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Summer Green Tips for Your Community

Summer Green Tips for Your Community

Is your association a green community?  There are approximately 300,000 community associations in the United States, representing more than 20 million homes. If each of our community associations encouraged their owners to take some minor steps to conserve energy, the impact would be substantial. If we start with the common areas of a community and initiate some of…

Things to Consider When Hiring Contractors

Things to Consider When Hiring Contractors

Community associations have varied needs for services based on their size and nature that require outside vendors to be hired for specific projects such as repainting of a clubhouse or ongoing services such as common area landscape maintenance services. It is important that board members keep the following points in mind when selecting vendors for…

Partner With Your Community Association Manager

Partner With Your Community Association Manager

More and more community associations are asked to spend time and energy juggling a number of projects. This tactic not only makes it more difficult for projects to be completed, but could be perceived as a sign of a disorganized Board. This makes both homeowners and board members frustrated. A good Community Association Manager (CAM)…

Four Home Maintenance Mistakes You Should Never Make

Four Home Maintenance Mistakes You Should Never Make

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get from fixing up your own home. Whether you’re repairing damaged molding or upgrading your kitchen to a newer look, home improvement can be very rewarding when the job is done. At MSI, maintenance is what we do every day. We’ve seen it all, from sheet rock repairs to large…

Homeowner Association Tips for New Homeowners

Homeowner Association Tips for New Homeowners

The following homeowner association tips will help first-time buyers take advantage of all the benefits the HOA has to offer: Tip #1 – To ensure they make an informed decision, homeowners need to educate themselves

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…

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