Board Meeting to BBQ For most, the work-

From Board Meeting to BBQ For most, the work-life balancing act leaves little time to build community. However, community associations have a built in infrastructure to help promote socializing beyond the board meeting. With social media, we live in an atmosphere where personal interaction is no longer necessary to stay connected. This makes it harder

Stop the Presses

In today's multi-media world, it's easy to catch the attention of many with pictures or video. If these photos or videos happen to involve a problem within a homeowners association, it's also easy to catch the attention of the local media. There was a recent story in the news of condo owners upset that their parking

Pool Season: Are You Ready?

Summer is right around the corner and that means one big part of many HOAs is about to take center stage: the community pool. Perhaps the most widely used amenity of any association, it's important that each community is prepared for pool season. Before the first splash into the water, make sure your community pool meets the checklist:

Keeping the Peace – Third Party Intervention (Part 5)

As we wrap up our series on Keeping the Peace in your community association, it seems that no matter how much effort is put into resolving conflicts peacefully or preemptive measures taken to welcome new neighbors and invite the entire community to events, there are the inevitable struggles that arise between neighbors. In Part 5

Keeping the Peace – Hold Events (Part 4)

Talking with immediate neighbors is an easy thing to do. When you are next door, you see them most often either coming to or going from their house and you can quickly say hello, or ask a brief question. But what about those neighbors a few houses down? You may not get the chance to

Keeping the Peace – Be Welcoming (Part 3)

In community associations, neighbors may come and go without many of their other neighbors even noticing. In Part 3 of our "Keeping the Peace" series, we discuss how just the smallest act of welcoming a new neighbor or family to the community can make all the difference. Be Welcoming. HOAs should engage their community with

Keeping the Peace – Introductions (Part 2)

In any Association there will probably be certain behavior that brings with it complaints from neighbors. Resolving these conflicts quickly and effectively is key to keeping the peace in your community. The questions are what can be done to reach a resolution and does the Association, Board of Directors, or community manager have an obligation to step

Keeping The Peace – Conflict Resolution Series (Part 1)

If your HOA has never had a neighbor dispute, congratulations and please share your secret, or plan on raising the price of the real estate because everyone wants to live there. Neighbor to neighbor disputes are inevitable, but getting ahead of them and coming to a quick resolution limits the negative effects. Plus it helps

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