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  • Partner Post: 3 Condo Association Board Burnout Remedies

    Partner Post: 3 Condo Association Board Burnout Remedies

    Are you battling condo association board burnout? Try these remedies to try refreshing and reinvigorating yourself in your role on the board.

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  • 6 Reasons to Build Relationships with Your Local Government

    6 Reasons to Build Relationships with Your Local Government

    Local government can be a powerful partner for maximizing efficiency and engaging your community. Learn why relationships with government officials are key for reaping these benefits in this post.

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  • Partner Post: 5 Features to Include in Your Community Outdoor Living Space

    Partner Post: 5 Features to Include in Your Community Outdoor Living Space

    Make the most of your community's outdoor living space by adding these features to it. Your residents will have more reason to spend time in the community while enjoying this amenity.

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  • Partner Post: 10 Timeless Flowers to Beautify Your Garden

    Partner Post: 10 Timeless Flowers to Beautify Your Garden

    Plant any of these time-honored flowers recommended by gardening experts to give your garden a classic look.

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  • 5 Reasons Your Association Needs a Business Plan

    5 Reasons Your Association Needs a Business Plan

    Being selected to serve on the Board of Directors by your neighbors is a great compliment from your community members, but it’s also a big responsibility.

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  • Top 5 Ways to Avoid Board Member Burnout

    Top 5 Ways to Avoid Board Member Burnout

    It’s a great compliment to be selected to serve as a board member for your community association, but it’s also a big responsibility.

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  • Partner Post: Traveling Soon? Keep Your Home Safe with These Tips

    Partner Post: Traveling Soon? Keep Your Home Safe with These Tips

    Vacation is the time to unwind and get all of the relaxation you deserve.

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  • 5 HOA Budgeting Terms You Should Know

    5 HOA Budgeting Terms You Should Know

    Whether you just got elected to the community association board or you've served for years, these HOA budgeting terms will help you understand your association's finances.

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  • How to Slow Down Speeding Vehicles in Your HOA

    How to Slow Down Speeding Vehicles in Your HOA

    Tired of seeing vehicles zipping through your community? Try the expert-written tactics in this post to slow down traffic and make your association a safer place to live.

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  • Should You be "Friends" with Your Neighbors?

    Should You be "Friends" with Your Neighbors?

    Social media is a great way to stay connected with people from all walks of your life — friends, family coworkers, neighbors, high school acquaintances and more.

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  • Partner Post: Growing Cacti and Succulents for an Easy-Care Yard

    Partner Post: Growing Cacti and Succulents for an Easy-Care Yard

    Enjoy a yard – or container gardens – that are amazingly easy to care for and colorful by growing trendy cacti and succulents.

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  • 4 Things to Consider Before Removing a Board Member

    4 Things to Consider Before Removing a Board Member

    It may come as a surprise to you, but occasionally a board member needs to be removed from the board.

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  • Partner Post: Boost Brainpower with Blueberries

    Partner Post: Boost Brainpower with Blueberries

    Blueberries make everything better — pies, smoothies, salads and even your brain. Among the foods with the highest antioxidant content, they are antioxidant powerhouses.

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  • Smart Strategies for Association Budget Preparation

    Smart Strategies for Association Budget Preparation

    In order to operate a successful community association, there are many important facets of association governance that must be understood and implemented by its Board of Directors.

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  • All You Need to Know About Board Member Roles

    All You Need to Know About Board Member Roles

    It’s that time of year again… new members have just been elected to serve on their Board of Directors. With this comes the election of officers and thus a new tone is set for the Association.

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  • How Committees Can Help Your Community

    How Committees Can Help Your Community

    Members of an association often have tasks that require more in-depth study by a small group. That’s where a committee comes in.

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  • Quick Tips for an Effective Meeting Agenda

    Quick Tips for an Effective Meeting Agenda

    It’s no secret that some Board meetings can run longer than necessary. In most cases, Board meetings should take no longer than two hours.

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  • How to Tame an Unruly Meeting

    How to Tame an Unruly Meeting

    Board members and managers alike can recall meetings that left them with churning stomachs and scratching their heads afterwards, wondering how in the world things could have gotten so out of control.

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  • Partner Post: 4 Fruitful Seeds to Plant in Your Garden

    Partner Post: 4 Fruitful Seeds to Plant in Your Garden

    Harvesting your own vegetables from a backyard garden is a great way to use your outdoor space wisely while also providing healthy food for your family.

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  • A Beginner's Guide to Community Association Terms

    A Beginner's Guide to Community Association Terms

    The management company and/or a Board of Directors are almost always involved in reading through the association documents and learning the new terms can be a little overwhelming at first.

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