Category Archives: Association Times

Fannie Mae Targets HOAs in 2015


Remember Fannie Mae? Fannie Mae is a government chartered enterprise (GSE), a private company that buys mortgages from banks and sells them to investors. Fannie Mae is one of several GSEs including Freddy Mac, Ginnie Mae, etc., but it is the most influential and most important of the GSEs as it helps ensure the flow

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Is Your HOA Making the Grade?

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You pay your monthly or quarterly dues to your HOA and you trust that the association board has the best interest of the neighborhood in mind and is making efficient use of community members’ money…but how do you know for sure? It’s your money and your neighborhood, so why not do a little research and

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Ways to Save Energy During the Holidays

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The holiday season is right around the corner and that means unless your name is Ebenezer Scrooge, you won’t be immune to the countless ways the season can cost you a good chunk of that holiday bonus just on energy costs. But don’t fear…Remember these energy-saving tips this season so you’ll get to spend that

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HOA’s and Holiday Décor


Whether your neighborhood is the “deck-the-halls” type, where the community gets together to spread Christmas cheer on their front laws. Or the “bah-humbug” variety where not a creature is stirring, not even a community manager. It’s best you know how your HOA feels about your holiday décor/home modifications before you take the time and effort

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Lessons Learned in 2014, Plans for 2015

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As the nation’s leading community association management firm with offices across North America, Associa is typically on the front lines of issues facing management companies. We pride ourselves on our ability to change and grow to meet the needs of our clients. In fact, ‘Customer Service’ is one of Associa’s key values because we know

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Tips for Protecting Your Identity during the Holidays


Identity theft is a problem any time of the year. But, while consumers are focused on giving during the holidays, crooks are focused on taking. If there’s one thing consumers don’t need, it is dealing with identity theft during the holidays. The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) offers the following tips to help consumers

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Snow Removal: Watch Your Back

Snow Removal

With the winter holidays fast approaching it’s not too early to think about snow! Snow shoveling, while great exercise, can result in injury or worse, so here are a few tips for a safe snow shoveling season. Lower back strain is one of the most common injuries related to shoveling snow. The following measures can

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Did You Know: Turkey Day Edition


There is no evidence that turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving. It was more likely that seafood, duck and wild game were featured as part of the three day feast. The story of the first Thanksgiving was uncovered by historian Alexander Young, who in 1841 discovered a letter from an early settler describing the

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Changing Turkey Day Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

We all know the story of the first Thanksgiving. The popular version finds the Pilgrims on the shores of what was to become Plymouth, Massachusetts. Thankful for the help they received from local Native Americans they set up a three day feast of thanks giving. But as with any story, there are always more interesting

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Honoring Veteran’s and Their Helpers

Veteran's Day

Each November 11 we honor those who have served our country with a national day of remembrance and thanks, Veteran’s Day. In 2014 there were more than 19 million Veterans in the United States. Of this group of heroes, more than 3.6 million of them have some form of disability related to their service. Increasingly,

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