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Community Property Management, How it helps your HOA

Community Property Management, How it helps your HOA

Home owners associations are an integral part of maintaining your residential community. HOA’s assist residents in all aspects of community living. From making sure that all essential dues are paid to hiring the best contractors to keep the community in order, HOA’s insure that the residential community is safe and secure for all residents. HOA’s…

20 Quick Ways to Cut Costs in Your Community

20 Quick Ways to Cut Costs in Your Community

If delinquencies and bad debt have created severe cash-flow challenges in your association, you’re likely looking for new ways to balance your budget. Today’s rising costs of goods and services make this task particularly challenging, especially when residents are vocal in their desire for lower assessment fees. One of the first steps you can take…

5 Tips for Preventing Problems on Your Next Community Project

5 Tips for Preventing Problems on Your Next Community Project

Negotiating contracts with vendors is rarely an easy process. Because many people are involved — some who aren’t familiar with your community — misunderstandings are common. But there are some simple steps you can take to ensure negotiations on your next community project run smoothly. Have your board create a subcommittee. By forming a subcommittee,…

10 Tips To Keep In Mind When You With Your HOA

10 Tips To Keep In Mind When You With Your HOA

10 Tips To Keep In Mind When You With Your HOA How you view a homeowners association is going to depend on what you have heard and what you believe. Some people think that homeowners associations are the best thing to happen because they provide services that you would normally have to do yourself and…

What Goes in the Board of Directors Manual?

What Goes in the Board of Directors Manual?

What Goes in the Board of Directors Manual? The Board Manual: An Orientation and Resource Tool The foundation of a committed, knowledgeable, and effective board is orientation and education. As an essential companion to orientation and education, every organization should have a thorough, easy-to-use manual that board members can use throughout their terms. A board…

Emergency Preparedness …are you ready?

Emergency Preparedness …are you ready?

Recent events in San Diego County have rekindled the discussion of emergency preparedness. A fire in a downtown high-rise and a mistake in the management of San Diego’s electric grid left buildings without power. The 7.2 earthquake in Mexico was felt by most San Diegans and caused some minor problems, including the temporary shutdown of…

Annual Inspections of Association Assets

Annual Inspections of Association Assets

If your Community is less than ten years old, there is a good chance that your Governing Documents require an inspection of all Association assets at one-year or three-year intervals.  The purpose of the inspection is to find out if the Association Property is being maintained at a level sufficient enough to allow the assets…

Are Your Association’s Funds Protected?

Are Your Association’s Funds Protected?

By: Craig Koss, AMS®, PCAM® Regional Vice President, Associa – Ann Arbor, MI Many of us use our computer to order products from Amazon, to pay our electric bill and to manage our bank accounts. Online commerce has grown exponentially over the past few years, but with the improvement in convenience and efficiency comes risk….

Finding the Best (Not Necessarily the Cheapest) Management Company

Finding the Best (Not Necessarily the Cheapest) Management Company

By:  Robert Elks President, Select Community Services – Chantilly, VA Recently I was speaking with a vendor of an association to whom we submitted a management proposal about a year ago. This association had chosen a management company that was the lowest bidder. (Obviously, my company did not win the job.) This association’s board did…

Governing By Representation

Governing By Representation

Community associations are a representative form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people. Much of our country is based on the principles of representative democracy. It starts with organizations like community associations and progresses through our schools boards, city governments, county governments, state governments—all the way to the federal government….

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