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Effective HOA Board Communication: A How-To Guide

Posted on Wednesday January 25, 2017

Great communication is more than just weekly messages about events and new rules. The residents in your community association rely on consistent, clear information communicated from their board members and management associates. Consider these guidelines as a roadmap to great communication that will keep everyone on the same path.

The Importance of Having a Partner to Manage and Activate Community Amenities

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

Having a swimming pool, a fitness area, or a clubhouse for residents are perks that can make any community stand out. A good management company has people with many years of experience operating and maintaining these types of features, and they can offer many helpful ways for you to get the most for your community. Here are some ways your community can benefit from the experience of a community association management company, and make your job as a board member a little easier.

Successfully Implementing Your New Budget

Posted on Monday January 23, 2017

You’ve done all the homework. Crunched the numbers. Your reserve study is complete, your vendor agreements have been checked and your budget is done! Now what? There’s an entire process to creating the budget, followed by implementing it, and clear communication to homeowners, through every step of the process, is the best way to avoid problems.

Ten Building Security Tips

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

We are all concerned about safety. High Rise management companies and Board members, who have a responsibility to protect the common property, must pay particular attention to security at their properties. A secure condominium means a happier and safer community, and that is what is most important to owners and residents.

Four Communication Essentials of Good Community Management Companies

Posted on Thursday January 19, 2017

The foundation of any good relationship is communication. And that also holds true for HOAs and community management companies, regardless of whether we’re talking about a townhome community, high-rise or a master-planned community.

Seven Guidelines for Finding the Right Insurance for Your High-Rise

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016

Life in a high-rise building has a lot of advantages. Besides being convenient to energetic downtown cultural and business districts, high-rises offer great amenities, good security, and even personal concierge services. High-rises also have their own requirements and challenges when it comes to insurance, as well as other unique needs. Insurance must adequately cover the shared common areas such as lobbies, mail rooms and pool decks. Each owner must also have the right coverage for each individual unit.

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.

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