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  • Our Favorite Prime Day Deals for Board Members

    Our Favorite Prime Day Deals for Board Members

    Amazon Prime Day is an annual shopping event exclusive to prime account holders. This year's sale happens on July 15 and 16, and it could help you save hundreds on some of your favorite products...

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  • Partner Post: Crime Rates Rise During the Summer, Here’s What This Means for You

    Partner Post: Crime Rates Rise During the Summer, Here’s What This Means for You

    As the temperature rises during the summer months of June through September, so do crime rates. According to studies, crime can increase up to 35% during the summer.

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  • Tick-Tock: Exploring Your HOA Meeting Minutes

    Tick-Tock: Exploring Your HOA Meeting Minutes

    In this blog, we explore what HOA meeting minutes are, their purpose, and best practices for taking and keeping good HOA minutes.

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  • Partner Post: Smart Gardening: Understanding Your Zone

    Partner Post: Smart Gardening: Understanding Your Zone

    Learn more about the smart way to garden by understanding your zone.

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  • Featured Ebook: 8 Essential Things You Need to Know About Reserve Funds & Studies

    Featured Ebook: 8 Essential Things You Need to Know About Reserve Funds & Studies

    There are many items on a board's to-do list, but the financial health of your community should always remain at the top. Whether your association has a 100% funded reserve, or ...

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  • Partner Post: 7 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    Partner Post: 7 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

    We’ve identified seven simple summertime maintenance projects that’ll help you enjoy your home this summer season.

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  • HOA 101: What is an HOA?

    HOA 101: What is an HOA?

    A homeowners' association (HOA) is a nonprofit organization that’s set up to help run, manage, and maintain a neighborhood, building, or another collective of homes. People who belong to an HOA ...

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  • Partner Post: Reserve Studies & Your Community’s Long-Term Goals

    Partner Post: Reserve Studies & Your Community’s Long-Term Goals

    It is widely known that having an updated Capital Reserve Study is vital for the success of any community association.

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  • Condo Corner: Why Attending Move-In Orientation Matters

    Condo Corner: Why Attending Move-In Orientation Matters

    Here are 4 crucial things you will do and learn at your condo move-in orientation.

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  • Partner Post: Unique Renovations to Boost Occupancy and Rent

    Partner Post: Unique Renovations to Boost Occupancy and Rent

    In today’s competitive market, Property Managers of older buildings are always looking for new ways to increase rent and resident occupancy. One easy way to do so is through renovations.

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  • 3 Things to Do at Every Board Meeting

    3 Things to Do at Every Board Meeting

    Board members can set the tone by being a professional example and making sure to do the following three things at every board meeting.

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  • Partner Post: Blueberries to the Rescue!

    Partner Post: Blueberries to the Rescue!

    Blueberries may be small in size but they pack a big nutritional punch!

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  • Partner Post: 5 Out-of-the-Box Events Your Community Should Host This Summer

    Partner Post: 5 Out-of-the-Box Events Your Community Should Host This Summer

    If it’s been a while since your last block party, then it’s time to ring in the season and plan your next summer get together.

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  • Are You the Pack Leader? How to Prevent Excessive Barking

    Are You the Pack Leader? How to Prevent Excessive Barking

    If your dog is “that dog” then consider trying these tips to help restore peace to your neighborhood.

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  • May Featured Ebook: Running Better Meetings

    May Featured Ebook: Running Better Meetings

    May's featured ebook, "A Board Member's Guide to Running Better Meetings," is here to help you transform your community's meetings. It is filled with helpful tips to help you and your board plan...

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  • Partner Post: 8 Rules HOA Boards Can Follow to Keep Residents Safe

    Partner Post: 8 Rules HOA Boards Can Follow to Keep Residents Safe

    Eight rules you can follow to help you keep track of what’s happening in your neighborhood.

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  • The Beginner’s Guide to Purchasing a Second Home

    The Beginner’s Guide to Purchasing a Second Home

    Read on to discover the different types of properties, benefits of purchasing in a managed community, and additional tips and tricks to keep in mind when buying a second home.

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  • Partner Post: 11 Signs Your Property Needs a Refresh

    Partner Post: 11 Signs Your Property Needs a Refresh

    Repainting and updating your property on a regular basis is important for a number of reasons, including drawing customers or potential tenants, adapting to building damage or additions, as well as wa

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  • How to Prepare Your Community for a Wildfire

    How to Prepare Your Community for a Wildfire

    Every year, more and more people are forced to flee their homes because of wildfires. These fires have been growing in both size and frequency, and today more than 4 million U.S. households are...

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  • Partner Post: Prepare Trees for Spring in Four Easy Steps

    Partner Post: Prepare Trees for Spring in Four Easy Steps

    Spring is a great time to give trees the extra TLC they need to make it through the rest of the year. Prepare your trees for warm, sunny days with this springtime checklist.

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