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Effective Tips to Enhance Your Building’s Lobby

Posted on Wednesday February 17, 2016

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.

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

Posted on Friday February 05, 2016

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.

Simple Energy Conservation Steps to Benefit Your Community This Winter

Posted on Wednesday February 03, 2016

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?

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

Posted on Tuesday January 26, 2016

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.

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

Posted on Friday January 22, 2016

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.

Lifestyle Expert Previews Amenity Trends for 2016 and Beyond

Posted on Monday January 04, 2016

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.

Fire Safety Tips for High-Rise and Condo Buildings

Posted on Monday December 28, 2015

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.

Experts Say Community Amenities and Lifestyle Programs Drive Home Buying Decision

Posted on Monday December 14, 2015

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?

Four Things Your Association May Not Know About Community Insurance

Posted on Wednesday December 09, 2015

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.

How to Choose the Right Community Banking Program

Posted on Wednesday December 02, 2015

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.

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