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    • Lesley Stoeffler, president of Indianapolis-based Community Management Services, Inc. (CMS) announced today the promotion of RaeAnna Rushton to Assistant Office Manager. The promotion comes as CMS continues to expand its footprint within Central Indiana as a go-to partner for licensed property management of residential and commercial real estate. “RaeAnna is an indispensable team member and plays a significant role in helping our day to day operations run smoothly. We’re excited to see her [...]

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      Lesley Stoeffler, president of Indianapolis-based Community Management Services, Inc. (CMS) announced today the promotion of Mary Richardson to Property Manager. The promotion comes as CMS continues to expand its footprint within Central Indiana as a go-to partner for licensed property management of residential and commercial real estate. “Mary’s experience and proven success have prepared her well for this new capacity. She is a key leader within our team,” says Stoeffler. Richardson [...]

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      Indianapolis-based Community Management Services, Inc. (CMS) has expanded its core team with the hire of Eva Furness as customer service administrator. Furness’ addition will continue to allow CMS to support the strategic management of over 70 local HOAs clients across Central Indiana. “We are pleased to have Eva join our CMS team,” says Lesley Stoeffler, president of Community Management Services. “Her strong customer service skillset will enable her to help maximize opportunities in [...]

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      Scary to think it is that time of the year again! As you dress your kids in the costume that they will undoubtedly wish to wear for the next two weeks make sure to remind yourself of the importance of being safe. Check out some tips .below and review Trick or Treat times in your area here. When it comes to Halloween, most kids think of the fun, the candy and the dressing up. What they don't think about is the dark and the danger that can be a part of Halloween night. Here are some common sense [...]

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      Service fees, paying assessments, dues and a set of regulated rules. All of these elements form a Homeowners’ Association, but what can you expect to get from a homeowner’s point of view? Depending on the type of jurisdiction and location, homeowners can benefit a lot from HOA. Nowadays, the associations have developed significantly from just being a group of neighbors who joined forces to pay for common expenses. In fact, community associations are now widely known as very organized systems[...]

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      First, let's take a look at what HOAs are all about. HOA fees often range from $200 to $400 per month. The more upscale the building and the more amenities it has, the higher the homeowners' association fees are likely to be. In addition to monthly fees, if a major expense such as a new roof or a new elevator comes up and there aren't enough funds in the HOA's reserves to pay for it, the association may charge an extra assessment that can run into thousands of dollars. Because multiple parties [...]

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      Every neighborhood has a homeowners association, or HOA, that addresses tasks like hiring contractors to maintain shared spaces, resolving complaints voiced by residents, and checking to make sure that residents comply with established rules. A homeowners association is funded by monthly dues, which the organization often has trouble collecting. Given that an HOA is often composed of residents from within the community, who usually have other obligations and are likely not getting paid, they [...]

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      By Ricky Zilem So you've finally made the decision to purchase your dream home. It's a great house, in ideal location, but it's also a community in an HOA or home owners association. So what now? Well we wanted to help out those new owners that have never lived in an community association before. We compiled a list of 10 essential tips for anyone moving into an HOA community. Read Governing Documents (Declaration, Bylaws, Rules, etc) This might seem like a pretty obvious one for some, but [...]

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      The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission(IPAS), and an Indianapolis family announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Grandville Cooperative, Inc. and Kirkpatrick Management Co. Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana. The complaint alleges that the defendants refused to rent to a family that included a person with disabilities stating that "...it will be a liability to offer [the person with a disability] a unit that is not [...]

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      Recently the Fishers Police Department has investigated several incidents of thefts from vehicles. It appearsthieves are targeting vehicles parked outside of homes. Most vehicles haveitems of value visible from the outside. Chief of Police George Kehl would liketo remind citizens of a few simple safety tips that, if implemented, candecrease the potential of them becoming a victim. 1. Never leave your vehicle unsecured, even if you are only going tobe away from it for a short time. Thieves only [...]

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