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Consider these eight principles when creating and enforcing new policy.

Posted on Tuesday October 25, 2016

Community association rules are put in place for the benefit of everyone who lives in the community. It’s not the easiest task to make rules for a diverse community! The most important factors in association policy making, regardless of the type of community association, are clarity and sensibility. The board must be united on the policy being created and then must communicate that policy clearly to all residents. No matter what the policy is about, the basic guidelines to successful policy making and compliance remain the same.
 

How to Find the Right Reserve Study Firm for Your Community

Posted on Monday October 03, 2016

Your reserve fund is what helps your association anticipate its future – and budget for it, too.  The reserve fund gives you the power to maintain the quality of your community by allowing for projects that are both necessary and expensive, including capital improvements such as a future roofing or paving project. Keep in mind that, in Maryland,  a community association’s annual budget is required to provide for reserves. Needless to say, establishing your reserve fund can be a complex task. You don’t have to go it alone -- you simply need a good reserve study firm to help. Check out our seven tips to finding the right reserve study firm for your community.

Plan Ahead to Make Back-to-School Easy on Everyone

Posted on Wednesday August 24, 2016

Summer is ending faster than we want it to – many schools in Maryland start at the end of August! As a parent, you know what back to school means. Not just a change in schedule, it’s a change in your whole world: making everyone get up in the morning after a summer of sleeping in, rushing out the door, speeding through homework, running back home for forgotten lunches, permission slips and gym clothes. A little organization and planning can go a long way toward making this time of year easier on everyone and minimizing back to school insanity for arranging your household to be more school-friendly, and your first day back will earn an A! 

Four Steps to Help Community Members Plan for Summer Vacation

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Summertime and the living is easy…  With gorgeous weather, a break from school until the end of August and lighter schedules for many, it’s the perfect chance to go to the beach, camping, on cruises and more. Whether you’re road tripping from Baltimore to Ocean City or the Jersey Shore, or hopping a plane across the country, summer vacation offers a breather for everyone.

While fun in the sun and sand might be on your mind, it’s just as important to think about the safety and security of the home you’ll be leaving behind. Whether you live in a high-rise or in a master-planned community, it’s important to know how to prepare your home for your trip. No matter where you live, here are some simple tips to help ensure your home is safe and well maintained while you are off enjoying the summer sun.

Eight Tips for Preparing a Workable Budget

Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

Preparing your association’s annual budget can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a negative experience. With a few pointers, you can take away some of the hassle and end up with a more workable budget in the process. Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you prepare an actionable budget for your association.

Part 2: Installing Charging Stations for Electric Cars in Your Maryland Community

Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2016

Electric cars are now a reality.  As we discussed in our previous article, the number of PEVs (plug-in electric vehicles) on the road has escalated. With the universal desire to protect the environment combined with Maryland’s new incentives aimed towards owners of PEVs, the number of future owners are estimated to further escalate. The Maryland state website offers information on multiple attractive incentives such as Federal Income Tax Credit, and rebates available for current and future consumers. With the escalation of demand on electric cars and its purchases in Maryland, this is a hot topic that needs to be addressed for many homeowners associations (HOAs), community associations and condo boards across the country.

Important Terms Every Maryland Community Association Member Should Know

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016

Congratulations! You’re now a board member of your Maryland community association. No doubt you’re finding it’s a position with new challenges – along with a language all its own.
 
Not to worry – here’s a list of terms you can learn to make your transition a lot easier. Before you know it, you’ll be speaking the language of homeowner associations (HOAs) like you’ve known it your whole life.

Part 1: Electric Cars and Charging Stations – Is Your MD HOA Ready?

Posted on Monday March 28, 2016

Many of your Maryland neighbors have already switched to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and the numbers are growing.  Why? Because PEVs, commonly known as “electric cars,” are budget-friendly and environmentally responsible – and that’s just for starters. Want to know more? Read on.

How to Effectively Market Your Building

Posted on Friday September 25, 2015

Are empty units hurting your building’s appeal?

Empty units can lead to security issues and a decreased building appeal. They can also create a negative feeling of disassociation among residents. That’s why it is so important to keep every unit occupied. But how do you keep units full on a consistent basis? The solution is to put real effort into marketing your building to attract new buyers. Not sure how to start? Here are some tips that will make marketing your building a breeze.

Michael Mendillo, Regional President of FirstService Residential, Mid-Atlantic, Inspires William Patterson University Students

Posted on Thursday April 09, 2015

Michael Mendillo, president of FirstService Residential's Mid-Atlantic region, returned to William Patterson University, his alma mater, to inspire students with real-life lessons about leadership and success.  

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