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Lea Marcou

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Your Community's Formal Collection Policy Actually Benefits Residents. Here's How.

Posted by Lea Marcou on Mar 7, 2017 9:45:21 AM

While many associations are lucky enough to experience very few delinquent accounts, others are not so fortunate. Whether your community is at one end of the past-due spectrum or the other, it is still important for your community to have a formal, written, collection policy in place. 


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Topics: Community Living

It’s Tax Time for Your Association

Posted by Lea Marcou on Jan 6, 2017 7:00:00 AM

As evidenced by the increase in advertisements from H&R Block, Turbo Tax and your friendly, local accountant, it’s clear that we have entered “refund season” – AKA time to file your personal taxes.


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Topics: Community Living

Yes, You Can Change Your HOA Rules! Here are the 3 Keys to Making It Happen

Posted by Lea Marcou on Nov 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Did you just fall in love with a Great Dane puppy only to find out your association has a 50 pound weight limit on dogs?  Are you expecting a long-term house guest who won’t be able to park overnight on the street during their stay? Your association has Rules for a reason – don’t break them; change them! 


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Topics: Community Living

What Successful Associations Do: Master the Reserve Study

Posted by Lea Marcou on Sep 12, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Believe it or not, budget season is upon us again. Each association requires different levels of involvement from their board during the budgeting process. While a professional community association manager will assist you when you’re getting started, it’s important for boards to make sure the manager understands the community’s long-term vision by sharing any future plans so that your community doesn’t encounter an unexpected financial disaster. This is why a well-researched reserve study is one of the community’s most important investments.


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Topics: Community Living

Discover the latest in Community Management at Chicagoland Cooperator’s Fall Expo

Posted by Lea Marcou on Nov 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Chicagoland Cooperator’s Fall Expo is a day-long event designed to bring community association board members together to learn what’s new in community management.

This event is always a great opportunity for board members to take seminars taught by industry experts on new laws and changes that may affect your association and to discover best practices and get advice from fellow board members from across the country.


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