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Building a Community Residents are Proud to Call Home

Posted on Friday August 05, 2016

When you think about a great community you are likely to picture happy families, residents enjoying the amenities available to them, and buildings and neighborhoods that look pristine and well-kept. But creating, and more importantly maintaining, the kind of place that people love to call home takes a lot of hard work.

Master Associations and Subs-associations: Why it’s a Good Idea for the Same Property Management Company to Serve Both

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Master-planned communities are large-scale developments with a variety of amenities that clearly separate them from a standard housing subdivision. This can include a number of neighborhoods, sub-divisions and recreational facilities, such as parks, golf courses, lakes, bike paths and jogging trails, all falling under one umbrella community. The focus, not surprisingly, is on providing its residents with a certain level of convenience, lifestyle and quality of life. 

Association Elections Are as Important as Presidential Elections

Posted on Monday August 01, 2016

There are 9.4 million Floridians living in communities governed by a condominium or homeowners association (HOA), paying nearly $10 billion annually to maintain their communities.* These associations are under the direction of an elected board of volunteer homeowners who make decisions that affect all residents of the community. Association board actions have a direct effect on the value of a home, community reputation and overall resident quality of life — factors that influence the desirability of the neighborhood. Yet, while much attention focuses on who will be our next president, significantly less attention is spent by homeowners on elections that will directly impact where and how they live: the vote for HOA and condo association board members.

Avoid Maintenance Surprises with a Predictive Maintenance Schedule

Posted on Monday July 25, 2016

There is no way to avoid surprises when it comes to the maintenance of your community. And while preventative maintenance goes a long way in making sure your systems are keeping future problems at bay, many communities have started implementing predictive maintenance as well.

Five Ways to Provide a Fair Living Space

Posted on Friday July 22, 2016

Have you and your association given some thought to fair living space within your community? If not, then you should familiarize yourself with the concept because it can have a profound effect on your community.

Preparing a Budget that Works: Eight Easy Steps

Posted on Wednesday July 20, 2016

Preparing your association’s annual budget, while one of your responsibilities as a member of the Board, is probably not high on your list of favorites. And understandably so – the budgeting process can certainly be a major source of stress for anyone involved. The key, however, is to see the process as a valuable opportunity to not just ensure the financial well-being of your association and its homeowners, but also to plan for years to come. As effective association management depends on this financial tool, it’s important to follow some guidelines.

Board of Directors vs. Property Management Company: Who Does What?

Posted on Monday July 18, 2016

If you own property in a condominium or townhome development, or are a part of a single-family home community, chances are that your community is governed by an association. Whether it’s a homeowners association, commonly known as an HOA, condominium association or cooperative association, the one thing they have in common is that they are all led by a Board of Directors.

Is Installing PEV Charging Stations the Right Choice for Your Community?

Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2016

Electric cars are no longer a thing of the future. In fact, as discussed in our previous article, the number of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) on the road is quickly growing, which means the need for conveniently located battery charging stations is also on the rise. But what does this mean for your association?

Is Your Community Ready for Plug-In Electric Cars (PEVs) and Charging Stations?

Posted on Friday July 08, 2016

It’s hard to believe that the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt made their much-anticipated debut as the country’s first mass-market plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) more than five years ago. And in that time, nearly half a million people have jumped on the PEV bandwagon. But what does this mean for community associations?

Nine Simple Steps to Build Community Spirit

Posted on Tuesday July 05, 2016

If you ask any association board, they will tell you that they strive for a property of residents brimming with community spirit.  Why you ask? Because in the community management world, “spirit” typically translates into having pride in your community.  Promoting community spirit is not as daunting as it might seem. Though it may be the intangible thing that binds associations together, community spirit can be built in very tangible ways. A tightly knit community can be the product of following just a few simple steps.
 

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