Homeowner Associations (HOAs)

New Video! AMS | Association Management Services NW – Overview of Our Services

We’re excited to share our new promotional video with you! We’d like to thank Form 7 Productions for producing this video for us. They were wonderful to work with, and we love how it turned out! Below is the script of the video: In the Pacific Northwest, communities matter. And when it comes to creating and …

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Board Secretary

4 Key Responsibilities of a Board Secretary

Homeowner Associations have a great deal of responsibility. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Maintaining Association records; Preserving the Association’s history; and Protecting itself from liabilities. Who takes on such an important leadership role? The Board Secretary. What does the Board Secretary do? Prepares and distributes Board Meeting minutes and notices, records meetings …

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Mediation

When is Mediation Appropriate?

We’ve all either heard the crazy stories or even worse, experienced them ourselves. Does your neighbor use tie-dye blankets as curtains? Perhaps you can’t enjoy your back deck because the condo two stories down blares their music so loud that your brain hurts. How much poop can one dog produce? And why can’t their owner just …

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City Lofts

Welcome, City Lofts Condo Association to the AMS Family!

We are pleased to announce that AMS is now managing the City Lofts Condominium Association! We look forward to working with the Board and Owners in this beautiful community. The City Lofts are located in one of the hottest neighborhoods in Portland, Oregon – the Pearl District. Constructed in 1904, the building was originally the …

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CAI Summer 2018

CAI Community Bulletin – Summer 2018

Read the Summer 2018 CAI Community Bulletin right here on our website! It’s full of useful advice on homeowner association management. 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.

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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WCIOA

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 homeowners’ …

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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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