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Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Thursday, September 13, 2012 | National Legislation

The long awaited revisions to the FHA Condominium Project Approval Guidelines were released today.  The revisions are contained in Mortgagee Letter 2012-18 and apply to any applications for approval or recertification filed after today

The 12 page mortgagee letter contains revisions to...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Last week, a gunman who had a long-standing dispute with his association over deed restrictions, shot and killed one person and critically wounded a second at his association's meeting in Louisville, Kentucky.  The incident occured during an association meeting being held in a...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Tuesday, September 11, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

It seems as though every time I turn on the TV there are stories encouraging us to “go green” and conserve energy.  From commercials highlighting the benefits of switching to LED light bulbs to installing high efficiency air conditioners, we are constantly reminded of the good each of us can do. ...

Written By Melissa M. Garcia | Monday, September 10, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Anti-Wal-Mart yard signs began appearing last month in neighborhoods surrounding the 9th and Colorado redevelopment project in advance of a public meeting on the project.  If your association is faced with a potentially unwanted development next door, what is the...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Friday, September 7, 2012 | State Legislation

Political Signs


With 2012 being an election year, we are sure to see increased patriotism throughout community associations. ...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Thursday, September 6, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

I've represented HOAs for almost 20 years and while the world has changed during that time and associations have responded to those changes by necessity, I don't think that most associations have gone to the dark side.  Instead these associations are struggling to address problems that were not contemplated when they were formed 10, 20 or 30 years ago. They are struggling to address two...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | Legislative Miscellaneous

The Denver HOC Condominium Team, which reviews applications for FHA approval of condominium projects is charged with determining whether condominium communities are eligible for approval of FHA backed  loans.  As a part of that review, the Team determines if the community meets the...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Tuesday, September 4, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

Most associations have about ready to start creating the 2013 budget and as this article from the Chicago Tribune indicates budgeting isn't just about increasing things across the board or refusing to increase assessments at all -- it's about...

Written By Loura K. Sanchez | Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | National Legislation

FHA Officials have advised CAI of their intent to release revisions to the existing condominium approval guidelines prior to September 2, 2012. Per CAI's MortgageMatters post, the revisions are intended to provide flexibility for condominiums while enhancing...

Written By Trisha K. Harris | Thursday, August 23, 2012 | Community Associations Miscellaneous

The City of Thornton recently instituted a Stage 2 drought warning, which places watering restrictions on residents in the City of Thornton.  What does this mean for associations in the City of Thornton?  Can those associations still send violation letters and/or fine for...

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