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  • Partner Post: The Right Way to Handle Neighbor Conflict

    Partner Post: The Right Way to Handle Neighbor Conflict

    Here are five tips for how to best handle conflict with neighbors.

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  • What Every Board Member Should Know About Financial Reports

    What Every Board Member Should Know About Financial Reports

    To successfully fulfill your duty as a board member and sustain the financial well-being of your community, you must understand financial reports & their importance to the success of your association.

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  • Partner Post: Prep Trees for Winter with the Fall Five

    Partner Post: Prep Trees for Winter with the Fall Five

    In autumn, trees demand attention with their tinted maroon, orange and bronze leaves. While their warm hues dazzle today, it’s the countless evergreens that will brighten the winter months ahead.

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  • FHA Condo Approval Tips: FHA Recertification, It’s Worth It

    FHA Condo Approval Tips: FHA Recertification, It’s Worth It

    FHA approval is a critical component for associations that want to keep their units marketable to the widest range of buyers.

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  • Partner Post: Prevent Property Crime in Your Neighborhoods and Increase Resident Safety

    Partner Post: Prevent Property Crime in Your Neighborhoods and Increase Resident Safety

    Here’s what you can do as a property manager if you’ve received one too many late-night emergency calls, or if you've noticed an increase in crime around your communities.

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  • 10 Signs You’re Cut Out for the HOA Board

    10 Signs You’re Cut Out for the HOA Board

    The following are 10 signs that you're cut out to be the newest member of your HOA board.

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  • Featured Ebook: How to Transform Your HOA's Architectural Review

    Featured Ebook: How to Transform Your HOA's Architectural Review

    A crucial component of maintaining the aesthetics and home values of a community is a well-run architectural review board.

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  • Partner Post: 7 Tips to Help Compare Multiple Bids

    Partner Post: 7 Tips to Help Compare Multiple Bids

    Every bid looks, sounds, and feels different. So how do you make a decision that is in the best interest of your budget without sacrificing quality or predictability?

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  • 10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire Your Next HOA Management Company

    10 Questions to Ask Before You Hire Your Next HOA Management Company

    Before you sign on the dotted line, be sure to ask your potential HOA management company the following crucial questions.

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  • Partner Post: The New Homeowner's Guide to HVAC

    Partner Post: The New Homeowner's Guide to HVAC

    HVAC can be complex. Let's simplify it.

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  • HOA 101: Tips for Living in an HOA Community

    HOA 101: Tips for Living in an HOA Community

    HOA living can be a unique experience. Discover helpful tips on how to get the most out of your HOA community with these 5 tips.

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  • Partner Post: Houseplants Are Essential Back-to-School Supplies

    Partner Post: Houseplants Are Essential Back-to-School Supplies

    Indoor plants are a key ingredient to a healthy home. But it’s not just our homes they help—indoor plants bring their benefits to dorm rooms and other spaces, as well.

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  • How to Handle Raising Assessments

    How to Handle Raising Assessments

    Here are some assessment basics and tips to help you communicate the news of an increase to residents with minimal friction.

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  • Partner Post: Condo Association Problem Solving Strategies

    Partner Post: Condo Association Problem Solving Strategies

    If you want to be productive and efficient, here are some condo association problem-solving strategies to improve your meetings.

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Resort-Style Communities

    Everything You Need to Know About Resort-Style Communities

    Read on to learn more about resort-style communities, different community types, and the benefits of purchasing a home in one.

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  • Featured Ebook: 7 Answers to the Most Frequently Asked HOA Questions

    Featured Ebook: 7 Answers to the Most Frequently Asked HOA Questions

    For homebuyers who have never belonged to an HOA, joining a managed community can be an overwhelming experience. We created this ebook to provide simple, straightforward answers to the most common...

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  • Partner Post: Top 7 Considerations for Your Fitness Amenity

    Partner Post: Top 7 Considerations for Your Fitness Amenity

    Consider these factors when mapping out your fitness amenity, and you’ll add incredible value and curb appeal to anyone considering your property.

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  • The Ultimate HOA Home Buying Guide

    The Ultimate HOA Home Buying Guide

    If you’re shopping for a new home, then you’ve probably heard someone mention homeowners' associations or HOAs for short. While HOAs have become common across North America, many people are still ...

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  • How to Assemble a Team of Volunteers

    How to Assemble a Team of Volunteers

    Here are eight simple ways to assemble a team of volunteers that will want to serve on your association’s board of directors in the future.

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  • Partner Post: Clubhouse Upgrades: Time for a Facelift?

    Partner Post: Clubhouse Upgrades: Time for a Facelift?

    A community clubhouse is usually the go-to gathering place for residents. Typically located near the recreation, pool or play areas, it can be the hub for daily life.

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