Lifestyle Blog

Benefits and Setbacks of Hiring A Security Service for Your Community Association

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Oct 21, 2020 8:16:00 AM

Security is a priority for individuals living in a community. For that reason, community associations or HOAs adopt various approaches when it comes to securing their properties, including the use of intercom systems and video surveillance. Other community associations opt to hire security personnel. The process of hiring security staff is no mean task.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety

5 Tips: Service Animal Classifications and HOA Pet Restriction Enforcement

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Oct 7, 2020 7:58:00 AM

An HOA Board has the duty to adopt rules known as covenants and restrictions. Those restrictions often include restrictions on HOA members owning pets.  As an HOA Board member, you may wonder what is permissible especially with regard to service animal classifications and HOA Pet Restriction Enforcement.  The following paragraphs explain what the classifications are and how the Board can fit those classifications into your HOA's pet restriction enforcement rule.

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

Fall Landscaping HOA Needs - Lawn Care Tips

Posted by Rolando Coronado on Sep 23, 2020 8:35:00 AM

As summer ends, we all know that soon the cool crisp fall weather will be here soon if it hasn't already chilled your area. Believe it or not, but fall is the best time to start working on your lawn to ensure luscious green grass come next spring.  If you're part of an HOA, and looking to spruce up community spaces or find tips or guidance for homeowners, check out these lawn care tips.

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

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

Celebrate Independence Day with these Sweet Treats and Bubbly Refreshments

Posted by Page Carlee on Jul 1, 2020 9:25:00 AM

2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, and as we continue to move forward and celebrate change, it's also to take a little time and celebrate the sweet things in life. Of course by that we mean PIE! Take your mind off of the heat and stress with these two "made for 4th" recipes.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

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

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