In your search for the right partner to help you manage your neighborhood or community, you’ll come across countless potential management companies — some located just a few miles from you, and others located halfway across the country. And while you probably have plenty of pros and cons to weigh for all of your options, one thing you should definitely consider is where your community management team is located.
But does having your community management partner located nearby really make a difference? That’s probably determined by your unique needs, but here are three things local community management companies can offer that others simply can’t:
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Perhaps the greatest benefit of having a local community management partner as opposed to a regionally based or national management company is that a local partner is able to be at the community with shorter notice.
Whether you need help with inspections or need someone to fix a problem, a local management partner is always going to offer more. That means you never have to worry about resolving issues by yourself. And isn’t that the whole point of having a community management partner anyway?
Choosing a local community management partner means a team of local professionals is at your disposal. These are the people who’ve dedicated their professional lives to working in the world of HOAs, condo associations and community management, and the fact that they’re focused on the local area means they’re better equipped to handle questions about local regulations and ordinances. Plus, because these people actually live in the same region, they can often provide firsthand recommendations for nearby contractors and vendors as needed.
In most circumstances, a phone call or an email will be enough to get questions answered or to figure out next steps. If you’re like us, however, you enjoy face-to-face interaction every now and then.
No matter who your community management partners are, you should always know they’re a phone call away. But with a local partner, you can rest assured that an in-person meeting or strategy session is never out of the question.
As a member of an HOA or community association board, your primary responsibilities revolve around ensuring your neighborhood or community is a great place to call home. And one of the ways to make that happen is by working to build stronger bonds between residents, which ultimately reduces the potential for conflict and improves overall resident satisfaction.
With summer in full swing, there’s no better time than now to get to work on turning neighbors into friends. The weather is great, the days are long and the stresses of the holiday season are still a long way off. So if you’re thinking about hosting your community’s next great get-together but aren’t quite sure where to start, check out these simple ideas that are sure to be a hit with your residents.
If there’s one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s this: We all love food. And there’s just something about a hot grill and great food that brings people together.
Make use of your shared spaces, like your neighborhood park or rooftop gathering area, and fire up the grill. Add simple but unforgettable touches by creating a theme around your event or building a menu ahead of time and have everyone sign up ahead of time to bring a dish. You can even get a competition started to find out who the real grillmasters are in your community!
Community Yard Sale
It might be a little bit late to call it “spring cleaning,” but there’s never a bad time to get residents thinking about what they can get rid of in their homes. Spread the word and find a great place for everyone to get together with their stuff. Be sure you do plenty of advertising ahead of time (simple signs will do) inside and outside the community to make sure you have a steady stream of people checking out your yard sale.
Outdoor Movie Screenings
Summer nights and movies go together like popcorn and butter, and you can take advantage of the comfortable evening weather by hosting an unforgettable outdoor movie night for your residents. Renting an inflatable screen that’s big enough for your neighborhood is probably less expensive than you think, and there isn’t much work on your end aside from spreading the word. Just be sure to pick a rain date for your event ahead of time!
If your neighborhood has a clubhouse or pavilion that would be perfect for a larger gathering, you might want to consider hosting a wine-and-design night. These fun events, also known as paint-and-sips, have been growing in popularity over the past few years, and they’re the ideal way for residents to unwind and get to know each other in a fun, friendly way.
If your community has space for a bonfire or even just a patio for a fire bowl, this is something you can do well into the fall months, too. Break out the s’mores fixings, power up a portable speaker for music, and get ready to enjoy a relaxing evening around the fire. If it seems simple, it’s because it is, but residents always have a great time at events like these.
As always, be sure to check with your community’s management professionals for advice regarding the necessary insurance and steps to follow to host these events in your neighborhood. Want some more great ideas for how to host a fun summer block party or event in your community? Check out this great article from Good Housekeeping.
We are so excited to announce that our partnership with Burke Village, an amenity-rich townhome community in Burke, VA, has grown to a full-service management relationship, effective July 1, 2019.
A 139-home community with walking trails, a tennis court and a tot lot, Burke Village first partnered with Cardinal Management Group, Inc. in 2017. Since then, we’ve worked closely with the Burke Village Homeowners Association to provide financial management services.
Now, as their full-service management partner, we’ll be providing Burke Village with a more robust range of services to ensure that the community is able to operate efficiently and effectively for many years to come. We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Burke Village to our full-service management portfolio, and we look forward to our continued partnership with this fantastic neighborhood.
A community’s homeowners association (HOA) or community association can be a make-or-break element of a potential homeowner’s decision to call a neighborhood home. Why? It’s usually because a community association means they’ll be paying extra on a yearly or even quarterly basis, plus they’ll have to abide by a set of rules while they live there.
But even with the potential for added cost and oversight, many people embrace the community association structure in their community. Here are five of the most common reasons why:
In neighborhoods that have extras like sports courts, parks, pools, clubhouses or trails, the association is most often the group that’s in charge of ensuring that these amenities are ready for everyone to use. The fees an association collects from residents often go to paying for things like basketball court resurfacing, trail maintenance, pool cleaning, clubhouse utilization, etc.
With an association, residents know that the things that made them fall in love with the neighborhood in the first place will always be taken care of without having to make significant time investments themselves.
Property Value Protection
Have you ever driven past a beautiful home only to find that the next door neighbor’s home is taking away all the attention with overgrown grass, an ugly paint color or unsightly exterior finishes? Community associations work diligently to ensure that doesn’t happen in their neighborhoods.
Because community associations set and enforce rules that determine things like a home’s lawn care requirements, decorating restrictions and appearance standards, homeowners can rest assured knowing that their neighbors can’t do much to damage property value.
Established (and Enforced) Community Standards
Speaking of standards, the community association is the body that’s in charge of setting community rules and expectations for every homeowner. Whether it’s eliminating inconvenient parking situations or simply maintaining guidelines for how late people can be out on the tennis court, the association is responsible for ensuring everyone can enjoy their home by preserving the standard of living in the neighborhood.
Although not every neighborhood is going to have substantial parks or green spaces, it’s generally the community association’s responsibility to keep shared spaces looking good. From mowing the grass to power washing sidewalks, those associations are there to keep the place people call home looking beautiful.
A simple fact about in a neighborhood with other people is that disputes can happen. These situations can range from simple discrepancies about property lines to stressful situations when someone is being loud or inconsiderate. Fortunately, for those who live in a neighborhood with a community association, disputes don’t have to become awkward interactions because they can act as a mediator or arbiter.
Moreover, these associations are boards or committees comprised of actual residents, so they’re conducive to homeowner feedback, suggestions and requests. So if you have an idea that you want your neighborhood to consider, a community association meeting is a great place to start.
Want to learn more about the benefits of (and things to consider about) living in a community with a homeowners association or community association? Check out this great article from Realtor.com.
Thinking about hosting a Fourth of July party for residents in your neighborhood? As a holiday that’s all about celebrating America, enjoying delicious food and having fun, Independence Day is the perfect opportunity to build the bonds between neighbors that can last a lifetime. But before you embark on your party-planning mission, here are three things you and your HOA or community association board should consider:
Plan It Out Together
Every great party started with a plan. Get a Pinterest board going, create a shared document or simply just hash it out over your next meeting — there are countless ways to start brainstorming with residents and other board members. But no matter how you do it, just be diligent about planning ahead so you can make sure you’re thinking of everything and can put a reasonable budget together.
The planning phase is also the ideal time to review your association’s governing documents and even local regulations to ensure you’re clear to use community funds to host a community party in the first place. Plus, check your insurance policy to be certain that you’re covered should any accidents happen during the party.
Expect the Unexpected
Do you have a backup plan if it rains? Are you prepared to handle any sort of emergency? Will you be able to facilitate more guests than expected?
Having a contingency plan to cover your bases in worst-case-scenario situations will prepare your HOA or community association to throw the best party possible, and it’ll also make you feel that much more confident heading into the day of the party — making it easier for you to have fun!
If you’re going to be investing time and resources into your association’s party, don’t make the mistake of forgetting the last step: getting the word out.
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of spreading the word to your neighbors is by making use of (or starting) your neighborhood’s private Facebook group. This is an easy way to get residents in on the discussion, and it can be the hub of your association’s communication well beyond the Fourth of July.
You can also use direct emails, phone calls or a little bit of friendly door-to-door conversation, too, but that will depend on how comfortable you are getting in front of your neighbors to give your community’s party the attention it deserves.
Cardinal Management Group is phasing out its previous online payment platform, PayLease.com and directing all future payments exclusively to MutualPayPropertyPay. Please direct all questions relating to this subject to firstname.lastname@example.org and an accounting team member will assist your residents.
Effective immediately are also new payment fees attached to each method of payment:
Credit Card………………..……2.95% of payment amount
Mobile Check Deposit…….….$1.95
**Enrolling for Automatic withdrawal & mailing a check to the lockbox facility are the 2 payment options that are free to all homeowners.
Check out the June issue of Quorum Magazine, featuring a Human Resource article by our very own Patrick Mazzei, CHRO & Owner and Cynthia du Busc, CMCA, AMS, Portfolio Manager. #cai #wmccai #communitymanagement
We are proud to announce our newest partnership, effective June 1st with Amberleigh Community Association! Amberleigh is comprised of single family and townhomes featuring two tot lots and a volleyball court. We are looking forward to bringing our proactive, hands-on management style to the community— after all, “We Manage to Make a Difference“! #hoamanagement #cmg
Please note that Cardinal Management Group’s corporate office will begin observing seasonal hours on Monday, June 3rd. The corporate office hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Take your training out of the office! Our managers enjoyed a curb appeal field trip today, showcasing some of our beautiful communities in Prince William County with lunch and drinks at 2 Silos to round out the day. #teambuilding #training #hoa #communitymanagement #cmg