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How to Transition from Self-Management to a Professional HOA Management Company

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 04:58 pmCategories: HOA Board

The process of transitioning a homeowner’s association from self-management to a professional management company is often challenging and requires a acute attention to detail. From taking the time to find a property management team that’s a good fit for your management needs as well as your community’s culture to letting the neighborhood know about the change, it’s important to approach each step of the process carefully. If you’ve decided to make the switch from self-managing... [Read More...]

How to Protect Your HOA from Fraud

Monday, May 1, 2017 at 05:01 pmCategories: HOA Board

It’s a sad fact that homeowners associations and condominium associations often fall victim to theft, embezzlement and fraud. Because they generally have large sums of money on hand, have volunteers in charge of financing and have lax control over their assets, they are tempting targets for many unscrupulous people. You may think that your association is immune to these problems, but the statistics tell a different story: Skilled embezzlers can steal money for an average... [Read More...]

What NOT to Do When Collecting HOA Fees

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 05:02 pmCategories: HOA Board

When even just a few homeowners fail to pay their HOA fees, it can have a huge – and instant – impact on an association’s budget. Unpaid fees may also lead to a ripple effect. When multiple homeowners fail to pay their fees, banks may become less likely to approve mortgages in the association, and this can result in lower property values. Homeowners associations should make an effort to work directly with homeowners who fall... [Read More...]

How to Attract Young Families to Your Condominium

Monday, April 17, 2017 at 05:04 pmCategories: Condo Management

For many condominium owners and boards, the idea of renting to families with children is a bit scary. Juice spills on brand new carpets, crayon masterpieces on the walls and messes left in common areas may make such families seem like less-than-idea community members. While outright discriminating against families or people with children is against the law, many condominium associations make no effort to attract them. While you may fall into that category, consider this:... [Read More...]

How to Make Your Next HOA Meeting More Effective

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 05:04 pmCategories: HOA Board

Meetings serve an important purpose for homeowner associations. They’re vital for sharing information from board members, gaining consensus from members of the community and so much more. Unfortunately, ineffective meetings are a major problem for many HOAs. If you’re having trouble getting members of the community to attend meetings or if you can tell that those who are in attendance would rather be just about anywhere else, here are a few tips on How to Make... [Read More...]

Signs You Need a Professional Condominium Manager

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 05:05 pmCategories: Condo Management

For many condominium boards, keeping up with everything is a challenge. Managing a condominium is a lot more than just collecting fees and assessments. Boards are also responsible for marketing open units, screening buyers, handling repairs, dealing with problems and much more. Since many board members have day jobs and are simply unable to dedicate their entire lives to their duties within the association, many boards struggle to get everything done. If this sounds familiar,... [Read More...]

Tips for Spring Condominium Maintenance

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 05:07 pmCategories: Condo Management

Spring is just around the corner, and every condominium association knows that this time of year is the perfect time to start tackling some maintenance to work to get the property ready for summer weather. Though Florida winters are mild, properties still tend to need a little bit of extra TLC when spring rolls around. Here are a few basic spring condominium maintenance tips to get your condominium in top shape! Inspect your roof. Spring... [Read More...]

Creating an HOA Budget

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 05:09 pmCategories: HOA Board

In many ways, operating a homeowner’s or condominium association is similar to running a business. The board of directors is responsible for anticipating revenues and expenses and using this information to create a budget that will allow the HOA to operate in an efficient manner. Unfortunately, creating an HOA or Condominium budget isn’t an easy task. In addition to making sure that all of the association’s needs are covered, the budget must remain compliant with... [Read More...]

How to Minimize the Threat of Fires in Condominiums

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 05:11 pmCategories: Community Tips

As temperatures drop and people put up holiday decorations, the risk of fire increases dramatically. Each year, there are thousands of fires in the United States. In addition to causing billions in damage, these fires result in several injuries and deaths. For condominium associations, fire prevention is crucial. A fire that starts in one unit can easily spread to others, leaving behind a path of devastation. Fortunately, there are several ways for condominium associations and... [Read More...]

Operating a Condominium

Monday, December 19, 2016 at 05:12 pmCategories: Condo Management

Because it provides many benefits, condominium living is becoming increasing popular among both individuals and families. It provides an economical solution to rising land values, and it gives many people an opportunity to enjoy recreational amenities that may be otherwise unaffordable. In Florida, there are several complex laws and regulations that apply to condominium ownership and operation. In this blog post, we would like to highlight the basics of operating a condominium. An... [Read More...]

Renovate or Rejuvenate?

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 05:13 pmCategories: Community Tips

Sometimes you need to put some work into your property to generate the most rental income. With new properties entering the market each day, potential renters have room to be picky. When comparing your property to another that’s less expensive, they can quickly tell whether yours is really worth the extra investment. To make your unit stand out and attract renters who are willing to pay what you’re asking, you may need to invest in... [Read More...]

5 Easy Tenant Screening Steps

Monday, October 24, 2016 at 05:15 pmCategories: HOA Board

The vast majority of tenant problems can be eliminated by properly screening your tenants. Unfortunately, many landlords and property owners don’t give the tenant screening process the attention it deserves. Instead, the focus on filling vacancies as quickly as possible with minimal screening. While filling vacancies is always a primary concern, you should be more focused on filling them with properly qualified tenants. Tenant screening doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, you can weed... [Read More...]

Why Condominium Associations Should Be Wary of Short-Term Rentals

Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 05:16 pmCategories: Condo Management

Thanks to the popularity of sites like Airbnb.com and homeaway.com, instances of short-term rentals and home sharing have skyrocketed in the past few years. These websites connect homeowners with potential renters who are looking for a place to stay, and for a nominal fee, they can rent out space or their entire property. For many homeowners, renting out space is a great way to earn extra income, but when that homeowner owns a condominium unit,... [Read More...]

Hurricanes & Florida Property Management

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 05:17 pmCategories: Community Tips

The Atlantic hurricane season has reached its peak, and as of the writing of this blog post, the National Hurricane Center has issued advisories for Hurricane Gaston and Tropical Storm Hermine. While the eventual impact of these storms is yet to be determined, now is a good time to make sure your emergency response plans are in place. Property management companies do a lot more than keeping up with day-to-day maintenance and collecting payments. In... [Read More...]

What to Look for in a Condominium Manager

Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 05:18 pmCategories: Condo Management

Working with a professional condominium manager takes a lot of strain off real estate owners and condominium boards. However, this is only true when you choose the right manager. From maintenance to budgeting to working with tenants, your condominium manager will likely have a hand in just about every aspect of running the property. There’s certainly no shortage of management companies, and choosing the right one can be a challenge. Here are a few qualities... [Read More...]

When to Hire a Property Management Company

Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 05:20 pmCategories: HOA Board

A major decision faced by most landlords is whether to hire a property management company. While many landlords manage their own properties, perhaps with the help of an employee or two, some require more help. For landlords who are struggling to keep up with their responsibilities, working with a professional property management company just makes sense. A property manager is a huge asset, but they come at a significant cost. Hiring a property manager isn’t... [Read More...]

Are You Paying too Much for HOA Management Services?

Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 05:22 pmCategories: Community Tips

From daily administrative duties to high-level financial management, HOA management companies provide services that range greatly in terms of complexity. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the price for services rendered varies greatly as well. So, how do you know if you’re paying too much for HOA management services? As a general rule of thumb, if you’re spending a large portion of your budget on HOA management services but the... [Read More...]

What Does a Sarasota Condominium Management Company Do?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 05:23 pmCategories: Condo Management

A Sarasota condominium management company is responsible for the day-to-day operations of a condominium community. The company takes on a number of responsibilities and takes a considerable amount of burden off of the Board. If you’re thinking about seeking professional condominium management, you likely have questions regarding exactly what your investment will pay for. Though a condominium manager can take on many roles and you can choose to invest in only the services you need most,... [Read More...]

Benefits of Condominium Management in Sarasota

Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 05:24 pmCategories: Condo Management

Which is better – self-managing a condominium association or hiring a professional condominium manager? This is a question that many associations face, and the answer isn’t always clear. While there are benefits on both sides, many have found that hiring a professional community manager is well worth the investment. Here are just a few of the benefits of hiring a professional company to take over condominium management in Sarasota and help you decide what’s best for your... [Read More...]

Are HOA Contracts Enforceable?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 05:25 pmCategories: Community Tips

Residents and Board members alike often wonder whether HOA contracts are legally enforceable. The short answer is that, yes, in many instances they are. The laws and regulations set forth in the HOA contract can usually be enforced in a court of law, but there are some limitations. This is where an experienced contract lawyer like Nick Hansen can come in handy. He has helped us answer some questions in today’s guest blog post. When a... [Read More...]

Hiring a Bradenton Condominium Management Company on Almost Any Budget

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 05:27 pmCategories: Condo Management

Many condominium boards mistakenly believe that professional condominium management isn’t in their budget. The truth, however, is that hiring a company that does condominium management Bradenton is more affordable than you may realize, and it’s often possible to get the services you need at a price that won’t break the bank. Every condominium board has different needs, and your board may not need a full-service management company, especially if you’re already handling several things successfully on your... [Read More...]

How Your Condo Association Should Handle Short Term Rentals

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 05:28 pmCategories: Condo Management

Home-sharing and short-term rentals have becoming increasing common due to the popularity of websites like Airbnb.com. Using services like Airbnb, people who are looking for a temporary place to stay can rent a home or even just a bedroom from a homeowner in their desired location. While these services are convenient for many travelers and they’re a nice way for homeowners to earn some extra cash, several conflicts can arise – especially when the homeowner... [Read More...]

Do’s And Don’ts of Homeowner Association Management

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 05:29 pmCategories: HOA Board

Managing a homeowner’s association challenging, and at times, it’s a bit of a balancing act. On one hand, it’s crucial to create and enforce rules for the greater good of the community, but it’s also important treat residents with kindness and respect. To help you ensure smooth operation in your community, we’ve put together this list of do’s and don’ts of HOA management. HOA Management Do’s Get to know your community. The first step in... [Read More...]

Is Your HOA Ready For Hurricane Season?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 05:29 pmCategories: Community Tips

June 1st marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. Though peak season generally begins in the middle of August, homeowner and condo associations need to be prepared for the season as early as possible. The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season is predicted to be the most active since 2012, so it’s crucial to take steps to prepare your HOA for the coming months. Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your... [Read More...]

Saving Energy in Condominium Associations

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 05:30 pmCategories: Condo Management

Saving energy in a community association doesn’t require drastic measures or embracing an extremely different standard of living. From small, everyday changes to long-term renovations, there are several things you can do conserve energy. In doing so, you will not only reduce your impact on the environment, you will see significant changes on your bills. If you want to conserve energy in your homeowner’s or condominium association, here are several simple steps that you can... [Read More...]

Tips For Enforcing HOA Rules and Regulations

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 05:32 pmCategories: HOA Board

We all encounter rules on a daily basis: “Handicap parking only,” “You break it, you buy it,” or “No shirt, no shoes, no service,” just to name a few. We know that there are often consequences for breaking these rules, but what about breaking the rules where you live? Unfortunately for many homeowner’s association and community association boards, community members aren’t always worried about playing by the rules. As part of a HOA board, how... [Read More...]

Running a Successful Community Association Meeting

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 05:32 pmCategories: Community Tips

A successful and productive community association meeting requires advance planning and preparation. Meetings should be run in an orderly and professional fashion to avoid chaos, but organizers should avoid excessive formality which could discourage association members from attention. Productive meetings are essential for board members. They set the tone for future work, and they let board members know that they have successfully performed their duties and can proceed on future projects. Here are just a... [Read More...]

How to Collect Delinqunt HOA Fees and Dues

Friday, March 25, 2016 at 05:33 pmCategories: HOA Board

If you manage a homeowners association, you know the importance of homeowner’s association fees and dues. These fees are necessary for covering common expenses, maintaining the properties and paying for any amenities the community offers. Unfortunately, not all homeowners are good at keeping up with paying their dues, and when someone doesn’t pay their fair share, everyone in the association is affected. When homeowners fail to pay dues and fees, it could result in shuttered... [Read More...]

Should You Invest in Professional Condominium Management in Florida?

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 05:34 pmCategories: Condo Management

Whether or not to invest in professional condominium management is a decision that nearly all condo boards in Florida will face. The benefits of professional condominium management in Florida are numerous, but they come at a cost, which leads many board members to wonder if they are truly worth it. Self-management is always an option, but it may not be the best in all situations. When community members manage the association themselves, they have greater... [Read More...]

Alex Hall, Carmen Condron, And Joe Dornquast Complete Pre-Requiste Course For CMCA Designation

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 05:35 pmCategories: Company Updates

Alex Hall is a Portfolio Manager in the AMI Lakewood Ranch office. Carmen Condron is an Onsite Manager at Lido Beach Club. Joe Dornquast is a Onsite Manager at Charlotte Square Condominiums in Port Charlotte. “It is rewarding to see professional managers work to advance their career to obtain the National Recognized CMCA designation for professional managers.” The next step to obtain the CMCA designation is to pass the comprehensive national certification exam.... [Read More...]

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