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Five Ways to Keep Snow from Burying Your Budget

Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2014 |<p>Despite what the meteorologist on your nightly news might tell you, it’s actually pretty hard to predict the …

Preventing Community Association Fraud: Part Two – Your Property Management Company’s Role

Posted on Monday October 09, 2017 |<p>Fraud can strike just about any association – even one that is professionally managed – regardless of how small or …

Seven Steps To Preparing a Budget that Works

How to Plan an Effective Budget for a Community Association<p>Posted on Tuesday August 29, 2017 |<p><b>Updated 8/29/2017</b><p>Preparing your association’s annual …

Buying a Home in a Community Association: Part Two – Evaluating an HOA’s Health

Posted on Monday August 07, 2017 |<p>So your diligent search for that home of your dreams has finally led you to one that fits all your criteria. …

How to Boost Your Home’s Value Before You Sell

Posted on Friday June 23, 2017 |<p>Your home is likely the single largest purchase you will make and your greatest investment. When you sell it, you …

Communication to Renters Why It Matters To Your Association

Communication to Renters: Why It Matters To Your Association<p>Posted on Friday June 09, 2017 |<p>Does your board and management team communicate to the …

Housing

Hurricane Plans and Policies - Reduce Your Association’s Risk

Hurricane Plans and Policies: Reduce Your Association’s Risk<p>Posted on Friday May 05, 2017 |<p>The Atlantic hurricane season begins each year on June 1 …

How to Save on Summer Energy Costs

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016 |<p>Summer’s longer days mean more time to enjoy warm weather and sunshine, but they also mean higher energy bills. …

Renewable Energy

Party Time: Four Delicious Dips For Veggies, Chips & More

Hummus is the go-to dip that well-meaning hosts make to please their vegetarian and vegan friends. Now, there’s nothing wrong with hummus – although …

Foodies

Everything You Need To Know About Warranties

Dare To Be Different With Creative Accent Walls

Be Your Own Barista with Homemade Iced Coffee

Baristas

Affordable Ways To Further Your Education After College

<i>(Image via Ken Schulze)</i><p>Not sure where to start on your learning journey? You don’t have to enroll as a full- or even part-time student if you’re not …

Rainy Day Fun for the Whole Family

A rainy day is an awesome opportunity to help your kids construct a fort out of blankets and furniture. But instead of just constructing the fort, …

Less Is More: How To Live A More Minimalistic Lifestyle

When a Natural Disaster Strikes - Is Your Association Covered?

When a Natural Disaster Strikes, Is Your Association Covered?<p>Posted on Friday May 12, 2017 |<p>Hurricanes. Floods. Tornadoes. Hail. Wildfires. Lightning …

For the Dogs: Landscaping Tips for a Beautiful, Fido-Friendly Outdoor Space

Know Your Pooch<p>Is your dog a digger? Does he blaze trails along the fence line (stomping your prize-winning peonies in the process)? Is she a …

DIY: Gorgeous Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

How to Turn Community Amenities into Revenue for your HOA

How Can My HOA Create Revenue from Our Community Amenities?<p>Posted on Friday September 15, 2017 |<p>As a board member, your first responsibility to your …

How to Implement Your Community Association Budget

Why Transparency Matters In Communicating Your Annual Budget<p>Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017 |<p>Budgeting is the time for making tough decisions …

Active Adult Communities: Not Your Grandma’s Retirement Home

Posted on Wednesday January 04, 2017 |<p>The Baby Boomers, born after World War II, are the largest generation in United States history. The last of …

Six Ways Board Member Training Creates Successful Communities

Posted on Friday December 23, 2016 |<p>When board members volunteer, they’re driven by the desire to enhance their communities. But what happens when …

Events, Expos and Educational Classes: Why HOA Boards Should Attend

Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2016 |<p>Most homeowners association (HOA) board members are not experts. Board members are well-intentioned, dedicated …

Keeping Your Community on Track During the Holiday Season

Posted on Wednesday December 14, 2016 |<p>Holidays can be a lot of fun when you live in a planned community, condo or co-op. But when you are on your …

Cyber Security Part Two: Board Member Tips for Keeping Your Community Association Safe

Posted on Friday December 02, 2016 |<p>In part one of this two-part series, we discussed the importance of cyber security to your community association …

Cyber Security Part One - How Community Residents Can Protect Their Tech

Cyber Security Part One: How Community Residents Can Protect Their Tech<p>Posted on Thursday December 01, 2016 |<p>Like it or not, we have become very …

Four Policies Your High-Rise Association Should Formalize Right Now

Posted on Wednesday October 05, 2016 |<p>High-rise living often appeals to many people for the wealth of amenities, concierge-level services and unique …

High-Rise Insurance: Seven Tips to Cover Your Property

Posted on Monday September 26, 2016 |<p>Life in a high-rise property has its rewards. With great amenities, good security, and even concierge services, …

How to Declutter Your Home without Losing Your Mind

Posted on Friday November 18, 2016 |<p>It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of stuff we accumulate. And it’s hard sometimes to figure out …