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Tips for Asking Good Questions at Condo Association Meetings

The monthly Condo Association meeting is one of the most important – yet ignored – aspects Condo life. Often these meetings are about as exciting as watching paint dry or grass grow. However, they also offer deep insights as to

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Effectively Working with Master Associations

Having captured what Master Associations are, the challenge is for Condo Boards to find ways to effectively work with them. While there is a tendency to ignore them to a certain degree, that path is the path to failure. The

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Five proven steps to landing your first HOA client (Landscapers)

I was 14 years old working in my father’s landscape business over the summer when I saw them. I was impressed by the fully uniformed staff with the logoed trucks all working together. This company did everything in the fancy

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5 marketing practices most landscaping contractors get wrong

In a hyper-competitive industry like landscaping, marketing your business is critical. Even if you think you have enough customers now, people move all the time — more than 35 million people move every year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

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Transactions involving an HOA: what every Realtor should know

Ask two homeowners their thoughts on living in a community with a homeowners’ association (HOA), and you may find one kicking and screaming for vindication and the other perfectly content.  The difference in opinion comes from their individual experiences and

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Fundamentally Altering the Employee/Employer Relationship between Community Associations and their Management Companies & Independent Contractors

Until last year, condominium and homeowner associations and their management companies understood the relationship between an employer and its employees and who would be considered the employer of those employees. However, a 2015 ruling by the National Labor Relations Board

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The Association’s Attorney Should Be A Good Listener

I was recently interviewed by a condominium association board that wanted to replace the association’s attorney. During that interview, one board member made a startling comment. She remarked that, in her opinion, the association’s attorney did not listen to the

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Tips For Dealing With A Homeowners Association

Knowing how to deal with a homeowners association is probably something that most home buyers don’t think about before buying into an area that has one. In the past 50 years the growth of homeowners associations, or HOA for short,

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How to work with an HOA architectural committee

The challenge to any Architectural Review Committee (ARC, ACC or ARB) is to make the review process an added value to the homeowner so that the product at the end of the process is better because of it. This requires

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The Privilege of Being a Board Member

Members of community associations and, in particular, the boards of directors, are being asked to make tough decisions regarding the use of community funds. Acting in the best interests of the association, many boards seek legal and other professional advice with regard

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Introduction to Community Association Living

Community Volunteer Leadership Development Program Community volunteer leaders and members can maximize the benefits of community association living by better understanding the history, purpose, and function of community associations. One way to do so is by participating in the Center

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