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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 ...
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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As a professional community manager for the past two decades, I have seen a rapid growth in the number of service animals within condominium and community associations.  Currently, about 79.7 million households – or 65 percent of all households in the United States – include pets, and 42 percent of those have more than o...
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...
Preparing The Pool for Summer
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Spring has arrived, which means swimming pool season is just around the corner.  Pools are an attractive and important amenity for a lot of condominium and community associations, since it is a facility used by so many residents - infants, retirees, families, fitness seekers, sunbathers, couples and individuals alike. As winter com...
Transition Your Association From The Developer To The Members
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For every association, there is a point when members should take over leadership and control from the developer. An association’s declaration and bylaws will stipulate when the developer is required to turn control of the association over to the members. (For more on Declarations and Bylaws see my article about common HOA terms...
What To Know Before Buying In A Condominium Or Planned Community
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There are many reasons people buy a home in a condominium or community association. Some great reasons include the availability and shared expense of recreational amenities, architectural style, affordability and social gatherings. However, learning all of the details of a community before purchasing is extremely important. The condominiu...

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