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Patience Pays Dividends

Posted by Staff Writer on Mar 18, 2015 11:57:00 AM

Every board and community manager has experienced it. The difficult homeowner that sees a global conspiracy behind every move of the board or violation letter sent. It is the most challenging part of governing a community.


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Topics: verbal communication, dispute resolution, conflicts, difficult HOA residents, difficult residents, dispute, tips, conflict management, conflict resolution, communication, education, Industry

Important Board Member Tips

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Want to be a great board member? Following the tips below will help you not only meet, but exceed that goal!

  • Read and Understand the Governing Documents
    While some of the content can be a bit dry, the governing documents are your guidelines for the operation of your association, which most often is a corporation. You need to know your purpose, your duties and your obligations before you 

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Topics: board members, HOA board of directors, governance, budgets, community association budget, board meeting, budget, board, budget preparation, HOA board, board of directors, boards, budget planning, board orientation, board rules, governing documents, education

The Rockets Red Glare

Posted by Staff Writer on Jul 1, 2014 6:59:00 AM

For most of North America, July is synonymous with fireworks. Whether it is Independence Day Celebrations in the U.S.A or Canadian festivities, fireworks are the centerpiece of many civic celebrations. The crackle, boom and flash of fireworks have not just amused us for generations; they have entertained folks for nearly two millennia. In fact, the history of fireworks is almost as colorful as their displays in skies across the globe.


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Topics: firework safety, canada day, Fireworks, education, Industry

3 Ways to Increase Team Work In Your HOA

Posted by Staff Writer on May 5, 2014 4:17:00 AM

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said "Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." Simply put, Team Work is the key to a successful organization.


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Topics: leadership, working together, good leadership, meetings, common goals, clear rules, Teamwork, education, Industry

Elevator Service Contracts Essentials

Posted by Staff Writer on Apr 1, 2014 11:35:00 AM

Elevator Service Contracts are always a topic of discussion in condominium associations. Your community’s elevators are one of its biggest and most expensive assets. Your community’s residents and guests ride in them every day and they expect that the elevators are being well maintained. Although most board members are unfamiliar with elevator contracts and the maintenance services being provided to their elevators, the board is still ultimately responsible for ensuring that the amenities are being maintained. Here are ten things to look for when negotiating new elevator service agreements.


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Topics: elevator services, contracts, service contracts, elavator service contract, education, Industry

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