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    • Getting to know your neighbors is a great way to make new friends and increase the feeling of community where you live. Find out the best way to reach out to your neighbors. Moving into a new community is always exciting; however, you might find the idea of meeting new neighbors to be a bit anxiety-producing. While it's not always easy to be the new family on the block, it can be fun to make friends and introduce yourself to the rest of the community. Here are several ways in which you might [...]

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      Adding value to your home is a great idea, but not every home improvement project will be worth the investment. There are, however, several areas that you can improve greatly without shelling out tons of cash in the process. Most don’t require major home renovation, and many can even be tackled on your own without a lot of expertise or know-how. Kitchen Facelift The kitchen is one area where it’s real easy to spend way beyond your home improvement budget. Because of that, many people think[...]

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      If you are a newcomer to an older neighborhood you will be needing to look into the local association or club. Some neighborhoods that were built a long time ago have neglected their association to the point of nonexistence. A lot of people consider themselves pioneers for moving into these lovely old inner city areas. They are avoiding the traffic that they used to deal with and are enjoying the lovely established foliage but are getting some unpleasant surprises too. Community support is right[...]

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      Every homeowner wants their bathroom to look nice, but not every homeowner has the budget set aside to do extensive remodeling work. While nothing can take the place of a full remodeling job (replacing or refurnishing cabinets, putting in a new tub, expanding the space), you might be surprised at how many little tricks can make a big difference. If you have a sense of style, you can make the space look interesting and even expensive without spending a lot of money. If you're ready to get [...]

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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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      Indianapolis-based Community Management Services, Inc. (CMS) has expanded its core team with the hire of property management professional Jennifer Ann Jasper. Jasper’s addition comes as CMS continues to expand within Central Indiana as a full-service residential and commercial property management firm. “Jennifer’s expertise within the multi-family industry is a great asset to our team,” says Lesley Stoeffler, president of Community Management Services. “Her nearly two decade property [...]

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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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      This month we wanted to review some technology basics that all HOA contractors should be familiar with. Below they are listed in order of necessity for effective and time efficient communication. Cell Phone We still occasionally run into a contractor that still only uses a land line for their business calls. That tends to give off a "half-interested" kind of vibe to HOA management companies calling to get bids. Also, having a cell phone, or smart phone also means that you have to answer it and[...]

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