September 2014


Got Leaves?

With Fall approaching, many communities are preparing to deal with the onslaught of leaves. Falling leaves make for great scenery, but create added work for both residents and the association due to extra work involved with clean up. The leaves must then be hauled off for disposal in a landfill where they just take up

Good Neighbors

How to Be a Good Neighbor

A little consideration goes a long way. Read the following tips from on how to be a good neighbor beyond just a smile and a wave. Welcome any new neighbors with a personal note or pop by for a personal introduction. Make sure that the outside of your home—along with the grounds—is well-kept and

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell

For any homeowner who has waited patiently for the real estate market to improve before putting a home up for sale, now is a great time to do so. After several sluggish years, home sales are experiencing a very healthy recovery. According to a 2013 article in The Washington Post, sales are up as much

Winter Prep

Fall Focus on Community Maintenance

With the kids back in school, September is an excellent time for you, your board and your community to review your fall maintenance check list. The change of seasons means a shift from swimming, lawn care, watering and outdoor activities to ensuring that amenities and common elements are ready for the cooler weather of winter.

Analyzing financial data

The Growing Importance of Budgets

If you serve on a community association board or manage a community association you know that October means budget season. This seemingly straightforward task of lining up revenue and expenses can be complicated by two factors. First, expenses keep going up and second, residents are resistant to assessment increases. To complicate matters in the post

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