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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

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….

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