Profile of a good property manager

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Contributing writer: Carmen Thorpe––

Do you know what it takes to be a good property/community manager?

With the information gathered on CAI‘s site, we at SFMC Inc. do. CAI defines a community association manager as “ someone who will have the knowledge, ethics, professionalism and skills with verifiable experience in financial, administrative, and facilities management in at least one community association, either commercial or residential.”

In addition to the information above, we’ve compiled a list of attributes that will make you stand out.

Here are our top 5 essential qualifications to be an excellent Property/Community Manager:

  • Being an effective communicator with the ability to actively manage change
  • Good Ethics and professionalism
  • Skilled in financial management –verifiable experience– with excellent computer skills
  • Great at establishing effective priorities among competitive markets
  • Strong ability to coordinate operations and details, anticipating resident’s needs, and dealing with the unexpected

You can visit: CAI in order to find out more on what you can do to better equip yourself with the skills and certifications needed to become a well rounded and excellent property/community manager. You can also check out this article in The Cooperator on this topic.

With all this knowledge, nothing can stand in your way of success!

What Gives the Association the Right to Tell Me What to Do?

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you can do in our community.

Community associations have a governmental component. Like a city or county government, a community association has a charter—called the declaration. The declaration encompasses bylaws, covenants and other documents that give community associations their legal foundation.

These governing documents obligate the association to preserve and protect the assets of the community. To enable the board to meet this obligation, association governing documents also empower the board to make rules and define the process for adopting and enforcing them—within limits. Governing documents also establish parameters for the nature and type of rules the board can make.

State law gives associations the authority to make rules. These are called common interest community statutes, and they apply to condominiums, cooperatives, and property owners associations.

Remember, however, that the board can’t make or enforce any rule that is contrary to the governing documents, local ordinances, state law or federal regulations. Remember also that the board makes rules on your behalf—to protect your investment, your home.