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Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM®

Over 30 years experience in property and community association management Professional Community Association Manager through the Community Association Institute (CAI) Former GM/CEO of a large-scale association: mixed-use commercial, residential and recreational Contributor to HOALeader.com National industry experience

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Is Your Community Prepared for Snowbird Season?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Sep 9, 2020 8:16:00 AM

It's a classic, long understood joke... When the weather gets cooler many northern residents "fly south" for the winter. Some people call them Snowbirds, which is a term colloquially used to refer to those who spend the chilly months in temperate climates like those of California or Florida. The impact of these travelling residents can be difficult to measure but we know that they can cause complications for some HOA or COA communities so it's important to be prepared in the event that your community experiences a "Snowbird Season."

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Topics: HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

Are Political Rallies and Signs Legal in Your Community Association?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Aug 19, 2020 8:41:00 AM

During an election year, it's not unusual for community associations to grapple with issues related to the legality of displaying political signs. Yet, these are unusual times. The nation is experiencing a time of increased interest in political activism. Not long ago a video of dueling protesters at a political rally in a Florida community association went viral and made national news. That video made many homeowners and boards aware of the necessity of knowing what political activities are legal in their community association.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Rules & Regulations and Enforcement

7 Ways of Helping Aging Owners in Your Community Association

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Aug 5, 2020 7:49:00 AM

Most times people above the age of 65 usually leave their homes and move into assisted living facilities. However, that trend is slowing down and more and more elderly people choose to age while still in their homes. This poses a new challenge to homeowners and condo associations everywhere. As boards are partially responsible for ensuring that residents are satisfied with their community, including considerations for elderly residents is important to a happy community. Especially in the wake of this pandemic, creating a conducive environment is key to protecting such vulnerable communities.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Community Events and Programs

6 HOA Board Member Best Practices

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jul 29, 2020 8:06:00 AM

As the elected members tasked with making decisions that affect the whole community and all owners, it is imperative that every HOA board is fully conversant with the fundamental rules that facilitate effective leadership. Typically, a board is responsible for solving disagreements, managing finances, and generally enforcing rules that seek to make the community a better place. However, without the knowledge of HOA best practices, achieving excellent results can be difficult. Here we discuss some of the best practices that board members should always adhere to.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education

Fitness Amenities for Luxury Community Associations

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jul 15, 2020 8:07:00 AM

Luxury fitness amenities for luxury community associations have always been in high demand. What is important when discussing Luxury-Lifestyle/Resort-Living communities is making sure that your fitness amenities match your owners' needs.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas

Top 7 Qualities of Good Neighbors

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jun 17, 2020 8:24:00 AM

Good neighbors are important. Even the most beautiful house can feel like a prison when the homeowners next to you are loud, obnoxious, and disrespectful. On the other hand, decent and helpful neighbors can make a community feel warm and inviting, even for its newest members. Here are 7 qualities of good neighbors that can help make home ownership a delight, instead of a chore:

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Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education

Hosting Virtual Lifestyle Events in Your Community

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Apr 15, 2020 8:34:00 AM

Studies have long shown that building relationships with others in your community and neighborhood have a lasting impact on satisfaction and emotional well-being. However, during these times where we are being encouraged to practice social distancing and many of us are under shelter-in-place orders it can be difficult to connect with your neighbors. If you are one of the millions of American’s living in a community association, your board has likely cancelled any in-person events and also shut down shared amenities, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still connect, virtually, with your neighbors. Virtual events provide a unique and important experience for many owners, below are a few ideas that your community might be interested in planning.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety

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

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

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