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Factors For Developers To Consider When Choosing A Professional Community Management Organization

Factors For Developers To Consider When Choosing A Professional Community Management Organization

Finding the best qualified community management company is no easy feat. To help developers narrow the field, we’ve compiled a list of the top five questions you should ask each prospective candidate. How do you assist developers with community documents and budgetary issues? A community management company should alleviate the stress of dealing with budgets….

Community Curb Appeal

Community Curb Appeal

As a community matures, landscaping in older communities may show signs of aging. This is the time of year that many boards across the country are considering different ways to update and enhance their landscaping. It’s a good financial investment that can enhance the curb appeal, add direct value to individual residences, and increase the…

The Role of an HOA Board Member

The Role of an HOA Board Member

It’s that time of year again… new members have just been elected to serve on their Board of Directors. With this comes the election of officers and thus a new tone is set for the Association. Each new Board member brings a dynamic to the meeting that sets the tone for the operation of the…

Why A Reserve?

Why A Reserve?

Overseeing the community’s finances and developing budgets that enable the community to maintain and preserve market values of both the residential and common area property are important responsibilities of the association’s board of directors. A funding plan for the future repairs or replacement of major common area components (e.g. swimming pools, asphalt surfaces, concrete areas,…

Neighborhood Association: Why Neighborhoods Matter

Neighborhood Association: Why Neighborhoods Matter

Your neighborhood association can help build a community that connects people.  It helps provide safety and a sense of community.  Great neighborhood associations also empower people and encourage participation in community activities.  And, they provide a safe environment for children to socialize outside the family. A strong neighborhood provides the foundation for families and creates…

Spring Planning

Spring Planning

The weather in northern Illinois has been crazy.  The drought last year left many ponds very low or even dry.  Then we had ice cover on the lakes later in the spring than I have ever witnessed in 18 years of performing lake management work.  Then there was the recent flood.  Like they say if…

Helpful Tips When Preparing To Attend Board Meetings

Helpful Tips When Preparing To Attend Board Meetings

Every association has board meetings, and every resident of that association is allowed and welcome to attend these meetings, if there has been public notice (usually with a postcard or noted on the HOA’s website). All residents are not only encouraged to read the prior meeting’s approved minutes once available, they also should observe and…

How To Get The Most From Your HOA Management Company

How To Get The Most From Your HOA Management Company

An HOA management company can provide real value to board members and the neighborhood at-large.  But, the partnership needs to be managed properly to reap the best results. The following tips will help protect your HOA and build a positive relationship with your management company: If the board did the necessary due diligence during the…

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

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