Summer Safety Tips for Your Association

Playgrounds and pools are the definition of summertime fun for children, but these amenities can spell danger for community associations if they aren’t properly inspected and maintained. This recent article from Community Associations Institute is a good reminder of potential safety issues in your community and steps your association can take to avoid problems. Here are the …

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Summer Home Maintenance To-Do List

Ah, summer…the smell of freshly-cut grass, BBQs, and sunscreen. We’ve survived months of rain, and now we get to enjoy the outdoors again! Today is the first day of summer, and to celebrate, we’ve assembled a list of 10 home maintenance tasks to tackle as we begin this new season. 1. Inspect your deck. Are …

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WUCIOA – What You Need to Know

  Have you heard? The Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) was adopted by the legislature and goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The bill creates a new chapter in the Revised Code of Washington that governs the formation, management, and termination of condominiums, cooperatives, and planned communities (such as communities governed by …

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FHA Condominium Program Reform

Currently, only 6% of U.S. condominium projects are approved by the FHA, and 93% of condominium homeowners have no access to FHA-insured mortgages. A critical component of the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) mission is serving first-time homebuyers and minority borrowers. Recently, at CAI’s 2018 Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., more than 100 advocates met with …

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A New Look for Our Neighborhood Enhancement Program Compliance Vehicle!

We’re pretty excited about the fresh new look for our compliance vehicle! Keep an eye out for it in your neighborhood and say hello to Kim! About the Neighborhood Enhancement Program This is an AMS-exclusive program created to assist your community with rule compliance. By having a third party perform this task, you promote equality …

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Home Sweet HOA: People Love Their Community Associations

Home Sweet HOA: People Love Their Community Associations!

The results of Community Associations Institute’s 2018 Homeowner Satisfaction Survey are in, and for the seventh time in 13 years, Americans living in homeowners associations and condominiums say they’re overwhelmingly satisfied in their communities. Below are some highlights from the survey: 85% of residents rate their overall community association experience as positive (63%) or neutral …

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Tips for Saving Money on Your Home Energy Bill

Do you know where your energy dollars are being spent? Being aware of the costs, and making a few changes can add up and save a lot of money in the long run. Clark Public Utilities provides free Energy Calculators on their website. Provide details about your home and energy usage, and they will give …

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water heaters

7 Things You May Not Know About Water Heaters

Every day, many homeowners and renters take their hot water heaters for granted. In fact, we often forget about them until we run out of hot water (especially if it’s during a shower). 1. Energy Usage About 1/4 of the energy usage in your home comes from using your water heater to heat water for …

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When Do You Legally Become the Owner of a Property After a Sheriff’s Sale?

When do you actually become the legal, title owner of a property after you’re the winning bidder at a sheriff’s sale of a foreclosed property? Under state law (both in Washington and Oregon), the purchaser at the sheriff’s sale becomes the legal, title owner of the property subject to the redemption period. The redemption period …

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HOA Board Meeting

Essential Board Meeting Tips

HOA board meetings are necessary for a homeowner association to thrive. Meetings are the time for the board to discuss important topics and make decisions. For these meeting to be effective, it is important to be prepared, treat it like a business meeting, and be organized. Here are a few key tips – whether you …

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