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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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      If you plan to buy a single-detached house, a condominium or a townhouse from a developer, one of the important bits of information you have to know is: do property owners automatically become members of a homeowners association? If the answer is yes, you have to know the following: 1. Neighborhood Condition Look around. If there are already existing homeowners and the association has been formed, are the common areas well maintained and in order? 2. Association Dues How much would you have to[...]

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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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      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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