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Radon 101: Helpful Tips to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

Posted on Thursday January 14, 2016

Quick, name a colorless, odorless, naturally-occurring gas that can be found in homes and buildings and pose a threat to our health and well-being. If you said “carbon monoxide,” you’re right. Now, can you name another?  If you had a bit of trouble coming up with “radon,” you’re not alone. Here is a basic overview of radon gas – what it is, where it’s found, its possible health effects and what you can do to protect your home and your family.

Leaving for Winter Vacation? Five Tips to Protect Your Home While You’re Away

Posted on Tuesday January 12, 2016

What’s your dream winter vacation?  According to recent statistics, when temperatures plunge, the four most popular vacation choices, in order, are beach vacations, sightseeing tours, casinos and ski trips.  But no matter whether you plan to pack your bathing suit, walking shoes, ski parka or lucky rabbit’s foot, there’s one thing that should always be part of your vacation planning – ensuring home protection while you’re away.

Happy New Year! Five Tips to Keep Your Pets Party-Safe

Posted on Wednesday December 30, 2015

For many people, New Year’s Eve is the biggest party of the year.  But before you pop that champagne cork or put on your best party hat, think about your four-legged friends – and how your gala plans may affect them.  Fireworks and other noisy celebrations make many pets scared and anxious, and sadly, many shelters report an increase in lost dogs and cats this time of year.

Who are My Neighbors? Six Tips for Making Friends During the Holidays

Posted on Monday December 28, 2015

For many of us, the holiday season can feel like a continuous run on a treadmill of work/shop/repeat – with a few parties and social engagements sprinkled in just to spice things up – and complicate your schedule.

Lifestyle Expert Previews Amenity Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Posted on Tuesday December 22, 2015

Location, location…amenities?  As we told you in a previous article, the desirability of a community’s lifestyle amenities is becoming highly influential in driving the purchasing decision for many homebuyers.  To rise to the challenge – and set themselves apart from the competition – many developers, builders and community associations are adding the next generation of amenities to their lifestyle communities, high-rises, condo buildings and other residential properties. And it’s working. By adding and/or updating their amenities to reflect evolving tastes, communities are effectively meeting the aspirations and demands – and enhancing the lifestyles – of potential and existing homeowners.

So You Want to Become a Property Manager or Community Association Manager

Posted on Wednesday December 09, 2015

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).    

Experts Say Community Amenities and Lifestyle Programs Drive Home Buying Decision

Posted on Wednesday December 02, 2015

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.  And when it comes to which new home and community to choose, there are nearly as many variables to consider, such as cost of living, location, layout and the quality of the community association and professional management company, to name a few.  But while those factors will always be important, there are two additional considerations that, for many people, are even more compelling – community amenities and programs for lifestyle communities.  

Vendor Management Tips to Help HOAs Get Great Results

Posted on Monday November 23, 2015

If you’re a community association Board member, you know that keeping your community running smoothly, operating effectively and looking aesthetically pleasing is a team effort.  And for most homeowners associations, that team consists of trusted vendors and service providers to help you get those jobs done – and get them done right.  But part of that process includes managing the vendors you’ve hired – and if your HOA has hired multiple vendors to provide a variety of services, it can be hard to juggle multiple contracts, timelines, payment obligations, contacts and other important details at the same time.  Need some help to keep all of those balls in the air?  Here are some tips to manage your community’s vendors more effectively – and get the results you’re looking for.  

Tips to Help Your HOA Winterize Your Community

Posted on Friday November 20, 2015

It’s that time of year again – there’s a noticeable nip in the air, trees are losing their leaves and stores are starting to display their holiday swag. That can only mean one thing – winter is right around the corner.  If your HOA is located in an area affected by wintry weather, we probably don’t need to remind you about last year’s Arctic-level freeze. Some of the coldest-ever temperatures were recorded in many parts of the country – and if you heed the predictions in the Old Farmer’s Almanac, you know that this year promises to be even more frigid. Is your community prepared to handle the upcoming chill?  Here are some tips to help your homeowners association winterize your community, no matter what surprises the season may bring. 

Four Things Your Association May Not Know About Community Insurance

Posted on Monday November 16, 2015

How much do you know about community association insurance?  Every community’s bylaws and declarations include requirements to provide homeowners association insurance coverage, and Board members have a fiduciary duty to protect the best interest of their HOA and owners.  Additionally, associations are under pressure to find the least expensive homeowners association insurance options available.  But there is a caveat – in community insurance, as in most things, buyer beware – not all policies are alike, and if you neglect certain types of coverage, you may end up paying a much higher price. 

 

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