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Association Management 101: Best Practices for Board Members

Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016

If you are an HOA or community association board member, the task in front of you might seem a little overwhelming.  Consider the following 10 helpful hints for new and current board members to help make your term fruitful, rewarding and, most of all, effective. Use these tips to become a trusted, reliable member of your community.

HOA Annual Meetings and Special Meetings FAQs

Posted on Thursday May 19, 2016

Meetings serve an important oversight function in developing and maintaining well-run homeowners associations. Confusion can occur in why meetings are called, the types of meetings and the requirements. Read our annual and special meetings FAQs for more details.

The Art of Amenity Planning Drives Differentiation in Competitive Markets

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016

There is little doubt the amenities offered in a community can play a significant role in a homebuyer’s decision. However, the old adage of “build it and they will come” doesn’t necessarily apply. In fact, strategic planning of the right amenities is crucial. Read on for details.

Want to Start a Neighborhood Watch? Consider this.

Posted on Monday May 16, 2016

Is your building or community considering establishing a Neighborhood Watch program? These crime watch programs – joint efforts between homeowners and local police departments – are gaining traction in many communities by helping to deter unusual or criminal behavior. Here are some tips to consider.

Top Qualities of an Effective HOA or Community Association Committee Member

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016

Have you ever considered joining an HOA, condo, cooperative or community association committee?  If so, you may want to delve deeper into the possibilities – after all, being part of a committee can be a valuable experience in many ways.  Here are some tips on being an effective committee member.

Tips for Keeping Homeowners Engaged in Your Community Association

Posted on Wednesday May 11, 2016

Regardless of the size of your community, or where it’s located, there is always one thing that every community association board and committee needs: resident volunteers. However, volunteers are often a scarce resource. Here are some tips to combat apathy.

Resolving Community Conflict: Internal Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration

Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2016

Conflict is a fact of life and one homeowner associations must navigate. How the association and members deal with issues that arise is important. In most cases, solutions can be found before it escalates. This articles discusses Internal Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration.

How HOA Leaders Create Happy Communities

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Association leadership plays an important role in creating harmonious communities. This applies to board members and community management professionals to work in partnership. Here are seven steps to a happy community.

How to Enjoy HOA Living

Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Living in a homeowners association has many benefits. But what about all those rules? Yes, they might seem restrictive at first glance but they protect your interests, investment, and quality of life. Read this article on HOA living for more information.

Five Ways to Enhance Your Community Association’s Brand

Posted on Thursday April 14, 2016

Have you ever thought about your community association’s brand and the effect it has on your investment? It’s important and can have a significant impact on attracting new owners and property values. Here are some best practices to help your community stand out.

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