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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

Top Ten Ways to Encourage Homeowner Engagement in Your Community Association

Posted by Amanda Causey on Nov 20, 2019 8:47:00 AM

Increasing homeowner engagement is an important component of building a strong community. More homeowner involvement gives HOA board members a broader perspective on issues facing the community. As your association gets more homeowner participation, the board may be able to lighten its workload or get more done by delegating tasks to volunteer committees. You may want to consider how your association can adopt or modify these ideas to meet your unique needs.

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

Thanksgiving: How to Set Up a Food Drive For Your Community Association

Posted by Amanda Causey on Nov 8, 2019 8:16:00 AM

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for a food drive. Not only is everyone thinking about the value of their possessions to be thankful for, but they are also clearing out their pantries for feast ingredients. Associations can share a great deal of Thanksgiving fun by planning for events and charity. Everyone loves the feeling of knowing that the foods they haven't cooked in months will go to a family to help make their Thanksgiving a rewarding day full of food as well. There are so many families who can't afford a feast this year who benefit from the food drives put together by generous communities like yours.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Community Events and Programs, HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

Luxury Communities Benefit from Tankless Water Heaters

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Oct 23, 2019 8:17:00 AM

Living luxuriously means you enjoy many modern comforts. A soothingly hot shower is no exception! When you step into the shower at your home, you expect instantaneous hot water. Most of us do not think about how our water is heated. We simply anticipate hot water flowing through any of our household taps and appliances when we need it. Yet, most homeowners do think about ways to make their homes energy efficient.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Other, HOA | Condo Maintenance

Top Emerging Wellness Trends

Posted by Amanda Causey on Oct 9, 2019 8:42:00 AM

Your health plays a role in not only weight loss but also stress reduction, heart disease prevention, and the management of chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. You don't want to base your health management solely on wellness trends, but you can benefit from some of this year's best wellness trends for long-term health. Here are some of this year's top wellness trends.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Community Events and Programs, HOA | Condo Other

Five Ways to Make the Most Out Of Small Outdoor Spaces

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Sep 25, 2019 7:42:00 AM

No matter how small your patio might be, it's possible to transform it from one of those small common spaces you see in your neighborhood to a tastefully decorated outdoor space. While you may not have all the room you need to turn your dream backyard into reality; a small outdoor space gives you a chance to create a cozy little slice of heaven for you and your household. If you have no idea where to start, here are a few creative ideas to get you started. 

How to Spice up Your Small Outdoor Space

Spicing up your small space and turning it into an irresistible hangout is no rocket science and neither does it require a considerable budget. You just need a few tricks up your sleeve  as described herein, and you'll be good to go

Let an In-Built Bench Do the Magic

If your patio is incredibly tight on space, then an in-built bench is a great way to make the most out of it. Such a bench is usually customized to fit into your space, which makes it even more ideal as you get total control on how you want it to look. For a contemporary and vintage look, go for an inbuilt wooden bench and then later bring in a table and one or two stools to create the perfect chill spot. While at it, keep in mind that accessories will make your space appear bigger and cozier. Hence, dress up your bench by adding a few pillows, throws, and a beautiful rug to maximize comfort.

Create an Optical Illusion living

Living in a luxury condo managed by community associations comes with a whole bunch of perks. For instance you never have to stress about security, maintenance or upkeep. As a result, they're quite popular and demand is high. To satisfy this demand, HOAs are often left with no option but to reduce square footage which in turn means residents share common spaces and get smaller private outdoor yards.

Nonetheless just because the patio is small doesn't mean you forego the benefits that come with living in such a community. You can still enjoy these perks and at the same time the pleasure of having ample outdoor space by creating an optical illusion.  There are many ways to trick the eye, but one of the most effective is using bright colors.

For instance, the blue color tends to blend with the sky visually. Hence, painting your wall blue hides its hard edges, creating an illusion of a bigger space. Painting your deck with other bright colors also achieves the same effect.

If plants are your cup of tea, you can also use them to create an optical illusion of a bigger space by going vertical. Get yourself a few potted plants and create a beautiful hanging garden. Adding a few potted plants on your wall adds height and also draws the attention of your visitors away from the small space.

This, combined with the bright colors, is guaranteed to make small community spaces appear bigger. You can also place a few potted plants on the floor. However, be careful as too many potted plants will quickly clutter your space up, making it look smaller, which is what you're trying to avoid in the first place.

Screen Your Space 

In small common spaces, privacy might seem like an elusive pipe dream. However, with outdoor drapery panels, a lattice panel screen or a DIY bamboo screen you'll stylishly keep your business under wraps from nosey neighbors. For instance, outdoor drapes will give your small space an elegant and homely touch. If you have nowhere to hang the drapes, you can use the alternatives or get to work by installing a wood frame.

Let a hot-tub Reign

After a long day, we all want to come home to a long relaxing hot shower and then later slip into our pajamas. If you have a small balcony, you can make your evenings even more exciting by getting a medium sized hot tub. With this, every day will be a spa day for you and your significant other.

We believe there's no better way to unwind than sitting in a hot tub in the evening, sipping your favorite drink while enjoying views from your balcony and catching up with your spouse or friends. Spice up things by adding essential oils to your water to make the scene even more relaxing and thank us later!

But before anything ensure you consult the property managers to avoid sticky situations. Also, don't forget to screen your balcony for privacy sake!

Hammocks All the Way!

Again if you only remember you have a balcony when it's too hot inside, then a hammock is also a simple yet sophisticated way to enjoy your summer naps and get tanned. Bring in a hammock and install it on your favorite spot on your balcony. To create a complete impression of your own small jungle world, bring in faux grass and add a few faux plants and your summer naps will never be the same again.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas

Where Should an HOA Board Begin with a Capital Project ?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Sep 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM

A capital project is a specific plan for making improvements or adding new features to common areas in your HOA. The decision to proceed with a large project is a commitment to the extra time and funds required to get the job done. For board members, tackling a large scale project is often a daunting task. By conducting research, outlining the process, and setting goals, your board can start to improve the association for everyone. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Developing Communities

High-Rise Security and Privacy Concerns: Best Practices for Better Safety

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Aug 28, 2019 8:09:00 AM

Living on an upper floor in a high-rise building presents different challenges for security and privacy than a single-family home. There are several reasons why proactive security and privacy measures are smart for association members. While it is impossible to keep everyone safe from harm at all times, there are ways condo association board members can safeguard against disaster. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas, HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety

Golf Course & Community Liability: Who is Responsible When Balls Do Damage

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Aug 14, 2019 7:42:00 AM

Living near a golf course is a dream for those who love to play the popular sport. When the swing of a golf club sends a ball through a nearby window or into a car, questions of liability quickly arise. Someone must pay for the repairs and discovering who the responsibility belongs to isn't easy. There are a variety of circumstances that contribute to finding fault and each case is different. Let's take a closer look at how an errant golf ball can result in finger-pointing and a blame game that delays repairs and creates tension among HOA members

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

The Most Common HOA Board Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jul 31, 2019 7:57:00 AM

Joining your HOA board is a great way to take more responsibility. However, many new HOA board members will make mistakes, ranging from minor to serious. The board itself often runs into errors, especially in areas such as rule enforcement. Here are some of the most common HOA board mistakes and some things you can do.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education

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