Info Bytes 08.18.22

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Inflation Reduction Act Link from


President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law on Tuesday, 8/16/22

    • The legislation includes multiple major provisions spread across hundreds of pages (none of which actually reduce inflation). One notable provision related to CICs is funding to implement the HOMES (Home Owner Managing Energy Savings) rebate program.


Why to Watch the Fed Balance Sheet: This 75 second YouTube video presents a wealth of information about factors that influence FOMC decision-making.

CDC loosens coronavirus guidance, signaling strategic shift

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Relaxed Restrictions

Article of the Week: Who's a Good Board?


Who’s a Good Board?

  • There’s some SUPERB advice in this article from New England Condominium.

    • BUSINESS UP FRONT: Common interest communities are a business – a fact that board members and shareholders/unit owners should keep in mind when volunteering for their building or community and setting expectations for what a board can accomplish. “It’s not about them as individuals,” it’s about operating a business. So you’ve got to do what’s right for the business and not for yourself. If you can’t do that, you shouldn’t be on the board.”

      • Quote by Jeff Roude, partner with Sax LLP (accounting and tax)

WSCAI Annual Awards


WSCAI (WA State) is seeking nominations for four annual awards:

  • Homeowner / Volunteer Leader of the Year

  • Community Association Manager (CAM) of the Year

  • Business Partner (Company) of the Year

  • WSCAI Contributor of the Year

  • Submit your nomination(s) by Wednesday, August 31, 2022

  • If you like this newsletter, please feel free to nominate!


CAI’s “HOA Resources” marketing service published “Dealing with Inflation” with some befuddling statements made by someone with too many letters behind his name. Let's learn to be wary of the arguments from positions of authority...

  • “Reserve studies are not subject to the whims of a Board.” HUH?!

    • In Washington State (and many others), the decisions relating to the preparation and updating of a reserve study must be made by the board of directors of the association in the exercise of the reasonable discretion of the board. - Direct quote from RCW 64.34.388

      • With few exceptions (Florida recently tightened its statutes), the vendor you pay does not have the final say in your reserve study (which is often a good thing).

  • “Requesting bids from multiple vendors…will allow communities to find the best deals possible…” Multiple bids are great! Bottom-fishing is NOT.

    • “Saving money” by eschewing appropriate levels of service is a recipe for spending more in the long-run. “Cutting back” is hard to do for associations that spend only on the necessities.

    • Short-term thinking often causes long-term challenges

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A Note About Ukraine

The people of Ukraine are undergoing tremendous displacement from their homes coupled with loss of life, tragedy and suffering. Considering the global landscape can help us gain perspective in our daily lives.

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