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When And How To Make Changes To Your Association's Governing Documents
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At CAMS, we’ve seen through the years how positive — and necessary — change can be for homeowner’s associations (HOAs). Generally, we recommend every association do what we would call a governing document audit every 7 to 10 years just as a general rule because laws change, and it’s nice to have things clear ...
What are Your Association's Holiday Decorating Guidelines?
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As we enter into the fall and winter seasons, many of your friends and neighbors will soon begin decorating their homes for the holidays. Though the holiday season is intended to be a joyous time of family, friends and togetherness, it can also bring along some headaches for your community if your HOA doesn't have any preestablished h...
What’s in Your Board Member Tool Box?
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Serving as a board member of a homeowners association (HOA) can be an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. That said, it is serious business as there are of responsibilities associated with protecting a community's assets and making it a great place to live.   For an HOA board to effectively serve  its members, boar...
New Compliance Inspection Process
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Here at CAMS, we have been working on creating a brand-new inspection and violation notice process in hopes of alleviating some of the stress your Board may have been experiencing in dealing with these items. Our hope is that these new procedures will allow your Board and Community Manager more time to focus on carrying out the important ...
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...
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...
Got Millennials? Embrace Their Association Leadership Potential
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It’s a word sometimes said with disdain – millennial.Millennials are those born anywhere from the early 80s to mid 90s who grew up with cellphones and internet, who understand the terms “screen time” and “YouTube celebrity,” and who may appear to be social media wizards. They’re often referred to ...
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...
Leasing in a Community Association
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Maybe you bought your property as an investment. Perhaps your circumstances in life have changed, and you now need to downsize – or go bigger. Or your job could be relocating you across the country.Whatever the reason for wanting to lease your home or condominium, if you live in a community association, it might not be as simple as ...

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