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  • For sure, board members play a crucial role in keeping the community they protect secure and orderly. The fact that most of them work for free for a term of up to four years proves their dedication and commitment to protect our homes, and more importantly, make our investment worth…

    The rapidly approaching holiday season is something many are looking forward to after a long year of quarantine and pandemic induced social isolation, visiting family might be a much-needed respite... but what about your community's guest restrictions? For many in community associations, the guest policy in place can be very…

    In the dead of winter, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning furnace or heater. However, while you eventually need to replace your heaters and furnace at one point or another, it is reassuring to know that some heating issues can be easily fixed without purchasing a whole new…

  • Fast, reliable internet service is an amenity that most residents value in their homes. Some even want that to extend this to common areas, expecting the community association to provide at least some additional wireless connectivity. In many cases, Condo Associations and even some traditional Homeowner Associations are turning to…

    As we transition to fall weather and bring out the blankets and fire logs, the last thing that anyone wants to be worried about is the potential fire hazard and risks of neglected fire alarm systems. Often overlooked or bemoaned by those in the industry, your local fire marshal plays…

    Thanksgiving is when we remember the value of a simple meal shared with family. We appreciate simple foods like roast turkey, green beans, and cheesy potatoes. Every family has their own special Thanksgiving traditions, but the one tradition we'd all like to share is giving back. The unused sections of…

  • Halloween is looking a little different this year with trick or treating being affected like all other aspects of life by the current pandemic, but there's no reason you shouldn't have a little fun on this spooky holiday! We've gathered some fun and creative but simple and kid friendly treats…

    Goal setting is an important first step on an individual's journey to realizing their intentions. Successful people and organizations, spanning many professions, set goals to provide short-term motivation as they pursue their long-term ambitions. Communities that have benefited from the inclusion of goal setting techniques, in combination with organizational tools,…

    Being a board member at your community association means that you have to make decisions regarding rule enforcement, and from experience, we can tell you that those decisions will not always be popular. Having a third-party management company, like Real Manage, who can notify owners and provide support, can help…

  • Homeownership is an exciting part of life, but along with it comes a lot of responsibility. When you own a home, it is important to know your property lines and maybe even more important to ensure that your yard looks nice no matter what your neighbor has going on in…

     Every community has it's share of problem owners, from the ones who refuse to follow the guidelines and complain about every bylaw to those who just can't make their assessment payments on time. It can be a frustrating and endless cycle for many board members, but it has never and…

     If you've spent any time on the internet lately then you have probably heard some fairly nasty things about Homeowner Associations. From articles about lawsuits to particularly angry Reddit forums, associations are often maligned as overzealous authoritarians... but the truth is that most American's living in these communities are happy…