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Program Helps Homeowners Associations Reduce Water Use
Jul 19, 2016
Reducing water use goes beyond individual residential irrigation systems. Woodbury also has approximately 140 homeowners associations that use a significant amount of water for lawn irrigation.
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Master and Sub Associations - Benefits to Being Managed by the Same Property Management Company
May 26, 2016
Master-planned communities are found throughout Minnesota suburbs and are developments that integrate a variety of housing types divided into sub-communities (aka sub associations), but are under one larger community umbrella. Most of them incorporate townhomes or twin homes and single-family homes and, but can also include additional housing styles like condominiums and senior living facilities.
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Life in Minnesota - Tornado Tips
May 12, 2016
There’s no way to prevent a tornado. But you can be prepared for one. Minnesota tornado stats are pretty straightforward: Almost 75% of all tornadoes occur during the months of May (15%), June (37%) and July (25%). In fact, meteorologists have even tracked the most likely time for a twister to between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. On average, there are 27 tornadoes in Minnesota each year.
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Repairs and Maintenance vs Capital Expenditure: What's the Difference?
May 05, 2016
It’s no secret that association management is a big job. Across Minnesota, common areas require a lot of routine maintenance to uphold community standards – things like exterior light bulb replacements, landscaping and paint touch-ups. Depending on your townhome community, the scale of your amenities' needs will vary.
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From Developer Control to Resident Board: A Strong Transition Team Makes the Difference
Mar 30, 2016
A successful HOA (Homeowners Association) transition team will be concerned with more than a seamless handover of control. The transition team takes priority of setting up the new homeowners association for long term success. How well – or how poorly – the transition team handles the HOA transition from the developer stage can affect the community for many years to come.
Here’s a list of guidelines to keep your new homeowners association on track for success as it transitions from the developer to resident control.
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Keep Your Sanity and the Kids Happy with these Four Back to School Tips
Sep 08, 2015
Rushing out the door. Blasting through the homework. Carpooling to practice. Countless trips back to the house for forgotten backpacks, lunch, jackets, and hats. Sound familiar? Going back to school means more than a change in your schedule -- it’s a change in your whole reality.
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Smart Preventative Maintenance of Multi-Family Dwelling Drain Systems
May 19, 2014
"Out of sight, out of mind" is a dangerous philosophy for handling complicated building drain, storm, sewer, and ventilation systems. Learn about the importance of drain cleaning preventive maintenance in multifamily dwellings.
Six Organization Tips for Your Association’s Paperwork
Jan 01, 0001
Maintaining good records is essential to the critical functions of your homeowner association, and following a system of organization can streamline your operations by increasing efficiency, providing transparency and preserving a history of communication.
Grants for Community Excellence
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Building Great Communities
Jan 01, 0001
FirstService Residential Minnesota supports many local organizations through Grants for Community Excellence such as Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. In addition to providing financial support, teams of volunteers help build and renovate homes for qualifying individuals.