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Active Adult Communities – Tips to Help you Choose the Right One to Meet Your Needs

Posted on Wednesday November 11, 2015

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 76.4 million baby boomers were born between the years 1946 – 1964 – and in a few years, they’ll all be 55 or older. With their vibrant lifestyles and dedication to health and fitness, today’s active adults are more dynamic and full of life than any generation that preceded them – so dynamic, in fact, that many are choosing to move into communities that better fit their lifestyles. And no matter whether they’re looking to downsize or live large, enjoy retirement or move closer to work, soak up the warmth in a resort-like setting or go cosmopolitan and move to a big city, many people 55 and over are finding what they’re looking for in active adult communities.

How to Choose the Right Community Banking Program

Posted on Thursday November 05, 2015

Board members have a fiduciary duty to protect the financial interests of both their homeowners association and fellow residents – and that includes ensuring that their HOA’s operating and reserve funds are properly managed, invested and protected.  

Hiring Vendors? Legal Issues for HOAs to Consider

Posted on Monday November 02, 2015

Your Board of Directors oversees the many day-to-day tasks required to operate and maintain your community… but they can’t do it alone. Over the course of the year, your homeowners association will hire vendors to provide a variety of services to keep your community running smoothly, such as exterior painting, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, tree trimming, equipment repair, exterminating, pool maintenance, street repair, and more. And then there are capital improvements, unforeseen events or emergency repairs — yeah, you’ll need vendors to take care of those, too.

How HOAs Can Use a Social Media Strategy to Strengthen Community Engagement

Posted on Wednesday October 28, 2015

Social media can be a phenomenal marketing and communications tool for your homeowners association and community – a great way to inform residents, build relationships, keep them connected and strengthen their loyalty.  But what may be surprising is that using it effectively involves a whole lot of social media strategy. 

Scary Fun: Halloween Safety Tips for Your Family and Community

Posted on Thursday October 22, 2015

October 31 is quickly approaching, and little ghosts, ghouls and goblins are no doubt already thinking about the candy windfalls to come. But before your children and their friends haunt your homeowners association shouting “trick or treat,” it’s essential to take precautions to keep everyone safe.

Why Career Changers Should Consider Property Management Careers

Posted on Wednesday October 21, 2015

Okay, so you’re unhappy with your job responsibilities, salary, industry, advancement potential or anything else, and you’ve decided to change your career.  That decision may not have been an easy one – or maybe it was – but the upside is a chance to transition to a more rewarding position, profession and industry… or maybe all three.  

Creating an Effective HOA Committee that Benefits Board Members

Posted on Tuesday October 13, 2015

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.

Winter Pipe Safety Measures

Posted on Saturday October 10, 2015

So winter’s coming...and you’ve got a watchful eye on driveways, roofs and other essential areas. But don’t forget about one of the most freeze-sensitive parts of your buildings and systems: pipes.

12 Tips for Efficient Community Construction Project Management

Posted on Monday October 05, 2015

So your homeowners association is going to undertake a construction or improvement project for your community. That can be exciting – and more than a little daunting, too. The construction project management process can be fraught with complications and frustrations – after all, with so many moving pieces, there are a number of things that can go wrong.  To smooth your way, you can consult with an experienced property management company to obtain proven guidance and advice.  But to get started, we’ve put together a dozen pointers to help your community construction project build towards success.  

News You Can Use: Flash Flood Guidelines and Tips to Keep Your Family Safe

Posted on Friday October 02, 2015

In many parts of the country, flash flood watches and/or flash flood warnings are often issued during torrential downpours, especially in hurricane-prone and/or low-lying areas.

 

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