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The Home Owner Training Track committee’s first Bare Bones Basics for Boards seminar was held on February 25. The training is engineered to teach homeowners and board members their rights and responsibilities. Register now for the next one!

Our first seminar was based on the roles of the Treasurer, and how to read financial statements. There was such a need for this type of training that our class attendance was almost double what we expected! The reviews that came back were excellent. And even following the seminar, attendees continued to call and email for the committee to send outlines, and to answer questions they couldn’t get to at the program. All of these have been graciously handled by the CAI volunteers.

Our next seminar is on Foreclosures and other Methods for Collecting Assessments. It’s taking place on May 27 at the Ramsey County Library, Maplewood Branch. Contact Paul at for a quick registration or more information. While Property managers benefitted too, our goal is to help the thousands of board members, who have been asking for more training, but either can’t take time off during work, or can’t get their associations to reimburse for education expenses. This is such a wonderful opportunity, because there is so much value in these programs. They are taught by CAI volunteers, so you know the information is excellent and timely.

The Home Owner Training Track covers three distinct areas of need. See if one of these areas would help you in some way:

  1. Basic training for homeowners and boards that are or are not professionally managed. So many are dealing with foreclosures, delinquents, and other challenges.
  2. Training for board members that ARE managed. We can teach the class at the offices of your property management company to several association boards at one time. These presentations can be modeled to suit your needs. Contact Paul Hanscom at CAI-MN at (651) 203-7250 for more information.
  3. Out-State associations. If there is enough demand, we will consider digitally recording the seminars and putting them on the web for viewing by outstate members at their convenience.

We ask just one thing: Let CAI-MN know if you think these programs are essential to our communities.

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