Keep Your Home and Family Safe and Warm

Coloradans love our outdoor lifestyle! The past few months have spoiled Denverites with the unseasonably warm weather. Now it seems as if we’ve made up winter in 2 weeks. As below freezing temperatures and snow settles over Denver, make sure you have taken proper measures to prepare yourself and your home for safety. Tips to

How Do You Grade Your HOA?

Community Associations Institute recently released their 2014 National Research by Public Opinion Strategies. The findings again affirm what surveys have been telling us for the last 10 years - most residents are very satisfied, dare we even say happy, with their community association experience. The misconception about common interest communities stems from a) Selective media coverage. Often

Avoid the Scam!

Courtesy of Hindman Sanchez, Hammersmith Management has become aware of a current scam being perpetuated on owners in community associations. This scam takes place in the form of a mailing which owners receive indicating that if they are paying HOA fees through a bill-pay service, they should “pay particular attention to the remittance instructions. Our

Stay Cool and Save Energy during the Summer

Energy bills—like the temperature—always rise in the summer. But there are many inexpensive, energy-saving steps you can take to save money. (As always, be sure to consult with the association to get approval for any major home renovations.) Turn it up. Set your thermostat as high as possible. Start with 78 degrees when at home and 85 degrees when

Colorado Foreclosures Jump Up

  According to the Denver Business Journal, Colorado's foreclosure-filing rate last month jumped up 21% from April of 2013. This after the foreclosure rate trended downward during the previous year. Each month approximately 1,350 Colorado homeowner are at risk of losing their homes. These are the reasons funding continues for the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline. The

Turn the State Red for the Month of May

In honor of 100 years of Red Cross service in Colorado, the month of May will be celebrated by "Turning the State Red" with lights and signage throughout the state. This statewide campaign will be an opportunity for businesses, schools, communities, and other organizations to be engaged with our celebration by showing your support of Your American

Springtime Walkthrough

As the weather turns from the cold of winter to the sunny days of spring, it is the perfect time to walk your community and note what, if any, work needs to be done to keep your association looking its best. Regular site visits are conducted by community managers, but board members and residents can also take

Board Meeting Therapy – Meeting Efficiency

Disorganized and inefficient meetings represent one of the biggest challenges for HOA Boards. The monthly Board meeting should last no more than two hours, and the most productive meetings stay on a pace with an agenda. Implement the following strategies to ensure your Board meetings run smoothly and end in a timely manner: Prepare. Every Board

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