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Are You Ready for Swimming Pool Season?
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The warm weather has arrived, and with it comes the long-awaited swimming pool season. Because pools appeal to such a wide range of residents – infants, retirees, families, fitness seekers, sunbathers, couples and individuals alike – they are an attractive and important amenity for a lot of area community associations.But...
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...
Architectural Review Within Your Community Association
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Want to give the exterior of your home a fresh new look… in your favorite shade of pink?If you live in a community association, chances are you can’t break out the paint cans just yet. Homeowners and property owners associations (POAs) in neighborhoods and condo communities typically include in their covenants a set of archit...
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...
Community Association Roles
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A community association is truly just that – a group comprised of representatives of the  entire community with the community’s best interest in mind. It’s a simple but important distinction, since opinion on the specific role of a community association can vary. There are three forms of management:Volunteer or ...
Protecting Community Association Funds
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Everyone understands the importance of keeping personal assets in order. It’s no surprise, then, that managing a community association’s finances is a critical function of any association’s board of directors. And, as part of that management, it’s crucial to ensure an association is protected in the unfortunate ev...
POA Budget Planning: Five Tips for Understanding RMI Sales Tax
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For many, the new year ushers in a fresh start, full of resolutions to get fit, eat right and lose weight.But for those on community or condominium association boards, the new year also signals the return of an often tedious and stressful task – budget planning.There are plenty of tips to alleviate that stress, including setting asi...
Service Animals And Your Condominium Or Community Association
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While most communities have a long-established pet policy, it's important to know that the same rules don't apply to service animals, sometimes referred to as assistance animals. Considering the standards for service animals are different than regular pets, here are some general things to consider when dealing with service animals...
Well Informed Community Associations Make For Happier Residents
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Being involved with a condominium or community association can sometimes make you feel like a Jack-of-all-trades. Homeowners often expect professional managers and community volunteers – officers and board and committee members – to know something about, well, just about everything. We are expected to be attorneys and landsc...

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