• Partner Post: Why Plants Are Perfect for Your Bedroom
    by Justin Hancock on February 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Indoor plants are ideal for every room. They make a space look more natural and cozier, and have health benefits, too. Plants tend to be curiously absent from our bedrooms, though. Perhaps it’s because we associate this room with the dark. Or that we use it only for one thing: sleeping (a time we’re unable to enjoy plants). Despite this, you might want to add a plant or two to your sleeping quarters. Here’s why. They help us relax. Scientific research shows that being around […]

  • 5 Ways to Increase Homeowner Participation in Your Community
    by Associa Online on February 19, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Studies show that over half of Americans don't know their neighbors. As an HOA board member, you’re responsible for keeping homeowners engaged, so it’s no surprise that apathy is a topic that our community managers and leadership team members receive many questions about and one that we discuss on the blog often. Increasing engagement in your community is possible, and after 40 years of working with communities, we have accumulated some tried and true methods of getting the job […]

  • How to Prevent HOA Fraud, Theft, & Embezzlement
    by Associa Online on February 15, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    A homeowner association (HOA) is often made up of trusted friends and neighbors. However, that doesn’t make your community immune to fraudulent behavior. With over 40 million households in the United States belonging to an HOA, there is a lot of money at stake and safeguards should be put into place. Start protecting your community today by learning how to detect and prevent HOA fraud, theft, and embezzlement. Common Types of HOA Fraud As the size and responsibilities of HOAs have […]

  • Partner Post: 6 Little Changes That'll Make a Big Difference with Your Property Values
    by TownSq . on February 14, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    A home is one of the biggest investments you can make. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home any time soon, it’s important to constantly seek ways to improve your home’s value. Here are 6 small things you can do that’ll make a big difference with your property values.  1. Plant a tree.   Planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to increase curb appeal and raise property values. In addition to reducing energy bills, adding beauty, and […]

  • Partner Post: 5 Ways Communities Can Work Together to Stop Non-Violent Crime
    by Flock Safety on February 7, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    “A porch pirate stole my package!” We are seeing more and more posts like this come across our social media feeds. With over 7.6 million property crimes reported in 2017 and the use of eCommerce sites like Amazon on the rise, this story continues to repeat across the nation. Unfortunately, 87% of non-violent crimes like burglary go unsolved. This is due to lack of evidence. It is pretty shocking to hear that the lack of evidence means there is only a 1 in 10 chance that police can […]

  • Management Corner: What You Should Know About the Association Non-Compliance Letter
    by Jesse Dubuque on February 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    As a member of an HOA, you have a responsibility to occupy, maintain and use the property in accordance with the Rules and Regulations (R&Rs) you agreed to abide by at closing. Although they may seem cumbersome, these rules serve the purpose of increasing property values and preserving homeowner relationships. The success of a community is determined by how effectively each member meets and keeps the responsibilities that are established. Occasionally, residents may neglect to uphold their […]

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