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Pay to Play: The Growing Footprint of Homeowner Association Fees

A steady increase in the share of U.S. homes that require monthly condo, mobile home or homeowner association fees (HOA) has important implications for the affordability of homes nationwide, particularly condos, which are an increasingly popular option for first-time homebuyers.

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Homeowners associations: Are you on the neighborhood radar?

We’re in trouble with our homeowners association.  Well, maybe “trouble” is a little strong. They recently sent us a polite-but-stern letter, drawing our attention to our fence.  Fix it, they said. You have 30 days, they said.    Read the

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Learning the ropes of an HOA

There is a great expression in our modern vernacular – “let no good deed go unpunished.”  As I have written many times, I truly love my neighborhood. One of the biggest changes I have to acclimate to every time I

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NC Community Association Legislative Roundup – May 14, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015 was the all-important “crossover deadline” in the North Carolina General Assembly. Without getting too much into the weeds, bills that are “non-budget” must generally have passed one chamber or the other by the crossover deadline to

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Texas proposed HJR 215 (Religious Freedom includes HOA’s)

……….proposed bills are under revision in the State Affairs Committee to amend the Texas Constitution and strengthen Religious Freedom laws.  Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, proposed HJR 125, originally submitted as HJR 55 by Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas.  The bill

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Cleanliness is next to Godliness-especially in a community association!

The fear of this century’s next pandemic has increased with the recent media coverage of the growing spread of Ebola. Even without the risk of a highly contagious and fatal disease like this one, most of us already know that

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Community Association Residents Are Overwhelmingly Satisfied

Americans who make their homes in homeowners associations and condominiums are overwhelmingly satisfied with their communities, according to national survey conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for the Foundation for Community Association Research.  Almost two-thirds of the 65 million owners and

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Cultivating Community: Social Functions Help Create a Sense of Belonging

The ethos of a homeowners association—to be open and welcoming—furthers the collective strength of a community. Therefore, it’s incumbent on trustees, board members and managers to foster a stronger, more cohesive sense of community. This is often achieved by holding

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New Years’ Resolution – Peaceful Living in Community Associations

For years I have represented homeowners in disputes with their associations, whether it is a homeowners’ association, condo association, or mobile home park.  These battles are not easy, emotionally, and are very expensive, with costs of more than $100,000 if

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HOA Wellness Survey

The health of a homeowner association is important to measure from time to time. Fortunately, even poor health is curable but identifying the problem precedes the cure. Here are a series of self-diagnosis questions to help you out:     Read

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Dealing with Difficult People

Being elected to the Board might have seemed like the hard part, but now that you are behind the wheel expect a lot of ungrateful backseat drivers. Congratulations on your election or appointment to the Board of Directors. Now that

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@Homes Radio – All About HOA (video)

In our area an HOA can make (but mostly break) the reputation of a community. To learn more about why that is, we turn to Ed Collins. Ed currently serves as president of the Madison Homeowner’s Association Network and Director

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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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Rights & Responsibilities for Better Communities

More than a destination at the end of the day, a community is a place people want to call home and where they feel at home. This goal is best achieved when homeowners, non-owner residents and association leaders recognize and

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