Interview with Karen Conlon, President and CEO of Sequoia Grove Consulting, Inc.
Karen Conlon is widely recognized as one of the key leaders that transformed California’s community management industry from an unfamiliar occupation into a professional “credentialed” career. Karen, along with a group of HOA management company owners, formed CACM in 1991 to create a “professional organization dedicated to ensuring the quality and standards of practice in […]
Unlicensed Contractors are in every community in the US
The underground economy is comprised of all the usual suspects including housekeepers, landscapers, drug dealers and of course unlicensed Handymen. This economy has almost $2 trillion (that’s a T) in volume. A 2011 paper Richard Cebula and Edgar Feige estimated that as much as “18-19 percent of total reportable income is not properly reported to the IRS.” That’s […]
Is Your Handyman an Independent Contractor or an Employee?
Do you have a Handyman working at your HOA who does work on a regular basis? Is he licensed and insured? Do you direct his work? Do you set his hours? Do you pay Federal, State and other taxes on him and his work? If not, you could one day find out that he is […]
Can the Future of Common Areas be in Farmland?
Farmland is beginning to displace golf courses in many new HOA communities across the US as the common area of choice. As the interest in local sustainable food increases, communities are jumping on the bandwagon to bring farmed food right to your backdoor! So how much will this new amenity cost the homeowners? Like HOA’s located […]
Correct Rain Gutter Cleaning
It’s October and we’re having our first rainy week here in Southern California and there will definitely be more rain this winter. It’s time for you to obtain bids for the cleaning of your HOA’s rain gutters and to perform your annual roofing maintenance inspection. By performing a regular roofing maintenance (which includes gutter/downspout cleaning) […]