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    • Residents invest lots of money into their homes and properties and since most residents want to protect this investment, they typically come together to create a homeowners association (HOA). This governing body makes decisions related to care and management of the neighborhood, setting and enforcing community standards while making sure that shared areas within the neighborhood are effectively maintained. An HOA is able to make these decisions by forming an HOA board of leaders that includes [...]

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      For some property owners, managing their property is a lot easier said than done. This is especially true for property owners who would like to offer their property for rental. Depending on the jurisdiction, there will be some things required of the property owner in order to legally offer their home as a rental. Having a property management company can help insure that the property is in good condition, without the need for the property owner to invest too much time into their property. [...]

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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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      If your community association allows pets--but with restrictions--you need a plan for dealing with scofflaws. Here are five rules for addressing negligent owners in your homeowner association. 1) Enforce the rules. Though you may love pets yourself, people have bought into your HOA in part because they liked the rules that governed owners' behavior. It's your job--and fiduciary duty--as a board member of your homeowners association to enforce those rules. It doesn't matter that Sparky is [...]

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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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      Getting your very own house is always a dream come true. The idea that you can now have a life in the place of your choice in the home you will raise your family is very exciting. But of course, even fulfilling dreams has its own rules you must live by. That is the reason why when we hunt for the house of our dreams, we include the Homeowners' Association in our research. Keep in mind that Homeowners' Association has long been there before you start looking to buy a house in that area. That [...]

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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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      When you want to be warm during the winter, use an electric blanket. If you are carrying a child and in your first three months of pregnancy you shouldn't use an electric blanket. According to studies you can cause birth defects to your unborn child. If you are going to sleep make sure your blanket is on low because it can catch on fire. To make sure you and your family is safe always keep your blanket on low while you are sleeping. To warm your bed before climbing in it, turn it on the setting[...]

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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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