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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!

Tips for Creating a Timely and Informative Community Newsletter

Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

Congratulations! You’ve been elected to the Board of your community association. You and your fellow members have some exciting ideas about ways to improve your community. And part of that is keeping your residents informed.  It should be easy for you to write and distribute a newsletter, right?  

How Developers Benefit by Partnering with Property Management Companies

Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Residential home builders and real estate developers must wear many hats while creating the buildings and communities so many of us call home.  Indeed, each project’s ultimate viability and marketability depend on how well every phase of development is planned and executed – ideally, with the highest levels of expertise, experience, cost-efficiency and professionalism. 

Energy Efficiency for Community Associations

Posted on Friday July 24, 2015

Should community associations implement energy efficiency measures?  Most Board members and residents think so, but making conservation a reality can be a challenge.  In a recent issue of Condo Management, FS Energy’s Chris Normandeau offers ways communities can take energy efficiency from principle to practice.  

Tips to Make Your Rooftop Rock

Posted on Thursday July 23, 2015

Enhancing the marketability of your high-rise property requires starting at the top – the rooftop, that is. By leveraging this space to offer creative and imaginative amenities, you’ll not only increase property values, but you’ll also provide a gathering place for residents to relax and connect. Great rooftop spaces also have a way of infusing more resort style living into your high-rise.

How Property Management Software Can Help Increase Personal Service

Posted on Tuesday July 21, 2015

Can cutting-edge property management software increase personalized customer service?  It’s not a trick question, at least when it comes to the property management industry.  

Tornado Preparation Tips to Help Keep Your Family Safe

Posted on Thursday July 16, 2015

We’re sure we don’t have to tell you that summertime is the best time of year for outdoor barbecues, ice cream sundaes and family vacations, but did you know it’s also peak season for tornadoes?  Tornadoes are considered nature’s fiercest storms, so it’s very important that you know how to be ready in case a raging – and possibly deadly -- twister comes barreling your way.


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