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October 26th, 2018

Best Community Association Practices in 2018

When it comes to community management, it’s easy for things to turn south quickly. However, with the right practices, your community can thrive. It may seem like people expect a lot nowadays, but with a few simple tweaks in management practices, you can have a happy, successful community. Association Specialty Group is here to provide you with the best community association practices for 2018!

Accessibility and Transparency

First and foremost, accessibility and transparency are always #1. No one wants to live somewhere where there appears to be unethical and shady activity, or a possible misuse of the fees the residents pay. Moreover, it can seem impossible to get people to participate in board meetings and to get involved with the community if they do not feel confident with how it is being run. With meetings and effective communication, you can establish trust with your employees and residents, creating a happier and more efficient environment.

Show Accountability

Secondly, stay accountable for the work that you have to do and avoid pushing a personal agenda. Being on an HOA board means that you must look out for the good of the community, not for you and your colleagues. If you’re truly serving the homeowners in your HOA community and not yourself, you will have happier members and more productive meetings. A good way to avoid having a personal agenda is to implement a system of checks and balances. This system will ensure that one person does not have all the power – rather, it will be evenly distributed to make sure things remain fair and run democratically.

Pre-Plan Your Meetings

Speaking of meetings, always, always pre-plan your meetings. As important as meetings are to make sure that you’re keeping everyone happy, no one wants to sit through a three-hour meeting that could have been done in less than half the time. If you plan ahead, keep things brief and to the point, and be organized, your attendance will skyrocket.

Keep Track of Your Finances

Finally, we all know that money talks, but when it comes to dealing with other people’s hard-earned money, it practically screams. Creating a stable and responsible use of money will help avoid any money-related frustrations, such as coming up short for certain events, not keeping the neighborhood looking clean, or being forced to let go of the amenities that the residents love.

Upgrade Your HOA

If you’re looking to upgrade your HOA, it may be time to look for an outside community management company. Here at Association Specialty Group, we make things easier, help the community run smoothly, and assist in creating an environment that employees and residents want to be in. To find out how we can make your HOA more efficient and more enjoyable, call us today at (954) 458-5557 or contact us online here. We’ll be sure to provide you with the most advanced services to help your community thrive.

October 26th, 2018

What is a Community Manager and Why Do I Need One?

Have you ever said to yourself, “This would be a lot easier with more hands?” Well, that is exactly what Community Management is! If you’ve ever lived in or worked in an apartment complex, homeowners association, or anything of the sort, you understand how much needs to be done. Between the payroll for the staff, collecting rent or HOA/COA fees, keeping the grounds neat and tidy, organizing community events, and so much more, it’s can seem nearly impossible to juggle everything and get it done efficiently on your own. Working with a community management company will make you and your residents happier and will keep everything running smoothly.

So, why should you hire a community manager?

Expert Management

Working with a community manager will give you expert advice on how to run your community and how to create a community that generates revenue and happy residents. Between monthly training and constant monitoring, your community will keep moving with no hiccups.

Save Money

Community managers are experts in their field and are there to help you create a fun, highly-sought after community, all while cutting expenses where there are unnecessary costs. For example, they can provide a full inspection to determine how they can make your community more energy efficient to help save you money!

Improved HOA Meetings

Moreover, everyone knows about the dreaded HOA meetings — or not, because they don’t ever go. A community management company will teach you and your staff how to make the most out of your meetings by planning ahead, making the entire meeting more efficient. Shorter meetings mean getting higher attendance, which means getting more done, which means a happier community!

Professional Managers Do It Best

If you’re ready to take the next step to make your community better, it’s time to reach out to a community management company. At Association Specialty Group, we are always ahead of the technological curve, helping to take your community into the 21st century and beyond! We have monthly training for employees to make your residents happier and to make for a more efficiently run community. When you’re ready to take your community to the next level, call us at (954) 458-5557 or contact us here.

June 16th, 2017

BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU APPOINTS JONATHAN LOUIS TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida & the Caribbean has appointed Jonathan Louis to its Board of Directors. Mr. Louis’ term officially began in May 2017.

 
“For more than 100 years, BBB has been a trusted source for individuals to research businesses, brands, and charities to help identify who they would be comfortable doing business with,” said Jonathan Louis, Chief Executive Officer of Association Specialty Group, AAMC®. “It’s a pleasure and a great honor to be able to serve on the board of directors, and to participate in ensuring that these standards continue to be met, and that consumers in Southeast Florida and the Caribbean continue to have a strong cooperative voice in business.”
 
Better Business Bureau (BBB) fosters the advancement of marketplace trust by encouraging best practices, working with consumers and businesses to resolve disputes, evaluating advertising, celebrating marketplace role models, calling out and addressing substandard behavior, and creating business communities that espouse trust.
 
Each BBB is directed by its local Board of Directors, to best serve consumers and businesses in the designated area of service. The BBB Board of Directors come from throughout Southeast Florida, includes small businesses and Fortune 500 businesses so that the expertise helps BBB better search each part of the local economy. According to Mr. Davis, CEO BBB Serving Southeast Florida and the Caribbean, “Mr. Louis’ background and expertise are going to be a great asset to the board since more and more of our engagement requires a hospitality, financial services, and technology savvy that service businesses and consumers will be able to benefit from, and one that the BBB best utilizes to deliver on our mission.”
 
Mr. Louis’ term officially began in May 2017. For more information, please visit www.bbb.org/south-east-florida.
Association Specialty Group (“ASG”), one of 280 Accredited Association Management Company’s (AAMC®) world-wide, and American Management Group (an ASG company) named one of the fastest growing companies in the Gator 100 – 2 years running, and nominated for the Florida Award of Excellence three (3) years running providing professional association, financial, and project management services to over 100 community associations comprising over 27,000 homes and condominiums from Miami Beach to Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Mr. Louis was recently named to the University of Denver’s “Deans Honor Society,” and is part of their “Distinguished Lecture Series” at his Alma Mater. As CEO of Association Specialty Group, Mr. Louis is charged with business development, overall coordination, and operational harmony for ASG and its member divisions (American Management Group – BBB A+; A & N Management, and Floridian Property Management are all divisions of ASG); ensuring the achievement of ASG’s client goals and objectives. ASG offers complementing products and services to the community association industry, but with a single-minded culture of People First and Servant Leadership. The combination of experiences and talents has now taken the business of Management to the next level of quality, resident care, technology, effectiveness, and offerings throughout Florida. ASG’s Principals and Executives are seasoned veterans with world class experience.
 
ASG holds an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
 
For more information, about Association Specialty Group please call (954) 458-5557 x 0, email: Management@asgflorida.com, or visit www.managingflorida.com

March 30th, 2017

The Flight of the Snowbirds

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Every year the state of Florida experiences an ebb and flow of full-time and part-time residents; as the seasons change, so does the population. Part-time residents from the northern United States and Canada live and work in Florida for an extended time every winter, while a percentage of permanent residents of Florida migrate north during the warmest months, and even larger number of residents call Florida home 365 days of the year.

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March 29th, 2017

Feds Go After Foreign Luxury Condo Buyers

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Anonymous buyers and foreign investors for years have been using the Miami-Dade Condo Market as an investment opportunity for offshore money. But now, tow investigations have put those shadow buyers under the microscope.

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March 29th, 2017

Pet Policies at your Community Association

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Although it may sometimes feel as if our pets have the run of the roost. In order to maintain the status quo – especially in a communal living environment such as a condominium, cooperative or HOA – it is necessary to establish a set of ground rules regarding pet care.

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March 28th, 2017

Educational Resources for Management Professionals

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The best property managers realize they don’t know everything. To be successful, a manager must stay abreast of new legal developments, new building technology, and a host of other specialized areas – as well as best practices in community association administration.

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March 20th, 2017

In-Unit Parking for Luxury Condominiums

The coolest new amenity must have in luxury condominiums are car elevators and in-unit parking. It’s exactly what it sounds like: you drive your vehicle onto an elevator platform, hit a button, and you and your auto are delivered to your apartment.

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March 2nd, 2017

How to Manage Owner’s Renovations

All you have to do is turn on the TV these days to know how popular kitchen and bathroom renovations have become. Backsplashes, stainless steel appliances, subway tiles, granite countertops, glass-enclosed showers, soaking tubs – the list of enticing upgrades and additions now available seems nearly endless.

There are a lot of factors to consider, though, before launching a kitchen or bath renovation, including an understanding – and acceptance – that these can be very complex renovation projects. Fortunately, with proper planning, vigilance and with a bit of luck, they also can turn out to be some of the best investments a homeowner can make – with minimal disruption and hassle for boards and managers.

Plan Early

As exciting and fun as it can be, planning early for a kitchen or bath renovation does not, unfortunately, mean spending late nights on Pinterest or leafing through glossy home renovation magazines. The most practical step is to contact your property manager and get a copy of the building’s alteration agreement and to learn more about what is expected and required for a successful renovation project.

Check Every Box

Before getting too involved in the project, it is important for the building’s architect or engineer to review it and come back to the manager, property owner, or unit owner with a list of objections or questions.

There may be some special details that the board will need to consider, in particular when residents want to expand the size of the kitchen or bath. “Some buildings won’t allow it,” Weinstein says. “Others will want waterproofing or sound alterations to reduce the potential for water damage or the risk of increased noise.”

Working with a contractor

Nothing makes a unit owner break into a cold sweat faster than the thought that their renovation project may not be done properly. What could be worse than an inspector coming through after everything has been sealed and cleaned up, and demanding costly repairs? To avoid that, it is imperative to ensure that contractors are working in line with all codes and requirements.

February 23rd, 2017

Three Big Things Attorneys Wish Boards Knew

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Whether you serve on the board of a co-op, condo or HOA, chances are you and your fellow community administrators are volunteers. Perhaps you’re fortunate enough that you or one of your colleagues has professional legal expertise to bring to the table – but even if that’s the case, sooner or later you’ll need to consult with outside legal counsel on some issue, whether it be the sale of an apartment in the building, or an acrimonious situation between neighbors, or between a resident and the board itself.

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