Monthly Archives: November 2015

Holiday Parking

shutterstock_271973669The state and city regulate parking laws, including whether you can or cannot park on public streets. As a community, your association must follow the state and city regulations, but during the holidays, cities often make special exceptions. Learn the traditional rules and special exceptions, so your neighborhood is in the know.

What Are the Most Common Parking Rules?

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Do You Have a Problem With Trees?

Trees can add beauty to any yard and create valuable shade as well as improve property value. However, when trees become too big, they can lead to aesthetic and more serious problems. If you have big trees in your community, check out these three facts that can help you understand more about them.

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One of the most obvious problems with big trees is that they can obstruct a beautiful view. You may have purchased your home for the breathtaking view of the rolling hills, river, etc. However, as the trees in your yard or your neighbor’s yard grow, they overshadow and block your amazing view. This is a common problem in neighborhoods with HOAs. The communities rely on Continue reading

Protect Yourself From Cyber Theft

shutterstock_239458390Cyber theft is becoming more and more common, but it isn’t just big wealthy businesses that need to be careful. Small organizations (like HOAs) and individuals may also become targets because cyber attackers know they have little protection. If you want to protect yourself and your community association, check out these tips.

Be Smart About Your Password

A password here and a password there add up quickly until you have more passwords than you can remember. It’s so easy and common for people to want to use the same password for everything, but that is a huge mistake, because with a single password, once a cyber attacker discovers it, they can access everything. Your passwords should also be complicated. They should be at least eight charicters, include numbers, letters and symbols, use upper case and lower case letters and should not be words related to you. Last, never share your passwords with anyone.

Keep Important Dates Safe

If you have important information for your association or yourself, keep it safe. If it’s personal information you want to protect from hackers, such as bank information, try keeping it on a computer that is not connected to the internet or encrypt the files. If you have documents you don’t want to lose, such as board meeting minutes, back them up on a flash drive. That way, even if a virus destroys your computer, you’ll have a copy. Just remember to routinely update the documents.

Surf Smart

Another way to avoid cyber theft is to avoid places you are most vulnerable. This doesn’t mean never shopping online. Well-known online stores usually have protective measures to keep your information safe. This means avoiding non-trusted sites, such as scam sites or hacker sites. One good way to determine if the site is secure is to look at the address. If you see https at the beginning, it means it has an encrypted connection. You should also avoid pop-ups, and never enter information into a pop-up, unless you have verified it is credible and reliable.

Keeping your computer safe from cyber-attacks is important, and the best way to do it is to make smart choices. Keep your passwords protected, encrypt important files and avoid non-trusted sites. With these tips, you’re sure to protect your personal information.

Top Financial Fails of Community Associations

shutterstock_143394364Community associations are like businesses; they need money to function and thrive. However, like many businesses, they can make mistakes, leading to financial fails. Check out these three top financial fails and learn how your association can avoid them.

Trusting the Wrong People with Too Much Power

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How to Winterize your Home and Community

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home or neighborhood, which is why proper winterization before the weather gets too cold is a must. Check out these different ways residents, HOAs and property management companies winterize homes and neighborhoods.

Create an Emergency Kit and PlanWinterize your home and community

In the event of a winter storm, you may be trapped, which is why an emergency kit is a must. Ensure it includes a first aid kit, necessary medications, food, drinking water and anything else you may need if you are trapped in your house for a few days. It’s also important to create a plan on what to do if a storm strikes and some members of the family aren’t home. How will everyone communicate? Where will they go if they can’t get home? Continue reading

4 HOA Security Mishaps

shutterstock_212703877Communities with HOAs like to boast about their security, but too many HOAs make common security mistakes that waste money or are just ineffective. If your HOA security isn’t up to snuff, check out these four common problems and how to avoid them.

Failing to Conduct an Audit

Perhaps the biggest mistake HOAs make when it comes to security is not conducting an audit of the neighborhood. Without a good audit, how are you supposed to know Continue reading