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Stop! Before Raising Association Fees, Try Cost Containment

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

No board wants to raise fees. But costs go up – or do they? Learn how cost containment can help keep your DE HOA fees from increasing. 

Email Communication

Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

You may be unaware that you are opening up all of your emails to scrutiny. When using a personal or work email address to conduct association business, there is a potential liability involved.

Difficult Residents: Good Communication Makes All the Difference

Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018

Every community has at least one. You know who they are: the squeaky wheels, the complainers, the busybodies. Difficult residents are a fact of community life. 

Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community Association

Posted on Tuesday April 03, 2018

Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes.  Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.

How Can My Association Fund Capital Improvements?

Posted on Thursday November 09, 2017

Nothing lasts forever…and when it comes time to replace your high-rise roof, community pool or to add new amenities, your association will need to determine how to pay for it. All of these things – significant repairs and replacements, as well as new construction – are considered capital improvements.

What Should My Association Board Look for in a Management Company?

Posted on Monday October 30, 2017

As part of your responsibility to preserve, protect and enhance your community association, you may choose to bring in a professional property management company. Professional management can provide a depth of resources that you may not have access to otherwise, can help you optimize your budget while improving your residents’ lifestyles and more. 

Choosing a New Management Company: Look for a Team Approach

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017

What should you look for in a prospective community association management company to help avoid a rough transition? How can your association avoid financial missteps and pitfalls when switching from one management company to another? Make sure that the management company you are considering has the resources you need in every aspect. Transitioning to a new company is simply too large a task for one manager to handle!  A team approach is the best way for a professional community association management company to handle a transition. 

How Should You Enable Board Member Succession?

Posted on Monday June 19, 2017

Thriving business organizations plan for succession. It’s built into their corporate strategy – team members with potential are identified early on, and then groomed for the leadership positions they’ll someday hold. 

The Best Service from Your Management Team Starts Before You Ask

Posted on Monday June 05, 2017

You want your community association management company to respond when you need them. Shouldn’t a good management company be able to foresee some of your association’s needs and meet them before you ask? That’s the principle at the heart of proactive service, when emergencies are prevented rather than responded to. The best service is proactive, but its very nature – preventing problems before they arise – means that it can be hard to spot. So how do you know that your community association management company is being proactive on your behalf? Read on for some ways you can tell if your management company is behaving proactively.

Resale Packages In Delaware: Why They Are Important to Home Buyers and Sellers

Posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017

For most people, buying a home is the largest investment they make. We all know there’s a lot of paperwork that comes with buying a home, and although it can seem overwhelming, that paperwork is vital for the protection of the buyer, the seller and the community in which the home is located. If you are buying or selling a home in managed community, a resale package is a critical part of that. What is a resale package and why is it important? How do you get one and when do you need it? We sat down with our Director of Resale to get the answers to these and other important questions.

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