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An Introvert’s Guide to Speaking Up at HOA Board Meetings from a Toastmasters Expert

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 28, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Heights, spiders, snakes – these popular phobias are no match for glossophobia, better known as the fear of public speaking, which rank as the most popular phobia.


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Topics: education, Community Living

Welcome Home!

Posted by Chelle O'Keefe on Jun 12, 2015 12:16:00 PM

… to our newly updated Associa website! I’m so excited to show you around and point out some new features and functionality designed to help you and your community achieve your vision. First, the site has a responsive design that is easy to navigate, regardless of your device. And, the bright colors and updated content reflect our brand and truly give you a sense of what it is like to partner with us.


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Topics: education, Industry, House & Home, Community Living

Beyond The Board Meeting

Posted by Staff Writer on Jun 7, 2015 12:12:00 PM

For most, the work-life balancing act leaves little time to build community. Top that off with a ‘reality-based’ pop culture that is obsessed with outrageous behavior (Real Housewives, etc.) and you get an environment that actually makes building community more of a challenge. That said, community associations, with common elements and amenities, have a built in infrastructure to help promote socializing beyond the board meeting.


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Topics: HOA board of directors, HOA management, neighborhood parties, board meeting, neighborhood gatherings, Board Meetings, social meetings, hoa boards, board, HOA board, boards, parties, social media, education, social gatherings, Industry

The Growing Importance of Budgets

Posted by Andrew Fortin on Jun 3, 2015 6:33:00 AM

If you serve on a community association board or manage a community association you know that October means budget season. This seemingly straightforward task of lining up revenue and expenses can be complicated by two factors.

First, expenses keep going up and second, residents are resistant to assessment increases. To complicate matters in the post Great Recession world, federal mortgage regulations direct lenders to look at the


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Topics: financial planning, budgets, community association budget, HOA budget, budgeting, property management budget, annual budget, budget preparation, financial records, education, Industry

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

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