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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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  • 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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  • Partner Post: 3 Fire Safety Precautions You Must Take This Summer

    Partner Post: 3 Fire Safety Precautions You Must Take This Summer

    I love the summertime. To me, nothing’s better than having my kids and grandkids over for a swim in the pool - following it up with a barbecue. Believe me, nothing beats being the grandpa with a pool.

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  • Deck Maintenance: The Key to a Fun and Safe Summer

    Deck Maintenance: The Key to a Fun and Safe Summer

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: your outdoor structures need just as much care and maintenance as your home. Think about it - your decks, sheds, and fences are exposed to the elements, and

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  • A Complete Guide to Welcome Packets

    A Complete Guide to Welcome Packets

    A Welcome Packet or Homeowners Manual, both being similar and serving the same purpose, should be the first communication coming from the condominium or homeowners association to a new homeowner. Prop

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  • 6 Easy Ways Your Community Association Can Save Money

    6 Easy Ways Your Community Association Can Save Money

    Everyone is talking about saving money and cutting expenses these days- but what does that really mean to you and your association?

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  • Partner Post: How to Stay Safe this Electrical Safety Month

    Partner Post: How to Stay Safe this Electrical Safety Month

    May is Electrical Safety Month - but electrical safety is something we should keep at the top of our minds year round. For many homeowners, if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.

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  • Partner Post: What to Know About Plumbing

    Partner Post: What to Know About Plumbing

    How often do you think about your plumbing? Probably never - until there’s a problem, that is. As a homeowner, the two biggest plumbing problems you’ll likely run into are low water pressure and leaks

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  • Partner Post: Money Really Does Grow On Trees

    Partner Post: Money Really Does Grow On Trees

    Having trees on your property can increase the value of your home. Click on this post to read about the many ways trees can pay you back.

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  • Partner Post: The Top 5 Committees to Create in Your Community

    Partner Post: The Top 5 Committees to Create in Your Community

    HOA committees benefit board members and homeowners alike. Find out which ones can help your community most in this post!

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  • Giving the Gift of Clean Water

    Giving the Gift of Clean Water

    Learn about Associa's partnership with Weathermatic's Save Water | Give Life Program and how the partnership brought a water well to a village in Nicaragua.

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  • Spring into FHA Approval: Why Now’s the Time to Start the Process

    Spring into FHA Approval: Why Now’s the Time to Start the Process

    If your condo association doesn't have FHA approval, spring is the perfect time to start the process. Find out why and how you can get approval in this post!

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