Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The Libraries Have Been Delivered

The CAIRF Adopt-A-Library collections, which were purchased and donated by Hobbs & Olson, L.C., have been delivered to the Salt Lake City, Sandy and Summit County libraries. They were all delivered several weeks ago, so they should either be on the shelves, or soon be there.

Monday, January 28, 2008

What happens in Vegas...

doesn't always stay in Vegas.

In the next couple of weeks, I will be hosting a short seminar at the Community Learning Center, in which I will share some of the highlights from The College of Community Association Lawyer's Community Association Law Seminar. I'll also probably share some of the information that I get at the ALI-ABA

Most likely, it will be on the 16th of February; I'm still trying to confirm that I can pull it off then. Watch this blog for more details!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Selling U.S. Condos in Dubai

The 7.8 billion dollar CityCenter project here in Las Vegas (where I am this week, attending the annual CCAL Community Association Law Seminar) has found an interesting pool of buyers; they are selling their condominiums to wealthy Dubaians. (Is that a word?)

The idea follows an investment in the project by a Dubai government-owned conglomerate; as part of that deal, the MGM Grand entity got an agreement to be able to sell units in a Dubai sales office. With the dollar at historic lows, the units are reportedly selling quite well to international investors.

The Las Vegas Sun's story on the project can be found here.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

A Zogby Survey on Something Other than the Election

The Foundation for Community Association Research has just released an update to its Zogby 2007 telephonic national survey of Americans who live in common-interest communities. The nationally representative surveys are conducted to assess the perceptions of those who living in common-interest communities and to identify recent trends. Zogby conducted telephone interviews with 709 randomly selected adults residing in homeowners associations, condominiums, cooperatives and other planned communities—collectively called "community associations" in this summary. The margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points.

There are too many issues to be easily summarized here; the survey reaffirmed that a majority of those who live in community associations approve of their governance; according to the survey, "residents seem willing to trust the judgment of community association management to make decisions on their behalf, as three quarters are against the government forcing associations to allow clothes lines, six in ten think associations have the right to control the scope and placement of solar panels on individual homes to maintain architectural standards, and two thirds say that the elected board should determine how community associations prioritize and address environmental issues."

A pdf copy of the survey is available here.