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How to Choose the Right Lifestyle Community for Your Needs

Posted on Friday December 16, 2016

Thinking about buying a new home in a lifestyle high-rise or lifestyle community? You’re far from alone! Lifestyle communities are becoming one of the fastest growing sectors in today’s housing market. If you’re interested in considering a lifestyle community but don’t know where to begin, you’re in luck. We’ve put together five of the most common considerations that go into choosing the right lifestyle community for you.

Five Factors to Consider When Hiring a Property Management Company

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016

Partnering with a property management company is a big step that will have a decisive impact on your community for years to come. Before making this decision, make sure you and your Board have done the research and are confident that the company you choose is the best one to meet your community’s needs. Read on for five things to consider when deciding which property management company is right for you and your association.

Seven Tips for Getting the Right Insurance for Your High-Rise

Posted on Friday November 25, 2016

High-rises are hotter than ever! The amenities, convenience, security, access to exciting downtown cultural and business centers and even concierge services have made vertical living more appealing than ever. Of course, a complex high-rise has its, well, complexities, too, and one of those is insurance. Multiple residences require their own policies and the shared common spaces also require coverage. If you are a high-rise Board member, resident or property owner looking for the peace of mind that insurance is meant to provide, make sure you have the correct coverage for your needs. Follow our guidelines to ensure that you are properly insured.

High-Rise and Condo Fire Safety Tips

Posted on Friday November 18, 2016

A lot of people fall in love with vertical living for the combination of sweeping views, convenience, on-site amenities and attentive service. There’s nothing like it! High-rises do come with their own challenges, and chief among them is fire safety. If you live in a high-rise or condo building, do you know how to prepare your family for a fire? Do you know what to do if a fire breaks out?  Here are four Fire Safety Tips from the experts at National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Setting Holiday Décor Standards Without Being a Scrooge

Posted on Wednesday November 16, 2016

It can be tough to balance festive and tasteful, being spirited and going overboard, when it comes to holiday décor. People decorate for holidays all year-round. How much is too much? Setting policies for holiday decorating will help maintain peace and goodwill for all within your association.

Five Tips for Creating a Preventative Maintenance Plan for your Condo

Posted on Thursday November 10, 2016

The benefits of having a preventative maintenance plan are many: detecting a problem before a critical failure, anticipating repairs and replacements, and most importantly, extending the life of almost every asset in your community. Designing and executing a comprehensive plan for preventative maintenance must be a top priority for your building. 

The Making of Effective Committee Members

Posted on Monday November 07, 2016

Have you ever considered joining a committee in your homeowners’ or condo association? If so, you may want to delve more deeply into the possibilities – after all, committee involvement can be a valuable experience in many ways. First and foremost, joining a committee is a great way to help your association while learning more about the issues affecting your community. Serving on a committee also allows you to work collaboratively with other residents and truly get to know your neighbors.

Resolving Disputes with Mediation and Arbitration

Posted on Thursday November 03, 2016

In an ideal world, all parties in a homeowners’ or condo association would always agree and work well together. In the real world, however, disagreements and disputes are a fact of life. Oftentimes, the parties involved are able to settle their differences on their own through open and honest discussion or negotiation. In the best case scenario, this is done in a civil way and both parties reach a resolution that not only resolves the issue but also prevents it from escalating. 

Tips to Increase Homeowner Participation and Build Stronger Communities

Posted on Tuesday November 01, 2016

The decision to purchase a new home is never an easy one, and when that purchase is within a deed-restricted community or building, the word “association” is often front and center. The important thing to remember is that membership in your association, whether community association or condo association, is an added bonus to homeownership. An association is comprised of fellow, likeminded homeowners and stakeholders who, like you, want to protect the community’s property values, enhance the quality of life of its residents and make it a desirable place to live.

Tips and Tricks to Help Your Community Go Smoke-Free

Posted on Thursday October 27, 2016

As a society, we are very aware of the dangers posed by smoking and secondhand smoke. Tobacco use is the leading cause of disease and preventable death in the United States. But smoking doesn’t just impact our health; it also affects the buildings and homes we live in – from potentially increasing the risk of fire and property damage to raising insurance costs and legal liability. Ask around and most property managers will tell you that they often field complaints from homeowners about their smoking neighbors, and those complaints aren’t just about their health and safety, but about their lifestyle. 

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