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Why Your HOA Cannot Restrict Access to the 2020 Census

Posted by Judith Duncan on Apr 1, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Many HOA and Condo associations implement restricted access measures to help ensure the safety and security of their homeowners and community property. These measures, such as gated entries, closed-circuit cameras, and even security officers, are all in place to prohibit unwanted solicitors or intruders from disturbing your community's residents. It's important to know however, that the 2020 Census is currently underway and although your members may feel that they would rather not be bothered by Census representatives, denying entry to these representatives is actually illegal and can put your community at a disadvantage.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Legal, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Home in a Community Association (HOA)

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Mar 18, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth, you've probably run into some homes that are a part of a community or homeowner's association. You may be familiar with the monthly fees, some benefits, and restrictions of living in a home with an HOA, but it can often be more complicated than what you imagined.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

Social Networking HOA Best Practices

Posted by Page Carlee on Mar 4, 2020 8:21:00 AM

We live in a digital age where communication is delivered with lightning speed and the majority of community associations are turning to social media to communicate with homeowners. Social media has been shown to be an effective tool in keeping a community informed of various events and activities. However, it is vital that a social media policy be adopted to ensure that your board avoids negative issues that may arise on your social media platform. Below, you will find guidance for your association counsel on best practices for your social media site.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Technology and Software

Possible Effects of Reverse Mortgages in Active-Adult Communities

Posted by Amanda Causey on Feb 19, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Television commercials promote reverse mortgages as an easy financial solution for seniors. If a senior is struggling financially during their retirement years, a reverse mortgage appeals to them because it lets them remain at home and draw money. The final outcome of a reverse mortgage isn't as glamorous as the commercials portray. Understanding the implications for your active-adult community is important for preventing misconceptions about reverse mortgages and HOAs. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Financial

What You Need to Know About Resort-Style Living

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Feb 5, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Have you ever wanted to stay in your own home while feeling as if you're on vacation 365 days of the year? If so, then you need to know about resort-style living, also known as a Country Club lifestyle. On the other hand, not everyone is suited for this type of lifestyle or can afford it. Here's what you need to know about resort-style living, regarding the basic pros and cons. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

Does Your State Require Community Association Managers to be Licensed? What HOA Boards Need to Know

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jan 22, 2020 8:15:00 AM

There are currently eight states and the District of Columbia that require Community Association Manager (CAM) to be licensed. These states include:

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Topics: HOA | Condo Legal

How to Fit a Home Office in a Condo

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jan 8, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Advancements in mobile technology have made it easier than ever for people to ditch the office and work from home. From remote work opportunities to freelance opportunities to online businesses, more and more people are choosing to spend each day commuting just a few feet to work rather than several miles. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas, HOA | Condo Other

Tips to Keep your New Year's Resolutions!

Posted by Page Carlee on Jan 1, 2020 10:00:00 AM

The new year seems like the perfect time to start something new, and creating New Year's Resolutions is a popular way to establish new routines and eliminate bad habits. Unfortunately, many of us end up breaking our resolutions before they can become permanent changes. This year we wanted to give you some tips to help those resolutions stick.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Other, HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

How to Recycle Your Tree After the Holidays

Posted by Jennifer Harvey on Dec 18, 2019 9:29:00 AM

The holiday festivities are over, all of the presents have been opened, the meals have been eaten, and a once beautiful Christmas tree is wearing out its welcome. Now what? As the National Christmas Tree Association points out, if you have a real Christmas tree, it is biodegradable. The most common ways to recycle to a Christmas tree are to leave it on the curb for recycling pickup or chop it up for yard waste pickup, but there are some great alternatives.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

6 Ways to Spread Joy in Your HOA Community

Posted by Amanda Causey on Dec 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

One of the most wonderful things about an HOA neighborhood is the potential to come together during the holidays. Spreading joy throughout the holiday season is a great way to connect with your neighbors and to enrich your community. Of course, simply smiling and saying "Happy Holidays" is only the beginning. Whether you're an HOA council member or looking to spread joy through your neighborhood, we've put together some lovely ways to uplift the spirits and share the holiday cheer through your entire community.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

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