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  • Top Homeowner Association Blogs and News by PeytonBolin in 2014 It’s the perfect time of year for Top 10 Lists and we didn’t want to miss out on the fun so here are our are 10 Top Homeowner Association Blogs in 2014! Are Mortgage Foreclosures Stuck in Limbo During 2007 to 2008 a large number of mortgage foreclosure cases were filed and dismissed throughout the State of Florida.  Recently, however, a new wave of mortgage foreclosure cases has been filed to restart ... Read more...
  • Pros and Cons of Homeowners Associations: What to Know About HOAs Before You Buy We recently ran across this great post from Allstate Blog about the pros and cons of homeowners associations and what you need to know about HOAs before you buy. Here are 3 Major Pros and Cons of Homeowners Associations: If you’re shopping for a new house, you’re likely to come across at least a few properties that are part of a homeowners association, or HOA. Some 26 million homes across the country ... Read more...
  • Implement These Strategies for Successful Association Budgeting 3 Tips for Successful Association Budgeting It’s the end of the year and that means that you need to be thinking about preparing your budget for 2015. Budgeting can be tricky and it takes a lot of organization and time- but don’t skimp on the time. Proper budgeting is key to success in community associations so you need to ensure that you have the right strategies in place. You don’t ever ... Read more...
  • 6 Tips for Community Safety The Importance of Security and Tips for Community Safety As a community association or property manager, you’re responsible for meeting your bottom lines and running the association smoothly, but you’re also responsible for community safety. Your residents are the livelihood of the community- and without their safety the overall value of the community will not be as high. Whether it’s a condo or a large neighborhood, you need to make sure ... Read more...
  • 6 Tips for a Productive Community Association Board Meeting Transform Your Community Association Board Meetings with these Simple, Effective Tips When it comes to community association board meetings, you need to make sure you have a productive meeting with a group a people, and that’s not always easy. Everyone has their own opinions, people want to be heard, people aren’t prepared etc. The list of things that can hold up a meeting are endless, but to properly run your community, you ... Read more...
  • 6 Tips for Working with Different Personalities Strategies for Working with Different Personalities When you’re a part of a community association, it is inevitable that you will at some point or another be working with different personalities. You need to work with other board members, vendors, tenants and residents etc. The list goes on and one, but one thing stays the same: everyone is different and approaches situations differently. It can be difficult to come to a resolution ... Read more...
  • Building Relationships with Contractors How to Build Relationships with Contractors So you need a contractor for your community, but where do you start. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to know who to choose and how to build a mutually beneficial relationship with them. If your clueless as to how to build relationships with contractors or if you just want tips on how to do it better, you’ve come to the ... Read more...
  • Why You Need to Worry About Community Association Landscaping The Value of Good Community Association Landscaping Ever heard the phrase “first impressions are the most lasting?” We’re betting you have, and were betting you’ve experienced the truth in it. As much as many don’t want first impressions to be so important, the bottom line is that they are, and when it comes to communities and homes, the landscaping and outdoor environment is often the first impression that potential residents will ... Read more...
  • 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Board Member Choosing the Right Board Member for Your Association Boards are an important part of any association, and choosing the right board members is essential to the success of a board. Some may think that choosing a board member is easy, and it can be, but you need to make sure you have the right practices in place to ensure that you’re not just choosing any board member, but that you’re choosing ... Read more...
  • 5 Tips for Collecting Association Dues Ease the Process of Collecting Association Dues Associations have financial responsibilities among others, and one of the main financial responsibilities they often encounter involves the collection of association dues. This process can often be grueling- but it doesn’t always have to be. From the association’s point of view, collecting these dues is absolutely necessary because they must meet their obligations to provide the maintenance and services that are a part of ... Read more...
  • 4 Steps to Building a Better Community Building a Better Community in 4 Simple Steps Having a great community isn’t just about meeting your bottom lines, it’s also about ensuring that residents and employees are happy. Your community may be doing just fine, but we’re betting it could be doing better by taking steps towards creating a sense of unity and properly managing the property. As a community association or property manager, it’s your responsibility to ensure that ... Read more...
  • Turn Homeowners Into Neighbors In 4 Easy Steps How to Turn Homeowners Into Neighbors When we think of a successful community we think of not only one that is one properly run and that meets its bottom lines, but also one that has taken steps to turn homeowners into neighbors. It’s not just your specific home that’s important, it’s the overall community you live in. A wonderful home can be ruined by awful neighbors, and a home that isn’t ... Read more...
  • American Opinions on Community Associations Statistics detailing the perceived relationship between residents and community associations CAI recently released a report discussing findings from a national survey conducted in early 2014 by Public Opinion Strategies, and the findings reaffirm what we’ve learned from previous surveys in 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2012. We’ve highlighted the most important information for you below, but to see the full report, click here. The 2014 survey found, among other statistics, that 90% of ... Read more...
  • What Happens if a Condo Decides to Dissolve a Condo Association? 5 Tips for Keeping Condo Residents Happy A condo association is a legal entity, so when it comes to dissolving it, it can be very difficult, but it is possible with good reason and the support of enough people. If a community decides they no longer want a condo association, they can “terminate” the association and you don’t want to get into this battle. It is time consuming and a pain ... Read more...
  • Building a Successful Relationship Between Property Managers and Boards 3 Tips for Collaboration Between Property Managers and Boards When trying to build and maintain a successful community, it is important that property managers and boards to work together to reach their goals, but it’s not always easy. It’s sometimes hard to see things from someone else’s point of view and making a decision is usually more difficult the more people that are involved. So how do board members and property ... Read more...