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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

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

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

Buying in a Golf Course Community Association - What to Consider

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

You are thinking about purchasing a property that is in a golf course community association, what a great idea. You know the obvious perks. The beauty of a meticulously manicured fairway and of course the golf, are some of the biggest motivations for such a decision. What you do not know, however, is what you need to find out.

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Topics: Community Living, Community Management

Community Association - Outdoor and Indoor Water Conservation Tips

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Water is a valuable resource. Follow the tips below to help conserve water both indoors and outdoors.

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Topics: Community Living

Perks of Living in an Active Adult Community

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 24, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Many people don't understand or appreciate the benefits of an active adult community until they have experienced it. In fact, there are some who aren't even aware of such communities. 

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Topics: Active Adult Community, Community Living, HOA Management

Pros and Cons of Gated and Non-Gated Community Associations: Thoughts and Considerations

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A safe neighborhood is a top priority of home buyers. For many of these home buyers, a gated community is an attractive option. The gate represents protection from the outside world by the careful monitoring of those entering the community. Is a gate, guarded or otherwise, an accurate representation of protection or just an illusion? Let's examine the pros and cons of gated community associations.

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Topics: Community Management, Community Living

Top Amenity Trends in New HOA Communities

Posted by Staff Writer on Oct 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Home buyers are searching for more than a new home; they are searching for a place that offers a sense of community. Walking trails, resort-style pools, and quaint shopping and cafes top the list of amenities today's home buyers desire. These type of amenities allow for interaction with others in the community. When it comes to the home itself, the following amenity trends in HOA communities are gaining popularity:

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Topics: Community Living, HOA Management

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