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What to Know in the Unlikely Event of a Mass Shooting in Your Building

It seems like a daily occurrence that we hear of a shooting on the news. These shootings can happen anywhere and at any time. This is why it is important for you to have set rules and safety measures so that you are prepared – because being prepared can save lives. And although it may seem like common sense, do you know what to do if there is an active shooter in your residential community or building?

Posted on Tuesday February 23, 2016 read more

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

Nearly 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. are electric. That means a half-million drivers can by-pass gas stations and significantly cut down on their carbon footprint.  With a steady growth in electric vehicle purchases since their reveal in 2010, a demand for charging stations exists to keep their environmentally-friendly vehicles running. Is your HOA properly equipped?

Posted on Monday February 22, 2016 read more

Tips to Help Your Homeowners’ Association Organize a Community Recycling Program

Saving the planet and saving money can go hand-in-hand. Not only does recycling cut down on air pollution and landfill space, but it can also help you conserve electricity and water– which means savings for your homeowners’ association. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?

Posted on Friday February 19, 2016 read more

Effective Tips to Enhance Your Building’s Lobby

For many buildings- commercial and residential- the lobby sets the first impression. You want it to be safe and functional, but also stunning and inviting. This space sets the tone for your high-rise, condominium or multi-family building, and should be a reflection of the residents’ lifestyle and of what the building has to offer.

Posted on Wednesday February 17, 2016 read more

Five Tips to Choose the Right Lifestyle Community to Meet Your Needs

Are you considering buying a home? You’ll soon discover that your options are much more ample than you may have expected, so you will need to narrow them down to avoid feeling overwhelmed. If you’re after something in particular, be it the amenities or age demographic, a lifestyle-focused community may be the place for you.

Posted on Friday February 05, 2016 read more

Simple Energy Conservation Steps to Benefit Your Community This Winter

Brrrr, it’s cold out there! Winter is definitely upon us, causing many of us to turn up the heat in our homes, community clubhouses, buildings and other amenities – but this increase in heat means an increase in utility bills. So how can you conserve energy while staying toasty this winter?

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016 read more

Radon 101: Helpful Tips to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

Harmful chemicals exist in the air we breathe and in the items we consume- they are everywhere. From carbon monoxide to asbestos, these harmful chemicals can be found in almost all of our surroundings. You regularly hear commercials and warnings about the popular asbestos and carbon monoxide, but very rarely- unless you are a biologist or an environmentalist- do you hear about radon.

Posted on Tuesday January 26, 2016 read more

Why Master and Sub-Associations Should be Managed by the Same Community Management Company

Some homeowners reside in a sub and master association and don’t even realize it. And when they do, they may find it difficult to keep things straight between what falls under the sub-association rather than the master. What is the amount of the assessments for each? When are they due? Who do I pay? Who is responsible for maintaining the community park? These are all questions that can become confusing when dealing with a sub and master association. To help relieve the confusion and provide a more harmonious operation of the HOA, it is beneficial to have one community management company serve the master and sub-associations.

Posted on Friday January 22, 2016 read more

Lifestyle Expert Previews Amenity Trends for 2016 and Beyond

With multiple large-scale communities being built across the valley, developers have to find their competitive edge. This is when they rely on amenities. Even though location is important, amenities can mean everything to the growing family. From community parks to swimming pools, amenities serve the purpose of providing the sense of an enhanced lifestyle to its residents.

Posted on Monday January 04, 2016 read more

Fire Safety Tips for High-Rise and Condo Buildings

Living in a high-rise or condo can be exciting and stress-free until a fire breaks out. Do you have an evacuation plan in place? With shared walls and floors, the risk of a fire breaking out from another area and spreading into yours is high.

Posted on Monday December 28, 2015 read more

Experts Say Community Amenities and Lifestyle Programs Drive Home Buying Decision

When searching through listings of homes or driving through newly built communities, you may already have a list of preferences to help you find that perfect home. Buying a home is a big investment and a decision that should not be taken lightly. You search for the house that has enough room for your growing family, ample closet and storage space, a yard large enough for your family pets, and a price tag within your budget. But what ultimately drives you to making that final decision?

Posted on Monday December 14, 2015 read more

Four Things Your Association May Not Know About Community Insurance

Insurance tends to be one of the most misunderstood necessities. We know we have it and that we need to have it, but we don’t necessarily know what all we have and what it means. From vehicle to home and from pet to life insurance, there is a mass amount of different products available. When it comes to HOAs that have structures, vendors providing services, homeowners volunteering to make decisions with their neighbors’ monies, and for some- direct employees, it is critical that the board makes sure that the association has proper insurance coverage at all times.

Posted on Wednesday December 09, 2015 read more

How to Choose the Right Community Banking Program

Investing your own funds is one thing, investing your neighbors’ funds is another. As a board member for your HOA, you are faced with many responsibilities, including the investment of the association’s funds. So it’s important to choose wisely.

Posted on Wednesday December 02, 2015 read more

Winter Pipe Safety Measures

Winter, the time for hot chocolate and a warm blanket by the fireplace. It brings the chilly weather conditions and even snow in some parts of Nevada. But we must not forget about the havoc that it can wreak on our homes if we do not prepare properly.

Posted on Thursday November 05, 2015 read more

Creating an Effective HOA Committee that Benefits Board Members

Serving on your HOA’s board of directors can be a very daunting task. You can always count on the meeting agenda to be loaded with items requiring decision and action. In between meetings, there is more association business that has to be taken care of. So what is the best way to stay on top of everything? This is where committees come in handy.

Posted on Wednesday November 04, 2015 read more

How HOAs Can Use a Social Media Strategy to Strengthen Community Engagement

These days, people turn to social media for a good majority of their needs. From connecting with long-lost friends and family members to sharing craft and home ideas, social media can serve as a hub of information and communication. So is this a road that your HOA should travel down?

Posted on Tuesday November 03, 2015 read more

Bidding Process Simplification Tips for HOAs

So you need to complete a project in your community, where do you start? You ask your community manager to obtain proposals from various vendors, and then what? The bidding process begins and you feel the pressure of making the right decision in price and reputable vendor. Did you receive apples to apples on the bids to put together a detailed project cost comparison? 

Posted on Wednesday October 14, 2015 read more

Tips to Help your Building Implement a No-Smoking Policy

You read it in the newspapers, more and more casinos and establishments are incorporating a “No-Smoking Policy” on their premises. We are all aware and reminded of the health dangers that come with smoking on a frequent basis. Whether it is directly inhaled or secondhand, the smoke affects our health and surroundings. The smell of tobacco smoke can take over a space, making it unpleasant for the occupants and affecting the aesthetics of the structure. 

Posted on Thursday October 08, 2015 read more

Annual Meetings and Special Meetings: FAQs for Homeowners Associations and Shareholders

Some may argue that HOAs are ran like businesses and in order to ensure the proper functioning, meetings are required to be held. From executive to regular and annual to special, these meetings are set to accomplish tasks that have an impact on the association. 

Posted on Tuesday October 06, 2015 read more

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Homeowners Association Prepare for Fall

Although it hardly feels like a season change in the Nevada desert, we will begin to experience some landscaping and amenity changes in our communities. From closing out the community pool and spa to increasing the landscape maintenance schedule for leaf debris and adjusting our clocks for Day Light Savings, our HOA members should be proactive in the handling of these items.

Posted on Thursday October 01, 2015 read more
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