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How to Become a Community Association Manager
Apr 28, 2022
What did you want to be when you grew up? Like many children, you may have dreamed of becoming a doctor, teacher, firefighter, pilot, basketball player, ballerina or policeman. Maybe you wanted to be a movie actor, astronaut, rock star or even the president. But we’re guessing there are a few professions that probably didn’t make your short list… property manager or community association manager (CAM).
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Examples of HOA Committees and Their Responsibilities
Apr 27, 2022
Success by committee – you may have heard the expression, but do you know how homeowners association committees can help Board members achieve success? Let's start with the basics, a committee definition: an HOA committee is comprised of homeowners who analyze issues and help make recommendations to help reduce Board members’ responsibilities.
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Why Master and Sub-Associations Should be Managed by the Same Property Management Company
Apr 26, 2022
Master-planned communities are large developments that integrate a variety of neighborhoods, sub-divisions, recreational facilities and amenities under one community umbrella, with a focus on lifestyle, convenience and quality of life. Most master-planned communities offer homebuyers a range of residential options suited to different life stages and price points, from single-family homes to townhomes to condominiums to apartments. These residences are often located in distinct neighborhoods within the community, and may be developed by multiple builders.
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Do's, Don'ts & Best Practices: HOA Communications Policy
Mar 16, 2022
Implementing new policies within a community can be challenging, but when a board communicates effectively and gives residents a plan that outlines the necessity, process and benefits of a policy, they can avoid a lot of issues and get buy-in, too.
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Nine HOA Guidelines for a Successful Community
Feb 21, 2022
If you volunteer your services to your homeowners association, you know there are many rewards – but also, quite a few challenges. There are residents with individual demands and concerns and Board members who may have difficulty agreeing. There is also the critical need to carefully develop – and adhere to – a strict budget. And that’s just the beginning.
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Assessment Basics: What are HOA Fees?
Feb 18, 2022
Congratulations! You just bought a new home and it';s perfect for your family – just the right size and condition and in a location and neighborhood to meet your needs. Your new home is part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), so the landscaping, entrance and common areas always look beautiful and well-maintained.
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Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members
Feb 17, 2022
Becoming a board member is a great way to engage with your neighbors and create positive changes in your community. But sometimes, new volunteers have little to no experience and must learn the community's rules, the board’s responsibilities and the demands of their roles as they go
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What You Need to Know about HOA CC&Rs
Feb 17, 2022
As part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), you’ve probably heard the phrase “CC&Rs” tossed around quite a bit. For a lot of us, the term is just a cluster of letters with no concrete meaning. But the truth is that CC&Rs can have a real impact on how you live. Let’s take a look at CC&Rs – what they mean, why they matter, and how they affect you.
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How to Choose the Best Property Management Company - 10 Questions You Need to Ask Today
Feb 01, 2022
How do you determine which property management company will provide you with the best service? Here are 10 questions that you should ask when consulting with property or homeowner association (HOA) management companies to help you make the important decision.
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Establishing HOA Rules and Regulations
Nov 04, 2021
Establish HOA rules and regulations by navigating governing documents and resolutions to create beneficial rules for your community and residents.
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Effective Training: The Development of a Successful Property Manager
Jul 26, 2021
A property manager’s role is a unique one; it requires answering the needs of residents,
while supporting the association’s board and working to ensure your community’s operational success.
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Association Special Assessments: How to Avoid Them
May 21, 2021
For board members, special assessments are typically unwelcome necessities. They are primarily needed because reserves have been underfunded and must be supplemented to pay for large capital projects such as replacing roofs or mechanical equipment.