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11/21/2017

A report by Goldman Sachs predicts the unemployment level will drop from 4.1% presently to 3.5% by the end of 2019, a level last seen in the US in 1969. The smaller number of available job candidates may lead to wage growth.

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11/21/2017

Two turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, have been staying in a Washington D.C., hotel since the weekend, waiting to see which will be pardoned by President Donald Trump in the annual White House tradition. Trump will officially pardon one turkey in a Rose Garden ceremony today, but both will be taken to live at Gobbler's Rest at Virginia Tech with last year's pardoned turkeys, Tater and Tot.

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11/21/2017

Florida law requires HOA board directors to fulfill their fiduciary duty, which means they should act in good faith and in the best interest of the community, attorney Ronald D'Anna advises. Directors also have to abide by the "business judgment rule," meaning that when they make business decisions, they act honestly and on an informed basis.

11/21/2017

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law expanding homeowners' rights to review HOA financial information such as contracts, ledgers, bank accounts, reconciliations and invoices. "Generally speaking, I see a trend to more and more transparency and a full disclosure of just about all documents," attorney Marc Schneider said.

11/21/2017

Three condo associations in Medicine Hat, Alberta, are suing the city, arguing that the municipality should assume ownership of utility pipes in their developments. Unit owners took over maintaining the infrastructure after the developer went bankrupt but argue the city should now do it because it originally approved the system.

11/21/2017

When it comes to board elections, owners usually cast one vote per candidate for each of the seats, but cumulative voting allows homeowners to vote multiple times for a single candidate based on the number of open seats in the election. For example, if the election includes three open seats, then each homeowner can cast up to three votes for a single candidate.

11/21/2017

If you're not yet a CMCA and you missed the Nov. 15 webinar, "Advance Your Career with The CMCA," be sure to check out the archived webinar here to learn more about how to earn the CMCA credential and why it's key to building a successful career in the field of community association management. Associa Regional Vice President Rob Felix, who has 35 years of experience in community association management and is the chair of the CAMICB Exam Development Committee, walks you through the process to sit for the CMCA exam and how earning the CMCA will advance your career.

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11/21/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Facebook will match up to $2 million in donations on #GivingTuesday, which will take place Nov. 28. Each will contribute $1 million.

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11/21/2017

More than 50% of the visitors to the Humane Society of the United States' website come from mobile devices, yet 80% of the online gifts it receives come from desktop computers. "We've optimized all our forms for mobile but still getting desktop mostly," acquisition director Joanne Wilson said.

11/21/2017

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has kicked off a $25 million fundraising campaign through the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, and the proceeds will be used to preserve black historic sites in the US. The trust is working with The Ford, Open Society and JPB foundations, and aims to support restoration costs, community outreach and research about the impact preservation would have on black communities.

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