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Effectively Befriending Neighboring Condo Associations

All of life is about neighbors. In a Condo Association, it is important that within your building you are building networks of like-minded Owners and generally being a good neighbor. In our urban and suburban world, even buildings have neighbors.

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The Kindness of Strangers (NY)

With lone elevator out of service, neighbors come to the aid of stranded Queens seniors.  There are many ways for co-op and condo boards to minimize inconvenience when an elevator in a multi-elevator building has to be shut down for

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Ways to Help Make Your Homeowners Association Community Better

Your homeowners association has a lot going on, and that includes a range of upcoming social events as well several important ongoing projects.  The HOA board may also find that the website needs updating, there’s always room for another article

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Keeping Your Community on Track During the Holiday Season

Holidays can be a lot of fun when you live in a planned community, condo or co-op. But when you are on your association’s board of directors, they can also be a lot of work. You have to make sure

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Residents give Sugar Creek neighborhood its heart (SC)

Sugar Creek is far more than its mature trees and traditional homes. The community thrives because residents join together for fun and purpose, and in doing so, they give the neighborhood its heart.  Kevin Keilman serves as president of the

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Live in an HOA? Hosting Thanksgiving? Remember these things…

First off, you’re welcome for this little list of helpful reminders about hosting Thanksgiving at your home that’s in an HOA. We know you are busy brining, basting, baking, mashing, mixing, cleaning, and whatever else it is you have to

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Condo residents bonding over charity (WA)

Responding to the homeless crisis facing the city, several First Hill Plaza residents have formed a committee to provide support to local service organizations. The hope is that residents in neighboring buildings are inspired to do the same.  “It all

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Fun and Unique Social Events the HOA Can Plan

The best way to create a community in your condo association is to make the residents feel like a community. There are myriad ways to do this, but one of the best is to plan a fun and inclusive social

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Tips from an HOA Board for a Safe Halloween in Your Association

Halloween is a kid’s delight. It’s a blast to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties and most of all, eat a lot of candy. At the same time, Halloween can be scary for parents. Costumes can be dangerous,

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Raising a Family in a High-Rise – How Communities are Making it Easier

When a lot of people think about high-rise living, they don’t necessarily jump to the idea of families in high-rises. In many cities, high-rises are still considered the domain of the young and single, or couples without kids or active

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6 ways to manage a successful homeowners’ association

It is always a convenient option to form a group of like-minded people, chosen by the rest of the residents to maintain harmony in the neighborhood. For this purpose,homeowners’ associations are formed so that one can mark the elements that

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Kass: Apathy and the Condo Owner

Question. I live in a condominium development consisting of more than 200 townhouses. Our Bylaws state that to have a quorum, we must have a majority of the homeowners of the Condominium Association, either in person or by proxy. A

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Boosting Harmony Amongst Board Members

Whenever you have a group of people with different beliefs and backgrounds, you’re going to get arguments. However, as with any group, it’s important to create a harmonious environment to actually accomplish tasks. Check out these three tips you can

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Time For A Beat The Bully Campaign in your HOA?

OCTOBER has been designated National Bullying Prevention Month. Today happens to be the 10th anniversary.  Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying™ in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together

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3 Tips to Give Homeowners a Voice

Not every homeowner who lives in the community is on the HOA board, but every homeowner is affected by what the board decides. That is why it is important to give homeowners a voice in their community. Check out these

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Neighbour vs. Neighbour

Lifestyle clashes are inevitable when people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds live on top of each other in a forced community. When different priorities collide, a siege mentality can set in.

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Halloween in Condos: It Doesn’t Need to be Frightening?!?

Yes, it is a bit early for this topic, but I love everything about Autumn, including Halloween! If you have any Halloween enthusiasts in your complex you’ll likely see the decorations out in the next few weeks (if your rules

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Techniques for Assessing Condo Association Owner Opinions

As a Condo Association Board, you are elected to represent the views and interests of the Owners of your Association, while also upholding your fiduciary duty. Your Association’s hot topics may be much less dramatic than those in current politics,

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Best Practices for Parties and Guests in an HOA

Parties and other opportunities to get everyone together in your homeowners association can be great ways to encourage good will and relationships in the community. However, it’s important to consider how you will handle guests at this time so things

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Fighting Apathy #8: Building a Network of Involved Condo Association Owners

In any democratic community, you’re only as strong as your voting block. People are often apathetic towards Condo Associations and HOAs, not realizing the importance of participation and representation. The bottom line is Associations are a form of democratic government

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Creating Harmony on Your HOA Board

Part of the fun and reward of serving on the board of your homeowners association is getting the opportunity to listen to the many perspectives of other board members before reaching a decision that will best serve your community.  In

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How to Create Transparency and Accountability in Your Community Association

Successful homeowners associations function smoothly by basing community operations on transparency, accountability and communication. This requires exhibiting these values at every level, for issues big and small. Transparency is a long-term strategy that helps ensure the smooth operation of your

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Homeowner’s association hosts Fourth of July parade (GA)

The Sea Palms Homeowner’s Association plans and coordinates its fun neighborhood Fourth of July parade every year, and it is becoming more popular with the residents, their friends and relatives as they get into decorating their bikes, dogs, wagons, golf

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Building a Supportive HOA Community

With recent tragedies like the Orlando mass shooting, it’s more important than ever to focus on community in your HOA community. Every homeowners association should strive to make their community a place where neighbors are friendly and peaceful.    Read

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Building Community is More Important (and Easier) in Tragedy

Since the information started coming in about the mass shooting in Orlando, the whole country has been reeling. For those of us who have recently come back from the CAI National conference in Orlando, it feels very close to home.

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Simple Ideas to Plan a Fun-themed Community Event

Are you in charge of coordinating the next event happening in your community? While your to-do list may seem a mile long, there are some simple steps to make the occasion fun and memorable.    Read the article………….

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6 Must-Haves in a Condominium Welcome Package

It’s the condo board’s job to ensure that newcomers to the building feel welcome. For the sake of both the newcomer and the community-based atmosphere of a condo building, condo boards are responsible for ensuring that new residents are well-settled

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Managing Tough Situations: When Neighbors Are Struggling

Condos and co-ops are called communities for a reason—families and individuals live side by side with one another, sometimes for years or even decades. Although residents may not exchange much more than a “hello” or “nice day” with their neighbors,

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How to Get Rid of Apathy in Your HOA

A big challenge faced by HOA boards is getting residents to be more engaged and involved. Resident apathy can be pretty common in homeowners associations. While this can sometimes be normal, it may not always mean that everyone is content

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3 Tips for Friendly Neighbor Relationships

One of the best ways to promote a happy, friendly community is to boost neighborhood relationships. In a community where neighbors know each other, you’ll see less problems because everyone is watching out for each other instead of just themselves.

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‘Branding Your Condominium –   Style & Substance, Trade Names & Trademarks

What’s in a name?  Potentially, the whole reputation and public image of your condominium.  Of course, the mere name of a condominium cannot carry all of that independently, but through appropriate “branding”* of the condominium its name can become associated with

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Forming a Consensus in Your Homeowner Association

When it comes to decision making in homeowner associations, parliamentary procedure (Roberts Rules) is often the basis for making them. It provides a systematic and efficient way to get business done. However, parliamentary procedure is based on the democratic notion

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3 Tips and Tricks for Resident Retention

One goal of any community association is high resident retention. Just like a business wants long-term employees who become loyal to the company, a neighborhood wants long-term homeowners because they are more likely to celebrate and care for the community.

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Be civil, strata residents

There’s a nasty little turf war going on in the Shining Valley. It’s all about power and control issues, jurisdictional disputes, and of course, squabbles about errant deposits of doggie doo-doo. Welcome to the Squamish condo scene, folks    Read

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American flags will continue to fly in Sun City Center (FL)

When Memorial Day comes around this year, American flags will go up along State Road 674 as they have on all military-related and patriotic holidays since Sept. 11, 2003. But for the first time in all those years the Sun

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You are all Neighbors!

The first thing to remember when living in an association is that you are a neighbor to someone. If nothing else, your neighbors all likely share at least one common desire: to live in your community. Owners may have bought

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Consensus Building for Community Associations

Community Associations, their board members and managers are responsible for carrying out business that protects literally hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars worth of real estate. Daily problems arise that range in magnitude and importance, but all require sound

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Fighting Apathy #2: Get Involved in Your Condo Association Part 2

In Part 1 of this article, we covered the first steps to get involved in your condo association to fight apathy. Today we’ll cover the final steps on how you can become a more involved and engaged Owner.  Read the

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Fighting Apathy #2: Get Involved in Your Condo Association Part 1

This is the second installment in a series of articles designed to help Condo Associations fight apathy, the number one cause of Condo Associations breaking bad. Today’s focus is on helping Owners get involved in your Condo Association    Read

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Tips for Creating a Timely and Informative Community Newsletter

Congratulations! You’ve been elected to the Board of your community association. You and your fellow members have some exciting ideas about ways to improve your community. And part of that is keeping your residents informed. It should be easy for

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How Defining Residents’ Rights and Responsibilities Creates Happy HOA Communities

“When a community’s residents and HOA leaders understand their roles and responsibilities, it creates a clarity that leads to cohesiveness,” says Lisa Leidy, a community association manager for FirstService Residential, a leading property management company in Maryland. “If you’re a

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New flagpole at Wayland Gardens honors all veterans (MA)

Residents of Wayland Gardens condominiums and members of the American Legion Wayland Post 133 participated in the dedication of a new 25-foot flagpole to honor all veterans on Jan. 2.   Read the article…………..

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Make HOA New Year’s Resolutions Stick

As one year ends and a new year begins, almost 40 percent of Americans will make resolutions. However, just 8 percent of these people achieve their goals according to University of Scranton research. The New Year is a perfect time

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Hungry to make a change: Boca (FL) residents hope food drive inspires more to donate

Over the course of the past six years, the Cloister Del Mar Association has refined its food drive method, doubling its collections.  Now that the Boca Raton condominium association says it has the year-round collection process down pat, its board

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Resident Retention Ideas To Share With Your Management Team

Empty condos cost money. If you’re managing several properties, you’re also looking for resident retention ideas.   Read the article…………

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Can’t We All Just Get Along?

There are certain situations in life that tend to bring out the worst in people, and one of those is when neighbors just cannot seem to get along. Whether at an HOA or condominium, when people of diverse personalities and

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Enhancing the Homeowners Association is More Than Maintenance

To enhance something means “to increase or improve in value, quality, desirability, or attractiveness.” In a homeowners association the property can be physically enhanced or maintained, but enhancing can also refer to building community among the HOA board and members

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Eye on the Elderly

Associations are being forced to learn how to handle aging residents who can no longer care for themselves and may be a danger to others. At what point should a community step in to help?   Read the article……….

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Community Culture and Resident Participation

One of the advantages of living in a condominium community is the sense that your family resides in a small village within an ever growing city. As proud members of our communities we have witnessed positive and lasting results every

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9 Ideas for Resident Events That Build Happy Condo Communities

No matter where you live, a bonded community is the backbone of a good neighborhood, and it’s an essential part of running great condo communities.    Read the article…………..

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