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Community Associations

You Asked, We Listened

Our customers hold the keys to our success. That’s one thing we’re sure of as we set our course for the future. We are confident that the constant improvement of our customers’ experience will prove to be a powerful value differentiator. Recently, we have started our journey to ask, listen, and act on feedback about how we can improve…

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Co-Op Pays for Secondhand Cigarette Smoke

As more and more buildings go smoke-free in New York City, a recent court ruling provides additional incentive to ban cigarettes. Earlier this month, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled that a co-op has to pay one of its apartment owners more than $120,000 in maintenance and fees after she sued over damage from people…

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IBA Checks In With Distinguished’s COO

As markets continue to grow, largely due to the rebounding economy and increase in construction nationwide, the need for risk-management specialists and professionals becomes even more necessary. Carla Vel, Distinguished Programs’ President and Chief Operating Officer, sat down with Insurance Business America

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Reducing Your Environmental Footprint in 2016

News in the sustainability world: New York City’s most famed hotels are pledging to get greener. By doing so, these hotel owners have agreed to cut greenhouse gases from their buildings by 30 percent or more in the next decade. As New York mayor Bill de Blasio said, if Manhattan’s most iconic hotels can significantly…

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our New Legal Hotline for Community Associations

We recently began a pilot to offer Florida-based Community Associations the legal services of one of the US News’ “Best Law Firms in 2015,” Cole, Scott, Kissane (CSK). Created in partnership with our friends at Great American, these services are available via a new hotline. We recently chatted with Nelson Kefauver, SVP at Great American,…

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New Hotline: Community Association Legal Resource

We know you wear a lot of hats. Is one of them “Legal Advisor?” Have you ever been asked one of the following questions by your boards or managers? A co-op owner wants to redo his driveway, but the board hasn’t approved the materials. How should the board proceed? The board would like to change…

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How to Upscale Your Portfolio With Condo Investment

In our first blog Diversify Your Portfolio with Culture, we discussed cultural institution risks that present sizable opportunities for brokers interested in growing their business in urban areas. Another urban risk that could either diversify your portfolio, or make you the resident specialist, is likely right around the corner, and could lead you to a community…

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5 D&O Lawsuits That The Board Never Saw Coming

Volunteer work can be some of the most gratifying hours of our week. Giving our time and sometimes our expertise to a cause that we believe in can feel wonderful-while making a positive difference to a group or cause that needs our help. Serving on your community association’s board is no different. How can board…

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