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How Your HOA Can Make Your Community Pet Friendly

Posted on Friday April 22, 2016

Before deciding that pet amenities are right for your community, find out if your residents even want them. How many residents actually have pets? Will most residents be willing to appropriate space and money for these amenities? Depending on your unique needs, constraints, and level of interest, here are five suggestions for making your community more pet-friendly.

Airbnb & Short-Term Rentals: How to Reduce Risks to Multi-Family Buildings and Residents

Posted on Monday April 04, 2016

The sharing economy continues to grow, and this, in turn, is fueling the proliferation of home-sharing websites like Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway.  In our previous article on this growing trend, we discussed how the interest in short-term rentals is impacting multi-family buildings throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Now we’re back with a game plan to help your condo board or strata council protect its interests. 

Engaged Homeowners, Stronger Communities – Three Ways to Get Involved

Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016

When you purchase a home or unit within a deed-restricted community or building, your new residence comes complete with an added bonus – membership in your association.  Whether your association is an HOA, community association or condo association, it’s comprised of fellow homeowners and stakeholders who, like you, want to protect the community’s property values, enhance its quality of life and make it a desirable place to live, both now and in the future.But an association can’t achieve these goals without homeowner involvement – after all, how can you have a say in what happens in your community if you don’t participate?

Community Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration

Posted on Friday March 25, 2016

While it’s always best that all parties in an HOA, community association, condo association or other deed-restricted community agree and cooperate, it’s a fact of life that conflicts or disputes may arise.  In many cases, the parties can settle their differences amicably and directly through frank and open discussion or negotiation. In other instances you may need mediation or arbitration to find a resolution.

Want to Start a Neighborhood Watch Program? Here are Some Important Considerations

Posted on Monday March 21, 2016

Neighborhood Watch programs can provide significant benefits to communities – after all, they boost community awareness, communication and involvement, while reducing opportunities for neighborhood crimes to occur.  But if you’re interested in getting started, there are many important factors to consider.  Here’s an overview.

Top Qualities of an Effective HOA or Community Association Committee Member

Posted on Thursday March 17, 2016

Have you ever considered joining an HOA, condo, cooperative or community association committee?  If so, you may want to delve deeper into the possibilities – after all, being part of a committee can be a valuable experience in many ways.  You can share your expertise, learn about an issue affecting your building or community and gain governance experience – a boon if you’d like to become a community leader.  In addition, you can work collaboratively with a team, conduct research, meet with subject matter experts, get to know your neighbors and make a difference for your fellow homeowners.

How the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Impacts HOA Assessments

Posted on Wednesday March 09, 2016

Nobody likes to see prices go up for things they want or need, whether it’s a plane ticket, a quart of milk or even a college degree.  But as we all know, rising inflation often leads to rising costs – and that can impact the budget assessments set each year by homeowners associations (HOAs) or community associations. If your community is professionally managed, consult with your property management company for more information – a quality firm will be able to leverage its budgeting and financial experience to provide guidance.  But to get you started, we’ve compiled some information about the Consumer Price Index – what it is and what you need to consider before you get started.

Transitioning to a New Property Management Company – What Your Association Can Expect

Posted on Friday March 04, 2016

So your association has decided to switch to a new property management company or managing agent – perhaps your relationship has gone south or you were seeking a company or team better suited to providing the service, value, products, and/or experience your building or community needs.  You may be wondering what happens when you transition from old to new management.  We want to help.  While each association and property management company has its own unique needs and operating procedures, here’s a basic overview of what you can expect.

Why Your Condo or High-Rise Needs a Great Front Desk Team

Posted on Thursday March 03, 2016

Your front desk staff is the “face” of your building – the first point of contact for homeowners and guests.  As a result, each members plays a crucial role in creating your building’s image, as well as shaping the perceptions and experiences of everyone who enters.  Consequently, when a resident or visitor walks through the front door – whether it’s their first time or hundredth – the reception and greeting they receive and the way they are treated can significantly impact their entire experience.

Online Resources to Get to Know Your Community and Neighbors

Posted on Monday February 29, 2016

The Internet is exploding with social networking sites and websites designed to educate and connect people, whether they’re across the street or across the globe. Strong networks create safer communities and more rewarding living experiences, but with our busy schedules and time constraints, it’s not always easy to become acclimated and involved. Fortunately, there are websites and online tools expressly designed for this purpose – facilitating everything from helping you obtain community information, discover local businesses, organizations and service providers, build connections and friendships with neighbors, become active in your local community and much more.  We’ve provided an overview to get you started.


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