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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What is an HOA?

What is an HOA?

If you are in the market for a townhouse, condo, or single family home in a neighborhood, chances are you’ve heard the term Homeowner’s Association or HOA. HOAs are typical in neighborhoods with common areas like a community playground, swimming pool, or walking paths. If you purchase your home in an HOA-governed neighborhood, you won’t …

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Smoke Detector Chirping?

If you’ve been in a home for any amount of time a chirping smoke detector is a sound you know. Often, multiple detectors will start chirping around the same time due to a dying battery. This is an easy DIY fix that can be finished in one morning and you only need a few supplies. …

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AMS | Association Management Services Earns AAMC Accreditation

We’re proud to announce that our company has earned the Accredited Association Management Company® (AAMC®) accreditation from Community Associations Institute. We are the only AAMC in Southwest Washington, and one of only three in the Portland metro area. We are the ONLY management company that has both the AMO and AAMC designations in Oregon and Washington!  …

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CAI Community Bulletin – Winter 2018

Read the Winter 2018 CAI Community Bulletin right here on our website. Inside you’ll find the 2018 events calendar, helpful articles, legal Q&A, service directory and more. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team.
Michelle Underwood

Congratulations, Michelle Underwood!

Michelle Underwood, Regional Vice President of AMS | Association Management Services NW, and a member of The Management Group’s Executive Leadership Team, is celebrating her 15th anniversary with the company! Michelle is the #1 go-to person for anyone in the association management business including many industry professionals. Her knowledge of associations is unrivaled and watching her …

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Community Rules: What Do They Say About Your Homeowner Association?

The following is taken from a great article by Barker Martin’s Marlyn Hawkins on the importance of having good community rules: ————– A good set of community rules conveys not only what is permissible in a homeowner association, but says something about the character of a community. In most communities, rules can be created, modified or even removed …

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snow removal

Is Your Association Ready for Winter?

Winter is coming…and it’s forecast to be another cold one! Don’t wait to secure your winter snow removal service. These companies offer a variety of services. There is no charge unless you use the service. Priority service and pricing are offered to customers who sign a contract before November 1. Contact your current landscape company, or contact your …

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Unpaid Assessments: Liens & Personal Obligations—Part I

This two-part article discusses the personal obligation of the owner to pay assessments and the lien that is created when the assessment is not paid. Next time we’ll cover the effects of sales, foreclosures and bankruptcy on both the personal obligation and the lien. Typically, unpaid assessments constitute a lien on the unit or lot, …

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reserve study

HOA Basics: Reserve Study

In determining how much should be paid in maintenance assessments each month, the Board of Directors must estimate how much the association is going to spend for operating expenses and how much it must save for future repairs and replacement of common area assets (reserves). A reserve study helps the Board know how much to …

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