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“Building Community” in Condominium and Homeowner Associations

  • 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…………….
  • How to Enjoy Life as a Member in Your Homeowners Association March 28, 2017 Whether you’re a resident of a homeowners association or a Board member looking for ways to encourage residents to get involved in their community, here are some great tips for being an active member of your Association and enjoying the place where you live.    Read the article…………..
  • The Board Member’s Toolbox for Building Community March 24, 2017 As a Board member, it can sometimes be easy to focus on the operational functions of managing an Association rather than the larger picture: creating a Community that Homeowners and residents love to live in. Vendors of all sorts must be hired and paid in a timely manner, mailings have to be prepared and sent, rules and regulations have to be enforced, Board meetings must be held, and the list of other tasks and situations that arise each day are ...
  • How to Improve Condo Association Culture for the Better March 23, 2017 Most people in a HOA or a Condo Association – if they are not indifferent – want to have a better Association. The internet is full of helpful articles and blogs that will help educate you on how to change your Condo and HOA. But there is an unfortunate challenge that faces every homeowner. Education is just one step of the process. If you want to improve Condo Association culture, it takes more than just education. You also need action, ...
  • Creating the right culture for your HOA March 16, 2017 Power over our own destinies is inherently circumscribed by the matryoshka dolls of governance that preside over our existence. From the complexities of international diplomacy to our national sociopolitical boondoggle to the more specific doctrines emanating from state houses and county buildings, we are subject to enormous levels of outside influence. Here in our fair valley, the homeowners’ association is the most local of our governments. In contradistinction to the remote authority exerted from Denver or Washington, HOA boards and ...
  • How to Handle Conflict: Try to be Neighborly March 14, 2017 Notwithstanding your best efforts and those of other members within the community, conflict is bound to happen. The key to resolving this conflict without the need for expensive attorneys or hateful battles is in how the conflict is addressed.  While trying to be neighborly within your community makes common sense, it is something that appears to have been lost in recent years. By making friends with your neighbors or at least having a civil speaking relationship with them, you can ...
  • Be neighborly — a simple kindness goes a long way March 2, 2017 It’s amazing the kindness that the gift of a quick and easy breakfast can convey.  After all, who doesn’t like a sausage biscuit, especially when it’s free?  That’s what members of the Valley North Homeowners Association discovered when they passed out complimentary sausage biscuits and bottles of water to 150 residents of Valley North subdivision in Jackson as they were heading off to work, school and other endeavors on Feb. 13.   Read the article……………..

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