August 2014

Mobile Lifelines

Mobile Lifelines

During extreme weather events, mobile devices can be essential tools for keeping in touch with family and monitoring response and recovery efforts. Before a severe storm hits, make sure your mobile device is prepared. Start a texting tree When communication channels are disrupted, texting may be the only available way to stay connected. Create a

Beyond the Board Meeting

Beyond The Board Meeting

For most, the work-life balancing act leaves little time to build community. Top that off with a ‘reality-based’ pop culture that is obsessed with outrageous behavior (Real Housewives, etc.) and you get an environment that actually makes building community more of a challenge. That said, community associations, with common elements and amenities, have a built

Energy Savings

High Temps, High Electric Bills

August is upon us and for many that means scorching heat and high electricity bills. The good news is that saving money on summer energy costs doesn’t have to come at the expense of being comfortable. A review of consumer websites provides a host of resources that can assist in turning down the heat on


Did You Know?

Dog Days We’ve all heard the phrase the “Dog Days of Summer.” Ironically, this phrase does not originate from the scorching hot days that have both dogs and people panting, but rather from Roman times. Dog Days references the appearance of the star Sirus, also known as the Dog Star, in the heavens. Condominium The

Patience Pays

Patience Pays Dividends

Every board and community manager has experienced it. The difficult homeowner that sees a global conspiracy behind every move of the board or violation letter sent. It is the most challenging part of governing a community. To make matters more challenging, unlike a typical dispute with a customer who can just go elsewhere, the difficult

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