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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.

Are You Handling Maintenance as Well as You Could Be?

Posted on Tuesday July 12, 2016

Maintenance can account for an average of 25% or more of your overall HOA expenditures. This includes landscaping, common area, and building components upkeep that you pay for on a regular basis as well as those surprise projects that sneak up on you. Most boards approach maintenance programs in one of three ways. Take a look at the different types below and see which one applies to you.

How Well Does Your Community Management Company Communicate?

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

How well does your community management company communicate? The answer to this question is at the heart of client satisfaction. A good community management company will engage you using a variety of tools and communication channels. Here are some ways your property management company should be connecting with you.

Selecting Your Reserve Study Firm: Seven Essential Steps

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016

Your reserve study gives you the power to maintain the quality of your community by allowing for projects that are both necessary and potentially expensive. Establishing this fund can get a little complex. But you don’t have to be a fortune teller to read the future of your association. You simply need a good reserve study firm to help. Here’s how you can find one.

11 Steps to Stronger HOA Finances

Posted on Tuesday June 07, 2016

So what’s the most important aspect of your community? Is it aesthetics? Sense of belonging? Neighbors knowing neighbors? Desirability to home buyers? All of those things matter but you won’t achieve too many of them if your community isn’t financially sound. Here are 11 tips on ways to keep your community on firm financial footing.

Strength Through Engagement: Three Ways Homeowners Can Get Involved

Posted on Wednesday June 01, 2016

A common trait among all successful homeowners associations is owner engagement. Membership in an association offers an opportunity to work with fellow homeowners to protect property values and enhance quality of life. Achieving these goals takes involvement. Here are some ways you can participate.

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