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Wilmington Chosen as Destination for the Annual Conference of the North Carolina Chapter of the Comm...
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Wilmington, NC (5/23/19) - The North Carolina Chapter of the Community Association Institute (CAI-NC) will be holding its annual conference in Wilmington, NC this year.CAI is an international organization with over 40,000 members and 64 chapters that provides support and resources to community members who volunteer to manage their homeown...
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...
Ditch the Jargon: Simple Tips for Effective Management
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As we at CAMS know all too well, at times it can seem as if community management professionals are speaking their own language.HOA, POA, CAI, AMS, CMCA...all that acronym-speak can be harder for homeowners to decode than a teenager’s texts.Before you get too bogged down in abbreviations and industry jargon, what you really need to k...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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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