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Six Ways to Make Community Budgeting Easier

Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016

The budget serves as the focal point for all of the board’s initiatives. It is more than a series of numbers; it’s the framework for accomplishing your community’s objectives. The process of creating and managing the budget can feel complex and often leads to many questions. That’s where an experienced community management company with extensive resources can help. To get started, here are six budget basics your association can follow.

Four Financial Questions to Ask Your Community Management Company

Posted on Tuesday September 13, 2016

Financial stewardship ranks near the top of the list of responsibilities for HOA board members. This requires proper allocation of association funds to ensure they are protected and FDIC insured, while earning the best possible rates. Adequate insurance coverage also factors into the equation. It’s a challenging balancing act, but asking the right questions can help.

How Will The California Minimum Wage Increase Impact Your HOA?

Posted on Wednesday September 07, 2016

Is your HOA prepared for the possible impact of the new minimum wage increase legislation taking effect in 2017? Proper planning and budgeting can ensure your association is positioned for success. Here are some details on the new law, timing, and things to consider.

Understanding the Importance of Community Management Certifications

Posted on Wednesday August 31, 2016

Acronyms like CMCA, LSM, PCAM and others are used to designate certifications for community management professionals who have achieved a level of education or expertise. What do these certifications mean? How does this benefit your association?

Reining in Pokémon Go in Your Community

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Pokémon Go has taken off like few apps in recent memory. It offers plenty of benefits including opportunities to socialize and learn about local history. As is the case with most things, there can be challenges when dealing with such a sweeping phenomenon. Here are some considerations for your HOA.

Creating a Fair Living Space for Residents with Disabilities

Posted on Sunday August 21, 2016

Are you familiar with the term “fair living space”? If you’re not, you should be – it can have a profound effect on your community, your association and your residents. Here are some things to consider.

Plaster or Paint: Choosing the Best Way to Resurface Your Community Pool

Posted on Monday August 15, 2016

Your pool is a source of fun for all of your community’s residents. Yet when it comes time to resurface it, it can quickly feel like your wading in deep water. Read our tips from experts on the pros and cons of plaster and paint.

HOA Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

Summertime is swim time, and for the most part, it’s a full immersion into carefree fun. But without the right swimming pool safety practices, your residents could be at risk. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

More California Homebuyers Look for Community Amenities and Lifestyle Programs

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Homebuyers are motivated to buy a new home and move to a new community for a wide variety of reasons – perhaps a desire to downsize, upsize, relocate closer to family and friends, or enhance their quality of life.  But while those factors will always be important, there are two additional considerations many people find compelling – community amenities and programs for lifestyle communities. Read on for more details.

10 Steps to Create a Memorable HOA Event

Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

You’re planning an event for your homeowner (HOA) or community association. Congratulations! After the initial excitement comes the realization it’s time to start planning the event. These simple steps will help you achieve success, bring the community together and differentiate your community.

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