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New Appellate Case: Is Your Architectural Process Fair and Reasonable? (Hint: It Better Be!)
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In a decision issued today (December 17, 2019), the North Carolina Court of Appeals examined the authority of an association to review and deny submitted architectural plans. This is the second architectural committee decision from the Court of Appeals this year. (See “Don’t Screw Up Your Architectural Committee and Approval P...
Tax Season: What Your HOA Should Know
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Tax season isn’t just a fun time for residents and businesses in North Carolina, it’s also a big piece of the financial puzzle for homeowners associations (HOAs). As complicated as federal and state income taxes may seem to everybody else, they can also provide some twists and turns for HOA board members and are something that...
Community Management Leaders SCS and CAMS Announce Official Alliance
Firms join forces after years of working together in the Carolinas, expanding reach to more than 600 associations South Carolina-based community association management firm Southern Community Services (SCS) has joined forces with North and South Carolina-based Community Association Management Services (CAMS), expanding reach and offe...
Who is Responsible for Repairs and Maintenance?
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Homeowners often have differing views of their individual homeowner’s associations (HOA). One thing everyone can typically agree on is that one of the primary responsibilities of an HOA is to maintain common areas throughout a neighborhood or development. If a storm trashes a playground, pool or clubhouse, walking trails or pond, th...
Maintenance, Repair and Replacement in HOAs & Condos (Including Hurricane and Casualty)
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Prior to Hurricane Dorian our firm again sent out emergency contact information (emails and cell phone numbers) for all our community association attorneys. The thought behind doing this before significant storms is that in the event of HOA or condo damage, immediate advice may be needed on who is responsible for making and/or paying for ...
NC Chapter of Community Associations Institute – Annual Conference a Great Success!
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This year’s annual conference of the NC Chapter of the Community Associations Institute (CAI), which was held in Wilmington, NC, saw a record 298 attendees and nearly 500 overall participants. CAMS Co-Owner and CEO, Mike Stonestreet, has the honor of serving as President of the NC Chapter for 2019 and was given the opportunity to sp...
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...
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...
NC Community Association Legislative Update – May 10, 2019
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Yesterday, May 9, 2019 was the “crossover deadline” in the North Carolina General Assembly. In short, that means that bills not related to taxes or spending must have passed one chamber to be eligible for consideration during the two-year legislative session. CAVEAT: In terms of legislation, “dead” doesn’t al...
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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