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Finding the good in home owner associations

Just when my wife was in desperate need of a hospital emergency room, a huge red oak fell and blocked our driveway. Less than 30 minutes later, three neighbors showed up with two chain saws. In 15 minutes they cleared

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3 Ways to Strengthen Community Relations this Thanksgiving!

Holiday seasons are always a great occasion for bringing your community together and strengthening relationships. Keeping in touch with residents and bringing them together for festivities are some things you can do to cultivate a happier, more connected community. As

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‘Hi Neighbor!’ event helps new residents assimilate in community (FL)

With new people moving into the area at a steady clip, the Sun City Center Community Association is ready to tell them about all the activities that are available to them. They have all been personally invited to the annual

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Neighborhood Friend: HOA president desires to keep neighborhood a great place (TX)

It’s hard when people don’t follow the rules, but Oak Creek Estates Homeowner’s Association board president Ulyesses Wright takes it with grace. Wright is an active community member, focusing on keeping Oak Creek a pleasant neighborhood to live in. He’s

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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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National Night Out for Community Associations: Your Ticket to Community Partnership

National Night Out: it’s one of the biggest community-building events of the year. While the rest of the nation typically celebrates National Night Out in August, throughout Texas and Florida, this event is held on the first Tuesday in October.

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Halloween is upon us

It is officially fall and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Doorsteps will soon be adorned with pumpkins, autumn wreaths, and spooky figures, but what does your HOA actually allow? Since some people get really excited for the

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Westchase’s Hurricane Heroes and Helpers (FL)

In the aftermath of Irma, we asked for Westchaers’ hurricane heroes and helpers.  And you responded with dozens of names!  Hurricane Irma brought great destruction and fear to our state. Yet, in the days leading up and the day after

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Philippines: Condo community brings fun and learning to kids

Taking advantage of children’s strong yearning for new knowledge and skills, Zinnia Towers in North EDSA, Quezon City recently held its own version of a play city to allow kids in the community to learn and have fun at the

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In Heavily Flooded West Houston, a Neighborhood Comes Together to Save Itself (TX)

One of the first rescues was 120 pounds of wet, terrified Rhodesian ridgeback, wide-eyed and shaking on top of a kitchen counter. It was Sunday, August 27. A neighbor kid had been pet-sitting for the dog’s out-of-town owners, when he

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7 Keys to Success for Social Events in your Community

Communities often have difficulty attracting residents to their social events, which can make it difficult to justify the effort and cost. Imagine a family-oriented HOA with 500 homes – with a healthy social budget of $50,000 per year. A community

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Bridging the Generational Gap

If you’re a Baby Boomer serving on your community association’s board of directors, you may have already begun noticing a shift in the characteristics and tendencies of your neighbors (and maybe even your fellow board members). Don’t call me, just

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Creating community: from developers to community associations

If you are looking for a newly built home in San Diego County, the odds are that home will be in a community association.  When done right, community associations provide an immediate sense of community for new homeowners.Community associations are

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The Secret to a Well-Maintained Condo Association

Everyone wants to live in a well-maintained Condo Association – the kind where things are well-kept, orderly, and picturesque. There is no denying that money plays a part in this process. You need to ensure your Condo is properly funding

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Millennials and New HOA Demographics

As millennials begin families and start to settle down, they are becoming one of the largest groups of home-buyers. From 2010-2015 the percentage of millennials moving into San Antonio homes went up 14.4%. That makes San Antonio the second most

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Rehabilitating the HOA Image One Person, One Deed, and One Community at a Time

So last month I was at the doctor’s office, and as I was making small talk with the nurse she asked “So what do you do?” I responded “I’m an HOA attorney.”  She actually grimaced. It was a clear knee-jerk

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Neighbors rally around couple being harassed by hate letters (TX)

A Denton County neighborhood is standing up to racism by sitting together on a porch.  A single image captures the campaign of support for new neighbors who are being harassed with threatening hate mail. The racist and threatening letters are

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Mount Laurel residents search for neighbors who lost homes after fire in condo complex (NJ)

After a fire destroyed four homes in the Laurel Creek neighborhood three weeks ago, residents of the condominium complex took it upon themselves to collect clothing and supplies to give to their neighbors in need.  But the volunteers have been

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The Resurrection of Civility – Take Back Your Community Association Board

In June, I addressed the Death of Civility – Why Community Association Board Members Serve – in part one of this series. I left you with a dysfunctional collection of community association board members, and the promise of a next

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Growing Community: Local neighborhood embraces shared garden concept (IN)

When Bobbie Sutton moved into the River Run neighborhood in Noblesville, she was surprised that many neighbors didn’t know each other.  “Nobody knew each other’s name, and I’m sorry, I’m not that type of person,” said Sutton, who previously lived

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A Quick Guide to Encouraging HOA Volunteerism

Sometimes people who buy a home in an HOA neighborhood may not be used to the core concepts of an HOA. In most places, you take care of your property and keep to yourself. Maybe you get to know one

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‘It Has Made Us a Better Community’

Eddie Hurt has been president of the Mountain Shadows Community Association since shortly after the Waldo Canyon Fire. In that role, he’s played an active part in the effort to rebuild Mountain Shadows, the neighborhood that he and his family

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7 in 10 Residents Want Their HOA to Promote Community Involvement

As the FRONTSTEPS team continues to develop new technologies to meet the needs of homeowners and HOA leaders, it’s important to get a fresh perspective from the people we serve. It’s why, in April 2017, FRONTSTEPS conducted a consumer market

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Going Too Far Down the Rabbit Hole: How Our National Political Discourse Parallels Our Community Association Discourse

It’s hard right now to turn away from the 24/7 news cycle and its discord, rancor and heated rhetoric. When we spend the majority of our time discussing just 20% of the topics which concern us, we cannot commit time

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Legal & Liability Issues for Programs & Activities: Get Covered

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

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Community Gardens in Your HOA

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

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Summer is Prime Community Time

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,

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Love Where You Live: Building Emotional Equity in Your Community

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

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Neighborhoods reel in residents with full schedule of social events (TN)

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

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Communities Are for Sharing — The Sharing Economy and Your HOA

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

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Keep community in the condo association (NH)

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

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Get Involved in Your Community

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

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The Importance of Condo Association Good Will

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

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There Goes the Neighborhood

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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How to Enjoy Life as a Member in Your Homeowners Association

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

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The Board Member’s Toolbox for Building Community

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

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How to Improve Condo Association Culture for the Better

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

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Creating the right culture for your HOA

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

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How to Handle Conflict: Try to be Neighborly

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

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Be neighborly — a simple kindness goes a long way

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

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Condo Tenants: A Potential Asset

Question: We have been renting a condominium unit in a fairly large complex for the last several years, and our current plans are to stay here for several more years. For financial and other personal reasons, we do not want

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You Can Make a Difference!

Driving to and from your garage and merely existing in an association is not the only option. Living within an association provides you with many opportunities to become involved in your community. Assuming you meet any qualifications which exist within

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Building a Stronger Community: Encouraging Neighbors

Are condominiums, co-ops and HOAs cohesive communities? Is community part and parcel of what the purchaser is seeking when they buy into a co-op, condo or HOA? The concept of ‘community cohesiveness’ could be defined as a community in which

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Avoiding Discrimination and Its Legal Consequences: The Power of Equality

Despite the fact that most people would agree that discrimination is a bad thing, discrimination persists, which suggests either that existing laws against it are sometimes ignored, or that the legal definition of ‘discrimination’ isn’t always clear. Fortunately, when it

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Building a Stronger Community: Encouraging Neighbors

Are condominiums, co-ops and HOAs cohesive communities? Is community part and parcel of what purchasers are seeking when they buy into a co-op, condo or HOA? The concept of ‘community cohesiveness’ could be defined as a community in which there

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Four Ideas for Condo Association Social Events

Building a sense of community in a Condo Association is always a challenge. Fighting apathy isn’t easy, and Owners are busy with “real lives.” Nonetheless, having a strong community is always a priority. A good way to try to build

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Strengthening Your Community

The community in which we live has a great influence on our lives. Whether that’s relaxing during the summer at the community pool. Or, on the other hand, getting frustrated that our neighbor’s perennials don’t mesh well in the spring.

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Handling Touchy Complaints in Co-Ops and Condos: It’s About Sense and Sensitivity

Conflict comes hand-in-hand with living in close quarters. Such is the nature of condominium and cooperative living. Some dust-ups between neighbors are settled with a polite conversation, or a mild nudge from the condo or co-op board. Others can get

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Four Signs of a Well-Run Condo Association

For legitimate reasons, much of Association life is dealing with bad Boards and Association challenges. While bad headlines often dominate the news, the reality is that there are a number of very well-run Condo Associations that are creating great quality

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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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