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Stop! Before Raising Association Fees, Try Cost Containment

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

No board wants to raise fees. But costs go up – or do they? Learn how cost containment can help keep your MD association fees from increasing. 

It’s Not Just Planning: Take Your High-rise Emergency Management to the Next Level

Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

Planning for emergencies is step one. Your board also needs to know how to manage those New Jersey high-rise emergencies when they happen.
 

Email Communication

Posted on Tuesday July 03, 2018

You may be unaware that you are opening up all of your emails to scrutiny. When using a personal or work email address to conduct association business, there is a potential liability involved.

Emergency Preparedness: What You Need to Know & How Your Management Company Can Help

Posted on Monday July 02, 2018

A good emergency plan is critical to the safety of your Pennsylvania high-rise residents and property. Learn how to create one and execute it today.

Difficult Residents: Good Communication Makes All the Difference

Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018

Every community has at least one. You know who they are: the squeaky wheels, the complainers, the busybodies. Difficult residents are a fact of community life. 

Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community Association

Posted on Tuesday April 03, 2018

Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes.  Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.

What Your Maryland Association Needs to Know About Service Dogs and Comfort Animals

Posted on Tuesday February 20, 2018

Service dogs and comfort animals help individuals with disabilities enjoy a greater quality of life. And it’s up to all of us – including condo associations – to ensure they have equal access to the amenities and services all of us should enjoy.

How Can My Association Fund Capital Improvements?

Posted on Thursday November 09, 2017

Nothing lasts forever…and when it comes time to replace your high-rise roof, community pool or to add new amenities, your association will need to determine how to pay for it. All of these things – significant repairs and replacements, as well as new construction – are considered capital improvements.

Easy Steps to Help Complete Your Next Association Budget

Posted on Monday July 31, 2017

Budgeting can be tough. It involves looking at priorities and the needs and wants of your community, the money coming in and going out and making it all balance. Crafting a responsible, effective budget is one of the primary ways that your Maryland community association board members fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities to the community. Planning ahead and knowing what’s expected will help make the process painless and smooth!

If Disaster Strikes, Is Your Community Association Covered?

Posted on Wednesday July 05, 2017

Mother Nature has quite the surprises to throw at us! Sometimes, there’s some notice and time to prepare. But often, there’s no warning at all. That’s why it is critical to the financial health of your community association that you have the correct insurance coverage in place. What can happen if your high-rise building or community association common areas aren’t properly covered? Unfortunately, nothing good. That's why it is important to make sure your Association is covered with insurance. 

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