Friday, March 30, 2012

Administrator of the Month: February 2012



Congratulations to Katie Hutchinson for her award as Administrator of the Month for February 2012!

Thanks for all of your hard work Katie!!

ACM's pledge as an accredited business through the BBB of Greater Maryland



Thursday, March 29, 2012

ACM Presents: Five Key Insurance Points to the Condo. Association with Wayne Pachol




ACM would like to thank Wayne Pachol for sitting down with us and discussing the five key points that condominium associations should know about insurance.

Mr. Pachol, President of Alternative Insurance Management, LLC, is an insurance and risk management consultant with over 28 years of experience in risk management and all phases of casualty insurance.

Wayne Pachol
wpachol@comcast.net
410-343-3123

Monday, March 26, 2012

Howard County News: Council bill aims to reduce delinquency rates on condo dues

"Condo and homeowners associations have struggled for years to collect dues from all the property owners in their communities, but when the economy turned sour and the housing market declined, delinquency rates skyrocketed.

After the Federal Housing Administration tightened its financing procedures for condo owner associations in 2009, high delinquency rates — the percentage of property owners in a community who are 30 days or more behind on their dues —became even more of a problem.

Unlike with homeowners associations, COAs own the ground and the buildings in which units are located, and thus are required to have an FHA certification to ensure the community is in good fiscal health so that people who want to buy a unit can get FHA financing. Condo communities with a delinquency rate of more than 15 percent, are ineligible for a FHA certification..."

Click the following link to continue reading "Council bill aims to reduce delinquency rates on condo dues": http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/news/ph-ho-cf-condo-fees-0329-20120324,0,3421534.story?page=1

Baltimore Sun: Reclassifying Columbia Association panned as blow to transparency

The Columbia Association might ask lawmakers to redefine what the association is under state law. Many advocates say that this would protect the association and help save money, but critics argue that this could make CA less transparent.

Resident groups have long contended that there is a need for more transparency from CA and members believe that this legislation could lead to less. The proposed legislation would reclassify CA as a nonprofit community service corporation rather than a homeowners association.

Click the following link to read the article "Reclassifying Columbia Association panned as blow to transparency": http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/publications/columbia-flier/ph-ho-cf-columbia-board-0329-20120323,0,5539704.story

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

HB 433 and SB 372 Defeated

We are pleased to announce the House of Representatives have withdrawn their version on the community association manager licensing bill and the Senate has given the version provided to them an unfavorable report.

ACM would like to thank all those who have worked in opposition of this very costly legislation.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


American Community Management (ACM) recently registered its 10,000th homeowner to its client portal website, www.acmhome.com. The resident lives in Prince Place I at Northampton Condominium in Largo, Prince George's County.

ACM's client portal website allows community association homeowners to view their personal accounts, pay fees directly online, submit architectural requests, view unit violations, receive association correspondence via email and view all association information to include governing documents, policies, meeting minutes, quarterly financial statements, and much more.

ACM began utilizing its client portal website in January, 2010 and since then, almost 50% of the homeowners represented have registered to use the website. In the first two years of operation, the website has saved ACM community associations over $95,000 in administrative expenses to
include paper, copies and postage. The client portal website is a critical component of ACM's business and provides the platform where all the innovative systems merge. This portal has been designed to serve as a gateway to homeowner interaction and community involvement.

ACM is an established community property management company that was created to assist in the management of condominiums, homeowner associations and cooperatives. The company provides administrative, accounting, website, community management and property/facility
management services to community associations throughout Maryland. To find out more about the services offered by ACM, please visit www.communitymanagers.net.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Griffing Assumes Role of Property Management Assistant

Congratulations to Heather Griffing!!! Heather has officially been promoted to the position of Property Management Assistant and will be working solely for the Property Management Department. Great job, Heather!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Time to Spring Forward!




On Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2 a.m., Daylight Saving Time begins. Remember to set those clocks one hour ahead.

This is also a great time to check and change the batteries in your smoke alarms!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Happy 1st day of March! Don't forget about your chance to win a $200 gift card if you are the 10,000th homeowner to register for www.acmhome.com! We are only 75 registrations away from having our 10,000th registered user! Register today to become part of the website for your home!

ACM Welcomes New Community

ACM would like to welcome Prince Place I at Northampton Condominium, beginning services with us March 1, 2012. We look forward to working with you in the management of your community!