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    • Community Management Services

    • Being on the board of a community association can be both rewarding and difficult — a minefield for even the most seasoned and well-intentioned mediator. Laws at the federal, state and local levels are changed, passed, or modified; buildings start showing their age; interest rates come and go more than two-celebrity marriages, and that doesn’t even take into account budget constraints, insurance companies and community elections. If you are among the more than 66 million Americans who [...]

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      Understanding the business of community associations starts with knowing the keys to successful governance. We are dedicated to helping you assist board members in building better communities. Download CAI’s new Community Association Living: An Essential Guide for Homeowner Leaders and ensure your association run smoothly with these three resources: Rights and Responsibilities - Principles for association residents that promote responsible citizenship and community involvement. [...]

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      Legal Matters - Richard DeBoest Attorneys at Goede, Adamczyk, DeBoest & Cross respond to questions about Florida community association law. With offices in Naples, Fort Myers, Coral Gables and Boca Raton, the firm represents community associations throughout Florida and focuses on condominium and homeowner association law, real estate law, litigation, estate planning and business law. Q: Our governing documents allow pets but prohibit pit bulls. A person has submitted an application to [...]

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      CMS Regional North Office (Serving Fort Wayne & Northern Indiana) Address: 220 Insurance Drive, STE G, Fort Wayne, IN 46825 Call: 260.306.5218 Email: fwinfo@communityms.net  First line of text for new post (add more text here...)

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      (UNDATED) – The Indiana Department of Transportation will start installing the first Intersection Conflict Warning Systems (ICWS) next week in various locations across the state.  The systems will improve safety at non-signalized, stop-controlled intersections, reducing severe crashes by up to 20 to 30 percent, according to The Federal Highway Administration. HOW THEY WORK Intersection Conflict Warning Systems are put in place to alert drivers of oncoming traffic at two-way, [...]

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      When a new neighborhood or apartment complex issuing built, the building company is usually pre-occupied with the homes that are being built and trying fill the homes that have already been built. The building company often do not have time to manage the community, so that responsibility falls on the first residents. These residents band together to form a homeowners association (HOA) so that they can manage and oversee communal areas and issues relating to the care of the neighborhood. [...]

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      By Laura Otto For the eighth time in 15 years, Americans living in homeowners associations, condominiums, and housing cooperatives say they’re overwhelmingly satisfied in their communities, according to the 2020 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey published by the Foundation for Community Association Research for Community Associations Institute. The biennial, nationwide survey is administered by independent researcher Zogby Analytics and provides a better understanding [...]

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      By Amy Repke omeowners associations have adjusted to a new normal because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes remote meetings and elections, closed common areas and amenities, and social distancing.   As states lifted their stay-at-home orders and businesses began to open their doors, homeowners associations started to decide how and whether to reopen common areas and amenities. Board members, community managers, and business partners asked: What approach should we [...]

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      With summer here, now is the time to begin taking the necessary safety precautions for residents of your HOA. Some of these tips might depend on the types of property and the current services provided, but with the increased temperatures and reliance on air conditioning, here are a few of the most important summer safety tips for your HOA residents. Follow Grilling Requirements Some properties do not allow grilling outside of individual units. If this is protocol it is important for all [...]

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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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