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Beyond Lawn Care

Wooded areas, meadows, streams, and ponds are features that add value to our community. We’re fortunate to have some of these features because they enhance property values, increase aesthetic appeal, improve our environmental quality, eliminate noise and wind, and reduce our energy bills. The responsibility to maintain our natural areas goes beyond the capabilities ofRead More
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What Is Strategic Planning?

Our association will soon begin strategic planning. What does that mean, and what will be happening? Simply stated, strategic planning is a process we use to determine where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. It includes these steps: Assessing our current position. We will identify our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. KnowingRead More
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Here’s What HOA Residents Have to Say

Americans who live in community associations are overwhelmingly pleased with their communities, expressing strong satisfaction with the board members who govern their associations and the community managers who provide professional support. More than seven in 10 community association residents expressed satisfaction with their community experience, according to a survey conducted by Zogby International, a leadingRead More
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Home Values Increase Faster In HOAs

Recent research conducted in Northern Virginia by a professor and student at George Mason University indicates that community associations can add a 5-6 percent increase in property values over similar homes in nearby non-association communities. Writing in Regulation magazine, the authors say that the increase in home value attributed to community associations is “especially remarkableRead More
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Ten Reasons to Volunteer for the Association

Ten reasons to volunteer in your Community Association. Protect your self-interests. Protect your property values and maintain the quality of life in your community. Correct a problem. Has your car been towed, or do you think maybe maintenance has been neglected? Be sociable. Meet your neighbors, make friends, and exchange opinions. Give back. Repay aRead More
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Meet the President

The _____________________________ association enjoys the excellent leadership of a responsible board. Heading the board is ___________________________, who serves as president. Some of the special duties of the president include: Working closely with the board, manager, and residents to establish the overall goals of the association. Ensuring that the association operates according to the association governingRead More
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We Don’t Need You – NOT!

Please do not volunteer to help the association or serve on any committees. Here’s why: It’s a giant, scary responsibility. Your neighbors will blame you for everything. All your free time will disappear, and you’ll become enslaved to the association. You’ll have to work with bombasts, dictators, figureheads, and puppets. You’ll never have any funRead More
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Why Should We Scoop the Poop?

Besides being a nuisance, uncollected dog waste is a serious problem for our association. Next time you’re tempted to leave your dog’s droppings on the lawn, please remember these facts: The Environmental Protection Agency is becoming aggressive about enforcing the Clean Water Act. Our association could be fined if dog waste goes uncollected. Uncollected dogRead More
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Why Do We Need Reserves?

Equipment and major components (like the roofs) must be replaced from time to time, regardless of whether we plan for the expense. We prefer to plan and set the funds aside now. Reserve funds aren’t an extra expense—they just spread out expenses more evenly. There are other important reasons we put association monies into reservesRead More
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Calling All Homeowners

All meetings of the association board are open meetings. Residents are encouraged to observe meetings and read approved minutes. Residents who wish to address the board are welcome to do so during the homeowner forum conducted at the beginning of each business meeting. Here are few tips for participating: Put it in writing. You willRead More
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