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Four Ways to Set Decoration Policies without Ruining the Holiday Party

Posted on Friday November 30, 2018

The holiday season is upon us, and nothing puts you in a festive like pulling your holiday decorations out of storage. Many people derive a sense of community and comfort from seeing familiar decorations at the same time each year.

 

Is Your Management Company a Good Communicator?

Posted on Friday November 16, 2018

Is good communication important to your property management company? Use this questionaire to find out.

How to Improve Communication in Your Association

Posted on Tuesday November 06, 2018

As a homeowner, you can do your part to make communication in your community association better. Find out how.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Board Communication

Posted on Monday October 22, 2018

Does your board know the secrets of effectively communicating with residents?

How to Communicate so HOA and Condo Residents Listen

Posted on Wednesday October 10, 2018

Are residents in your community always aware of upcoming events, construction projects and board meetings? Do they understand their responsibilities and the policies they need to comply with?

How to Protect Your HOA From a Cyberattack

Posted on Thursday August 30, 2018

You may not think that your homeowners association (HOA) is likely to be targeted by a computer hacker. After all, we usually hear about data breaches affecting large organizations, like the 2018 breach at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, that affected more than 60,000 people.

5 Ways to Make Sensible HOA Policies

Posted on Monday July 30, 2018

Rules and policies are a necessary part of life in a homeowners’ association (HOA). They help maintain order and keep the community attractive and strong. But if those rules go too far, aren’t enforced or are enforced inconsistently, they can wreak havoc on the association and create animosity among residents.
 

3 Insurance Facts Every HOA Board Should Know

Posted on Tuesday July 17, 2018

One of your main responsibilities as a board member is protecting the interests of your homeowners association (HOA). Getting the right insurance to cover your community’s needs at the best possible price is an important part of this fiduciary duty.

4 Tips to Improve How Your Board Communicates the HOA Budget

Posted on Friday June 29, 2018

Developing the annual budget for your homeowners association (HOA) is one of your board’s most important jobs. It requires hard work and often means making difficult decisions about spending. At times, homeowners may question some of those decisions or even vehemently disagree with them.
 

3 Ways Your HOA or Condo Association Can Fund Capital Improvements

Posted on Tuesday May 15, 2018

Sooner or later, every homeowners association (HOA) or condominium association has to invest in capital improvements. Whether that means installing a new heating and cooling system in your high-rise building, replacing the roof on your clubhouse or upgrading the equipment in your fitness center, you can’t overlook these long-term, big-ticket items. But what’s the best way for your association to pay for them?
 

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