Monthly Archives: December 2011

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Holiday Activities for Your Community

The holiday season is the ideal time to bring a community together.  From hayrides and holiday fairs to decorations and donations, a planned holiday activity can create a sense of community among homeowners.     Photos with Santa One of our associations hosts a family event that includes holiday hayrides and photos with Santa. The

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Managers Gone Green

What exactly does “going green” mean?  It can be as simple as considering a few paperless options in our day-to-day operations.   The environment is a hot topic in community associations and their management companies.  One of our biggest hurdles is the seemingly endless amount of paper that our industry produces.  Managers and management companies

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The Importance of an Educated Board

Whether you live in a 40-unit community or a four hundred-unit community, as a board member it is imperative to understand your community and your role as a board member.  Each community has unique needs as well as specific governing documents (master deed, condominium declaration, declaration of covenants, conditions and restrictions, articles of incorporation, bylaws)

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HOA Governance: Making the Management Decision

Community association management oftentimes can save money and headaches.  The number one reason many homeowner associations choose to self manage is to save money. Although an association may save money in management fees, the long-term benefits provided by a professional management company outweigh the short-term savings.   All too often, self-managed companies run into a

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Internal Audit and Controls… What & Why?

An internal auditors’ role includes monitoring, assessing, and analyzing organizational risk and controls; and also reviewing and confirming information and compliance with policies, procedures, and laws. Working in partnership with management, internal auditors provide the board, the audit committee, and executive management assurance that risks are mitigated and that the organization’s corporate governance is strong

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