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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Top 10 Items to Include in Your Community's Disaster Preparedness Plan

    The Top 10 Items to Include in Your Community's Disaster Preparedness Plan

    Is your community association ready for a disaster? With hurricane season approaching learn what you should put in your community's disaster preparedness plan in this post!

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  • Partner Post: The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Partner Post: The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

    Whether you're remodeling or making a few simple updates, design is key for a functional kitchen. Find out what mistakes to avoid during the process in this post!

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  • Celebrating Earth Day: 4 Ways to Make your Home More Sustainable

    Celebrating Earth Day: 4 Ways to Make your Home More Sustainable

    Looking for Earth Day ideas that will help keep the planet sustainable for years to come? Try these ideas offered by TV personality and contractor Mike Holmes in this post!

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  • Luxury High-Rise Board Member? Look for these 5 Skills in Your General Manager

    Luxury High-Rise Board Member? Look for these 5 Skills in Your General Manager

    If you help lead a luxury high-rise, partnering with the right general manager is key for your property's success. Discover the traits to look for in your next GM in this post!

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  • Partner Post: Top 3 Berry Bushes to Plant for Mind, Body and Garden

    Partner Post: Top 3 Berry Bushes to Plant for Mind, Body and Garden

    Not sure what type of berry bushes to plant in your spring garden? Try these varieties recommended by gardening experts today!

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  • Ready to Become Board President? Practice R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

    Ready to Become Board President? Practice R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

    Knowing whether you're ready to take on the role of HOA president is no easy task. To help you know if you've got what it takes, see if you have the attributes of the acronym in this post!

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