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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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Subdivision creates opportunities for community involvement (OK)

Norman’s St. James Park neighborhood, a growing community in southeast Norman, is investing in building a tight-knit community by going retro and actively providing events and activities where residents can mingle.  “We saw this development not just as land for

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Hosting Volunteering Events

Neighborhood events are one of the great features of living in a community with an HOA. One unique way to come together and give back to the community is to hold a volunteering event.   Read the article………….

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How to Build Community

Pamela Britton of River Valley Ranch Community spoke at the CAI Mountain Conference about creating community in associations. Her 3 broad recommendations are right on and work for any community no matter what size or location.    Read the article……………

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Beyond The Board Meeting

For most, the work-life balancing act leaves little time to build community. Top that off with a ‘reality-based’ pop culture that is obsessed with outrageous behavior (Real Housewives, etc.) and you get an environment that actually makes building community more

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Outside Safety Tips for Kids at Play in Your Homeowners Association

Even though school is in full swing, the warm weather and longer daylight hours will still be with us for a while. For many of the youngest residents that means they have the freedom to play outside to their heart’s

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Valley HOA (AZ) community sets example for other neighborhoods

They were created to keep communities looking nice and increase home values, but some homeowners associations have a way of creating controversy. Homeowner complaints continue to pile up in HOA neighborhoods across the Valley, but you won’t find many conflicts in

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Tamarac (FL) Creates Drop-Off Box for Tattered and Worn Flags

Thanks to one community association, Tamarac residents now have a flag drop-off box for all of those patriotic residents that don’t have a place to dispose of their damaged or tattered flags until they can be retired.    Read the

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6 activities that can foster a vibrant, responsive and healthy community association

A community with spirit is a community that takes pride in itself. Like safe neighborhoods, spirited communities attract like-minded residents and generally have higher resale values. The emotional investment residents make in the community will also set it apart from

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Leading Change in Your Community

We’ve all done it. We walk through our community and see something that we’d like to change: a rule regarding hours of trash collection or maintenance, or a change to the facilities in a common area like the addition of

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5 Benefits to Organized Community Events

One of the great reasons to live in a community with a homeowners association is the community events that the HOA coordinates. These events aren’t just about having fun either, there is a greater purpose: they create a community feeling

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How to Start a Community Garden

A community garden can be a great way to boost community interaction and give everyone something to share. If you’re considering starting a community garden in your HOA, check out these how-to tips.    Read the article……….

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Need Some Community Event Ideas?

The best part of living in a community association is that it is a community. Hosting events is a great way to help promote that community feel. It lets residents get to know each other, and even generates some money

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Throw a Block Party This BBQ Season

There’s nothing more fun than a good barbeque on a beautiful summer day, but planning one takes a lot of time and money. Check out this how-to on throwing a block party without breaking the bank.    Read the article………..

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What Do Residents Say About Living in a Homeowners Association?

Americans who live in community associations are overwhelmingly pleased with their communities. They are expressing strong satisfaction with the HOA board members who govern their homeowners associations and the community managers who provide professional support.   Read the article…………

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