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  • Partner Post: Giving Your Yard a Green Makeover

    Partner Post: Giving Your Yard a Green Makeover

    Even though your yard is already a green space, you can take specific steps to make it more sustainable. Try the tips in this post!

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  • Why Should a Community Purchase Worker’s Comp Insurance?

    Why Should a Community Purchase Worker’s Comp Insurance?

    Make sure your association is protected regardless of who's doing work for your community. Learn why HOA boards should purchase worker's compensation insurance in this post!

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  • Partner Post: The Berry Best Recipes for Summer

    Partner Post: The Berry Best Recipes for Summer

    The hot days of summer are on their way. Cool off with these recipes for delicious summer treats using seasonal berries!

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  • Hosting a Realtor Event Part 2: 6 Tips to Grow Your Gathering

    Hosting a Realtor Event Part 2: 6 Tips to Grow Your Gathering

    Raise your property values by showing off your community, try these 6 ways to attract realtors to the event!

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  • Partner Post: Managing Condo Association Workflow

    Partner Post: Managing Condo Association Workflow

    Being a condo association board member is a volunteer job with a host of responsibilities. Learn how to balance them in this post.

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  • How to Handle a Bully in Your Community

    How to Handle a Bully in Your Community

    Bullies appear in a variety of settings, and associations are not immune. Learn tips for handling a bully in your community today.

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  • 8 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    8 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Curb appeal helps homes sell, and landscaping with mature trees plays a major part in beautifying its exterior. Make your home turn heads with these eight tips.

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  • 3 Tools for Board Members to Assist in Working With Their Local Government

    3 Tools for Board Members to Assist in Working With Their Local Government

    Local governments can help board members in a variety of ways. Find out how you can work with them with these three tools.

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  • Partner Post: Top 5 Trees to Plant for Bees

    Partner Post: Top 5 Trees to Plant for Bees

    Did you know that bees pollinate 85 percent of the planet's flowers and more than a third of our fruits and vegetables? Without bees, our grocery stores would look shockingly sparse. ...

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  • The Most Important Facts to Know About Common Area Warranties

    The Most Important Facts to Know About Common Area Warranties

    As we move into our brand new homes, we are mainly focused on what is happening inside our strata lot; most owners won’t know much about warranties and how warranties work. We often...

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  • Partner Post: Three Questions to ask Prospective Condo Association Board Candidates

    Partner Post: Three Questions to ask Prospective Condo Association Board Candidates

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  • Why Condo Associations Need FHA Approval in 2017

    Why Condo Associations Need FHA Approval in 2017

    Prior to 2005, few condominium boards paid much attention to Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, financing. At the time, the FHA only had a small fraction of condominium loans...

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  • Partner Post: 4 Reasons to Grow Blueberries on Your Patio

    Partner Post: 4 Reasons to Grow Blueberries on Your Patio

    With the trend toward healthier living on the rise, blueberry plants are perfect for anyone looking to improve their well-being with wholesome fruit right from their own backyard or patio.

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  • Hosting A Realtor Event, Part 1: 3 Ways to Show Off Your Community

    Hosting A Realtor Event, Part 1: 3 Ways to Show Off Your Community

    Boost your community's property values by hosting a realtor event. Try one of these three options tested by community association board members like you. One of the key ways community assoc

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  • Partner Post: Save Energy with These Efficient Window Treatments

    Partner Post: Save Energy with These Efficient Window Treatments

    Your ordinary curtains can do a lot more than just hang out. Not only do they make a pretty nice dress in a pinch; they can also keep your home feeling more comfortable—and take the...

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  • 6 Communication Tips for a Smoother Insurance Claim Process

    6 Communication Tips for a Smoother Insurance Claim Process

    If you’ve been a board member or community manager for very long, then you know all too well the issues that come with submitting an insurance claim on behalf of your association. ...

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  • Partner Post: Prepare Your Trees for Spring in 4 Easy Steps

    Partner Post: Prepare Your Trees for Spring in 4 Easy Steps

    New blooms, warm rain, and bright sunshine are just a few reasons to love spring. Sleeping plants slowly awaken and the birds sing with joy. A quick look around tells you it’s time to...

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  • How to Handle Every Stage of a Snowstorm

    How to Handle Every Stage of a Snowstorm

    While residents of warmer clients experienced some early Spring weather, some regions have experienced extreme winter weather patterns this season and for a few of us that meant record...

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  • Partner Post: Five Tips for an Effective Annual Condo Association Meeting

    Partner Post: Five Tips for an Effective Annual Condo Association Meeting

    This post was republished with permission from BetterCondoLife.com.  Annual condo association meetings are one of the cornerstones of association life. While monthly board meetings...

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  • 3 Ways to Become a More Effective Council Member

    3 Ways to Become a More Effective Council Member

    While most strata corporations are not self-managed and a professional management company is hired to help guide strata councils, legislation such as the prevalent Strata Property Act...

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