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  • What Is An HOA Fee? And What Does Your HOA Fee Cover?

    Congratulations! You just bought a new home and it’s perfect for your family – just the right size, condition, location and neighborhood to meet your needs. Your new home is part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), which means you will pay HOA fees. What is an HOA fee? What do they pay for?
  • High-Rise Holidays: Staff Appreciation Bonuses

    For some communities, the end of the year is a time to pass on the spirit of giving to its staff.
  • 2020 HOA Budget Trends: What Has Changed?

    Have HOA budgets changed in 2020? Find out what 7 trends have shaped association budget planning this year.
  • Is HOA Alignment a Unicorn? 3 Boards Share What It Takes

    How do you tackle alignment as a group of diverse individuals with unique values? Find out what real board members from successful HOAs are doing differently.
  • Budgeting for Your Future: Nine Steps to Make Your HOA Dollars Count

    Another budget season is here once again, and that means that the boards of homeowners associations are busy planning, analyzing—and grinding their teeth. We know that developing your HOA’s annual budget is not an easy task. However, with the guidance offered in the following nine steps, you’ll be able to get through the process more easily—and without needing to visit your dentist.
  • Financial Health Tips for Your HOA

    Maintaining your HOA’s financial health—just like maintaining your personal health—boils down to moderation and good decision making. Eating one deep-fried blooming onion every once in a while isn’t a problem. Eating three or four several times a week is. Keep your HOA financially fit with these four "health" tips.
  • 5 Surprising Reasons to Raise Your HOA Assessments

    If your main concern is to avoid increasing assessments, you may want to reconsider. As a board member, one of your primary fiduciary responsibilities is to protect property values, and assessments are an investment that helps do just that.
  • Your HOA Board and Coronavirus: 5 Questions to Discuss

    How should your HOA board handle a pandemic like COVID-19? Start by tackling these 5 questions
  • Reserve Funds: HOA Budgeting Tips to Improve Your Returns

    Are you getting the best returns on your reserve funds? Most Arizona board members aren't sure. Find out six ways to improve your association's reserve fund returns, like creating an HOA investment policy.
  • How Do You Manage HOA Reserves During a Crisis?

    It’s vital to prepare for the future and take steps to protect your association reserve funds. Here are 3 ways to manage reserves during a crisis.
  • Seven High-Rise Insurance Tips for Associations and Unit Owners

    Many people who live in cities like Phoenix and Scottsdale appreciate the rewards that come with living in a high-rise building. Some of the unique advantages include great amenities, security and even concierge services. High-rise buildings are also unique when it comes to insurance coverage. Besides the individual policies that unit owners need to have, the building and common areas must be covered as well.
  • The Seven Rules of Successful HOA Budgeting

    Do you dread preparing your HOA’s annual budget as much as you dread stepping outside of your Arizona home on a summer afternoon? You’re not alone. For many HOA boards, it’s their least-favorite task. But look at it this way: You’re making sure that your HOA remains financially stable, and that’s an important job.
  • 3 Strategies to Keep HOA Assessments Stable and Add Value

    There are often valid reasons to raise assessments, but in some cases, you may want to take a different route. Here are three cost-saving strategies.
  • How to Communicate: What Your Board Should Know and Do

    You want your community association to be successful. All board members do. You know that means watching the finances carefully and maintaining the property. But do you think about effective board communication as an ingredient in your recipe for success? It is!
  • An Ounce of Prevention

    Like changing the oil in your car, regular maintenance on a building helps keeps everything working properly and safely. For stratas, some tasks are not optional, they are mandatory.
  • Building Security Tips for the Holiday Season

    Security risks increase exponentially during the holiday seasons for high-rise buildings. Many residents travel for the holidays, move to warmer weather during the winter months, or have an influx of guests and family members in and out. These factors make it easy for intruders to make it into the building, especially if there are no procedures in place to track the many people and deliveries in and out of the building.
  • Calm in a Crisis - Emergency Preparedness Plan

    A strata management company never wants to find itself in the midst of an emergency, but it can happen anytime and anywhere. Whether you face an outbreak of illness, earthquake, or a flood, the impact of any devastating event can be minimized if your council has prepared for it. No doubt, your council meetings are already chock full of agenda items, but it’s important to make emergency preparedness planning a priority.
  • The Importance of Homeowners Insurance

    Up to 60 percent of strata home owners in the Greater Vancouver Regional District lack insurance. A good policy will protect your biggest asset and help you keep your head above water.
  • Customer Care: 7 Ways Your Management Company Should “Answer the Call"

    If your community is managed by a strata management company, you probably have an after-hours number you can call for urgent issues. But what if you simply want to take care of day-to-day strata business? “People don’t operate in normal business hours anymore,” says Rolando Hernandez, national customer care director at FirstService Residential. “Residents and council members need to be able to take care of strata business how and when it’s convenient for them.”
  • Effective Communication During Social Distancing

    We will all need a measure of patience as we navigate changes related to the pandemic. Communications may move at a pace that’s different than we’re used to. As always, the best policy is to assume positive intentions from others, listen carefully and respond professionally.
  • Four Ways to Set Decoration Policies without Ruining the Holiday Party

    Lights, candles and wreaths, oh my! The most decorated season of the year is arriving, with celebrations from many cultures and faiths coinciding in the next few months. For condo communities, the desire to deck the halls can clash with the rules of the corporation. Follow these tips to maintain a festive community without décor running amok.
  • Getting Your Strata’s Spring Cleaning Started

    As strata managers begin their inspection, they note the necessary repairs for winter damage as they make their rounds through the community.
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