Barker Martin

Condo-HOA Blog - Oregon

Shake, Rattle, and Roll

You are sitting comfortably when out of the blue, the floor starts to shake and pictures fall from the wall. One of two things is happening: you are at my house for Thanksgiving and I've just ambled toward a third plate or you are experiencing an earthquake. In the last week alone, Oregon has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes. Washington has had 33. A recent NBA summer league basketball game had to be evacuated when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California. Most experts believe the "big one" in the Northwest is a question of when, not if. read more

Annual Meeting and Awards Gala

Next week, the Washington State Chapter and the Oregon Chapter of Community Association's Institute will be hosting their Annual Meeting and Award Galas. read more

What Roger Goodell and the NFL Can Learn from HOAs

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman's recent voiding of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension caused shockwaves across the NFL. Though the NFL has appealed the judicial ruling, Deflategate is, well, deflated and all but gone. There are, however, valuable lessons to be emphasized for homeowner associations. read more

An Update on Hoarding

A couple of years ago Barker Martin anticipated that hoarding would be an issue for community associations to contend with under laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act. Since then, the issue has continued to garner greater attention in its effect on the community at large. read more

What You Don't Know Can't Hurt You, But What You Do Know Most Certainly Can

In almost every walk of life, knowledge is something people seek to obtain. Francis Bacon famously, and succinctly, coined the phrase "knowledge is power." But in the topsy-turvy world of insurance, another famously succinct phrase may be more applicable, "ignorance is bliss." (Thomas Gray). read more

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