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The Rockets Red Glare

Rockets Red Glare

For most of North America, July is synonymous with fireworks. Whether it is Independence Day Celebrations in the U.S.A or Canadian festivities, fireworks are the centerpiece of many civic celebrations. The crackle, boom and flash of fireworks have not just amused us for generations; they have entertained folks for nearly two millennia. In fact, the

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Difficult Resident? Think Long-Term

Difficult Residents

With well over a million units under management, the Associa team has pretty much seen it all when it comes to difficult residents and the issues they create for association operations and board governance. Some of most challenging client issues get elevated to our home office where Associa’s team of attorney’s and external affairs staff

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Splish Splash Into Summer . . . And A Successful Pool Season

Splish Splash Into Summer . . . And A Successful Pool Season

As summer rapidly approaches and temperatures in many parts of the country quickly climb into the 100’s, few amenities in a residential community will be enjoyed more than the community swimming pool. Swimming pools have the potential to be a major influencer of home values, attract prospective home buyers to the community, provide a central

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Who Should Pay To Collect Late Assessment Fees?

Who Should Pay to Collect Late Assessments?

Ever since the mortgage crisis and its accompanying spike in assessment delinquencies, policy makers have been working to address the question of who should pay the cost of collecting past due assessments. Surprisingly, in many states that answer is….. you. Imagine your neighbor has racked up more than $500 in late fees on their credit

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Celebrating 30 Years of Strong HOAs

Celebrating 30 Years of Strong Communities

Across the country more than 64 million people reside in common interest communities, roughly 1 in 5 homeowners. In California, more than 9 million residents enjoy the benefits of community association living, which include higher property values and numerous amenities. While community associations in other states are caught up in legislative and legal battles that

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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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