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The Four Fundamentals of Effective Community Landscaping

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016

Landscaping makes an immediate statement about the brand of your community. The right landscaping can set your community apart from others and enhance property values. Here our four landscaping considerations.

Avoiding the Four Most Common Mistakes HOA Board Members Make

Posted on Monday November 21, 2016

As a board member you invest your time, talent and passion to make decisions for the betterment of your community. While we all strive for perfection in our roles, mistakes are bound to happen. A good community association management company works closely with thousands of board members and has seen it all. Here are four common mistakes and suggestions on avoiding them.

Seven Tips for Creating Your HOA Budget

Posted on Monday October 24, 2016

Creating your HOA budget involves many considerations. It’s not simply a month-to-month accounting for expenses. Ideally, it’s a both a short-term and long-term blueprint for sustained financial health. Here are some tips to consider.

Nine Tips for Managing Short-term Rentals in Your Community

Posted on Wednesday October 05, 2016

The holiday travel season is right around the corner. Will the Airbnb®, VRBO® and HomeAway® short-term rental trend affect your HOA? Read our nine tips for managing short-term rentals and be prepared.

What It Takes to Make a Great Community

Posted on Tuesday September 27, 2016

Good community living looks easy. People are smiling. Residents are enjoying amenities. And the neighborhood or building looks amazing. But behind all this, there’s a lot of hard work. Who is responsible for creating the kind of place people love to call home? How does it all come together? Let’s take a look at the essential elements that need to come together to create a great community.

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.

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