Checklists

 

Simplify and Automate Your Community’s Invoicing

Community associations often face the problem of managing many invoices and payments. This process can quickly become overwhelming for a community, especially if they are not equipped with a professional invoicing system or the right people to manage it. From manual data entry to processing checks, communities could experience drastic improvements by simplifying their invoicing […]

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What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Community Management

The start of the pandemic and the shutdowns that ensued sent many businesses scrambling to figure out how to keep everything running. Everyone has learned something during this time, including those of us in the community management space. Luckily, the community management lessons learned can be an ongoing part of your strategy. It’s fair to […]

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3 Ways TOPS Improves Community Communication & How It Can Help Your Community

Poor communication can damage your community’s overall morale. Is your staff overloaded with phone calls, inadvertently letting things fall through the cracks, and not getting back to residents about their requests? TOPS can help improve community communication and get your team working at their highest productivity levels. Continue reading to learn three ways our property […]

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What Resolutions Communities Should Make in 2021

Be a Better Property Manager This Year As we leave 2020 in the past and focus on the new year, property managers should make some resolutions to help improve business and culture in their community. There’s always room for improvement and there are many ways for property managers to start the new year off on […]

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TOP Three Ways to Stay Connected with Your Residents

The Importance of Resident Communication An often-overlooked aspect of managing a community is the relationship between the board and its residents. Some communities may take an “us versus them” mentality when it comes to residents, but that does not lead to a healthy living environment. Reducing friction between residents and board members leads to a […]

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Disaster Planning Checklist for Community Association Managers

Let’s Face It, Disaster Planning Is a Necessity There is always a possibility that a hurricane, earthquake, fire, tornado, snowstorm or human-related disaster can strike at any time, without warning. Every association could be affected by at least one of these disasters, but many aren’t prepared for when a disaster actually does strike. It is […]

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Year-End Checklist for CAM Accountants

Year-End Checklist for CAM Accountants

Note: This article has been updated since it’s original publication. It’s the new year. The holidays are over and if you’re a CAM Accounting professional, now is when the real work begins. That’s because the new year also marks the beginning of a much more stressful time in community association accounting – Year End. If […]

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Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

James Ernst, CPA, explains what impact the newly-passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on Common Interest Realty Associations (CIRAs) beginning Jan. 1, 2018: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and was signed into law by the President, will have an impact […]

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My Association Management Certification Journey: The CMCA

I’m a firm believer in the value of certifications. A certification gives you a common foundation of knowledge and expertise in a given area. A certification announces to the world that you have acquired that knowledge, and are qualified to speak – and act in that area. A certification provides a layer of protection between […]

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Business Leader Making a Choice

Challenge or Opportunity? 4 Issues Community Managers Need to Know About

As a wise man (my grandpa) once said, every challenge comes with an opportunity, and vice versa. For Community Managers, the challenge of market evolution will also present myriad potential opportunities to excel in the marketplace, so long as the obstacles are understood and faced in real time. The world is moving more quickly, and […]

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