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What to Know About HOA Rules, Regulations and Compliance
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Homeowners associations (HOAs) provide many benefits to residents, from managing amenities to maintaining common areas and enforcing the association’s rules and regulations. Homeowner compliance with the HOA rules and regulations and covenants, when consistently enforced, help provide uniformity and aesthetically pleasing communitie...
Advice for New Homeowners in HOA Communities
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With all the new construction in the Wilmington area and throughout our great state, it comes as no surprise that we are seeing increases in the number of homeowners’ associations (HOAs). HOAs are outstanding resources for residents and oftentimes a huge draw for potential homebuyers.   Statistics show that North Carolina is on...
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...
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...
How to Run a Successful Association Meeting
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A condominium or community association’s annual membership meeting requires thorough preparation to be successful.   One of the first things a manager or board should do is review the association’s governing documents for any annual and special membership meeting requirements. Typically, this information will be in t...
Top 5 Questions About Association Assessments
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When it comes to community and condominium associations, one of the hottest topics is assessments, often referred to as dues. After 25 years of managing associations, we’ve learned that when it comes to finances and payments, there is a lot of discussion and, many times, confusion. To help understand what association asse...
How do you Make Changes To Your Association's Governing Documents?
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Community and condominium associations are implemented by the developer of the community or condominium. For some associations, this can mean that they are governed by documents that may be quite old, outdated or not the right fit.   The good news is that the members of community and condominium associations can make changes to their...
Starting a Landscape Plan As A Property Owners Association
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If your association has landscaped common areas, then you should have a grounds maintenance (landscaping) contract for the association in place. The key to being successful long-term with any landscaping plan, and financial investment, is to start out with a good plan.   Start with a request for proposal (RFP) from the board of direc...