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The Sweet Smells Of Selling Your Home

The Sweet Smells Of Selling Your Home

So your house is on the market and you’re ready to make a dynamic first impression on potential buyers. Besides ensuring that your house looks and feels inviting, making sure it smells pleasant can help generate interest during showings. While traditional wisdom suggests that freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies will add a homey and enticing scent…

Urban Associations Turn to Private Sector for Security

Urban Associations Turn to Private Sector for Security

A disturbing new trend is emerging in urban community associations across the nation. As municipal governments in many American cities are struggling with budget and personnel cuts, crime is on the rise. In cities such as Oakland, Detroit, and Atlanta, upper-class communities are turning to the private sector to provide their security and protect their most

Denver Water Plans to Implement Drought Restrictions

Denver Water Plans to Implement Drought Restrictions

Denver Water has declared a Stage 2 drought, effective April 1, which means customers may water no more than two days a week, and must follow a set schedule. Despite recent snows in parts of Colorado, most of the state is in the second year of a severe drought that’s not getting better. The drought…

Due Diligence and Living Happily Ever After

Due Diligence and Living Happily Ever After

We hear the term “Due Diligence” used in many different contexts, but what does it mean? According to Merriam Webster, it is the care that a reasonable person exercises to avoid harm to other persons or their property. A common transaction where this term is used is in the purchasing of a home. While many…

4 Tips for Collecting Assessments in a Down Economy

4 Tips for Collecting Assessments in a Down Economy

A down economy is no fun. Not for you, not for your neighbor, and certainly not for your Homeowners Association. Homeowner delinquencies and HOA operating costs are both on the rise, creating a perfect storm for collecting assessments. We’ve put together a list of 4 tips that should help. 1. Take control Many HOA boards leave…

Effective Community Management

Effective Community Management

Like in other industries, the workforce in the community management industry is rapidly changing. Take the HOA manager for example:  the stereotype is someone who sits at board meetings, finding delight in firing off violation letters about someone’s car is sitting in an “unauthorized” parking zone. While those individuals do exist, it’s far from reality….

The HOA Election is Over, So What’s Next?

The HOA Election is Over, So What’s Next?

The ballots have been counted and the new board has been chosen.  Immediately following the board member acceptance of their new Board of Directors positions, it’s time for business. Immediate Decisions The first step is immediate – the community manager officially opens the organizational meeting, allowing the board members an opportunity to choose who will…

What is the Purpose of a Committee?

What is the Purpose of a Committee?

Members of an association often have tasks that require more in-depth study by a small group. That’s where a committee comes in. A committee is a body of persons delegated to consider, investigate and take action on tasks that require a small deliberative assembly. Although most homeowners association committees are advisory in their functioning, they…

Community Rules and Policies

Community Rules and Policies

One of the most important tasks in managing a homeowners association is the enforcement of  use and deed restrictions, and making sure that the owners and residents are complying with the standards of the community.  There are key elements to be followed by the homeowners’ association as well as the owners. The trend in most…

Board Member Education

Board Member Education

If you are a new member of your community association board of directors, you are in for an educational experience.  Among the many subjects that you will deal with are architectural review, contracting, communication, meeting conduct, insurance, financial reports and taxes. Most new members of community association boards of directors do not have a broad…

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