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Homeowners Association

Why Should You Only Hire Licenced Contractors for Your HOA?

As HOA management, you want what’s best for your members. Period. However, during leaner financial years, it can be difficult to always afford top-quality services. You might, after viewing portfolios and weighing your options, think about going with an unlicensed contractor to get your HOA’s needed work done. If their work in the past hasn’t been bad, you’ll probably come out okay, right?

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What Makes a Good Condo Development?

Condominiums, though smaller than full-sized townhomes and other units under HOA management, can be the perfect housing solution for many people. Generally speaking, lower mortgage payments, coupled with a built-in community and typically convenient location, makes them ideal for anyone from the first-time real-estate buyer to the aged individual looking for a retirement community. Condos really are the unsung heroes of housing!

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Preventing Late Payments in Your HOA Neighborhood

Your HOA depends on timely payments of its members’ dues in order to function. One late payment and suddenly the neighborhood as a whole is in debt to contractors or other maintenance companies! Moreover, if money isn’t available, these services won’t get done. On a large scale, this can mean a decrease in property values and resident satisfaction—the two things that a HOA neighborhood is supposed to ensure the growth of.

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Preparing for Spring Landscaping

It’s December, and holiday joy is in full swing! However, even while your HOA is busy celebrating and spending time with family, as a board, it never hurts to begin springtime preparations. The earlier you begin to plan, the easier the process will be once the ground defrosts and actual work begins. Spring cleaning is hard enough; it’s important that you work ahead.

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Using Social Media to your HOA’s Advantage

Social media can be a powerful community-building force. You no doubt have heard that it can be used to organize social movements for good, start and end trends, and hold friendships together across thousands of miles of distance. What you probably haven’t heard, though, is that almost any social media platform can be used to bring homeowners association (HOA) communities closer together and foster a sense of belonging among residents that these regulated communities are so well known for.

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Joyous Holiday HOA Event Ideas

It’s already November, which means that winter is right around the corner—if Minnesota hasn’t decided to bring the cold season early, as it often tends to do! Regardless, the holiday season and the surrounding festivities mean that homeowners associations (HOAs) and property management services everywhere are working hard and wrapping up their planning sessions for the upcoming year.

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How to Improve Resident Satisfaction in Your HOA

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are run for the benefit of those who live there; that’s an indisputable fact. By maintaining property values and building communities through events and amenities, HOA management hopes to make living in the neighborhood as fulfilling as it can be for everyone who lives there—not just the board or specific residents.

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How HOA Community Life is Better than Life in a Non-HOA Neighborhood

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are much more than amenities and fancy landscaping. They allow communities to grow close in a way that few other organizations can, and they provide a certain measure of financial security that’s needed in an ever-changing economy. Gassen, a Twin Cities HOA management firm, explains in what respects an HOA neighborhood is better than non-HOA neighborhoods.

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What Makes a Good HOA Board Member?

Proper HOA management brings tight social bonds and financial stability to neighborhoods everywhere—and it all starts with the board of directors (or the board, for short). These are community members who volunteer their time, through online property management or otherwise, to help the HOA make decisions that keep the community healthy and strong.

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What Does a Well-Managed HOA Bring to Your Neighborhood?

If you’re visiting a property management services website, you might already know what an HOA is: a governing body that has the legal power to maintain the public areas of any given neighborhood. You probably also know that HOAs set and enforce rules and regulations (known as Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions, or CCRs for short), and that they also will collect mandatory dues that go solely towards the community; board members generally are volunteers.

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