Best Practice Reports

Financial Operations

Financial Operations

It is CAI’s purpose to foster vibrant, responsive, competent community associations that promote harmony, a sense of community, and responsible leadership. Given that the fiscal health of the association has a direct impact on every member of the community,...
Governance

Governance

It is CAI’s purpose to foster vibrant, responsive, competent community associations that promote harmony, a sense of community and responsible leadership. Common characteristics of such community associations include good communication, trust in the...
Green Communities

Green Communities

Naturalist John Muir fell in love with the glens of Yosemite more than 100 years ago, declaring, “In God’s wildness lives the hope of the world.” We appreciate the comforts of HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) and the amenities of...
Community Harmony & Spirit

Community Harmony & Spirit

According to Foundation for Community Association Research’s National Survey of Community Association Homeowner Satisfaction, the average community association resident volunteers twice a year for community-sponsored events. Nearly 60 percent of respondents...
Reserve Studies / Management

Reserve Studies / Management

Community associations come in all sizes. They vary in age, amenities provided, and maintenance obligations. Careful planning for future repairs and replacements is not only in the best physical and fiscal interests of the community association, it is...
Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is more than ensuring your association will remain financially sound and be able to maintain its reserves—it’s projecting where your association expects to be in five, ten, or fifteen years—and how your association will get there....
Transition

Transition

Transition is a term that has evolved in recent years to describe the general process by which the control and responsibilities of the governing board of a community association are transferred from the developer to the persons who bought homes in the...
Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

As of 2007, there are almost 300,000 community associations—condominium associations, cooperatives, and homeowners associations—in the United States, representing more than 20 million homes and almost 65 million people. Currently, the average U.S....
Community Security

Community Security

A community association board has many responsibilities—setting goals and approving budgets; conducting open, fair, and well-publicized elections; organizing events that foster neighborliness and a sense of community, to name a few. But a board’s...