Lifestyle Blog

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:

Read More

Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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

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. 

Read More

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. 

Read More

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

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.

Read More

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

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

Read More

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

Subscribe to our Lifestyle Blog!

Stay up-to-date on the latest community lifestyle trends and best practices.

GrandManors lifestyle blog is written by industry experts and is a cumulative resource for educational material for boards and general managers, industry news, and trends for lifestyle communities.

Topics include management software, creating lifestyle programs, HOA and condo laws, board member training, and more!

Subscribe Today!

Recent Posts