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How to Make Rules Without Making Enemies

Posted on Monday October 24, 2016

As a member of your community association’s Board of Directors, you know the importance of making rules. The key to association policy making, whether for a condo, townhome or master-planned community, is that rules are clear and sensible. Equally important is for the Board of Directors to be united on the policy at hand and then clearly communicate it to residents. Whether it’s a policy for overnight parking or amenity usage, the process for creating and enforcing it successfully is the same. 

Not Your Grandma’s Retirement Community: Today’s Active Adult Communities

Posted on Wednesday October 19, 2016

The last of the Baby Boomers, the largest generation in United States history, turns 55 in 2019. Their children are grown, they may be retired or scaling back on full-time work, and it’s their time in the sun. Literally. 

High-Rise Amenities: The Hottest Trends in 2017

Posted on Tuesday October 18, 2016

One of the many perks of high-rise living in the Sunshine State, beyond the location, is the long list of amenities that many Florida high-rises offer. In fact, amenities could very well be the deciding factor for many homebuyers. But the amenities landscape is ever-changing and what was desirable 30 years ago – like card rooms for poker games and bridge tournaments, and in the early days of the World Wide Web, business centers with online access – are no longer the hottest tickets in town. Today’s most popular amenities include yoga studios and children’s playrooms, all in an effort to stay relevant and meet the changing needs of high-rise residents. 

Four Simple Tips to Enhance Your Building’s Lobby

Posted on Tuesday October 11, 2016

We’re all familiar with the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And though the sentiment typically applies to people, the same rings true for places that have the power to make a lasting impression, such as the lobby of your building. 

Miami Beach Minimum Wage Increase Taking Effect January 1, 2018

Posted on Wednesday October 05, 2016

In June, the Miami Beach City Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to increase the city’s minimum living wage. The ordinance, which was first proposed by Mayor Philip Levine, will take effect on January 1, 2018. 

Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Rate Increase: What it Means for Florida Associations

Posted on Friday September 30, 2016

Earlier in the summer, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) announced a proposed 19.6% workers’ compensation rate increase, which had many Florida community associations concerned as they considered what this could mean for their labor costs.

Three Tips to Get Your Community’s Drone Rules Off the Ground

Posted on Monday September 26, 2016

Some of the hottest and fastest-evolving technologies in the world right now are related to drones. Drones are seen at big news events, concerts, political rallies and more – places where a “bird’s eye view” is desired. They are great for taking crowd shot photos, recording parades, mapping and surveying and much more. They are used by farmers, real estate agents, insurance adjustors, event promoters and others. Of course, they’re also popular with hobbyists who already love other remote-controlled aircraft. Drones also come with challenges. Keep these things in mind when considering the rules your association adopts regarding use of drones, whether by the association or by homeowners.

Five Simple Tips for Marketing Your Association

Posted on Wednesday September 21, 2016

Nothing says “healthy community” like full homes/units and bustling activity in the common areas. In fact, this downright screams “This is a great place to hang my hat” to potential buyers. And painting a pretty picture of a dynamic community takes minimal effort on the part of the board.

Ten Things You Can Expect from Your Property Management Company

Posted on Tuesday September 13, 2016

Deciding to hire a property management firm rarely comes easy, but with the changing times more and more Boards are finding it to be not only a wise decision, but the best decision, for all parties involved.

Don’t Pay More than Your Fair Share of Property Taxes

Posted on Friday September 09, 2016

Every August, the Office of the Property Appraiser mails a Notice of Proposed Property Taxes to all property owners. To ward against paying more than their fair share of taxes, property owners have the option to petition for an appeal. And condo owners have a unique opportunity where tax appeals are concerned. Florida law allows condominium association Boards to file a joint petition for property tax appeal to cover all units in the building.

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