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Winter Pipe Safety Measures

Posted on Thursday November 05, 2015

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.

Creating an Effective HOA Committee that Benefits Board Members

Posted on Wednesday November 04, 2015

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.

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

Posted on Tuesday November 03, 2015

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?

Bidding Process Simplification Tips for HOAs

Posted on Wednesday October 14, 2015

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? 

Tips to Help your Building Implement a No-Smoking Policy

Posted on Thursday October 08, 2015

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. 

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

Posted on Tuesday October 06, 2015

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. 

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Homeowners Association Prepare for Fall

Posted on Thursday October 01, 2015

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.

From Property Developer to HOA Leadership: The Importance of a Great Transition Team

Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2015

During the development period of a new community, there comes a time where the developer hands over the responsibilities of the HOA to the homeowners. We refer to this phase as the developer transition period. Depending on the association’s governing documents and Nevada law, the transition period generally happens once a certain percentage of homes have been conveyed to a buyer. This phase should be handled with care as it can have a big impact on the community and owners.

Board Meeting Basics for HOA Board Members

Posted on Friday September 11, 2015

Meetings involving people can get out-of-hand in a matter of minutes if there is no set agenda and/or guidance. In an HOA, board meetings are held frequently to discuss association matters and keep the membership in tune with the community. When you start to involve people of different personalities and backgrounds giving their two-cents on everything, meetings tend to get off topic and become unproductive. There are simple ways to avoid this.

Tips to Help Make Getting a Mortgage Easier

Posted on Wednesday September 09, 2015

Finding the home of your dreams can be very fulfilling. Being able to make the dream home become a reality can be challenging. First there is the hunt for the home, and then comes the financing. For those unable to front thousands of dollars to purchase a home in cash, obtaining financial support can be anything but easy.

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