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Do You Know How to Pay for Capital Improvements?

Posted on Friday March 30, 2018

There’s a new high-rise going up around the corner. You get their brochure and read that it’s going to have the latest in luxury amenities, energy efficient fixtures, an infinity pool and charging spaces for electric vehicles. Looking around, you realize that your beloved high-rise may need a little updating to keep up with the Joneses. That means capital improvements.

How Can My Community Plan and Execute Capital Improvement Projects?

Posted on Friday March 02, 2018

Nothing lasts forever. That includes elements of your community infrastructure, from pool pumps and front gates to boilers and air conditioning units. Replacement of any of these items, or adding new features to your property, is considered a capital improvement because that work increases the value of the property. Capital improvements shouldn’t be undertaken lightly or on impulse.

Landscape Basics: Getting the Most Out of Your Landscape Design

Posted on Monday February 26, 2018

Trees are an essential and invaluable part of the environment. Not only do they provide us with oxygen to survive and improve air quality, they also add character to landscaping and can increase curb appeal and property values.

How Good Policy Enforcement Can Improve Your Community

Posted on Tuesday January 02, 2018

Your board took the time to create a vision for your community. You’ve gotten buy-in from your residents and crafted policies that support it. Now, how do you enforce those policies to ensure that the vision is supported?  

Does My Community Need a Clear Vision to Drive Policies and Compliance?

Posted on Friday December 08, 2017

As a board member, you want your community to grow and thrive. Having a vision for your community – the aesthetics of it, its brand reputation, the lifestyle services it offers and amenities it provides – is critical to its long-term growth and health. A well-crafted vision will transcend board and resident turnover and keep your community on track by helping your board craft the policies and procedures to support it. 

Add More Comfort and Joy to Your Holiday Season

Posted on Monday November 20, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. but that time can come with a lot of stress!  Don’t don your Scrooge hat just yet. Whether you live in a Buckhead high-rise or a Lake Lanier active adult community, it’s easy to infuse your entire community with some holiday spirit! We’ve also collected some guidelines to help make the holidays sweeter for others and to manage holiday décor in diverse communities. Everyone loves a party, and we’ve got some tips to make planning yours easier. When the work is shared, it’s easier for everyone to enjoy happy holidays.  

Too Many Packages? How Your High-Rise Can Manage the Holiday Rush

Posted on Thursday November 02, 2017

The holidays are almost here!  Online shopping has become a common way to find the perfect gift while saving time and money, and avoiding having to fight the crowds at the mall, all from the comfort of your couch. The biggest concern people have with online shopping is, of course, wondering, “Will it get there on time? Will it get there safely?”

How Can Our Association Board Avoid Common Mistakes?

Posted on Monday September 18, 2017

It takes dedication and commitment to your community to want to run for the board of your association. You want to help your community grow and thrive. Even the best-intentioned board members can make mistakes. Being forewarned is being forearmed. The mistakes that board members make the most often are ones that can be addressed quickly, or even avoided completely! Read on for some of the most common pitfalls and how to handle them. 

How Can We Establish Board Member Succession in Our Community?

Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

A critical part of a successful corporate strategy is to plan for the future and think about succession: Who will lead down the road? Who has the ability and willingness to step up when the time comes? To make sure a solid plan for succession is established, team members who have the potential to lead are identified and then groomed for future, higher-level positions. 

The Best Association Board Treasurers Have These Qualities

Posted on Thursday September 07, 2017

Your community association board members have a lot of responsibilities and serve many leadership functions. One of the most important responsibilities the board has is to maintain the financial health and stability of the association, and that falls largely on the board treasurer. Although the entire board makes decisions about budgeting, investments and other money matters, it often falls on the treasurer to analyze and understand financial statements, and explain them to the rest of the board. 

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