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12 Tips for Efficient Community Construction Project Management

Posted on Wednesday May 18, 2016

When you’re undergoing a construction or improvement project in your community, there’s one thing you don’t want to build: frustration. And yet that’s so often the result – a large construction initiative comprises many different moving parts, with multiple pitfalls and opportunities for things to go wrong. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Talking the Talk: Communication Between Communities and Community Management Companies

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016

The success of any relationship depends on one thing: communication. Same goes for the relationship between homeowners’ associations (HOAs) and their community management company.

A Fresh Approach to Community Preventative Maintenance

Posted on Tuesday May 10, 2016

You should take pride in your community and the amenities it has to offer- a clean clubhouse, lush common area landscaping, crystal clear pool, or any other amenity that makes your community feel like home. Chances are, though, they don’t take care of themselves. Instead of waiting for something to go wrong, we have some recommendations to keep everything running smoothly and less impactful on your association’s budget.

Important Terms All Association Members Should Know

Posted on Monday May 09, 2016

More and more homeowners are purchasing homes in an HOA. During their purchase process, they receive important documents from the homeowners' association and may understand that they will be responsible to pay assessments, but do they know why? Within these documents are the explanations for the majority of the questions that they may have when it comes to their HOA. In this article, we highlight and explain the important terms that all association members should know.

Checklist for a Pain-Free Move

Posted on Friday May 06, 2016

We know that moving to a new home is a lot of work. Whether you are moving to a new community or just down the street, it’s a fun and exciting time- but seldom an easy transition.

What to Consider When Filling an HOA Board Vacancy

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Sometimes, an unforeseen event will occur and your homeowners’ association will be left with a vacant seat on the board. Depending on the number of seats on your board, you may or may not need to fill that position immediately. Also, you will need to refer to your association’s governing documents for the proper protocol in filling that seat. What would the term limit of the new board member be? Do you need to notify your association’s membership about the vacancy and go through the entire election process again? Will you need to wait until the next annual election? Is your board ready and capable to fill this vacancy? We can help!

How Your HOA Can Make Your Community Pet Friendly

Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Do you have a lot of pet owners in your community? Does your community offer areas for these pets to play or walk on leashes? We’ve seen a growing trend in pet owners, and because of that, a growing demand in more pet friendly homeowners’ associations. There are a lot of benefits to owning a pet. As far as communities go, pets serve as a great way to get your residents to socialize with each other – and by providing a pet friendly community, you enhance the living for not only your residents, but their furry little friends too.

Community Management 101: Top Tips for Board Members

Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

Being a board member for your community or homeowners’ association is a big responsibility and can seem a little daunting. Not only are you responsible for your residents, but you want to leave your community in a better position by the end of your term – after all, that’s one of the main reasons for becoming an HOA board member.

The Seven Most Essential Financial Best Practices for Your HOA

Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016

One of the most important cornerstones of your community is your homeowner association’s financial stability. Without a strong focus on finances, your association will not be able to keep your community looking aesthetically pleasing and the amenities up-to-date.

How to Create the Right Board Member Dynamics for Your HOA

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016

Strength can derive from diversity. That especially applies when it comes to an HOA board of directors. Having multiple points of view can lead to problem solving and dynamic thinking, but it can also lead to clashing personalities.

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