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“Building Community” in Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • Legal & Liability Issues for Programs & Activities: Get Covered June 19, 2017 As more and more co-ops and condominium communities seek to attract residents, boards and managers have turned to attractive new programming opportunities for individuals and families. Whether it’s a rooftop Fourth of July party, a gardening workshop, or an off-site dining experience, there is no shortage of options to entertain and engage residents and shareholders. As these options grow, however, it is important to keep in mind the inherent risks and issues of liability that could easily be overlooked amidst ...
  • Community Gardens in Your HOA June 15, 2017 Community gardens are all the rage right now, and for good reason. Gardening offers people the chance to grow their own food and reap the rewards of hard work and diligence. But beyond that, a community garden offers a group of people the chance to come together and bond over a common interest.  If your community is considering a garden, here are three tips that make it a success!    Read the article………….
  • Summer is Prime Community Time June 15, 2017 One of the primary objectives of a community association board of directors is to facilitate and encourage a sense of connection within their physical community.  There are multiple ways a board can boost community, including using committees comprised of homeowners, utilizing a robust communication system that may include a website or monthly newsletter that keeps owners informed, planning community-wide events that allow for social interaction, and transparent board action that invites owner input.   Read the article…………..
  • Love Where You Live: Building Emotional Equity in Your Community June 7, 2017 When you’re leading a community, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks like scheduling maintenance, enforcing rules and creating budgets. But, when we only focus on work that’s in front of us, we forget why we do the work in the first place: to create a community where all residents love to live, which is what we call emotional equity.  Emotional equity is the feeling a community provides for its residents. It’s a sense of belonging, an ...
  • Neighborhoods reel in residents with full schedule of social events (TN) May 11, 2017 Durham Farms is one of a growing number of neighborhoods in the region where community events and the residents’ social calendar are professionally managed.  “I say I’m a cruise director without the water,” said Lacey Edwards, the lifestyle director for Durham Farms.  Residents have only begun moving into Durham Farms but Edwards has already coordinated events including an Oktoberfest party, cooking classes, holiday parties, health screenings and other activities while homeowners wait for their houses to be finished. She’s planning ...
  • Communities Are for Sharing — The Sharing Economy and Your HOA May 3, 2017 Sharing helps foster a sense of community, online or in your neighborhood. Today’s economy is all about sharing. The Internet and social media have changed the way marketing, networking, and friendships happen. It’s actually a brave, new world of sharing out there.   Read the article…………….
  • Keep community in the condo association (NH) April 28, 2017 A few things to think about as winter releases its grip.  If you are a large enough condominium association, say more than 10 units, you may want to explore as a board, or with your management company, the possibility of buying oil/propane/gas in bulk. If purchased in advance, usually in the summer months, it locks in a lower price, not just for association property such as a common area room, but for the individual unit’s owners as well. Retailers will ...
  • Get Involved in Your Community April 12, 2017 One of the first steps in making a difference is becoming involved in your community. Because association living is the most noticeable and accessible to most homeowners today, this community involvement will often begin with your association.  So how do you become involved in your community? One way to become involved in your association is to submit your name to serve as a volunteer board member for your association. The first step in this process is to review your association’s ...
  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...
  • There Goes the Neighborhood April 1, 2017 Originally conceived by John D. Rockefeller Jr., Forest Hill was designed as a vision of suburban unity. But vacant homes and nasty squabbles about how to save the historic community may be tearing it apart.    Read the article…………….

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