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Tips to Help your Building Implement a No-Smoking Policy

Posted on Tuesday September 22, 2015

The dangers of smoking and secondhand smoke are well known, and tobacco use is now the leading cause of disease and preventable death in the United States. But smoking doesn’t just impact our personal health – it also affects the buildings we live in, potentially increasing the risks of fire and property damage, raising insurance costs, increasing legal liability and more. In addition, property management companies, condominium associations and property owners often field complaints from homeowners about how smoking doesn’t just affect their health and safety, but also their lifestyle – issues like secondhand smoke drifting into their units, increased litter and fire hazards from discarded cigarette butts, smelly and unsightly ashtrays ruining the aesthetics of common areas, and more.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Rental Restrictions

Posted on Saturday September 19, 2015

It’s an issue that every board faces sooner or later: how many renters should our association allow in our community? 

From Property Developer to HOA Leadership: The Importance of a Great Transition Team

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

During the lifecycle of every managed community, there comes a time when the community’s property developer transfers control of the homeowners association to its duly elected owner-controlled HOA Board.  That very important stage is known as the transition, and it’s not always easy – and usually takes an entire team to make sure it’s done correctly.  

How to Hire the Best Property Management Company

Posted on Tuesday September 15, 2015

Here’s the good news: hiring the right property management company is going to make your life as an HOA Board Member much easier. On the flip side: there is no shortage of property management firms to choose from, so selecting the best fit for your community association is going to take a little bit of work. 

Board Meeting Basics for HOA Board Members

Posted on Thursday September 10, 2015

Quick, what springs to mind when you hear the word “meetings?” Love them or hate them, if you’re a homeowners association (HOA) board member, you know that meetings are an essential part of community association governance. What some people don’t realize is that community associations operate as businesses, so they must hold regular meetings of their officers and shareholders–in this case, board members and homeowners.

Tips to Help Make Getting a Mortgage Easier

Posted on Friday September 04, 2015

Congratulations! After weeks of house hunting, you finally found the perfect home for your family, complete with a convenient location, lots of great amenities, a well-run HOA and an asking price that fits your budget. Time to break out the bubbly and toast your good fortune, right? Not so fast. Before you pop the cork, you’ve got one more hurdle to overcome – getting a mortgage loan.

Bidding Process Simplification Tips for HOAs

Posted on Tuesday September 01, 2015

Picture this: your homeowners association has a big job that needs to be done, so you’ve got to find a qualified contractor to do it. How do you manage your vendor selection process to make sure you find the best one to fill your needs? 

How Defining HOA Leaders’ Rights and Responsibilities Creates Happy Communities

Posted on Tuesday August 25, 2015

Ready for more happiness? Last week, we described how when residents understand their rights and responsibilities, it goes a long way to creating a happy community.  Well, in our never-ending quest to build and enhance community happiness, we’re back with Part 2 for homeowners association leaders.  Here’s the scoop – when Board members (and property managers, if the community is professionally managed) have a thorough understanding of their rights and responsibilities, it helps to create an inviting community that is effectively managed, well-maintained and pretty darn happy.  

How Defining Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities Creates Happy HOA Communities

Posted on Friday August 21, 2015

Is your community happy?  It’s pretty easy to tell if you’re living in a community that is beautiful, harmonious, properly managed and well, happy. But what actually creates a happy HOA community?  It may seem like a complicated formula, but it all boils down to this:  a clear understanding by both community residents and homeowners association leadership of their rights and responsibilities – and each other’s.

How to Plan Successful Community Events

Posted on Friday August 14, 2015

What’s a great way for homeowners associations to bring residents together, create a sense of community pride and encourage social, cohesive, we’re-all-part-of-the-same team atmosphere? Plan community events!

 

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