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  • Unfortunately, every day it seems the news reports another episode of gun violence and almost immediately thereafter some form of action is suggested or demanded.  Thoughts and prayers, legislation, gun bans, and other gun control measures come to mind.   However, what should the world of community associations be doing at…

    Does it sometimes seem like your HOA board is on the "Bridge to Nowhere?" One-way communication feels that way. In fact, it isn't really communication at all. True communication has a destination on each end of the bridge and each of those destinations has two lanes: expressing and receiving information.…

    A body of water dotting the landscape in an HOA community can be not only an attractive feature but also serve an important purpose. At first sight, a pond may seem like a part of the natural environment surrounding it. In most cases, a pond located within a community is…

  • Serving on an HOA board is quite different in that the board represents the community in which you live. Making decisions that impact your neighbors can weigh heavily on your mind and affect your relationships with others. The key to serving successfully requires a focus on the big picture and…

    Understanding HOAs, COAs and POAs is already confusing. On top of that, the terms PID and PUD are often bandied about and are sometimes confused with community associations. However, they are not the same thing at all. Here's how and why they exist, and how they differ from community associations.…

    Let's lay it out on the table: nowadays, we're all busy. Whether it's rushing the kids off to school before a long commute to work or sprinting between college classes, everyone has always got something that they need to be doing right now. Today's homeowners are desperate for tools that allow them to…

  • HOA Fees High HOA fees can be very off putting when you buy a home. They can also make a property you intend to let out appear to be a bad investment, as the fees have to be passed on to tenants. However, those fees serve an important purpose. They…

    It may seem arbitrary, but many community associations institute a policy against bird feeders, or any outdoor animal feeding, but there reasoning is sound. There are many reasons why feeding the stray animals in your neighborhood could be a bad move, not only for your community but for the animals…

  • Community Association ManagersManages every type of community: condo associations, homeowner associations, resort communities, and commercial tenant associations and works directly with property owners and homeowners.  are often confused with  Property Managers Oversees individual rental units or a group of rental units, such as an apartment complex. They’re responsible for managing the…

    Rainwater harvesting is a simple, eco-friendly technique that many homeowners are using to gather rainwater and use it for simple purposes. It's a great way to water gardens, wash clothing, and take care of many cleaning tasks--or even fill a child's swimming pool. As a homeowner's association, there are several…