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  • Partner Post: Strategies for Working with Condo Association Contractors

    Partner Post: Strategies for Working with Condo Association Contractors

    These strategies for working with Condo Association contractors will help you ensure things go smoothly.

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  • The Importance of an Annual Audit

    The Importance of an Annual Audit

    An audit is the highest level of review of an association’s financial books and records and is typically required to be performed annually by an association’s declaration.

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  • Partner Post: How to Boost Your African Violets by Repotting

    Partner Post: How to Boost Your African Violets by Repotting

    Repotting your plant will give it the boost and refresher it needs to have beautiful blooms again.

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  • 4 Benefits of Well-Funded Reserves

    4 Benefits of Well-Funded Reserves

    An up-to-date reserve fund is critical to the financial management of a community and it’s required by law in most states.

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  • Partner Post: 10 Quick Organization Hacks to Simplify Your Life

    Partner Post: 10 Quick Organization Hacks to Simplify Your Life

    With the holiday season in full swing, you'll likely have some guests. Use these tips from our friends at TownSq to keep your home organized.

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  • Quick and Easy Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party

    Quick and Easy Tips for Hosting a Holiday Party

    Check out these tips to make planning your party seamless and stress-free!

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  • How to Host an Effective Board Orientation

    How to Host an Effective Board Orientation

    Hosting a board orientation is a constructive way to start the partnership off so we’ve included a few recommendations for an effective board orientation.

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  • Partner Post: 5 Plants That Can Withstand the Cold

    Partner Post: 5 Plants That Can Withstand the Cold

    Consider these plants that withstand the cold to keep your landscaped areas both green and exciting during the colder months.

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  • 4 Ways to Increase Community Engagement During the Holiday Season

    4 Ways to Increase Community Engagement During the Holiday Season

    Engaged residents are happy residents, and the holiday season is the perfect time to bring your community together and show them you care.

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  • Partner Post: Red Flags to Watch Out for While House Shopping

    Partner Post: Red Flags to Watch Out for While House Shopping

    It’s very important to buy smart and protect yourself because at the end of the day, if you end up buying a money pit, you’ll be the one responsible for it - not the seller or the home inspector.

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  • Want to Reduce Board Resignations? Use These 4 Tips.

    Want to Reduce Board Resignations? Use These 4 Tips.

    It’s wise that your association implement a plan to reduce resignations to enhance continuity within your community associations’ structure.

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  • Partner Post: 3 Tips for Reviewing Homeowners’ Association Disclosure Documents

    Partner Post: 3 Tips for Reviewing Homeowners’ Association Disclosure Documents

    Here are three tips for reviewing Homeowners’ Association disclosure documents to figure out what matters.

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  • 5 Essential HOA Terms New Board Members Need to Know

    5 Essential HOA Terms New Board Members Need to Know

    Knowing these key HOA terms will help you get up to speed or serve as the refresher you need to improve as a leader of your community.

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  • Partner Post: Top 4 Social Engineering Attacks You Should Know

    Partner Post: Top 4 Social Engineering Attacks You Should Know

    Since humans are now being targeted – not just machines – it’s important to be educated and know the signs of these cyber crimes so you can avoid them.

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  • What You Need to Know About Fire Alarm Maintenance

    What You Need to Know About Fire Alarm Maintenance

    Fire alarm systems are one of the main requirements to keep homes safe and having them inspected, tested and serviced is crucial.

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  • Partner Post: What To Do with Your Garden and Lawn in the Fall

    Partner Post: What To Do with Your Garden and Lawn in the Fall

    As you see the trees ready themselves for the season ahead, you, too, can begin putting your garden and landscape to bed for the season.

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  • 3 HOA Insurance Terms You Need to Know

    3 HOA Insurance Terms You Need to Know

    Knowing these HOA insurance terms will help you better understand some aspects of the insurance process your association goes through to protect your community’s assets.

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  • Partner Post: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Fall Lawn Care

    Partner Post: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Fall Lawn Care

    Consider these tips when choosing to be environmentally friendly with your lawn care this fall season.

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  • 5 Tips for Presenting HOA Budgets

    5 Tips for Presenting HOA Budgets

    As a board member, preparing an annual budget and establishing assessments for your association falls squarely within your fiduciary duty.

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  • Easy Ways to Conserve Water at Home

    Easy Ways to Conserve Water at Home

    As a contractor, I’m always making the effort to build things that are sustainable and don’t leave a large footprint on Mother Earth.

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