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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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      Homeowners, are you unsure what to do with your landscape but know something has to be done this year? Want to change up your outdoor living décor or add pavers, flowers, or a water or fire feature but do not know where to start? You are not alone. Don’t fear… Community Management Services, Inc., (CMS) has the solution for you. Our ever so helpful CMS Marketplace – Your resource to local qualified and professional vendors and contractors who can help you maintain your home and your [...]

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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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      When communities have shared areas like swimming pools, sidewalks, playgrounds, and even signage, they need a way to make sure that these communal areas are properly maintained. Home buyers want to live in a neighborhood with plenty of well-maintained amenities, so they form a homeowners association (HOA) to manage these areas. Yet depending on how many residents volunteer to serve on the HOA board, and how many shared areas need to be looked after, a group can quickly become overwhelmed. [...]

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      The Common Sense Guide To Home Owner's Insurance Your home is one of your most valuable assets, and it is important to protect that asset with good insurance. But how can you be sure you have a good homeowner's insurance policy? And how do you know what you should avoid? These tips will give you the information you need to make good insurance choices. If possible, pay your home insurance premiums annually. When you spread your payments over monthly or quarterly installments, insurance [...]

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      HOA Talk Welcome to Around Indianapolis with Community Management Services, your go-to community management team helping to creating outstanding communities throughout Central Indiana. Ready for a little HOA Talk? Let’s get to it. Today we’re tackling the top three most asked Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) questions. Is your first question, what the heck are CC&Rs? Let us explain. Plain and simple – CC&Rs are the rules of your neighborhood. They protect, [...]

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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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      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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      Association management is very different from managing a business. Find out how it's different and how you can benefit by hiring professionals to manage the organization for you. Association management presents many challenges to managers who are used to working in businesses. Businesses are aimed at maximizing profits. They are organized with a top-down structure. Even though employees may have lots of input into the company's operations, it ultimately comes from above. Other organizations tend[...]

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