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Got Leaves?

Composting

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

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How to Be a Good Neighbor

Good Neighbors

A little consideration goes a long way. Read the following tips from eHow.com 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

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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

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Fall Focus on Community Maintenance

Winter Prep

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.

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The Growing Importance of Budgets

Analyzing financial data

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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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

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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

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High Temps, High Electric Bills

Energy Savings

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

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Did You Know?

DIY

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

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Patience Pays Dividends

Patience Pays

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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