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    • Many individuals who are elected to serve on their Association’s Board of Directors quickly discover that they do not have an adequate background for all of the tasks that they must perform as a board member. They realize that they don't have the resources, experience, or knowledge to respond to all of the issues that arise in the management of the Association. As a result, the decision is often made to hire a professional HOA management company. Communities Attract Better Residents As [...]

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      Every home buying process is unique. No circumstances or instances will be very similar. Sometimes, your preferred house may be subject to the rules and regulations of a HOA or Homeowner's Association. In this entry, you'll be presented with the top 4 benefits of living in a HOA Community. Reduced maintenance responsibilities A homeowner's association collect due fees to its members. This is in exchange of lesser maintenance responsibilities within the community. Every member will be [...]

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      For Immediate Release February 23, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Joe Hogsett issued an Emergency Declaration to allow the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) to begin aggressively addressing the city’s deteriorating roadways and introduced a proposal to the City-County Council that would direct an additional $14 million to road repairs. These immediate repairs go beyond simply filling pot holes, and will include additional road resurfacing projects and the hiring of contractors[...]

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      February 26, 2018  |    |  Kim Sutter At the Community Associations Institute’s Annual Law Seminar this year, there were several hot topics that community associations are dealing with nationwide that we, here in Indiana, need to keep watch for and deal with so that they don’t become issues in our communities. Marijuana Smoke Infiltration:  States have seen a rise in the legalization of marijuana, some for medicinal purposes only and others for recreational use.  This increased [...]

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      Most homeowners are under the impression that the majority of burglaries occur at night because the darkness provides much-needed cover for the criminals. In fact, nighttime burglaries are why most home security system companies recommend that you install motion-activated security lighting around your property. The common perception is that if a burglar is exposed by light, he won’t break in. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, some research indicates that the majority of [...]

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      While most people know that attic insulation helps homeowners, builders or even renters save money, most people don't know if their current situation is adequate. Some older homes have bare attics, while another home may have experienced a do-it-yourself job. Knowing what's right for your home is pretty easy to figure out with the help of a professional. Making sure your home has what it needs is key in keeping your energy costs down. First, evaluate the situation with the help of a [...]

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      Indiana Bill HB 1074 Did you know that Governor Eric Holcomb just signed into Indiana legislation a bill that will make proxy voting so much easier for homeowners associations? Yes, indeed. Per bill HB 1074, owners can now fax or email proxies for meetings. The bill provides that proxies may be submitted by hand delivery, USPS mail, fax or email. If you are unfamiliar with proxies, they are a type of absentee voting and will allow homeowners to vote for board members by returning a proxy rather[...]

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      Tax season is here and everyone wants as many deductions as they can get. If you’re a member of a homeowners association, you may have wondered whether or not the HOA fees you pay are tax deductible? Every HOA is different, so you’ll want to find out what applies to your specific Association. Members of an HOA  pay HOA fees or dues. These fees usually pay for the maintenance of  amenities (swimming pool, landscaping, trash removal, etc.) or are set aside in a savings account (also known[...]

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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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