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  • Communication Makes All the Difference When Dealing with Difficult Residents

    May 17, 2018
    Every community has at least one. You know who they are: the squeaky wheels, the complainers, the busybodies. Difficult residents are a fact of community life.
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    Promoting Fire Safety in Your Community Association

    Apr 03, 2018
    Part of your job as a board member is ensuring the safety of residents in your community association. To that end, it’s important to educate homeowners about possible fire risks and the steps they can take to prevent fire hazards in their homes.  Chances are that fire safety isn’t top of mind for residents. However, home fires are more common than most people realize.
  • Five Reasons to Love Your Community Management Company

    Feb 20, 2018
    It’s always great to have a reliable partner by your side. Whether it’s a family member, someone at work, or even a fellow member of a sports team on which you play, knowing that someone has your back can instill you with confidence and comfort.
  • Community Board Elections: A Challenge or an Opportunity

    Feb 20, 2018
    How can a community Board of Directors prepare to make their election a positive experience that provides a foundation for the future? Learn more with these guidelines.
  • What Your VA Association Needs to Know About Service Dogs and Comfort Animals

    Feb 20, 2018
    Service dogs and comfort animals help individuals with disabilities enjoy a greater quality of life. And it’s up to all of us – including condo associations – to ensure they have equal access to the amenities and services all of us should enjoy.
  • Should My Condo Association Limit Renters?

    Feb 15, 2018
    It’s an issue that every condominium board faces sooner or later: how many renters should our association allow in our community? 
  • What Does Your Association Board Want in a Community Management Company?

    Oct 30, 2017

    As part of your responsibility to preserve, protect and enhance your community association, you may choose to bring in a professional property management company.

  • The Basics of Running Board Meetings in Your Community Association

    Oct 27, 2017

    Community associations are structured much like any other corporation with boards of directors, officers and members. They must operate as businesses whose board members aim to meet federal, state, local and association governance requirements.  Holding required meetings helps ensure that the business of the association is conducted in the most effective, appropriate and transparent manner. 

  • What Are the Qualities of an Effective Board Treasurer?

    Aug 18, 2017

    The board members of your community association serve many important leadership functions. Although they may have diverse backgrounds and skill sets, they are all committed to the common goal of bettering your community association, taking actions that ensure its financial health, enhancing property values and improving the lifestyles of the residents. 

    What can happen if you don’t have an effective board treasurer?

  • Choosing the Right Banking Program for your Community Association

    Aug 14, 2017
    As a community association board member, one of your chief responsibilities is to protect the financial interests of your association and your fellow residents. That includes making sure that the association’s reserve and operating funds are carefully managed, protected and invested. Smart decision-making and sound financial stewardship are critical to the association’s long-term financial stability and health. Unfortunately, even the best-intentioned board members may not have the experience or financial knowledge to choose the right banking programs and products to meet their community association’s needs. What should you look for when choosing the best banking program for your association? Read on…