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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...
How Does Professional Management Benefit You?
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Anyone who has dealt with a leaky roof knows that finding the right person for the job is crucial because – unless you know a thing or two about reattaching or replacing shingles – you are entrusting someone else with your home’s safety and your family’s wellbeing.The same can be said of professional management com...
Keeping Your Association’s Money Safe
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Every board of directors of a property or community association has a lot of duties to perform – from ensuring guidelines are met and enforced to fielding casual concerns from neighbors.But perhaps the most important responsibility you have as a board member has is to protect the association’s funds. Given that you have b...
New Technology Means More Options for Community Association Billing and Payments
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Over the years, technology has dramatically changed the way community and condominium associations bill and receive payments for owner assessments, sometimes referred to as dues.When I first started in the business in the late 80s, just about every community and condominium association – whether self-managed or managed by a professi...
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...

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