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Try 3 Simple Energy Conservation Steps to Save Money This Winter

Posted on Monday November 05, 2018

Baby, it’s cold outside! For many people, shivery weather and shorter days aren’t the only things causing an icy chill. Energy takes a big bite out of everyone’s budget each winter.

Keep Your Annual Meeting From Derailing With These 5 Tricks

Posted on Tuesday October 23, 2018

Your annual meeting is your community association’s most well-attended meeting of the year. That’s no surprise since it’s where residents get the most insights about their community and have an opportunity to elect their board members. But the large turnout also means it’s the meeting most likely to get off track. Keep your meeting from getting derailed by using these 5 techniques.

5 Creative Ways to Create Revenue With Your Community Amenities

Posted on Monday October 15, 2018

It’s the typical budgeting dilemma for community association boards: How do you keep assessment fees manageable and still maintain the community’s operations?

Are You a Snowbird Heading South for the Winter? Learn How to Prepare Before Flying the Coop!

Posted on Tuesday October 09, 2018

Do you escape to warmer weather down south once there’s a chill in the air and the leaves start to turn? If you’re a snowbird (or Winter Texan!), you need to know how to protect your home up north while basking in the southern sunshine

Do You Understand What Your HOA Fees Are and What They Cover?

Posted on Monday October 01, 2018

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.

5 Ways to Encourage a Sense of (the Larger) Community in Your Association

Posted on Friday September 28, 2018

Your association doesn’t function in a vacuum. It’s part of a larger community. Having members actively engaged in your town or city is good for the association and adds to residents’ sense of community. Find out what your board can do to encourage residents to get more involved in their larger community.

Community Awareness: Protect Your Neighbors by Tuning Into Their Routines

Posted on Tuesday September 18, 2018

There’s a big difference between being a busybody and having a general awareness of your neighbors’ regular activities. Knowing their routines enables you to quickly realize when something is awry, especially for residents who live alone. And in a true emergency, that awareness could literally save a life.

The 7 Secrets to Combat Committee Chaos

Posted on Thursday September 13, 2018

Community committees are a great way to involve more residents in the activities of their homeowner association, help ensure the rules and regulations of the association are followed, and help lighten the workload of volunteer board members. Some common committees include beautification, architectural, landscaping and grievance committee. At their best, committees are finely tuned engines for getting things done in your community. When there is a breakdown or discord, they’re agents of confusion, wreaking havoc on progress and operating as the figurative wrecking balls for a few overbearing committee members.

How to Create a Lifestyle Program Your Residents Love

Posted on Friday August 31, 2018

Learn how your board can create a lifestyle program that your residents will want to come home to. A thriving lifestyle program will connect your residents and help build great relationships throughout the community.

How to Organize Events That Feed Your Association’s Community Spirit

Posted on Thursday August 16, 2018

Want your events to bring residents closer? Everyone loves a well-planned event, and the residents in your community association are no exception. Follow these tips for creating memorable events in your community association.

 

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