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    • By Amada Merritt Are you looking to increase the safety and security of your community with security cameras? If so, look no further. Here are a few tips you’ll need before you get started.

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      By Kayleigh Long   Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” were first introduced into the U.S. market in the mid-2000s but only recently garnered national attention when e-cigarette smokers began developing mysterious lung injuries, some of which have been fatal. As of July 2019, 8% of Americans reported vaping (smoking an e-cigarette) within the past week, with almost 1 out of every 5 adults ranging in age from 18 to 29 years old reporting they [...]

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      By Laura Otto We have read about them in the news: Myths and misconceptions about living in a homeowners association. Myths like, all HOAs are the same and rules are rules and can’t be changed. Misconceptions such as assessments and fees are the same thing and homeowners have no say in decisions; it’s all up to the board. Our series will look to dispel common HOA myths and misconceptions through practical advice from industry experts. A common HOA myth is that resident’s don’t have to [...]

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      This week, we dig into the rise in incivility at community association meetings. Examples abound of inappropriate behavior these days, making it difficult for managers and boards to perform their duties. Rather than ignoring such conduct, though, they need to take a proactive stance, and we’ll explain how. From profane name-calling to fistfights, the behavior at community association meetings has been on the decline. Owners’ anger and anxiety are spilling over, and they’re directing [...]

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      This week, we dig into the significant risks smaller community associations shoulder when they leave the handling of financial matters to only one or two insiders and suggest some steps they can take to control those risks.     Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for under-resourced or overtrusting associations to find themselves the victims of fraud. In April 2019, for example, an Iowa man pleaded guilty to a scheme to defraud his homeowners association out of almost $125,000, [...]

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      Does your board president rule with an iron first? You don’t have to put up with it. Maybe she’s been running the association single-handedly forever. Or perhaps he’s been a big shot in the business world and is certain the community needs his iron fist. Whatever the motivation, the homeowners association president becomes a dictator. In meetings, bullies can intimidate fellow board members, the manager and association members. They insist on doing things their way. They refuse[...]

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      Just like zoning laws enacted by local governments to preserve and ensure the safety, health, and character of a community, your HOA covenants and by-laws exist to protect your property values, ensure an expected standard of living, and allow for efficient management of HOA resources. Knowing the HOA covenants/by-laws prior to purchasing ensure you have the proper fit to your lifestyle. Why on earth would you move into a community that you know conflicts with your lifestyle? Know that the [...]

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      Residents invest lots of money into their homes and properties and since most residents want to protect this investment, they typically come together to create a homeowners association (HOA). This governing body makes decisions related to care and management of the neighborhood, setting and enforcing community standards while making sure that shared areas within the neighborhood are effectively maintained. An HOA is able to make these decisions by forming an HOA board of leaders that includes [...]

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      For some property owners, managing their property is a lot easier said than done. This is especially true for property owners who would like to offer their property for rental. Depending on the jurisdiction, there will be some things required of the property owner in order to legally offer their home as a rental. Having a property management company can help insure that the property is in good condition, without the need for the property owner to invest too much time into their property. [...]

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      Most homeowners go about preparing their home for the winter without keeping one important thing in mind. That is the fact they will need to account for pests trying to enter the home for the winter.  In addition to your normal winterizing tasks you will also need to do a few things to keep pests under control.  Keep reading to learn about some of these things. Most homeowners go about preparing their home for the winter without keeping one important thing in mind. That is the fact they [...]

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