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The Untold Cost of Oversharing on Social Media

I'm going to let you in on a secret. Nobody really cares about your meal posts. Your "humblebrags" typically result in eye-rolls, not envy. And, I hate to say it, but only people whose names start with "Grammy" are viewing your 50th kid photo. But, there is a new player who is very interested in your social media posts: your insurance company. read more

CAI 2nd Annual Law Day

For those of you who keep emailing me asking when I will be speaking next, I have good news! Ok, nobody has actually emailed asking me that (although some have emailed asking me to speak less…). In any event, I will be speaking at Oregon's 2nd Annual Law Day on Friday, February 1 at the Multnomah Athletic Club. My topic is "Risks and Tips on How to Deal With Aging HOA Communities." I will be offering up tips for both physical elements (caulking, inspections, etc.) and risk management (insurance reviews, appraisals, etc.). My intent is to provide tangible tips for HOA's to prolong the life of their buildings. So, if that interests you or if you are suffering from incurable insomnia, feel free to attend. read more

The Insurable Interest Vortex

There is a roadside attraction in Oregon called the Oregon Vortex, where purported paranormal forces cause a number of optical illusions and oddities. It is definitely on my bucket list of Pacific Northwest attractions I want to visit. I have, however, made several visits to what I call the "Insurable Interest" vortex. While I doubt paranormal forces are at work with this vortex, it is worth a word of warning. read more

Suit Limitations

If an Association fails to act in a timely matter, its suit will be lost forever. read more

20 Million Reasons to Fix your Buildings

A Multnomah County jury recently reached a verdict in a lawsuit filed by Robert Trebelhorn against the Wimbledon Square apartments. It was undisputed that Mr. Trebelhorn fell through a rotting second-story walkway and injured his knee. The jury awarded $295,000 for medical bills and pain and suffering. The jury, however, did not stop there. They awarded $20 million in punitive damages. No, you did not misread that number. Twenty. Million. Dollars. read more

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