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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.

The Facts About Radon and What Exposure Can Mean for You and Your Family

Posted on Thursday September 08, 2016

If you asked most people to name a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring gas, often found in homes and buildings, that can pose a threat to our health and well-being, they are likely to say carbon monoxide. And they would be right. But could those same people name another?  Most would fail to come up with radon, and yet it poses a similar risk. Below is a basic overview of what radon is, where it’s found, its risks and how you can protect your home and your family from it. 

Public Policy Strategies for Associations

Posted on Friday September 02, 2016

As a member of your association Board, you know that your association does great things for the residents of your community. But not everyone is aware of the benefits of associations. Sometimes the very legislators and decision makers that are tasked with creating policies and laws directly affecting communities and associations have very little knowledge of their inner workings.

Factors That Will Shape Association Living in the Next Two Decades

Posted on Thursday August 25, 2016

If you’re a Board member, chances are that you have a pretty good idea of what the future holds for your association – more than likely because you were part of that planning process. But what about the issues that pop up and are out of your control? How will you address them when they arise? And what type of influence will they have on the strategies you and your fellow Board members have developed to ensure your community is a great place to live?

The Deadline for Fire Sprinkler Retrofitting is Fast Approaching. Is Your Condominium Ready?

Posted on Friday August 19, 2016

As the deadline for Florida condominiums to opt out of fire sprinkler retrofitting draws near, confusion surrounding the issue continues to grow. Questions of the statute’s applicability to all condominiums as opposed to just high-rise condominiums (buildings in excess of 75 feet in height) continue to arise and many are saying it’s a matter of interpretation.

The Future of Community Management in Florida

Posted on Wednesday August 10, 2016

The profession of community management is relatively young, only going back about 50 years. In that short time, however, it has made significant strides, as have the communities who benefit from having professional, skilled teams managing their property.

First Locally Transmitted Zika Virus Cases Confirmed in Florida

Posted on Monday August 08, 2016

In early February, the World Health Organization declared “a public health emergency of international concern” when cases of the Zika virus began to spread through Latin America and the Caribbean. Before long, the virus arrived in Florida, which came as no surprise given the abundance of travelers from Zika-prone countries who frequent the Sunshine State and the high volume of mosquitoes that call Florida home.

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