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The Value of Partnering with Financial Institutions
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Community management companies, like the rest of the world, are being targeted for fraud and the threats are growing. This includes people attempting to cash fake checks at local banks, embezzlement, and cyber fraud via email and the internet.   It’s not easy or quick to determine fraud is happening, either; the average sc...
Protecting Your Home from Floods
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The concept of flood zones has been changing as more areas which historically haven’t flooded have begun seeing more instances of water intrusion whether it be from rain, nearby bodies of water or a combination of both. There are more than 20,000 communities in the United States which have been placed into a category of flood zones ...
Lessons From Hurricane Florence
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Many in the Carolinas are still catching their breath after Hurricane Florence, even as we enter into another season of hurricane preparedness. Here at CAMS, we’re taking what we’ve learned and adding it to our playbook containing 30 years of best practices in professional community association management -- what to do, a...
Is It Time to Reorganize Your Association’s Files?
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If your community association has been around a while, it’s probably safe to say it has amassed some paperwork over the years.As warmer weather leads many of us to turn our attention to spring cleaning, it can be tempting for association board members to focus their sights on those dusty old files.Before you toss those folders or sh...
Ditch the Jargon: Simple Tips for Effective Management
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As we at CAMS know all too well, at times it can seem as if community management professionals are speaking their own language.HOA, POA, CAI, AMS, CMCA...all that acronym-speak can be harder for homeowners to decode than a teenager’s texts.Before you get too bogged down in abbreviations and industry jargon, what you really need to k...
Guidelines for Creating Community-Friendly Association Rules
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Let’s face it, we all need rules. Knowing what’s acceptable and – perhaps more importantly, what isn’t – helps set standards and define expectations and consequences. Knowledge of what is and isn’t acceptable also generally provides a structure for successful management and peaceful coexistence whether...
Will a Management Company Take Control of My Neighborhood?
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In a word, no.Professional management companies, like us here at CAMS, serve to assist and provide guidance to homeowners’ associations, not take over. We do that through a number of duties and in a variety of ways, but what we don’t do is adopt budgets, approve contracts, establish special assessments and set policies. The au...
Tips for Avoiding Budget Headaches
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If you’re a member of a property owners or homeowners association board of directors, chances are, there’s one time of year you dread more than all others – budget preparation.The annual budget planning process – which usually begins in the fall since most property owner’s association (POAs) and homeowner&rsq...
How Does Professional Management Benefit You?
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Anyone who has dealt with a leaky roof knows that finding the right person for the job is crucial because – unless you know a thing or two about reattaching or replacing shingles – you are entrusting someone else with your home’s safety and your family’s wellbeing.The same can be said of professional management com...
Being A Member Of CAI Has Its Benefits
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 If you serve on the board of your association, we applaud your time and dedication to being an active part of your community. Being on the board can be rewarding as a voice and representative of homeowners within your community, but it also can be overwhelming when it’s time to look at the fiscal year budget spreadsheet a...

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