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  • In this three part series we will cover various of a associations governing documents are what their purpose is. What is the purpose of community association governing documents? The purpose of the governing documents is to provide for the legal structure and operation of the community association.   What do governing…

    [Continued from Part 1] Watch for Roof Damage While on the roof, be careful to watch for roof damage. Loose shingles can slip out from under you and soft spots caused by water damage may feel squishy and unstable under your feet. Always test a section of roof before trusting…

    Halloween is a great time to celebrate community, either by trick-or-treating or with an organized event. Children of all ages—both young and old—can take part in the festivities in safe and fun way. Scare up fun by implementing the following best practices for a fun Halloween for your HOA: 1.…

  • Everyone knows that October is the beginning of the home decorating Holiday season. Sometimes starting as early as late September, 'Tis the season to climb up on your roof and decorate your house to be the spookiest, and then the most festive, on your block. And you know what that…

    Celebrate Halloween by hosting events that members of all ages can enjoy. Parties and contests are a great way to encourage community engagement during this fun fall holiday. Go beyond the standard jack-o'-lantern by exploring creative Halloween decorating and party ideas on sites such as Pinterest and HGTV. Here a…

    Continuing on with our series on Rule Development and Enforcement for Communication Associations, this week we delve into the board's authority to make and enforce rules, define rules and guidelines, as well as their scope. SOURCES OF AUTHORITY TO MAKE AND ENFORCE RULES: Check all of the community association’s legal documents…

  • Team building activities are a great way to make your HOA board of directors function in a more cohesive and harmonious way. Before we take a look at some activities that your board can try, let's look at some of the benefits. Benefits of Team Building Activities These activities are…

    Over the course of the next few blogs, we will be providing a brief overview of rules and architectural guidelines in community associations, including: •  Scope of Rules and Architectural Guidelines•  Developing valid and enforceable Rules using formal rule making procedures•  Four Types of Resolutions for Community Associations•  Developing and…

    A community association derives its legal obligations from several sources: 1. Federal, state and local statutes, regulations and case law (court decisions) 2. Legal documents are unique to the community association 3. Lender requirements Example: requirements set by secondary mortgage and institutions such as FHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc.…

  • The purpose of the community or condo association is to provide for the community, business and governance aspects of the association. This is achieved by administering, maintaining, and enhancing a residential real estate development, and through the establishment of a system of property rights, binding covenants and restrictions, and rules…

    Do you know what the most common and costly natural disaster is? According to the federal government, it is floods. The unfortunate lesson from the 2017 hurricanes is that even elevated areas can flood. In fact, 20% of flood claims filed under the National Flood Insurance Program are made by…

    It is budget season at RealManage, and that means our managers and accounting team are hard at work preparing the preliminary budgets for our boards to review. The budget is one of the most important things the management team and the board does each year for their community association. A…