Winter Park: Allegiant employee receives Certified Manager of Community Associations designation
November 18, 2008
It is a curious fact in the state of Colorado, that Manicurists must be educated, licensed and regulated. They must even endure a thorough background check of criminal and disciplinary conduct before they’re allowed to paint a single fingernail. At the same time any person off the street can declare themselves “property managers” and handle millions of dollars of homeowners’ money without the slightest hint of regulation or supervision. This very lack of oversight has drawn unscrupulous people into the field of homeowner association management. Unbelievably, Colorado does not even require a Real Estate License to handle dues and special assessment funds or deposits from nightly lodging. It is a similar lack of industry regulation that has taken mortgage brokers and lenders to their knees today.
This is not to say that health and safety regulations are anything to sneeze at, but more to point out that currently in this state, anyone can call themselves “Property Managers” without benefit of training, experience, or education. Property management today is more than just keeping an eye on the owner’s property. Today’s managers work in the cash flow analysis of new construction projects, influencing public opinion and controlling day-to-day management in such a way to realistically set and achieve the equity goals of real estate investors.
While laws affecting homeowner associations change annually, the legislature has continually turned their backs on regulating the people who run them. But things won’t stay that way if Community Association Institute (CAI) has their way. For two years, this group has advocated the licensing of Community Association Managers and been working at getting a licensing proposal passed by the Colorado legislature in 2009.
This measure is lauded and supported by Allegiant Management LLC, operating in Winter Park since 2001.
Jon de Vos, one of the owners of the company holds management’s highest designation, the Certified Property Manager ® through the Institute of Real Estate Management. Jon de Vos announced that an Allegiant employee, Debbie Briggs, had just earned CAI’s designation of Certified Manager of Community Associations, demonstrating the successful completion of the association’s educational requirements and proficiency at their national examination, meeting CAI’s strict requirements for managing condominiums, cooperatives, and homeowner associations.
“Allegiant takes pride in Debbie Briggs’ accomplishment. Our professionalism and commitment to the business of property management are just two of Allegiant’s strengths.” de Vos said.