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FEMA: A No Show for Community Associations

FEMA: A No Show for Community Associations

Residents of condominiums and HOAs pay the same federal taxes as everyone else. In fact, because residents of community associations pay for many of the services and amenities that a local government would provide to a traditional community, they actually make a positive contribution to keep taxes low, and property values high. But, as many

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Community Gardens

Community Gardens

Those of a certain age remember that family gardens where once an integral part of planning a menu. There was a time not long ago when vegetables were seasonal, asparagus in the spring, tomatoes in the summer and squash in the fall. Of course today consumers can get just about any fruit or vegetable they

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Online Voting

Online Voting

Many community associations struggle with member involvement. In fact, today’s busy lifestyles make it difficult, even for the most civically minded homeowner, to find time to be engaged in the governance of their community association. This is bad news. Homeowner involvement is key to keeping a community association vibrant and involvement also prevents apathy that

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Clearing The Air

Clearing the Air

It’s been nearly 50 years since the U.S. Surgeon General published findings that smoking and secondhand smoke are hazardous to the health of both smokers and non-smokers. Since that time, a number of regulations have been put in place to restrict smoking in public places, commercial establishments and in commercial vehicles like rental cars and

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3 Ways to Increase Team Work In Your HOA

3 Ways to Increase Team Work In Your HOA

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Simply put, Team Work is the key to a successful organization. Promoting team work is one of the most effective strategies you can foster in

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High Risk Fixtures

High Risk Fixtures

What is a high risk fixture?  Any part or appliance determined as an item at high risk for failure.  This would include: kitchen and bathroom faucets, water supply lines (including the ice maker and refrigerated water line), hot water heaters, washing machine & air conditioner hoses and drains, and much more. Hawaii Revised Statute (HRS)

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Elevator Service Contracts Musts

Ten Things Condo Boards Must Know About Elevator Service Contracts

Elevator Service Contracts are always a topic of discussion in condominium associations. Your community’s elevators are one of its biggest and most expensive assets. Your community’s residents and guests ride in them every day and they expect that the elevators are being well maintained. Although most board members are unfamiliar with elevator contracts and the

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Pool Safety

Pool Safety

One of the most popular features in any community association is the swimming pool. It is an attractive amenity for just about every type of resident, from empty nesters to young families. But pools are also the source of significant liability and safety concerns for the association and its residents. According to the consumer product

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Music Copyrights

Music Copyrights

The music industry is changing at a breakneck pace. Gone are the record stores of yesterday, replaced by legal online retailers like iTunes or illegal filing sharing sites. The result of this rapid change is that the old business model for the music industry is crumbling, leaving music companies scrambling. As a result, artists, songwriters

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A Board’s Fiduciary Duty

A BOARD DIRECTOR’S FIDUCIARY DUTY

How board members effectively perform their voluntary duties directly affects the success of their associations. There is a wealth of resources available to directors to assist in understanding and meeting their fiduciary responsibilities. Not only are there books, pamphlets, magazines and newsletters but there are professional advisors such as attorneys, accountants, reserve advisors, engineers, architects,

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