Living Better Blog

Squatters in HOAs: Can Anything Be Done?

Posted by John Krueger, VP Government Affairs on Feb 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Since the country’s economic crisis began in September 2008, it is estimated that more than six million homes were lost to foreclosure. And foreclosure was often just the start of problems for these properties. With that volume, many times these properties became “zombie” foreclosures, which means the property was abandoned and much time elapsed before the lender (or a buyer) took possession. These situations often led to properties falling into disrepair or subject to vandalism, theft of furnishings, or general poor condition. In some cases, to compound the problem, unauthorized persons moved into these properties attempting to establish adverse possession through some form of “squatters” rights.


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Topics: Industry

Partner Post: Four Signs It’s Time to Break Up with Your Tree

Posted by The Davey Tree Company on Feb 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

During this month of love, it’s important to know when to call it quits. That’s what gardening is all about—trying something out and learning from your mistakes.

Sometimes you know for sure when it’s time to “break up” with your tree. Other times, you’re not so sure. But when that favorite tree falls ill, it goes from being an asset to a liability.


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HOA News: South Carolina Legislature releases New HOA Report

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Feb 2, 2016 6:30:00 AM

This post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse and reprinted with permission.

The South Carolina legislature released their long-awaited report on challenges in Common Interest Communities. The legislature addressed isues ranging from document disclosures, to board education to manager licensing, but found little consensus on how to address these issues.


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Topics: Industry

Partner Post: Tips for Revamping Your Home After the Holidays

Posted by Modernize.com on Jan 28, 2016 7:00:00 AM

By Bryn Huntpalmer, Modernize.com

 

The holidays have come and gone, and the New Year is here. Chances are, you have already stripped your home of holiday decorations. With the Christmas tree packed away and the Christmas lights pulled from around windows and doors, your home may be feeling a little bare.


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Florida's "Home Tax" Bill Means Higher Homeowner Fees

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jan 26, 2016 7:00:00 AM
This post was first published on LinkedIn Pulse and reprinted with permission.
 
Associa, the industry’s leading community management company, testified in opposition to Florida Senate Bill (SB) 722 in a hearing of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee in Tallahassee.   The bill, if it becomes law, would add unnecessary government regulation and could lead to higher fees for homeowners living in planned communities, which currently includes more than nine million Floridians.
 

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Topics: Industry