FHA condominium program reform

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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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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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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