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  • Hurricane Season is Here: Have You Talked to Your Vendors?

    Your vendors are a critical part of your community’s emergency planning for any kind of hurricane or storm. Are you on the same page before, during and after a storm?
  • Slow and Steady: 5 Surprising Benefits of Raising Your Dues

    It’s that time of year again – budget season is upon us. You know the things to consider when creating your budget, but what drives your process? Are you focused on achieving a particular vision for your community? Avoiding conflict in the community? Solely looking to avoid increasing dues/contributions?
  • Planning Your High-Rise Maintenance and Capital Improvements

    Your association should never have to rely on a special assessment for a capital expense that could have been foreseen – or even prevented. Here are five tips to keep your Chicago high-rise condominium association's budget in the black and keep up with maintenance and capital improvements.
  • Avoid These 4 Condo and Co-op Board Member Mistakes

    Many condo and co-op board members make the same four mistakes. Find out what they are and what you should do instead
  • To Self-Manage or Not? How to Get the Best Property Management Service.

    Some self-managed associations believe they can't afford to hire a professional property management company to manage and maintain their community's operations, assets, finances, common areas and other day-to-day activities. However, as you'll learn in this article, a professional property management company is one thing many communities can't afford to be without.
  • Reasons Why You Should Use High Quality Vendors

    Choosing a vendor is a decision that should only be made once you're re sure you've done your research. Here's a list of reasons why it makes more sense to go with a top-level vendor...even if it costs a little more.
  • Squatter Laws: Getting Rid of Uninvited "Guests"

    While some surprises (birthday parties, a promotion or a new puppy) are good, many surprises such as a flat tire or an IRS audit are not. One particularly nasty surprise is finding out that someone has broken into your vacant property and moved in. Thankfully, during the last legislative session, new laws were passed to deal with “squatters” which allow you to (relatively) quickly and legally remove squatters from your property.
  • Having the Same Management Company for a Master Planned Community and Sub-Associations

    Master-planned communities are large-scale developments with a variety of amenities that clearly separate them from a standard housing subdivision. The focus is on providing its residents with a certain level of convenience, lifestyle and quality of life.
  • Four Tips for HOA Board Members to Avoid Common Mistakes

    We all make mistakes, it happens. Here are a few suggestions to help you avoid common board member missteps.
  • 11 Things About Community Association Management Every Board Should Know

    Choosing the right community association management company is one of the most important decisions a board will make. Know what you should expect from a qualified service provider!
  • Association Policy 101: Make Homeowner Association Rules Without Making Enemies

    As a board member you know the importance of making rules. The key to association policy making is that rules be clear, sensible and clearly communicated to residents.
  • Communication in an Emergency is Key to Hurricane Preparation and Rebuilding

    The strongest hurricane preparedness plan won’t be effective if you haven’t communicated it. Make sure that everyone knows what to do by following these important recommendations.
  • How to Establish HOA Board Member Succession in Your Florida Community

    Having a great board of directors to lead the way for a community association is vital to its future well-being. How can future board members be prepared to take the reins?
  • First Locally Transmitted Virus Case Confirmed for Zika in Florida

    In February, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency when cases of the Zika virus began to spread, impacting Florida.
  • CoStar-Deluge of Packages Has Apartment Landlords Scrambling for Options

    Apartment landlords and property managers are increasingly offering an amenity that’s become a necessity for some tenants, particularly during the holiday season: package delivery management.
  • How to Influence Public Policy

    Your association does great things for the residents of your community, but not everyone is aware of these benefits. Sometimes legislators tasked with creating policies and laws for communities, have little knowledge of their inner workings.
  • Five Reasons to Embrace Florida Board Education

    Board members benefit from taking continued education courses. Take a moment to read about the particular advantages that can be obtained.
  • How to Be an Effective Association Board Secretary

    Every board of directors needs a great secretary and is required, by law to maintain certain records. The secretary is responsible for maintaining those accurately, including meeting minutes, bylaws and membership records.
  • Hurricane Plans and Policies: Reduce Your Association’s Risk

    Hurricanes can bring tremendous physical destruction and financial ruin to a community association unless policies are put into place to prepare for the storms before they arrive, and to deal with the consequences afterwards. Every board whose association could possibly be impacted by a hurricane must have a hurricane preparedness policy to help maximize safety, minimize risk and ultimately, protect its operating budget too. And just as important as having a policy is communicating the policy to your residents.
  • Updating Your Community Emergency Preparedness Plan for Pandemics

    In the past, when planning for emergencies, a global pandemic was likely not on your list. While most board members did not anticipate a pandemic as something that needed a plan before COVID-19, it's now clear that communities need to develop a plan to address this and any future pandemics. Read on to learn how to build a community emergency preparedness plan with a possible resurgence of coronavirus and other potential pandemics in mind.
  • How Can I Protect My Home from a Wildfire?

    Wildfires continue to be a constant and deadly threat across North America, and the risk intensifies with soaring annual temperatures, strong winds and severe drought conditions. More than 78,000 wildfires scorch over 12.4 million acres across the United States and Canada each year. Fanned by high winds and feeding on parched grass, trees and shrubs for tinder, these fires put thousands of homes at risk each year, or destroy them outright.
  • How to Host an Annual Meeting Your Homeowners Will WANT to Attend

    Annual meetings don't have to be boring! Learn how your community association board can entice your homeowners into attending with easy tips.
  • Property management duties: How your management company can make staff changes easier

    Sooner or later, most community associations face some kind of management change. If your community has a great manager, you probably want them to stay forever. But how realistic is that?
  • How to prepare for floods in your high-rise building

    Floods are one of the most common types of natural disasters. They can also be the most detrimental for high-rise buildings. The nature of these buildings makes them particularly vulnerable to flooding caused by severe storms.
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