at Low Cost
The Managers Breakfast and Mini Legal Symposium brought many questions and led to some very interesting discussions this past Tuesday. As a community manager, I see how important it is to keep up-to-date on the changing legal rulings of the courts pe...
Nov 13, 2015 Breaking: Contact Your Senators About the Amateur Radio Parity Act
Government Affairs report from CAI National The Amateur Radio Parity Act (S. 1685) is scheduled for mark-up in the Senate Commerce Committee on November 18. Your Senator serves on the Senate Commerce Committee and it is very important he/she hea...
Nov 12, 2015 CAI Announces Manager Scholarship Program
CAI is excited to announce our new Manager Designation Scholarship Program (MDSP). Created by the chapter Managers Committee, the Scholarship Program is designed to assist community association managers in the Pennsylvania & Delaware Valley Chapt...
Nov 12, 2015 Manager Mentors Program to Launch in January
 CAI's Association for Professional Community Managers (APCM) board has developed a mentoring program for managers nationwide who are on the path towards attaining CAI professional designations, such as the Association Management Specialist (AMS...
Nov 11, 2015 Going Green: What Can and Can't Be Recycled
Many of us regularly recycle soda cans and water bottles, but did you know that many other food and beverage containers and household items also are recyclable? Take a look at the list below for some guidelines for what you can put into your communit...
Nov 9, 2015 The Role of the Treasurer on an Association Board
All members of the board are responsible for the association’s overall financial health; but the treasurer has specific duties to protect the association’s assets. These duties—and the authority to exercise them—are found in t...
Nov 6, 2015 On Demand Webinar: Pet Friendly or Not?
 CAI's On Demand Webinar: Pet Policies for the Community Association. Click the link at the end of the video to register for the full webinar and learn the ins and outs of adopting rules on pets in your community association. Watch the short vid...
Nov 6, 2015 Reserves, budgets, and green options
Green Options are Part of Reserves That Affect Budgets compliments of Lemus Construction Condominium and community association owners need to prepare an annual budget and a big piece that factors into the budget is the reserves. The aspects of a...
Nov 2, 2015 Let's get together. Yeah yeah yeah.
NOVEMBER 4 | Lehigh Valley Happy Hour Join us for this FREE for CAI members happy hour event at Bethlehem Brew Works. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE.                     &n...
Oct 27, 2015 Legislation Supporting FEMA Funding in Community Associations Needs You!
CAI Government Affairs From the Desk of Dawn Bauman, CAE | SVP, CAI Government AffairsDear CAI Member: Representative Steve Israel (NY) is lead sponsor of a bill that will amend the Stafford Act to provide assistance for common interest com...
Oct 22, 2015 Transitions: You Only Have One Chance to Get it Right!
Transition, to community associations and building owners, represents a timeframe and series of processes when the Developer or Sponsor passes ownership, governance and responsibility to the Association.  Transition is a time when the Associatio...
Oct 22, 2015 Our 2015 Recruiter Rewards Recruiters
The following CAI members have recruited one or more new member to join CAI in 2015 as of Thursday, October 22, 2015. Thank you for your effort! If you know someone who would benefit from membership with CAI, please contact Anne Yannarella, Membershi...
Oct 20, 2015 Meet the Chair: Carl N. Weiner, Esq.
Carl N. Weiner is the co-chair of the Real Estate Group of the law firm of Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, Maxwell & Lupin in Lansdale.  He currently serves as chair of the Government & Professional Affairs Committee. Carl previously served mult...
Oct 19, 2015 Brad Jones, CMCA, AMS, PCAM Joins Flying Aces as September's Recruiter of the Month!
Congratulations to our September Top Recruiter-of-the-Month; Brad Jones, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, of Preferred Management Associates.  Brad recruited 2 new members! As Top Recruiter-of-the-Month, Brad won a $50 Visa gift card and received $30 in CAI Ca...
Oct 19, 2015 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning September 2015 Members!
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning September 2015 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you!  Visit the CAI website calendar for details on all of our Fall Education, Mini-Tradeshows & Networking eve...
Oct 16, 2015 Philadelphia City Councilwoman Keynotes at Condo Congress
Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and Clear Air Council Executive Director Joseph Minott delivered the keynote address at last night's 4th Annual Philadelphia Condo Congress at Friends Center, which is a LEED Platinum certified f...
Oct 16, 2015 15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update: Fasten your seatbelts, we’ve taken flight!
15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update:  Fasten your seatbelts, we’ve taken flight! Congratulations to Brad Jones, CMCA, AMS, PCAM of Preferred Management Associates, our September Top Recruiter-of-the-Month.   Brad is the winner of ...
Oct 14, 2015 More Than 200 Help to Celebrate CAI's 40th Anniversary
On behalf of CAI President Kevin McGrath, PCAM, the Board of Directors, CED Tony Campisi, and the CAI staff, thank you to all who were able to join us for our 40th Anniversary Gala last week at the Down Town Club in Philadelphia. More than 200 attend...
Oct 8, 2015 Know-Before-You-Owe Mortgage Regulations
GUIDANCE DOCUMENTKnow-Before-You-Owe Mortgage RegulationsEffective October 3, 2015 Background In 2010, Congress enacted the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform & Consumer Protection Act, establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bu...
Oct 6, 2015 That Special Meeting Feeling
Special meetings are unscheduled meetings called from time-to-time by the board for a specific purpose. Special meetings usually address issues that need immediate attention or that need more time and discussion than can be handled in routine board o...
Oct 6, 2015 Scare Up Some Business with CAI!
Attention, CAI Business Partners and Management Companies!You’re Invited! WHEN:                    Friday, October 30, 2015 WHERE:        ...
Oct 5, 2015 Who are the CAI Champions for 2015?
Every year, CAI recognizes our best and  brightest members  with the CAI Annual Awards. While we can’t recognize every member with an award every year, we’re counting on you to help us identify those who are most worthy of recog...
Oct 2, 2015 Community Associations: Three Realities You Can’t Escape and Three Big Benefits
All community associations have three things in common. Membership is mandatory. Buying a home in a community association automatically makes you an association member—by law.Governing documents are binding. Association governing documents can...
Sep 3, 2015 Celebrate CAI's Champions
Every year, CAI recognizes our best and  brightest members  with the CAI Annual Awards. While we can’t recognize every member with an award every year, we’re counting on you to help us identify those who are most worthy of recog...
Sep 1, 2015 CAI announces formation of Business Partners Council
CAI is pleased to announce the creation of the chapter's first Business Partners Council.This new committee will provide a forum for education, networking and outreach for business partner members of the chapter. The Business Partners Council (BPC) w...
Sep 1, 2015 How Do I Re-Instate My Lapsed CMCA?
 The Community Association Manager International Certification Board (CAMICB) policy permits a CMCA to reinstate the CMCA credential once during the course of a CMCA's career, subject to the reinstatement policies outlined in the "Reinstatement"...
Aug 31, 2015 CAI now offers Online Informational Articles for Members
CAI is pleased to announce a new, online, members only tool which will enhance the benefits of membership and provide an additional resource for members. CAI is now offering free, members-only access to a library of informational articles on varied ...
Aug 27, 2015 Caveat Emailer
Let the emailer beware.... People often bemoan that the pace of the modern world is both a boon and a bane. My first brush with the increasingly frenetic pace was in the 1980's with the advent of fax machines. Where once it took days for documen...
Aug 20, 2015 Flying Aces: These Manager Members are Soaring in our Recruiter Rewards Contest
MEET CAI’S TOP GUNS!THESE SIX MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY WON PRIZES FOR REFERRING NEW BOARD MEMBERS, MANAGERS, AND BUSINESS PARTNERS TO JOIN CAI.YOU CAN WIN TOO!CAI is soaring to new heights in 2015 by climbing to 1500 members and our manager me...
Aug 18, 2015 Time is on Your Side: Community Managers Managing Time
Time is on Your Side: Community Managers Managing Time A Guide to Good Time Management Recent studies conclude that happiness directly relates to productivity; yet, the average work week is now approximately 54 hours and, according to the Centers for Di...
Aug 11, 2015 Hit the Road with CAI
CAI's On the Road series returns this Autumn and we're heading to Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, Camp Hill, and Pocono Manor for our annual Mini Trade show and Educational Forum programs. Exhibitor tables are now available! ...
Aug 11, 2015 Limited number of ads go on sale for 40th Anniversary Gala
A limited number of business card ads are now on sale for CAI's 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration Program Book & Retrospective. This special keepsake will be distributed to all attendees at our 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration on October 8 at th...
Aug 10, 2015 Coyote in your Community?
Reports of coyotes in urban and suburban areas are on the rise around the country, even in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. While coyotes are often thought of as desert scavengers, they can be found throughout the United States. In fact, the eas...
Aug 9, 2015 Volunteer Profile: Kevin Snakard, Communicator-in-Chief
Kevin Snakard, CIC, CRM is the President of Lindsay Insurance Group, Inc. and he has been a licensed insurance broker for the past 23 years.  He is  graduate of Villanova University and holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and a Ce...
Aug 4, 2015 Flying Aces - Meet CAI's Top Guns!
CAI is soaring to new heights in 2015 by climbing to 1500 members and our manager members are leading the way!Barbara Saxton, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, The Galman Group; Danielle Jones, FirstService Residential; Denise Lindsey-Becker; CMCA, AMS, PCAM, Homeste...
Aug 4, 2015 Fall Into Learning
 FALL INTO EDUCATION September will be here before you know it and it won't be back to school time just for your kids! If you are working on your continuing education credits to earn or maintain a CAI designation, we offer a number of terr...
Jul 28, 2015 Win a ticket to our 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration!
CAI invites you to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary! Correctly complete and return this crossword puzzle by Monday, August 3 to be entered into a drawing for one free ticket to CAI’s 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration, October 8, at the Do...
Jul 23, 2015 A Gold Star for Laureen Young, CMCA, AMS - Get to Know Her!
Q&A Interview with: Laureen Young,  CMCA, AMSCommunity ManagerAssocia Mid-AtlanticGold Star Committee, Chairperson Q:     How long have you been involved with CAI and what other roles have you held other than the Chairperson ...
Jul 21, 2015 Community Assets Digital: Win a ticket to our 40th Anniversary Gala!
The July / August 2015 edition of Community Assets magazine is now available in digital format!CLICK HERE to read the latest issue of Assets on-line!The newest issue of our award winning chapter magazine includes some terrific content that you won't ...
Jul 20, 2015 CAI Announces Newest Credentialed Professionals
Community Associations Institute (CAI) awarded 266 career-enhancing designations-including 53 Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) credentials-between January 1 and June 30, 2015. Almost 2,700 managers have earned a PCAM designation, th...
Jul 20, 2015 Commercial Condominiums in NJ and PA
Commercial Condominium ProjectsGenerally, when speaking about condominiums, we think of residential condominiums.  However, the condominium form of ownership is a popular structure used for the ownership of industrial, commercial and other busin...
Jul 14, 2015 Safe Swimming: Keeping Your Pool Water Clean
Your backyard swimming pool may look refreshing, particularly on a sweltering hot day. But if it’s not properly monitored, the water can harbor bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) call recre...
Jul 10, 2015 Governor Wolf Approves Shaffer Bills
Update - July 10, 2015, 11:50 AM: CAI was notified a short time ago that Governor Wolf has affixed his signature to Senate Bills 687 and 688. After five years of negotiations with opponents, conversations with legislators and meetings in the Cap...
Jul 10, 2015 NJ Legal News: New Jersey Court Rescues Associations
Mark Wiechnik, Esq. and Breanne DeRaps, Esq. of CAI member business partner Ansell Grimm & Aaron, P.C. secured a resounding victory for condominium associations and homeowners across New Jersey.In a published (and precedential) decision the New J...
Jul 9, 2015 PA Strengthens Child Abuse and Protection Laws
More than twenty new pieces of legislation relating to child abuse and neglect cases were recently enacted, and many took effect at the beginning of 2015.  Among the most significant changes in the law is an expansion of the list of individuals ...
Jul 7, 2015 Recruiter Rewards Update for June 2015
 15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update:  Fasten your seatbelts, we’ve taken flight! Congratulations to Kim Yencho, Manager at Big Bass Lake Community Association, our June Top Recruiter-of-the-Month!  Kim is the winner of a $50 Visa...
Jul 7, 2015 Big Bass Lake's Kim Yencho claims top recruiter honors for June!
Congratulations to our June Top Recruiter-of-the-Month; Kim Yencho, Manager at Big Bass Lake Community Association. As Top Recruiter-of-the-Month, Kim won a $50 Visa gift card and received $60 in CAI Cash.  Any CAI member who successfully refer...
Jul 7, 2015 Membership Minute: New & Returning Members for June 2015
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning June 2015 Members! Welcome new CAI members, we look forward to meeting you!  Don’t forget to register for our Summer Networking Party on July 30th, share the fun with a non-member and i...
Jul 1, 2015 Legislative Alert: Contact Your PA State Legislators
 CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee is calling on all members in Pennsylvania to contact your state Representative today to urge them to support legislation to reign in skyrocketing fees for recording changes to association declarat...
Jun 19, 2015 CCR's Jane Wismer named May Membership Recruiter of the Month!
Congratulations to our May Recruiter-of-the-Month; Jane Wismer, CMCA, AMS, Senior Portfolio Manager with CCR Management, Inc. As Recruiter of the Month, Jane won a $50 Visa gift card and received $30 in CAI Cash.  Any CAI member who successfull...
Jun 17, 2015 CAI Seeks Preservation of Mortgage Financing Eligibility and Lien for Assessments
 Legislation was introduced on June 15 by State Representative Martina White of Philadelphia that seeks to ensure that ensure that community associations in the Commonwealth are not affected negatively by a recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision ...
Jun 16, 2015 Shaffer Bills Clear Senate in 48-1 Vote
 June 16, 2015: Third consideration and final passage in the Senate. Bills will now move to the House of Representatives. Click here for more information and to see how your Senator voted.April 22 / 1:50 PM: CAI has been informed that Senate Bil...
Jun 15, 2015 CAI Welcomes New & Returning Members for May
Every new member brings added credibility to CAI and the community association industry, which makes CAI a more effective advocate for associations, board members and industry professionals.  Our membership growth benefits every member by allowi...
Jun 15, 2015 Concierge - It's More Than Just a Word.
 The word concierge has long been synonymous with white glove service. However, I’d like to argue that many condo associations are putting too much emphasis on the word itself and not on the actions of its staff.  Over the last decade...
Jun 12, 2015 Teams Compete at 1st Annual Charity Bowling Tournament
 CAI's first ever Intramural Charity Bowling Tournament took place on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at Devon Lanes in Devon, PA. About 25 chapter volunteers from various committees came out to compete against each other and raise money for Children's ...
Jun 12, 2015 Business Partners: Find out from our members why YOU should join CAI.
Justin Brooks from Hotaling Investment Management joined CAI a little over a year ago. Since becoming a member, Justin has attended many of our programs and events, exhibited at our Annual Conference & Expo and mini trade shows, participates as a...
Jun 11, 2015 Online Shopping Safety: Credit Card, Debit Card or Check?
 Merchants are making online shopping increasingly convenient by accepting not just credit cards, but debit cards and checks. However, according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse (PRC), the safest way to shop online is with a credit card. If s...
Jun 11, 2015 Management Choices: Find Your Dream
Management Choices, Find Your Dream | Shirley Elmore, CMCA, AMSComing from the North and South Carolina coast, I had only been associated with portfolio management.  This included multiple communities and community types to include single family...
Jun 3, 2015 Meet CAI's Managers Committee Chairwoman Carol Richard
Carol Richard has been my direct supervisor for over eight-years now. She is a very smart, strong, passionate, hard working leader, who is always so generous and kind to everyone. Carol has a good sense of style, and always looks impeccable. Aside fr...
May 27, 2015 Senate Bill 855: Filling the Void on Community Association Data
 Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) has introduced legislation, Senate Bill 855, to improve community planning through the inclusion of data on planned communities in county reports. CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supports this Bill ...
May 20, 2015 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning April 2015 Members!
We flew to new heights at the beginning of April with the highest membership in our chapter history, 1,400 members!  Our membership growth benefits every member by allowing us to bring additional educational seminars, best practices and fresh ne...
May 18, 2015 LaBosco Snags $50 Gift Card as April's Top Recruiter
Congratulations to our April Recruiter-of-the-Month; Cathleen LaBosco, Manager of A Pocono Country Place! As Recruiter of the Month, Cathleen wins a $50 visa gift card and receives $30 in CAI Cash. Any CAI member who successfully refers a new m...
May 18, 2015 15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update
15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update:  Fasten your seatbelts, we’ve taken flight! Congratulations to Cathleen LaBosco of A Pocono Country Place, our April Top Recruiter!  Cathleen is the winner of a $50 gift card and CAI Cash.  To ...
May 12, 2015 Planes, trains, and automobiles
Earn extra rewards for recruiting new members at this year's "On the Right Track" Annual Conference & Expo! For every new member you refer to CAI at the Annual Conference & Expo that joins by June 14, 2015, you will earn $30 in CAI Cash,...
May 7, 2015 EPA Training for Energy Benchmarking in Multifamily Buildings
Energy Benchmarking in Multifamily Buildings: Using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to Track and Benchmark Building Energy Use in Condos, Co-ops, and Apartments This two-hour training will be offered on two different dates (June 10 and 11, 2015) a...
May 5, 2015 State House Action on Two Legislative Priorities
The arrival of Spring has brought with it some momentum for two issues pending in the Pennsylvania legislature that would help community associations and for which Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA...
May 5, 2015 CAI Supports Recorder of Deeds Fees Reform
 CAI Applauds Legislation Targeting Unjustified “Tax” Charged to Condos & HOAsKing of Prussia, PA.: Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee today announced its support of new legislation...
Apr 29, 2015 Philadelphia Expands Energy Benchmarking Requirements to Residential Buildings
On March 5th, 2015 Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed Bill #150011, amending the existing energy benchmarking law to include residential buildings.  Final details of the legislation are set to be released mid-late summer 2015.  &n...
Apr 27, 2015 Can You Uncover the Mystery?
One of your favorite features at CAI's Annual Conference & Expo has always been our Cash Prize Contest. This year's contest has a new twist!  Introducing, CAI's Mystery Booth Cash Prize Contest!  Attendees at "On the Ri...
Apr 23, 2015 Philadelphian Condo Featured in The Inquirer
The Philadelphian Condo Association, located in the Art Museum area of Center City Philadelphia, was featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 for its project to install a green roof. The project not only he...
Apr 10, 2015 Grill Safety Tips
 The weather reports for this weekend suggest that it'll be a perfect time to fire up your grill for the first time this spring. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds you to barbecue safely whether you use gas or charcoal.Ga...
Apr 6, 2015 An Engaging Leader: Meet Jen Brick
From time to time, CAI will profile a member of the chapter's volunteer leadership on our blog.Q&A interview with Jennifer Brick, Chair, Member Engagement Committee and Vice President, Chapter Board of Directors 1. How long have you bee...
Apr 3, 2015 Philadelphia's Association Staff Training Symposium a Hit
 On March 26, 2015, the Community Associations Institute’s Philadelphia Regional Council hosted the second annual Philadelphia Association Staff Training Symposium.  The event was held on the 33rd floor of the stunning and historic Lo...
Apr 1, 2015 FAQ: What is the CMCA Application Process?
CMCA Application ProcessThe Community Association Managers International Certification Board (CAMICB) receives many questions about the CMCA application process. Here is a step by step process on what happens once candidates receive the actual CMCA a...
Apr 1, 2015 FAQ: How do I find a transcript of chapter courses I have attended along with education credits I have earned?
 Download your copy of the manager designation credentials checklist by clicking here. To print a transcript of your courses, follow these instructions:Login to your member record. Once you are logged in, click on the My Education Cred...
Mar 23, 2015 Welcome New & Returning Members for February 2015
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning February 2015 Members! Spring is upon us and in addition to the tulips and daffodils that will quickly begin to bloom, now is the perfect time to grow our CAI membership!  We continually stri...
Mar 18, 2015 CAI Calls on Washington to Cut the Pork, er, HAM
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRSOppose Federal HAM Radio Special Interest Demands to Pre-empt Community Associations’ Guidelines In 2014, 64 U.S. Representatives cosponsored legislation that would pre-empt community associations’ architectural gui...
Mar 10, 2015 Congratulations to our TWO First Class Recruiters for February!
Congratulations to February’s two First Class Recruiters of the Month!...
Mar 9, 2015 Excuses, Excuses
Association members who pay their assessments late or not at all come up with some very interesting excuses. Here’s half a dozen of the most common, and why it’s smart not to use them. Excuse #1:  “I didn’t get what I pa...
Mar 9, 2015 ALL ABOARD!
ALL ABOARD! CAI’s Biggest Expo Ever is Headed Your Way in 2015. Don’t Miss the Train!  Don’t miss the train! CAI is on the right track and you can be too if you attend CAI’s 2015 Annual Conference & Expo on Thursda...
Mar 6, 2015 Management Companies Gather
Management company members of CAI gathered for a breakfast meeting at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club on Friday, February 27 for the first Management Company CEO Breakfast hosted by the chapter in about 8 years. The purpose of the breakfast was to enc...
Mar 3, 2015 CAI Announces 2015 Annual Conference & Expo Keynote Speaker
 CAI is Pleased to Welcome Julie Adamen, 2015 Keynote Speaker CAI is pleased to announce Julie Adamen, a national expert in community association management, will deliver the keynote address at "On the Right Track," CAI’s 2015 Annual ...
Mar 2, 2015 LAC Talks Issues at State Capitol
CAI's Legislative Action Committee returned to the state capitol in Harrisburg on February 23 and 24, 2015 to visit with members of the legislature regarding issues important to community associations. Twenty one members of the chapter including man...
Feb 25, 2015 FREE Exhibitor Workshop for our Annual Conference & Expo Exhibitors
  Whether you're already signed up to exhibit at "On the Right Track", CAI's 2015 Annual Conference & Expo or are still thinking about it, we invite two representatives from your company to join us at a special Exhibitor Workshop on Thu...
Feb 25, 2015 CAI's Legal Symposium & Wine Tasting Dinner
    Who's In; Who's Out - Rental & Occupancy Restrictions in the Community Association Boards demand them; lawyers draft them; landlords hate them; Fannie Mae and FHA approvals suggest them.home ownership rates in the US continue to dro...
Feb 6, 2015 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning January 2015 Members!
Our “15-in-15” Recruiter Rewards Campaign has taken off and won’t land until November 30th!  We encourage you to invite non-member colleagues to our programs and events, many of which are new in 2015, so they may learn about th...
Feb 6, 2015 15-in-15 Recruiter Rewards Update: Fasten your seatbelts, we’ve taken flight!
Congratulations to Barbara Saxton of The Galman Group, January’s Top Recruiter.  Barbara is the winner of a $50 gift card and CAI Cash.  To learn how YOU can be February’s Top Recruiter, earn CAI Cash and be entered into our Gra...
Feb 5, 2015 Legislative Action Committee to visit State Capitol
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee returns to the state capitol in Harrisburg on February 24, 2015 to visit with members of the legislature regarding issues important to community associations in the Commonwealth.CAI's annual Legislative...
Feb 4, 2015 Recruiter Rewards is Really Taking Flight!
 Congratulations to January’s Recruiter of the Month, Barbara Saxton, CMCA, AMS, PCAM of The Galman Group!  As the Recruiter of the Month, Barbara wins a $50 gift card. She also receives $15 CAI Cash for each new member she recruited ...
Jan 28, 2015 Snowloads on Roofs - A Potentially Costly and Dangerous Situation
The following article, by CAI Business Partner member The Falcon Group: Engineering, Architecture & Energy Consultants, is reprinted with permission. Snowloads on Roofs - A Potentially Costly and Dangerous SituationThe Falcon Group: Engineer...
Jan 27, 2015 Who Makes the Rules for Your Association?
The following article, by CAI Business Partner member attorney Hal Barrow, Esq., is reprinted with permission. Who Makes the Rules for Your Association? by Hal Barrow, Esq. | Barrowlaw | www.barrowlaw.comHomeowners often ask about the rules...
Jan 26, 2015 CAI Welcomes New and Renewing Members from December!
CAI welcomes our new members in December 2014! DECEMBER NEW MEMBERS Business Partners:Complete Property Restoration, The Original CPR Since 1988Glenn M. Ross, P. C.Landmark Community BankTEM Systems, LLCUnivest Insurance, Inc.Young Adjustment Compa...
Jan 13, 2015 Lessons from the Winter of a Lifetime, An Arborist’s Perspective
During the end of 2013 and beginning of 2014, we all felt the wrath of one of North America’s most frigid winters ever in more ways than one. We experienced frozen pipes, strained backs from shoveling snow, lost productivity and income, and dam...
Jan 8, 2015 Recruiter Rewards 15in15 Reaches for the Sky
CAI turns 40 in 2015 and to celebrate we have lots of great things in store, including fabulous incentives and prizes to help us grow our membership through our 15in15 RECRUITER REWARDS campaign. Our 15in15 campaign goal is to reach 1500 members...
Jan 5, 2015 Safety Tips for Winter Road Trips
 Preparedness is paramount when it comes to road trips year-round, and hitting the road for a long drive during winter months is no exception. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperat...
Jan 5, 2015 FHFA Move Threatens Homeowners and their Communities
The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) released a statement on Monday, December 22, 2014 expressing concern about state statutes that allow community associations to obtain lien priority over first mortgages for unpaid association assessments. By ...
Dec 18, 2014 Getting Involved in Your Community Association
All residents—long-time homeowners, new residents and even renters—can contribute to making their community a great place to live by volunteering a few hours a month on any one of several association projects. The next time you’re ...
Dec 18, 2014 CAI Urges Congress to Extend Terrorism Risk Insurance Program
 The 113th Congress has adjourned without extending the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA). While legal authority for the TRIA program expires on December 31, 2014, Congress is not set to reconvene until January 6, 2015. “CAI will contin...
Dec 15, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning November 2014 Members!
It’s time to give thanks and we’re grateful to all our members for supporting CAI.  Bring a non-member to a program or event so they may learn about the benefits CAI membership and when they join, you’ll receive the Recruiter R...
Dec 15, 2014 2014 Recruiter Rewards Update: Did your bet payoff?
Congratulations to Lynne Hartmann and Kevin McGrath!  Both Lynne and Kevin are the winners of our Grand Prize drawing to CAI’s 2015 National Conference & Expo in Las Vegas. The Grand Prize, valued at $1,800+, includes; roundtrip airfar...
Dec 10, 2014 PMRC Award Winners Announced
CAI presented our annual Pocono Mountains Regional Council Awards on Wednesday, December 3 at Lake Naomi Club in Pocono Pines, PA during our Annual Awards & Holiday Party. We are pleased to congratulate the following award recipients: Pocono...
Dec 10, 2014 CAI Annual Awards presented at Holiday Party
CAI Chapter President Brian Friel, CIC, CIRMS, Smith Insurance Associates, and President-elect Kevin McGrath, were pleased to present awards to members during the chapter's Annual Meeting & Holiday Party on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Honored dur...
Dec 9, 2014 Hartmann, McGrath Win Trips to Las Vegas in Membership Contest
Congratulations to Lynne Hartmann, CMCA, AMS, Associa MAMCO Property Management AAMC and Kevin McGrath, PCAM, Benjamin Cobrin & Company, both of whom won trips to CAI's 2015 National Conference & Exposition in beautiful Las Vegas, NV as gran...
Dec 8, 2014 Board Members: Win a Scholarship to Join CAI in Las Vegas
 Annual Conference Scholarships for Homeowner Members Scholarships are available for association board members to attend CAI’s 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition, April 29–May 2, 2015, at Caesars Palace Las Vegas. The scholar...
Dec 8, 2014 Quick Tips for a Happy Holiday Season
To ensure that residents enjoy the holiday season, adopt a decorations policy that makes sense.Use the following ideas to develop a holiday decoration policy that works best for your community.Avoid bans on holiday decorations—most courts will ...
Dec 5, 2014 Silent Auctions Bolster End of Year Fundraising for PA-LAC
Thanks to some very generous business partners and some equally generous bidders, the Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) held two successful Silent Auctions this year. The first silent auction, held on Wednesday, December 3 during the...
Nov 18, 2014 Make Merry with CAI This Winter
CAI invites you to start your holiday season the right way, by joining your CAI colleagues and friends at our two annual holiday parties! First, we head to Lake Naomi Club, nestled on the pristine shores of beautiful Lake Naomi in Pocono Pines, ...
Nov 17, 2014 Board Members: Don't Miss Your Chance to Win a Trip to Las Vegas
Would you like to join CAI in Las Vegas for the CAI National Conference & Expo in 2015? CAI will award a select number of scholarships to community association board members to attend the CAI National Annual Conference and Exposition on...
Nov 13, 2014 CAI Award Nominations - Deadline Extended to November 17!
Every year, CAI recognizes our best and  brightest members  with the CAI Annual Awards. While we can’t recognize every member with an award every year, we’re counting on you to help us identify those who are most worthy of recog...
Nov 12, 2014 News from CAI's Foundation for Community Association Research
Be Part of the Big Picture!Thanks to your support, the Foundation has contributed valuable research and analysis on community association issues and trends for 40 years. As we prepare for the next four decades and anticipate the changes our communiti...
Nov 10, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning Members in October!
There were no tricks this month…only treats! We hosted 3 mini-tradeshows, a manger education program, our first webinar, enjoyed an evening with friends at the LAC Wine Dinner and Scared Up Some Business with our Business Partners! Our calendar...
Nov 10, 2014 November Recruiter Rewards Contest and Update
We’re thankful for your efforts and to show our appreciation, during the month of November, if you recruit one new member to join, you will earn a $50 gift card. In addition, you will receive credit towards an entry in our Recruiter Rewards Gra...
Nov 6, 2014 Legislative Report: New Jersey Legislative Action Committee, Fall Update
George  Greatrex, Esq.Liaison to the NJ LAC On October 10, 2014, I attended the NJ LAC's meeting as liaison from the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley chapter. Several issues of note were discussed:1. The Manager Licensing Bill has been reintrodu...
Nov 4, 2014 Volunteer Spotlight: Joanne Bradley - Managing the NJRC
Joanne Bradley, CMCA, AMS, PCAM grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Early on, she did not have a firm idea of what type of career she wanted to pursue. Joanne worked for a wide variety of employers in bookkeeping and accounting. Joanne’s husban...
Nov 3, 2014 Budget Fudge It
A fundamental duty of the Board is to provide the community with a budget for the following year by December 1. This is arguably our hardest and most important job. Our General Manager Rosy puts many, many days into this and the Board typically goes ...
Nov 2, 2014 Start Your Holiday Season Off The Right Way With CAI
CAI invites you to start your holiday season the right way, by joining your CAI colleagues and friends at our two annual holiday parties! First, we head to Lake Naomi Club, nestled on the pristine shores of beautiful Lake Naomi in Pocono Pines, ...
Oct 27, 2014 CAI Announces Inaugural Legislative Scorecard
Tuesday, November 4th is Election Day across the nation. Here in Pennsylvania, every seat in the State House of Representatives is up for election as are half the seats in the State Senate.  Do you know where your legislative candidates stand on...
Oct 16, 2014 2014 Recruiter Rewards Update: 2 Months Left To Place Your Bets!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive o...
Oct 16, 2014 It’s Budget Season – Don’t Forget About Reserves!
Eric Boucher, ReadySetLoan Condo Team | www.readysetloan.comFor many condominium association Boards of Directors, it’s budget season as the members work to produce a budget for the start of the new fiscal year in January.  This is why we w...
Oct 15, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning September 2014 Members!
It was back to school for all of us in September! For those that participated in our educational programs, we learned “How to Deal with Difficult People”, strategies for success at our Leadership Essentials class, and we heard an importan...
Oct 13, 2014 Going Once...Going Twice...Donate an Item for PA-LAC's Silent Auction!
The PA-Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) encourages members to take advantage of the following opportunity!  Each year the CAI PA Chapter holds two annual holiday parties – one in the Pocono Mountains region of Pennsylvania and the o...
Oct 8, 2014 LAC Scores Victory on Senate Bill 1302
On October 7, 2014, the State Senate Urban Affairs Committee unanimously voted to amend Senate Bill 1302 and remove all provisions opposed by CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee. The Senate committee also added a provision to permit...
Sep 26, 2014 No Tricks, Just Treats!
CAI is raising the stakes in our Recruiter Rewards contest!In addition, both you and the new member will receive a free registration for our November webinar program (a $25 value for manager and business partner members), plus each new member recrui...
Sep 25, 2014 CAI Releases FHA Certification Guide
In today's housing market, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Federal Housing Administration (FHA) plays a major in role in housing finance through its Condominium Mortgage Insurance Program. FHA issued regulatory guidance to ...
Sep 24, 2014 Help us celebrate our birthday!
  CAI turns 40 in 2015!We're planning lots of fun activities and events to celebrate our milestone year, including articles on our @ Home with CAI blog, in Community Assets, at programs and events, and culminating with a black tie optional ...
Sep 23, 2014 And the winner is...
 Every year, CAI recognizes our best and  brightest members  with the CAI Annual Awards. While we can’t recognize every member with an award every year, we’re counting on you to help us identify those who are most worthy of...
Sep 23, 2014 Volunteering feels good
 Volunteering on a CAI committee can help you build long-lasting relationships that will help you maximize the value of your membership, whether you are a manager, business partner, or homeowner member. If you are able to dedicate some of your t...
Sep 22, 2014 Shew team defends title at CAI's 16th Annual Golf Tournament
CAI returned to the links on Monday, September 8, for our 16th Annual Golf Tournament at beautiful Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, PA. The immaculately kept course played host to over 100 golfers, diners, and volunteers. Weather was perfect for...
Sep 22, 2014 Volunteer Profile - Frank Levanti: At the Center of it All
Ted DeMaio from Becht Engineering BT, Inc. serves as a member of CAI's Member Engagement Committee. Each month, a member of that committee sits down with one of our active chapter volunteers to create a profile of them for our blog, @ Home with CAI.&...
Sep 16, 2014 Diamond Partner Profile: Smith Insurance Associates
Smith Insurance Associates is an independent insurance agency that specializes in providing community associations with the most innovative protection at the best value available in the market.  Being an independent agent means that we represent...
Sep 12, 2014 CAI Survey Reveals Board and Manager Optimism - and Challenges
by: Frank Rathbun, CAI's National Vice President of Communications The national economy and housing market are improving-however slowly-and that means things are looking up for most associations, which is welcome relief to many communities that ...
Sep 12, 2014 2014 Recruiter Rewards Update: 3 Months Left To Place Your Bets!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive o...
Sep 12, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning August 2014 Members!
Although summer is winding down, fall is the beginning of should-not-miss CAI programs and events! Bring a non-member to a program so they may learn about the benefits of CAI and when they join, you’ll receive the Recruiter Rewards credit. ...
Sep 2, 2014 Class is in Session This Fall
Now that the kids have gone back to school, the time for adults to follow suit has arrived! CAI has an education catalog for the Fall semester that has something for everyone - managers and homeowners, from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh...including the ...
Sep 2, 2014 Diamond Partner Profile: Steven L. Sugarman & Associates
Steven L. Sugarman & Associates returns for their third year as a CAI Diamond Sponsor in 2014. Steven L. Sugarman & Associates is a regional law firm which concentrates its practice in the field of community association law.  Well-recogn...
Aug 27, 2014 NJ Civil Rights Division Issues New Disability Accommodation Fact Sheet
by: Jonathan H. Katz, Esq. | Hill Wallack, LLP On August 21, 2014, New Jersey’s Office of the Attorney General, Division on Civil Rights (the “DCR”) released a “Fact Sheet,” which addresses disability accommodation ...
Aug 15, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning July 2014 Members!
July brought us the Summer Networking Party @ Morgan’s Pier, where we gathered with old friends and met many new friends, too.  We look forward to welcoming them on August’s New Members list!  The competition is strong in our Re...
Aug 15, 2014 Recruiter Rewards: 4 Months Left To Place Your Bets!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive o...
Aug 13, 2014 Volunteer Profile: Robert Medlock - Invested in Membership Growth
Robert Medlock is Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager, Business Banking, for CAI business partner member M&T Bank. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Membership Development Committee.  Robert has been involved in commerci...
Jul 23, 2014 Voorhees begins term as CAI Foundation President
Congratulations to chapter member, volunteer, and friend Lynn Voorhees, RS who began her one-year term as President of CAI's Foundation for Community Association Research. Lynn serves as director of Community Association Services for DW Smith Associa...
Jul 15, 2014 2014 Recruiter Rewards Update: 5 Months Left To Place Your Bets!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive o...
Jul 10, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning June 2014 Members!
June was filled with summer fun; we celebrated our Mangers at their Designation Breakfast, golfed in Medford, NJ and went to the beach in Tobyhanna, PA!  We also welcomed non-members at these events and hope they will soon be on July’s New...
Jul 9, 2014 New Jersey LAC: Update from the NJLAC
Your PAC, Your LAC, & Your Lobbyists: What it All MeansFor years, you’ve been reading about how CAPAC is supporting your Legislative Action Committee and lobbyists in efforts to support this proposal of oppose that one.  This time...
Jul 7, 2014 Legislative Round-up: Summer 2014
 As we approach the final turn of the 2013-14 session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, it’s 90 degrees, humid, and there is still no budget in Harrisburg.  Fortunately, the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) continues to promote ...
Jul 2, 2014 Spotlight on...you?
There are so many community associations in our region that are doing wonderful things like neighbors helping neighbors, walks and runs for charity, neighborhood clean up events, and more. Several months ago we highlighted the Red, White & Blue C...
Jul 1, 2014 Volunteer Profile: Julie McCormick Leads in the Poconos
Julie McCormick is an Account Executive at Engle-Hambright, & Davies, Inc.(EHD), a privately-held, independent insurance and risk management firm serving customers since 1896. More recently EHD has grown to become one of the largest and most repu...
Jun 16, 2014 2014 Recruiter Rewards Update: Place Your Bets!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive...
Jun 13, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning May 2014 Members!
We recently had our first Casual Happy Hour and we enjoyed spending time with our friends and colleagues.  We also welcomed non-members and hope they will soon be on June’s New Members list!   There is fierce competition in our...
Jun 11, 2014 Are you interested in joining the LAC?
 The Delegates to Pennsylvania’s Legislative Action Committee (LAC) develop CAI’s state legislative agenda. LAC Delegates are CAI members who are appointed to serve a two-year term. Many of you who may read this monthly blog may wond...
Jun 10, 2014 Poll: Community Association Residents Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied
 Americans who make their homes in homeowners associations and condominiums are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, according to national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Res...
Jun 5, 2014 Association Board Members: Do Your Homework
How can an association board avoid claims of improper association management?Understand your duties and obligations as a board member. There are a number of ways to accomplish this.If the association has an orientation book, read it. At the same time...
Jun 2, 2014 PA/DelVal Chapter goes Out of the Ordinary!
 Community Associations Institute's 2014 Annual Conference took place May 14-17, 2014 at the Loew's Royal Pacific Resort and it truly lived up to the theme "Out of the Ordinary."The conference was packed full of educational sessions, terrific sp...
May 30, 2014 Volunteer Profile: Donna Cawthorne - At Home in Community Management
 With all her years of experience in the field, Donna Cawthorne could write the book on Community Management! Donna has been with Mid-Atlantic Management/Associa for her entire 22-year career. She started as a part-time Administrator at a commun...
May 21, 2014 Early Prevention is Key to Reducing Mosquito Populations
To drastically reduce the ideal environments for mosquitoes to breed and live, SOLitude Lake Management, a business partner member specializing in lake and pond management, fisheries management and related environmental services for the Eastern Unite...
May 19, 2014 2014 Recruiter Rewards Update: Place Your Bets!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive...
May 12, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning April 2014 Members!
April has been a month full of activity!  We greeted many new perspective members at our Annual Conference & Expo and look forward to having them join CAI.  The long summer days inspire many social gatherings and that is the perfect t...
May 7, 2014 Why I joined the LAC, and How You Can Help
First, I would like to introduce myself as one of the newest members of CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC). My name is John Carney and I presently manage Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, POA a community consisting of 1360 homes and 498 ...
May 2, 2014 Eiseman Construction Recognized with 2014 Heritage Conservancy Award
 Heritage Conservancy, a nationally accredited community-based land conservation organization located in Bucks County, PA, celebrated its business members at the organization’s annual Business Members Reception on Thursday, April 24, 2014,...
Apr 29, 2014 Volunteer Profile: Ken Dash, Philadelphia Council President
 Ken Dash is the President of Dash & Love, Inc., a third generation family owned and operated insurance firm with an expertise in community-association coverage.  He has been a member of the firm for over 20 years, providing risk manage...
Apr 21, 2014 Leader Board: See Who's in the Lead in our Recruiter Rewards Contest!
Do you feel lucky?  This is one easy wager…recruit four new members to the PA/DelVal Chapter of CAI and earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards Grand Prize drawing!  Once you have recruited four new members, Recruiters will receive o...
Apr 16, 2014 PA LAC Presents Legislator of the Year Award in Harrisburg
  State Representative Mario Scavello (R-176), from Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains region, was named Legislator of the Year at CAI’s Annual Meeting & Holiday Party in December 2013. Rep. Scavello was unable to attend the event to ac...
Apr 15, 2014 Five Chapter Homeowner Members Honored by CAI
 Almost 80 community association board members from 20 states and Washington, D.C.—all of them homeowners who lead their communities as volunteers—have been recognized as part of CAI’s first-ever Community Association Leader Ap...
Apr 14, 2014 March Membership Minute: Welcome New Members
Membership Minute:  Welcome New & Returning March 2014 Members! How do we continue to grow our membership?  The leading recruitment tool is our current members sharing their positive experiences!  Congratulations to Lynne Hartmann...
Apr 2, 2014 Professional Advocacy: Accomplishing Legislative Goals Comes at a Cost
CAI’s PA Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is providing an increasingly valuable service to the community association industry across the Commonwealth.  Representing the interests of home owners, associations and managing professionals, ...
Apr 1, 2014 PA LAC To Oppose SB 1302
 Legislation would alter procedures on collection of assessments, quorums & notice of meetingsSenate Bill 1302 was introduced on March 26, 2014 by State Senator Folmer and referred to the Senate Urban Affairs and Housing Committee. CAI will ...
Mar 26, 2014 New PA Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Alarms
 Did you know that Pennsylvania leads the nation in carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths? Currently, the Pennsylvania building code only requires carbon monoxide alarms in newly constructed homes. Now, Pennsylvania has a new law that requires e...
Mar 24, 2014 The Winter of Your Tree’s Lifetime
 We have all felt the wrath of this winter in more ways than one.  All of us have experienced something on the list of frozen pipes, blown tires from potholes, strained backs from shoveling snow, loss days of productivity and income from wo...
Mar 18, 2014 Hail to the Chief: Brian Friel, CIRMS, 2014 Chapter President
Each month, CAI will profile a member of the chapter's volunteer leadership. We start with the 2014 President of the Board of Directors, Brian Friel.  March is great month for our chapter: We had the NJ Council St. Patty's Day Happy Hour, the Ch...
Mar 12, 2014 Helpful Hints for Spring Maintenance
 Spring is right around the corner and the urge to get your property maintained and clean for spring is growing.If you have not already had your gutters cleaned, it is best to do so before the heavy spring weather comes.  Overflowing gutter...
Mar 10, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning February 2014 Members
 Spring is upon us and in addition to the tulips and daffodils that will quickly begin to bloom, now is the perfect time to grow our CAI membership!  We continually strive to offer unparalleled programs and resources to our members and I t...
Mar 5, 2014 Call for Presentations: Webinars are Coming
It is cliché to say it, but it really is true: the Internet has changed the world. It has changed the way we communicate. It has changed the way we shop, the way we learn and the way we network. It has driven companies and industries into irre...
Mar 3, 2014 Recruit and Win in Vegas!
      Join CAI's Recruiter Rewards Program and Help Us Grow!  This is one easy bet!Recruit four new members to earn an entry into our Recruiter Rewards grand prize sweepstakes. After earning your first entry, y...
Mar 1, 2014 PA LAC Prepares Legislative Push for Two Important Measures
On April 2, 2014, CAI and the Legislative Action Committee will hold its annual event at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.   Each year, members and representatives of CAI meet with legislators to discuss issues specifically relevant ...
Feb 26, 2014 Asked & Answered: Reserve Studies
Asked:Our Board Treasurer is a retired engineer.  The Board recently started discussions about hiring an engineering firm to update our reserve study, but some members of the Board, including the Treasurer, insist we save that money and instead ...
Feb 25, 2014 Winter Woe's: Ice Dams
 Ice Dams occur when a large amount of snow accumulates on a roof and then melts from afternoon sun and/or heat escaping from the house into the attic. The melted snow then turns into ice overnight forming an ice dam, typically this occurs at th...
Feb 25, 2014 2014 Conference Keynote: CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi
CAI is pleased to announce that award winning news anchor Pat Ciarrocchi, co-host of CBS 3's Talk Philly, will deliver the keynote address at "Broad Street Strut" - our 2014 Annual Conference & Expo at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday, April 24, 20...
Feb 21, 2014 Membership Minute: Welcome New & Returning Members - January, 2014
In 28 days, spring will arrive!  We have an exciting 2014 calendar for CAI members that is bursting with unsurpassed educational programs, chapter events and networking activities.   We encourage you to learn about our Recruiter Rewards Pro...
Feb 21, 2014 NJ: New Solar Panel Mandate
  Many tragic events lead to a better understanding of hidden dangers which lead to new/stricter mandates.  A Dietz and Watson cold storage facility in Delanco, NJ had solar panels affixed to the roof structure.  The solar panels restr...
Feb 14, 2014 Should Associations Permit Gas Generators in Units?
In the wake of severe power outages that struck southeastern Pennsylvania after the great ice storm of 2014, CAI received the following information on a very timely topic - the use of gas generators in condominium units.  Unit owners are asking...
Feb 3, 2014 Meet PA's Newest Member of the College of Community Association Lawyers
 Marshal Granor, the newest Pennsylvania member of CAI’s College of Community Association Lawyers, literally grew up in the real estate business.  Before Marshal was born, his father, Bernard, opened a real estate brokerage business i...
Feb 1, 2014 U.S. Senate Approves Delay in Flood Insurance Rate Hikes
 By a vote of 67 to 32, the U.S. Senate has approved S.1926, the “Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act,” legislation delaying substantial increases in flood insurance premiums.  S.1926 now moves to the U.S. House of Repre...
Jan 6, 2014 Resolutions
Another new year has dawned and if you're like most people, chances are you've made a resolution or two for the coming year that is likely to never be kept! So to help our members improve the New-Year's-Resolutions-I've-kept ratio, we have an easy re...
Jan 2, 2014 CAI Submits Eight Friend-of-the-Court Briefs
Unpaid assessments, association foreclosure procedures, developer warranties and the alleged unlicensed practice of law were among the legal issues that inspired Community Associations Institute (CAI) to support amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) br...
Dec 19, 2013 Chapter Recognizes 2013 Annual Awards Recipients
CAI honored various individuals and organizations with the chapter's Annual Recognition Awards, including the Robert Wise President's Award, at our holiday party on December 12, 2013 at Pinecrest Country Club in Lansdale. Robert Wise President's Awa...
Dec 12, 2013 2013 - Check Out The Year in Pictures!
 Check it out! 2013 ~ The Year in Pictures! Happy Holidays from CAI.    ...
Dec 2, 2013 CAI Welcomes Bar Association Support for HB 1688
 The Pennsylvania Bar Association's House of Delegates, meeting in Harrisburg on November 22,  approved a Report and Recommendation in support of HB 1688 (or similar legislation), which would require Pennsylvania counties to compile and rep...
Nov 9, 2013 CAI Applauds New Proposed Rules for Mortgage Financing
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is expressing support for proposed federal rules that accomplish two important CAI goals: helping more homebuyers obtain safe mortgage financing and stimulating a housing market that has struggled since home pri...
Nov 7, 2013 What's on the Minds of Managers?
CAI recently conducted a survey of community association managers in order to assist with meeting the educational and other programming and career needs of this important membership representation group. We sent the electronic survey to over 350 mana...
Nov 1, 2013 National Legislative Summit Termed a 'Great Success'
CAI members from around the country met in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 to address critical community association issues with officials at the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the Federal Emergency Managem...
Oct 25, 2013 New Features coming to Community Assets in 2014
CAI's Communicatins & Content Committee has some big plans in the work for 2014, including new features in our chapter magazine and new content on this blog that will highlight educational topics, profile chapter volunteers, and more. Community ...
Oct 22, 2013 Support CAI's Legislative Efforts through our Silent Auctions
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) raises over $50,000 a year in order to remain vigilant on behalf of community associations. Silent Auctions coming up at our holiday parties will help the LAC reach its fundraising goal f...
Oct 18, 2013 Check out the Video: 2nd Annual Philadelphia Condo Congress
  The Second Annual Philadelphia Condo Congress took place on October 15th at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia. Nearly 100 attendees visited with 27 exhibitors and had the opportunity to check out 4 breakout s...
Oct 16, 2013 We want you as a new recruit!
 Now is a good time for you to think about joining us as a volunteer in 2014. We are always looking for new volunteers with fresh ideas on how to improve chapter programs and to join the leadership of the chapter. We’ve recently made some ...
Oct 14, 2013 Membership Minute: Welcome to new members from September
CAI continues to grow with new members. And while we're on the subject of membership, members please keep in mind our Recruiter Rewards 2013 program - when you refer new members, you qualify to win great prizes! The drawing will be held at our Annual...
Oct 4, 2013 Legislative Report from the State Capitol
Community Associations Institute’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) represents the interests of an estimated 2.8 million Pennsylvania residents, comprising nearly one‐fourth of the state’s population, living in over 1...
Sep 30, 2013 Back to School: Fall Education is Plentiful at CAI
Now that the kids have gone back to school, the time for adults to follow suit has arrived! CAI has an education catalog for the Fall semester that has something for everyone - managers and homeowners, from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. Click the link...
Sep 18, 2013 Legislative Alert: Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act
 Representative Mario Scavello (R-Monroe County) introduced the Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act on September 17, 2013. House Bill 1688 will now be sent to the relevant committee in the House where CAI will work for its adoption. Rea...
Sep 17, 2013 Recycling: Greening Earth while Saving Green
Ever wonder what happens inside a recycling plant? Check out this report from Republic Services on the changing dynamics of society's push to reduce, reuse and recycle....
Sep 12, 2013 Membership Minute: New & Renewing Members for August
August was a robust month for membership, especially for membership renewals! And while we're on the subject of membership, members please keep in mind our Recruiter Rewards 2013 program - when you refer new members, you qualify to win great prizes! ...
Sep 10, 2013 Record attendance at Chapter Golf Outing & After Party
A record attendance showed up for the chapter's 15th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, September 9, 2013 at Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, PA. In addition to 129 golfers, 25 additional attendees came for the Eagles Tailgate Party and everyone enj...
Sep 5, 2013 Communities Donate to Support PA Legislative Action Committee
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) has a central goal – advancing the interests of community associations and their residents in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Until recently, the LAC’s work in Harrisburg wa...
Sep 3, 2013 Strut Your Stuff with CAI
Are you ready to do the Broad Street Strut with CAI?CAI has some exciting news to share regarding our Annual Conference & Expo. For the last four years, Citizens Bank Park - home of the Philadelphia Phillies - has provided a special venue for ou...
Aug 1, 2013 Chapter Members Earn CAI Designations
 Community Associations Institute (CAI) awarded almost 300 career-enhancing designations to industry professionals between Sept. 21, 2012, and June 30, 2013 including 55 recipients of the Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM) designa...
Jul 18, 2013 Why the Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act is Important
 In late 2011, the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) released its long-awaited report on Common Interest Ownership Communities. While the commission’s report falls short in certain goals outlined in the legislature̵...
Jul 10, 2013 Scavello to introduce Planned Unit Development Data Collection Act
 CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) is pleased to announce that Rep. Mario Scavello (R-176, Monroe County), has agreed to introduce legislation that would mandate the collection of data on planned communities in the Commonw...
Jul 9, 2013 Recruiter Rewards: Unleash Your Inner Super Hero!
     Join CAI's Recruiter Rewards Program and Help Us Grow!  CAI is on a mission: to support and enable our members’ success and to create conditions favorable to the well-being of community associations. Sounds fancy...
Jun 3, 2013 PA LAC Preserves 7 Year Declarant Control in State Law
After raising objections to fast-tracked legislation that was moving swiftly through both chambers of Pennsylvania's legislature, CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) reached an agreement on amending language with the Bill's prim...
May 31, 2013 Movers & Shakers: Why You Should Become a LAC Delegate.
CAI’s state legislative agenda is developed by Legislative Action Committees (LAC) and it’s appointed Delegates. This post provides important information on what a LAC Delegate does and how they are appointed. LAC Delegates are CAI ...
Apr 29, 2013 PA LAC Takes to Capitol Hill May 14th
On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee will host its annual day at the Capitol in Harrisburg. Members of the LAC will spend the day meeting one-on-one with state senators and representatives to discuss issues ...
Apr 12, 2013 New Law Regarding Recycling of Electronic Waste
By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.Hill Wallack LLP  As you may have heard, as of January 24, 2013 you can no longer dispose of many electronic items – such as televisions and computers – with your regular trash. Signed into law in 201...
Apr 12, 2013 New Law Regarding Recycling of Electronic Waste
By Jonathan H. Katz, Esq.Hill Wallack LLP  As you may have heard, as of January 24, 2013 you can no longer dispose of many electronic items – such as televisions and computers – with your regular trash. Signed into law in 201...
Apr 9, 2013 Chapter Earns Award for Re-Designed Website
Chapter Executive Director Tony Campisi and President  Robert Travis, CIRMS, will be accepting a Chapter Achievement Award in the Member Services category for the recent redesign of the chapter website. The award will be given during the award...
Apr 1, 2013 Join CAI as we honor Community Assocation Managers
Join us this week as we once again honor community association managers for their educational and professional achievements.CAI awards qualified professionals with designations in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of community management...
Mar 19, 2013 LAC Presents Session to PA House Urban Affairs Committee
On Monday, March 18, CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee presented an informational session at the State Capitol to members of the Urban Affairs Committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and staff members of the committee. T...
Mar 11, 2013 Adam Taliaferro to Keynote 2013 Conference & Expo
 You may not know his name. But you will definitely know his story. Join us on May 9th for the keynote address at “Soar! CAI’s Annual Conference & Expo” to hear the extraordinary story of Adam Taliaferro.On a Saturday ...
Feb 28, 2013 Condo Trash an Issue again for Philly City Council
The Philadelphia condominium community's long running battle with the city over equitable delivery of public services, most notably refuse collection, takes center stage again today at a hearing of the City Council's Streets and Services Committee, w...
Feb 21, 2013 The Road Ahead: CAI's Federal Affairs Agenda
 With a new Congress sworn in and the pageantry of President Obama’s inauguration passed, CAI is moving aggressively in Washington, DC to make sure your voice is heard. The road ahead for CAI’s federal affairs agenda includes fairnes...
Feb 14, 2013 The night the lights went out at the Super Bowl
 Is it possible that the results of Super Bowl XLVII, America’s most watched game, could have been affected by a neglected piece of building conservation technology? You watched it. We all watched it as San Francisco almost came back ...
Jan 30, 2013 PA LAC is Your Watchdog in Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) is your watchdog in Harrisburg and to be affective, we need your help. With the help of our lobbyist, your PA-LAC works hard advocating for legislation that is beneficial to community associat...
Jan 24, 2013 NJ LAC Year in Review
 Laws that affect condominium and community associations in New Jersey are proposed, debated and voted on in Washington and in Trenton nearly every day. Some are passed and signed into law, and some are not. CAI's New Jersey Legislative Action ...
Jan 17, 2013 CAI Celebrates Milestone Anniversary
From Backyard Planning Sessions to 40 Years of Growth and Success In 1964, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) published Technical Bulletin No. 50, a document that called for the creation of a national organization to provide education and act as a cl...
Jan 10, 2013 Qualified Mortgage Guidelines Released
 On January 10, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its long-awaited federal Qualified Mortgage (QM) standard. The new federal guidelines, which are required by the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (commonly kn...
Jan 3, 2013 Threats and Opportunities in New Legislative Session
On New Year's Day, members of the Pennsylvania State Senate and State House of Representatives were sworn in for the new two year term of the legislature. New members have taken office in districts across the state. New chairs have been named for th...
Dec 19, 2012 Take Action: FEMA Denies Community Associations Disaster Assistance
CAI members impacted by Hurricane Sandy are facing high recovery costs as local governments are being denied Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement for debris removal and other disaster recovery expenses in community association...
Dec 13, 2012 Chapter Presents Annual Recognition Awards
CAI honored various individuals and organizations with the chapter's Annual Recognition Awards, including the Robert Wise President's Award, at our holiday party on December 12, 2012 at Pinecrest Country Club in Lansdale.Robert Wise President's Awar...
Dec 7, 2012 Poconos Council Honors David Hoffman with Distinguished Service Award
 David C. Hoffman, Vice President and General Manager of CAI Business Partner member Vector Security Patrol, Inc. and a longtime CAI volunteer in various capacities with the chapter's Pocono Mountains Regional Council, was awarded the council's ...
Dec 5, 2012 Help our Legislative Efforts at CAI's Silent Auction
 CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee is asking you not to be silent – but to yell out and tell us that you will help and donate an item to the LAC’s Silent Auction! The PA-LAC needs desperately to raise funds...
Dec 3, 2012 CAI Announces New Chapter Code of Conduct
In order to promote high standards of conduct and ethics, and to promote respect and professionalism among members, the chapter Board of Directors has adopted this Code of Conduct and encourages all members and attendees at chapter functions to compl...
Oct 31, 2012 CAI Awards: Nominations Now Open!
CAI is pleased to announce the nomination period is now open for the chapter's Recognition Awards! These awards have been created to recognize the contributions of our hardworking and excellent members and volunteers.Winners will be announced at our ...
Oct 3, 2012 Register for our Wine & Beer Dinner and help the LAC!
The Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA-LAC) is excited to announce that we have secured additional space at the Valley Forge Casino Resort for Thursday, October 18th, and as a result, our sold out 1st Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Dinner ...
Sep 14, 2012 CAI: FHA Mortgage Guidelines Moving in the Right Direction
Community Associations Institute (CAI) commends the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) for issuing new guidelines that will provide more opportunities for homebuyers and sellers and greater stability for condominium communities. CAI has pressed FH...
Aug 13, 2012 FHFA Weighs in on Use of Eminent Domain for Mortgage Reductions
On August 8, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) requested public comment on the use of eminent domain authority by municipalities to seize mortgage loans for purposes of offering homeowners a reduced mortgage balance. The County of San Bernard...
Aug 7, 2012 Do You Know about the LAC's Buck A Door Program?
Post by Dave Sylvester, CMCA, AMS, PCAM, PA LAC DelegateI am a member of the CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (PA LAC) and have been for close to 20 years. I was very interested in joining the committee’s ranks after watchi...
Jul 26, 2012 Engage with Recruiter Rewards!
Join CAI on our ongoing mission: to grow our membership, provide outstanding education and networking opportunities to our members, and promote and protect our industry through legislative advocacy. BEAM UP great prizes by helping to recruit new m...
Jul 25, 2012 CAI Endorses Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012
Community Associations Institute has endorsed S. 3085, the “Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012.” The legislation, spearheaded in the U.S. Senate by Senators Robert Menendez (NJ) and Barbara Boxer (CA), will help more homeowners...
Jun 22, 2012 CAI Urges Fannie, Freddie Regulator to Recognize Community Associations
Noting changes in housing development and modern housing preferences, CAI urged the Federal Housing Finance Agency, or FHFA, to recognize community associations as a distinct housing market. More than 60 million Americans live in 314,000 community ...
Jun 6, 2012 Congressman Fitzpatrick Addresses CAI-FHA Concerns
CAI's legislative action committees, at the Federal and state levels,  continue to work hard to improve recent changes to FHA  regulations on project approvals for condominiums.Recently, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA-08) of Bucks Count...
May 30, 2012 LAC Pursues Legislation on Gathering Data on Community Associations
Members of CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee participated in the LAC’s annual Legislative Day in Harrisburg on April 3, 2012. Approximately fifteen members from the LAC and the chapter board of directors met with doze...
May 24, 2012 CAI Testifies Before Congress on Impact of Foreclosures on Associations
Mr. Dick Pruess, long-time CAI member and chair of California’s Legislative Action Committee, told federal lawmakers that association homeowners suffer when lenders delay foreclosures, allowing delinquent owners to remain in their propertie...
May 8, 2012 Do You Want Your Board Meetings on YouTube?
Do you want your meetings recorded, uploaded to YouTube and shown on tonight’s 6:00 news? It may be the law if we do not do something about it. ...
May 7, 2012 New Survey Affirms HOA Resident Satisfaction
For the fourth time in seven years, community association residents have told pollsters they are satisfied with their homeowners associations, condominium communities and cooperatives....
Apr 30, 2012 Federal Reserve Issues Guidance to Banks on REO Rentals
 On April 5, the Federal Reserve System issued guidance to banks intended to spur the temporary conversion of Real Estate Owned (REO) to rental property. Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve strongly encouraged the sale of REO to investors for...
Apr 4, 2012 Community Associations Day at the Capitol
CAI's Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) spent the day in Harrisburg at the Pennsylvania State Capitol on April 3 meeting with legislators....
Mar 27, 2012 Visit CAI's Legislative Action Committee Booth at the Annual Conference & Expo
Win Phillies tickets or Flyer playoff tickets! Participate in our Legislative Action Committee Raffle during the Annual Conference & Expo on April 19th!...
Mar 22, 2012 CAI Honors Managers
CAI held our Second Annual Manager Designations Breakfast on March 22 and honored community association managers who've recently earned the CMCA, AMS or PCAM designation. ...
Mar 21, 2012 CAI Secures Important Transfer Fee Victory
On March 15, 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) issued its long awaited final rule on transfer fees. FHFA had proposed a federal regulation which would have banned federally backed mortgages for property in a community association with ...
Mar 8, 2012 White House Announces FHA Refinance Program Changes
CAI’s Government & Public Affairs office made the following announcement today: President Obama has announced changes to the Federal Housing Administration’s streamline refinance program to help more borrowers take advantage of hist...
Mar 2, 2012 Recruiter Rewards 2012: Boldly Grow!
Help us Boldly Grow! Our 2012 Recruiter Rewards has a Star Trek Theme and you’re all invited to participate in this exciting “Enterprise!”   Recruiter Rewards is the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter’s way ...
Feb 28, 2012 Does Pennsylvania Need a Condo Ombudsman?
Legislation was recently introduced in the Pennsylvania State House that would establish the Office of the Cooperative and Condominium Ombudsman and provide for its powers and duties. House Bill 2155, introduced by Representative John Galloway, a...
Feb 20, 2012 The REO Speedwagon
For most of us of a certain age, the question “How much REO do you have in your portfolio?” was usually answered in terms of the number of eight-track tapes. Of course with the advent of the housing crisis, this term, which references ...
Feb 8, 2012 PA Legislature Sends H1582 to Governor Corbett
February 8, 2012, Harrisburg: Pennsylvania’s legislature gave final approval today to House Bill 1582 which affects community associations located within any Business Improvement District (BID) in the Commonwealth. The Bill alters the billi...
Feb 2, 2012 Join Michael Smerconish at CAI's Annual Conference
CAI is pleased to welcome Michael A. Smerconish as our 2012 “Coming Attractions” Annual Conference & Expo Keynote Speaker. Michael A. Smerconish is a nationally syndicated radio host, newspaper columnist, author and MSNBC contribut...
Jan 31, 2012 Why Should Communities Support the Legislative Action Committee?
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee (LAC) is the “watchdog” for the millions of homeowners living in community associations throughout the Commonwealth.  Volunteer delegates sitting on the LAC work very hard educ...
Jan 24, 2012 Philadelphia Regional Council Kicks of 2012
On January 18th, the Philadelphia Regional Council kicked off 2012 with its first program. This program was co-sponsored with the Greater Philadelphia Condo Managers Association (GPCMA) and covered pertinent topics relating to the use of social me...
Jan 17, 2012 Meet the CFPB
In 2010, Congress created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to serve as the nation’s “cop on the beat” to protect consumers from harmful financial products. Officially opened for business on July 22, 2011, the CFPB ...
Jan 10, 2012 And They're Off!
This morning, dozens of CAI chapter volunteers came together at the Annual Chapter Kickoff to start planning out another exciting year of Chapter volunteers get down to work on a new year of programs and events. ...
Jan 3, 2012 Joint State Government Commission Issues Report
The Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission released its report on Common Interest Ownership Communities in late December and while the commission’s report falls short in certain goals outlined in the legislature’s resolution, ...
Dec 20, 2011 Gold Star Awarded to 11 Communities
At the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party, held on December 8th at Chef Salvatore Restaurant in Blue Bell, a record number of community associations were recognized with CAI’s Gold Star Award. Ten new communities received the Gold Star honor...
Dec 20, 2011 CAI Bestows Awards at Holiday Parties
CAI was pleased to announce award winners at both our Pocono Mountains Regional Council Holiday Party and Chapter Annual Meeting & Holiday Party, held on consecutive nights in December. All award winners were nominated by CAI members. The foll...
Dec 20, 2011 More Housing Uncertainty in 2012
CAI members know that 2011 saw the beginning of the federal government’s effort to rebuild our mortgage finance system in the wake of the worst housing and economic crisis since the Great Depression. As Congress and a host of federal agencie...
Nov 29, 2011 Silent Auctions to Benefit CAI’s Legislative Advocacy Efforts
CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee is asking you not to be silent – but to yell out and tell us that you will help and donate an item to the LAC’s Silent Auctions! The PA-LAC needs desperately to raise funds to sup...
Nov 17, 2011 Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) Condominium Guidelines
The ever-changing FHA Condominium Guidelines continued to create problems for many CAI members in 2011. Despite the challenges, CAI was able to work with FHA to amend some of the FHA lending criteria even as FHA released new policy that created n...
Nov 14, 2011 CAI Applauds Congressional Input on Mortgage Issues
Congressional leaders are expressing serious reservations about Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) mortgage-approval policies for condominiums-policies that are the source of mounting confusion and angst for condominium boards, homeowner...
Nov 1, 2011 New Jersey Regional Council Hosts Successful Networking Event
As the warm weather came to an end and thoughts turned to the busy Autumn season, the New Jersey Regional Council hosted an end of summer networking event back in September that Attendees enjoy some networking in South Jersey on Sept. 29, 2011. The...
Oct 18, 2011 Philadelphia City Council Moves on Condo Trash Bill
The Finance Committee of Philadelphia’s City Council held a hearing on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at City Hall on Bill 110130 which would provide a credit against the tax for owners of condominiums, cooperatives and planned community units w...
Oct 18, 2011 Mortgage Matters Progress Report
The challenges presented by the wave of federal regulatory proposals that are reshaping the mortgage finance system made the summer of 2011 one of the busiest advocacy periods in the history of CAI. At stake is the health and marketability of the ...
Oct 13, 2011 Reduce and Manage Energy Expenses with APPI Energy
CAI has partnered with Affiliated Power Purchasers International (APPI Energy) to provide the Powerful Solutions Program, an exclusive member benefit that assists members in managing and reducing their energy expenses.   APPI Energy navig...
Sep 20, 2011 FHA Reignites Transfer Fee Battle
The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has announced its plans to disqualify condominium associations from FHA financing if the association charges a deed-based transfer fee at time of sale. This would put FHA at odds with the Federal Housing Fi...
Aug 18, 2011 Mortgage Matters: The Waiting Game
CAI members know that during the course of 2011, the federal government is restructuring the entire mortgage finance system.  This means that the rules for who gets a mortgage, for what type of home, and in what type of community will dramati...
Jul 18, 2011 CAI Message to Congress: "Mortgages Matter!"
CAI members are taking their concerns over the restructuring of the federal mortgage finance system to Congress. In response to challenges from federal regulators on transfer fees, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) condominium under...
Jun 28, 2011 Pending Legislation Impacts Condos in Business Improvement Districts
Legislation affecting condominium associations within business improvements districts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania could have a far reaching administrative impact on condos without changes sought by CAI’s Pennsylvania Legisla...
Jun 28, 2011 Governor Signs Ban on Private Transfer Fees
On Friday, June 24, Governor Tom Corbett signed into law House Bill 442 which bans the use of private transfer fees in Pennsylvania. The Bill is Act 8 of 2011. CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supported this Bill and worked...
Jun 17, 2011 Municipal Windfall: Taking Advantage of Association Governed Communities
The following letter to the editor was submitted to the Philadelphia Inquirer by CAI. To the Editor: A letter appeared in the June 10 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer with the title “Doubly taxed seniors could opt for secession.” The a...
Jun 16, 2011 PA Senate, House Send Private Transfer Fee Ban to Governor
Pennsylvania’s Legislature has passed legislation banning private transfer fees. CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supported this Bill and worked with a coalition of interest groups across the state including the PA ...
Jun 1, 2011 First annual Managers Appreciation Breakfast a hit!
This morning, the Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter of CAI hosted our first annual Managers Appreciation Breakfast. Seventy attendees came out for breakfast, networking with CAI colleagues, and to recognize those managers who’ve recei...
May 24, 2011 Relive it: "Love Where you Live"
CAI’s 2011 Annual Conference & Expo: Love Where You Live was a smash hit for exhibitors and attendees alike. Rave reviews for the venue, exhibit hall, speakers, after party and much more were received from attendees and exhibitors to this y...
May 18, 2011 Feds Move in the Right Direction on Transfer Fees
Thanks to efforts by CAI members, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has issued a revised draft regulation governing so-called private transfer fees. Originally proposed in August of 2010, the FHFA regulation would have banned any federall...
Apr 7, 2011 Announcing CAI’s Mortgage Matters Program
Following the worst housing and financial crisis since the Great Depression, the federal government is undertaking sweeping changes to the mortgage finance system. These changes will determine who gets mortgages, for what type of home and in what ...
Mar 3, 2011 Breaking News Alert: Phila Condo Tax Credit Bill Introduced
Today, Philadelphia City Councilman James Kenney introduced legislation that would provide a credit against the tax for owners of condominiums, cooperatives and planned community units who do not receive regular City refuse, recycling and bulk ite...
Mar 2, 2011 Pennsylvania Senate Votes to Ban Private Transfer Fees
The Pennsylvania State Senate has just passed, unanimously, Senate Bill 353 banning private transfer fees. CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Committee supports this Bill and is working with a coalition of interest groups across the s...
Feb 8, 2011 FHFA Modifies Draft Transfer Fee Regulation
Community Associations Institute (CAI) is praising the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) for revising a proposed regulation that could have prevented potential homebuyers from securing mortgages for as many as 11 million U.S. homes. CA...
Feb 7, 2011 CAI’s Community Action Network
This week, CAI’s Pennsylvania and Delaware Valley Chapter launched our online Community Action Center, which is designed to bring CAI’s legislative alerts, updates and advocacy reports to a broader audience of homeowners, community ass...
Dec 15, 2010 Annual Meeting and Holiday Party
The chapter held its Annual Meeting and Holiday Party on December 9, 2010 at Hotel Fiesole in beautiful and festive Skippack Village. In addition to electing board members, the holiday party featured a silent auction that raised over $1500 for CAI...
Dec 15, 2010 Poconos Holiday Party and Awards
On December 1, CAI’s Pocono Mountains Regional Council held its annual holiday party and gave out annual awards. The holiday party also raised over $500 at a special Silent Auction to benefit CAI’s Pennsylvania Legislative Action Commi...
Sep 13, 2010 State Releases Preliminary Findings
State Representative John Siptroth (D-Monroe) held a legislative hearing on September 8 at Fernwood Resort in the Pocono Mountains to hear testimony on the on-going study of community associations undertaken by the state with the adoption of HR35...
May 21, 2010 CAI's Annual Conference Earns Rave Reviews
What a day! Last week we held our 2010 Annual Conference and Expo at Citizens Bank Park and we could not be more pleased with the success of the event. It was, without a doubt, the best Expo our chapter has held in many years. The day started w...
Mar 11, 2010 Association Living: Perception vs. Reality
Over the course of the last ten years, CAI has from time to time engaged a national research firm to study whether or not people who choose to live in an association governed community are happy or not. The results of the latest study by Zogby Int...
Feb 23, 2010 Dirty Laundry: Responding to Media Sensationalism
“We can do the innuendo, we can dance and sing. When it’s all over we haven’t told you a thing. We all know that crap is king, give us dirty laundry.” So go the lyrics in Don Henley’s song Dirty Laundry, about a media ...
Jul 8, 2009 Pocono Record: Problems in Private Communities
The Pocono Record published an article on Sunday July 5th that sums up the reasons why the state legislature just approved HR350 calling for a study of private communities in Pennsylvania. The article quotes Reps. Scavello and Siptroth from the Po...
Jul 2, 2009 State House Adopts HR350
Stuck in Harrisburg in absence of a budget deal, lawmakers took up a host of Bills and Resolutions today at the state capitol. Among them was House Resolution 350 which was drafted in part by CAI. The resolution directs the Joint State Government ...
Jul 1, 2009 Urban Affairs Committee Reports Out HR350
On Tuesday, June 30, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives’ Urban Affairs Committee took up House Resolution 350.  After brief remarks by the sponsor, Rep. John Siptroth (D-189) of Pike/Monroe County, the committee unanimously...

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