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Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM

Duane has over 25 years of property management experience. Duane has been certified by the Community Association Institute (CAI) as a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM®), which is the highest professional certification available nationwide to managers who have advanced skills,knowledge and experience, since 1996. Prior to joining RealManage/GrandManors, Duane served as the GM/President of Spring Creek Association in Nevada for over 8 years. In this capacity, Duane had overall responsibility for the 5,400+ lot community which includes a golf course, campground, equestrian center, skeet range, 150 miles of road, parks, and numerous commercial properties within the community. Duane also owned his own property management firm managing community associations and other commercial property.

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Tips for Winter Landscaping HOA Common Areas

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Nov 28, 2018 8:09:00 AM

Winter landscaping is a great way to enhance the natural beauty of the season. From adding shrubs that produce a pop of color to focusing on hardscapes—like benches and garden structures—you can make your HOA common areas beautiful and inviting this winter. Use the following tips to get started:

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Topics: Community Living, HOA Common Areas

Does Your Community Association Fitness Program Need Upgraded?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Sep 5, 2018 8:09:00 AM

If you are considering just buying a few weight machines and a few stationary bikes or treadmills and saying, "We have a fitness center in our community"... think again!

Residents are now looking for a much more diversified experience that meets their personal fitness needs. This means you will need to cater to everyone from the yogis to the cardio bunnies to the power lifters - and everyone in between.

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Topics: Lifestyle Amenities, On-Site Community Management

Condo Associations: On-Site Building Staff Roles & Responsibilities

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Aug 1, 2018 8:03:00 AM


 If you live in a condominium or high-rise, chances are you pass on-site building staff at some point during your day. From doorman to porters, each play an important role in front, and behind, the scenes. Learning more about the staff and their roles and responsibilities helps in understanding what it takes to keep a property properly running.

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Topics: Condominium Management, Condominium Association, On-Site Community Management

Community Golf Course? Some Things to Consider

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Jul 25, 2018 8:06:00 AM

"Golf" communities have historically been amongst the most popular specialist recreational communities. In the 1990s, many communities were developed around golf courses, and buyers would pay a premium.

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Topics: Lifestyle Amenities, Community Living

Let's Play Ball - How to Accommodate Pickleball as Well as Tennis

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Jul 11, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Many associations have tennis courts, which are a popular amenity with active adults. However, a new sport is on the rise - pickleball - and only the most recent developments are built to allow space for both.

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Topics: Community Living, Lifestyle Amenities

Seven Essential Steps to Change Your HOA's CC&R Agreements

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Mar 14, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions are rulesets established by a neighborhood, homeowners association, builder, or developer. These legal documents explain the responsibilities of the Homeowner Association and its property owners.


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Topics: HOA Governance, Board Education

An Easy Guide to Understanding Board Member Term Limits: Pros & Cons

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Mar 7, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Having a great board of directors for an HOA or condo association is vitally important to an association's success. Responsible for governing the association's budget and needs, members who are willing to serve and to work together is invaluable: just how long they serve is a matter for discussion. Are term limits good or bad for association board members? Is it better to bring in new ideas or is it better to keep those with experience. Several states have specific laws regarding term limits and whether they are allowed. Not all states have laws regarding this so when in doubt, consult your state's laws regarding associations and boards. Here's an easy guide to understanding the pros and cons of board member term limits:

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Topics: HOA Governance, Board Education

Condominium Association - When Does a Home Business Become An Issue?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 28, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Thoughtful young programmer coding on computer in the evening at home.jpegMore and more people these days are either telecommuting or engaged in the "gig economy" - freelancing out of their homes. Many of these home businesses are not an issue for the association - but some are. With more owners not wanting to buy in developments that disallow home-based businesses, condominium associations need to address the issue in a way that is fair to all of their residents.

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Topics: Condominium Association, Condominium Management

HOA Community: Are Your Trash Cans Compliant?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 14, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Row of Trash CansSometimes it can seem like your HOA community has ridiculous rules. For example, many have rules about the placement of trash cans and how long they can be out at the curb. They may also have rules about the kind of trash and recycling bins you can have (in some cases, the HOA or their waste management company may provide them).

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Topics: HOA Management, Community Living

HOA Architectural Review: Can an HOA Reject Your Request?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 9, 2018 8:06:00 AM

The short answer is: Yes, an HOA can reject your request for modifications that fall outside of the covenant restrictions.

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Topics: HOA Governance, Community Living

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