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Your Curb Appeal Checklist

Surburban House

The curb appeal of our community depends on each resident maintaining his or her property as completely as possible. For those who keep their homes and yards well maintained, the association thanks you for your efforts and good examples. We encourage all residents to pay particular attention to the following maintenance items. 1) Exterior paint.

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Sign Me Up


While serving on the board is probably the most visible example of volunteerism in our association, there are many other ways that you can contribute your time and talents to improving our community. Your participation in the community is beneficial to you, your neighbors and the association. For example, common benefits gained by volunteering include:

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November Elections: Every Vote Counts!

Voting Smart

The upcoming November elections provide our annual opportunity to elect leaders at a local, state and federal level. While we may not always celebrate our choices on the ballot, voting is a critical means of not only promoting accountability in our political process, but it is increasingly critical to protect the viability and autonomy of

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It’s Never Too Early to Plan for a Safe Halloween

Safe Halloween

When I moved to Dallas to work for Associa, I was fortunate to find a home in one of Dallas’s very first deed restricted communities. Believe it or not, my neighborhood association is over 100 years old. It is characterized by tre- lined streets, huge front porches and is both scenic and very walkable. The

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Sign of the Times

Political Signs

Few issues elicit as much emotion as politics. Political discussions can turn a family dinner into a shouting match and even drive the best of friends into enemies. Adding fuel to the fire is record spending on political advertisements that promise the end of America as we know if the opposing candidate wins. Thus, dealing

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Got Leaves?


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 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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