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What Gives the Association the Right to Tell Me What to Do?

Sep 5, 2015

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you can do in our community. Community associations have a governmental component. Like a city or county government, a community association has a charter—called the declaration. The declaration encompasses bylaws, covenants and other documents that give…

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We’re Having What Kind of Meeting?

Aug 15, 2015

What’s the difference in a board meeting and a special meeting, or an annual meeting and a town meeting? Confused? Here’s some clarification.   Annual Meetings Annual meetings—or annual membership meetings—are required by our governing documents, which specify when they’re to be conducted and how and when members are to be notified about the meeting.…

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How do we compare?

Aug 7, 2015

We think most of our neighbors are happy living in our community—and we certainly hope you are among them. But how do the more than 65 million Americans who live in homeowners associations and condominium communities feel about their own homeowners associations and condominium communities? Are they happy with their elected boards? How do they…

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Safety Tips for Winter Road Trips

Aug 2, 2015

Preparedness is paramount when it comes to road trips year-round, and hitting the road for a long drive during winter months is no exception. With an increased risk of potential driving hazards like sleet, snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures, it’s a good idea to think about ways to ensure you’ll travel safely. Consider the…

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Why HOAs Need Professional Management

Jul 30, 2015

There’s a lot more to managing a community association effectively than you may realize. It’s much more than property management; it’s also about governance—enforcing rules, conducting elections and more. Your home and your ownership interest in the common elements represent a huge asset—possibly your largest asset. Doesn’t it make sense to have a knowledgeable, trained,…

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Rock the Proxy: Let Your Voice be Heard

Jul 26, 2015

  We’ve got an election coming up, and even if you’re unable to attend the membership meeting and election, you can still vote by proxy. A proxy is the written authorization that allows one person to appoint another (the proxy holder) to vote on his or her behalf. State law and the association’s governing documents…

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Keeping Pool Water Safe

Jul 24, 2015

  Your backyard swimming pool may look refreshing, particularly on a sweltering hot day. But if it’s not properly monitored, the water can harbor bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) call recreational water illnesses. Instances of these ailments, which include ear and eye infections and respiratory, intestinal…

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Social Media Safety

Jul 20, 2015

Social media has many benefits—it allows you to maintain connections with friends, make new contacts, build support networks, express yourself and share your interests. However, information should be shared with caution to protect yourself and your family. Here are seven top tips for social media safety: Your personal information should be just that—personal. As hackers…

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Preparing a Family Emergency Plan

Jul 18, 2015

Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes in the summer months, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place. Consider preparing a family emergency plan now before it’s needed. Have an open discussion with your family about…

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Keep an Eye on What You Fry

Jul 17, 2015

Nearly two-thirds of all kitchen fires start on the range or cook top. To prevent fires in your kitchen, don’t leave food unattended on burners or the stove top, especially if you are frying food. If you have to step away from the stove or leave the kitchen, turn off the heat or flame and…

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