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  • Partner Post: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Porch Pirates

    Partner Post: 4 Ways to Protect Yourself from Porch Pirates

    Here are four ways to protect yourself from becoming a porch pirate victim.

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  • What Are HOA Violations & How to Avoid Them

    What Are HOA Violations & How to Avoid Them

    Becoming a member of a homeowners' association (HOA) has many advantages, including increased home values and better amenities. However, the extra perks don't come without a price...

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  • Selecting the Right Vendors for Your HOA

    Selecting the Right Vendors for Your HOA

    A successfully-run homeowners’ association (HOA) is never a solo endeavor. It takes an engaged board, an experienced Community Association Manager (CAM), and multiple vendors, who you can rely on...

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  • Partner Post: Tips for Winterizing a Property

    Partner Post: Tips for Winterizing a Property

    It's time to get ahead of the storms by helping your homeowners prepare. Here are a few tips for winterizing a property. Protect Pipes

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  • Top HOA Acronyms You Need to Know

    Top HOA Acronyms You Need to Know

    Like any organization, HOAs use a language of their own, and the many acronyms can get confusing. The following are the most commonly used HOA acronyms and what they mean.

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  • Partner Post: Grateful for Gardens

    Partner Post: Grateful for Gardens

    We prepare for the holidays by making lists, sending cards and just being thankful for joy and thinking of what we can do for others. Something may not immediately come to mind —gardens.

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  • CAM Confessions: What I Wish Board Members Knew

    CAM Confessions: What I Wish Board Members Knew

    We asked a few of our CAMs to share how the relationship works, common misconceptions, and how everyone can work better together.

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  • Partner Post: Three Simple Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

    Partner Post: Three Simple Tips to Prepare Your Home for Winter

    Prep your home for the cold with these three super easy tips.

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  • FHA Condo Approval Tips: Reserves

    FHA Condo Approval Tips: Reserves

    In our work with clients, a common issue we see arise is inadequately funding association reserves. Here are some tips to avoid this pitfall.

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  • Featured Ebook: 2019 Fall Maintenance Guide

    Featured Ebook: 2019 Fall Maintenance Guide

    We have 10 impactful tips to help your community jumpstart its fall maintenance checklist!

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  • Partner Post: Lawn Treatment Guide

    Partner Post: Lawn Treatment Guide

    Don't let the grass grow under your feet! Follow this lawn treatment guide now and you'll have a pristine-looking lawn again come spring.

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  • 5 Ways to Spread Holiday Joy in Your Community

    5 Ways to Spread Holiday Joy in Your Community

    The holiday season is one of the biggest and best chances for your homeowners’ association (HOA) to engage with your residents and build lasting bonds throughout the community.

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  • Partner Post: Make Sure Your Fitness Amenity is Ready for 2020

    Partner Post: Make Sure Your Fitness Amenity is Ready for 2020

    The last few months of the year are a great time to give your fitness amenity some attention.

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  • FHA Condo Approval Tips: Owner-Occupancy

    FHA Condo Approval Tips: Owner-Occupancy

    In our work with clients, a common issue we see arise is the ratio of owners to renters or owner-occupancy ratios. Here are some tips to avoid this pitfall.

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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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