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Mike Stonestreet

Founder, CAMS (Community Association Management Services)

Mike Stonestreet, CMCA, PCAM, AMS, is Founder of CAMS (Community Association Management Services). CAMS began in 1991 with Stonestreet and a few employees in a small office in Wilmington but has since grown to over 300 employees s  

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Dec 19, 2022

How to Get the Most out of Living in a Community Association

Living in a community association can be a great experience. Still, it’s important to remember that there are rules and regulations to ensure everyone enjoys their time living there. In this a ...

Dec 5, 2022

Upset Community Association Members? Here’s What to Do.

Board members often face complaints from property owners about things that aren’t against the community’s rules. This can be difficult for the board to handle because they may not be able ...

Nov 16, 2022

Why HOA Board Member Education Matters

Community association (sometimes called a homeowner’s association or HOA) board members are responsible for making critical decisions that affect their community members' lives. In order t ...

Nov 8, 2022

What to Do With Your HOA’s Budget Surplus

Community associations are usually incorporated as not-for-profit corporate entities; therefore, an association’s goal is to avoid making a profit or loss at the end of the year. Though it isn&r ...

Oct 20, 2022

HOA Meeting Breakdown: Types of Meetings and Best Practices

If you own property in an HOA, you know there are several types of association meetings that take place throughout the year. These are board meetings, annual meetings, special meetings, executive meet ...

Oct 7, 2022

How to Use Social Media in Community Associations

Community associations are finding more and more value in using social media to connect with their residents. It can be a great way to share photos from community events, announce upcoming events, a ...

Sep 21, 2022

Risk Management: Seeing the Big Picture

Risks abound in today's technologically dependent environment, and community associations are a prime target. Has your board taken the necessary steps to protect the association against financia ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 8, 2022

Community Association Terms: Definitions and Explanations

If you're like most people, you've probably seen community association terms and acronyms bandied about but don't really know what they mean. Fear not! We're here to help. This post wi ...

Aug 19, 2022

The Governing Documents of an HOA: What Boards and Owners Need to Know

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are a vital part of many neighborhoods as they provide benefits to their residents, including maintaining common areas, enforcing rules and regulations, and ensuring tha ...

Aug 9, 2022

The Role of the Community Manager: Responsibilities and Benefits

Community managers are an important part of homeowners' associations (HOAs). They are responsible for a wide variety of duties that keep the community running smoothly. While some people might thi ...

Jul 15, 2022

Vendor Selection for HOAs: What Board Members Need to Know

As a board member of a community association, you have a lot of responsibilities. One of the most important is ensuring that the association gets the best services possible at a reasonable price. ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 29, 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Community Association Assessments

If you're a homeowner in a community association, you're probably familiar with assessments. But do you know everything about them? What do they cover? How are they calculated? When are they d ...

Jun 13, 2022

How Natural Disasters Affect Community Associations: Insurance Policies & Filing Claims

Natural disasters can have a significant impact on community associations. One of the main issues that associations face after a natural disaster is knowing when and how to file insurance claims. In t ...

May 24, 2022

The New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Condo Questionnaire

Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac are two of the biggest players in the mortgage market, particularly the secondary mortgage market, where mortgages are bought and sold after they have been originated. Thi ...

May 9, 2022

Understanding Your Community's Architectural Request Review Process

When you live in a community association, there are rules and regulations pertaining to the upkeep of the exterior of your property. But what if you'd like to make a change to your property, like ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 26, 2022

The Importance of Emergency Planning for Community Associations

In the Carolinas, we are pretty familiar with natural disasters, particularly hurricanes. Though they arrive by sea, there have been many instances of them making their way inland and causing jus ...

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Apr 6, 2022

Transitioning to a New Community Management Company? Keep These Things in Mind.

Switching management companies for your community association may sound like a rather daunting task, and, in many ways, it can be. Though you may not be satisfied with your current management partner, ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 21, 2022

Handling Violations And Amending Documents In NC & SC Community Associations

Whether you’re new to being a board member or a seasoned vet, you’ve probably figured out that you’ve volunteered for a rather complicated job. Not only do you have to consider your ...

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Mar 2, 2022

Is Community Association Living The Right Choice For You?

Buying a home in a community association can be a fantastic decision – you'll often have access to some great amenities, perhaps no longer have to take care of your lawn, and get to enjoy co ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 15, 2022

The Fundamentals of Serving on your Association's Board: Part 1

Serving on your community association's board of directors can be a complicated job, especially if you haven't received the proper resources and training needed to carry out your duties. But, ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 24, 2022

Questions About Filing Your Association's Federal Income Taxes? We've Got Answers

It's everyone's favorite time of year again! No, winter is no picnic for those who aren't fans of cold weather. But the beginning of the year comes with more than just frigid temperatures ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 22, 2021

Community Member Filing Bankruptcy? Here’s What HOA Boards Should Know.

Bankruptcy is a sensitive subject. For the person filing bankruptcy (the debtor), filing bankruptcy is the beginning of a long, arduous process of "starting over" financially and may include ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 22, 2021

Going Virtual for Your HOA’s Annual Meeting? Read This First

As you’ve likely realized by now, virtual meetings are here to stay. And, though you may have mastered platforms like Zoom over the past two years, laws and best practices surrounding virtual me ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 28, 2021

How To Hold A Productive Annual Meeting

The annual meeting is one of the most significant events held by community associations as it's when elections are conducted, the budget for the upcoming year is presented to members, and importan ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 12, 2021

The Ultimate Guide to Interpreting & Enforcing Architectural Restrictions

Architectural guidelines, review, and enforcement are undoubtedly some of the more confusing and contentious responsibilities of volunteer community leaders. Though reviewing applications, approving o ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 21, 2021

Heading Back To Class: The Importance Of Board Member Education

There’s no doubt that Board members are well-educated people who have spent years devoted to their various professions. And most likely, the education you received specifically prepared you for ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 7, 2021

7 Mistakes HOA Boards Should Avoid Making

Serving on your community association’s board is a tough job, regardless of whether you’ve done it before or not. And, unfortunately, there are some mistakes that board members can inadver ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 17, 2021

Five Ways HOA Management Companies Add Value To Your Community

Being on your community association’s board of directors can be a tough (and sometimes thankless) job. However, you don’t have to go it alone. Choosing an experienced management company to ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 2, 2021

Preparing For Unexpected Large-Scale Repairs In Your Community Association

As a homeowner, you probably expect that certain elements of your home will have to be repaired or replaced over time, and the same rings true for common elements and structural components of communit ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 13, 2021

Got Compliance? If Not, Here Are Some Best Practices On Handling Community Association Violations

As a volunteer community leader, you probably never pictured yourself acting as the "town sheriff." But community associations have governing documents which must be enforced, and someone mu ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 22, 2021

Does Your Board Have A Set Of Ethical Standards It Follows? If Not, Here’s Why It Should.

One of the most important aspects of being on the board of your community association, aside from carrying out the business functions of the association, is adhering to a set of ethical standards. As ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 1, 2021

Community Association Records: What Members Are And Aren't Entitled To See

As a community association board member, you’ve likely received requests from members to see various association documents. Though these requests can seem simple on the surface, there are laws a ...

Residential Real Estate
May 17, 2021

CAMS Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary: Taking A Look Back

Since CAMS was founded in 1991, the company has grown from a one-man operation in the Wilmington area to its present-day status of operating in eight regions across the Carolinas. When I reflect on my ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 14, 2021

Thinking Of Amending Your HOA Documents? Here’s How.

In a recent “Ask the Experts” webinar, Attorneys Hope Carmichael and Nute Thompson of Jordan Price, PLLC, discussed some best practices for board members to employ when it becomes necessar ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 1, 2021

Dealing With Water Damages In Your Condominium Building? Here’s What To Do.

In a recent “Ask the Experts” webinar, we discussed best practices regarding handling water leaks in condominiums. Though this piece will discuss some North Carolina laws, there’s al ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 16, 2021

Being Threatened With Legal Action? What Community Association Board Members Can Do To Protect Themselves

For homeowner association volunteers, a very real concern is the possibility of legal threats that may be levelled against the board. In a recent “Ask the Experts” webinar, Attorney Chris ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 1, 2021

Coming Together And Finding Solutions In Times Of Adversity

Community Associations Find Creative Solutions to Issues Presented by Pandemic   As Covid-19 arrived in the United States in early 2020, people were forced to make adjustments to their usual ac ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 18, 2021

Board Member Boot Camp Part 2: Compliance, ARC, And Pitfalls To Avoid

In a previous article, we discussed some of the topics board members must be familiar with in order to serve successful terms on their community’s board of directors. This second part of “ ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 1, 2021

Board Member Boot Camp Part 1: Directors' Duties, Board Meetings, & Legal Protections

In a recent CAMS "Ask the Experts" webinar, Attorneys David Wilson and Steven Black of Law Firm Carolinas addressed a multitude of topics that are crucial for board members - both old and ne ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 18, 2021

In The Age Of Social Distancing, Virtual Options Shown To Make Community Association Meetings More Effective

When Covid-19 arrived in the United States, many businesses had to quickly figure out how to continue operating in the age of social distancing. In the months that have followed, conducting business r ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 5, 2021

8 Questions To Ask When Choosing A Professional Community Management Company

One of the most important responsibilities a community association’s board of directors can be faced with is selecting a professional management company. Choosing a management company is somewha ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 15, 2020

The FHA, ADA, & Community Associations: What Boards Need To Know (Part 2)

In a recent article, we began our discussion of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they relate to community associations. A large part of understanding the FHA ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2020

The FHA, ADA, And Community Associations: What Boards Need To Know (Part 1)

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) was created to ensure that Americans receive equal treatment when seeking housing and thereby made it illegal to discriminate against people based upon certain protected cla ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 16, 2020

Three Primary Responsibilities Of Your HOA’s Board Of Directors

If you own property in a community association, you've probably had some form of contact with your community's board of directors. And, while you may have a general grasp of the role the board ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 26, 2020

Architectural Guidelines And Political Signs: It’s All In The Governing Documents For Community Associations

Architectural rules and guidelines can be a tricky topic to navigate for board members and committees charged with leading community associations. In order to properly govern their communities, those ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 15, 2020

Liens, Foreclosures, And Payment Plans, Oh My! How Community Associations Can Successfully Manage The Pandemic

Though filing claims of lien against property owners isn't something that associations ever want to have to face, the reality is that it will likely become a common occurrence in the coming months ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 1, 2020

Community Association Collections In A Pandemic: Navigating The "New Normal"

Though the United States, along with the rest of the world, is in the throes of the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses and other organizations have had to do their best to continue to operate. These operat ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 15, 2020

Want To Be An Amazing Neighbor? Five Ways To Start (And Some Things To Avoid)

With Americans spending more time at home than ever these days, being a good neighbor is of the utmost importance. Sure, not many people are actively trying to be bad neighbors, but if you sit down an ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 1, 2020

Reserve Studies: Preparing Your Community Association For The Future

Reserve studies are essential to ensuring the financial security of community associations. When conducted properly, they aid in preparing associations for large future repairs and create a timeline s ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 17, 2020

Communicating In A Crisis: Part 2 - The Content Of Communication Pieces And How To Avoid Creating Further Issues

In Part 1 of Communicating in a Crisis, we discussed ways community association board members can define a crisis, how they should prepare crisis communications, who should put forth these communicati ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 3, 2020

Communicating In A Crisis: Part 1 - Defining A Crisis And Preparing Communication

In our July "Ask the Experts" webinar, we heard from Attorney Morgan Bryant of McCabe, Trotter & Beverly, P.C. on Communicating in a Crisis. Though this topic is particularly relevant in ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 15, 2020

Online Meetings: When & How (Part 2 - Membership Meetings)

In Part 1 of our series "Online Meetings: When & How", we discussed some best practices for holding virtual board meetings during this time of social distancing. But what about membershi ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 1, 2020

Online Meetings: When & How (Part 1 - Board Meetings)

In our latest "Ask the Experts" webinar series, we invited attorney Steven Black with Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A., to discuss several options for holding board meetings and conducting ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 15, 2020

Secure Online Payment Options Are A Must-Have For HOA Members

Though providing homeowners with the option to pay their HOA assessments online certainly isn't a new concept, recent world events such as the COVID-19 pandemic have driven home just how essential ...

Residential Real Estate
May 29, 2020

Best Practices For Virtual Board Meetings

With the Coronavirus pandemic affecting nearly every aspect of daily life, people are turning to technology to facilitate many activities that were once conducted in person. This has of course become ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2020

Large-Scale Community Associations

Communities that are considerably bigger than your average neighborhood are, in the community management industry, referred to as large-scale communities. And, as you might imagine, the needs of these ...

Residential Real Estate
May 1, 2020

Community Association Meetings: What You Need to Know

For those who own property in homeowners’ associations, it is important to understand the different types of association meetings that take place throughout the year. It is especially important ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 16, 2020

The Role Of The Community Manager

Those living in communities with homeowners’ associations may sometimes wonder what exactly is the role of the community manager versus the role of the board of directors. Put simply, an HOA' ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 1, 2020

Things To Consider Before Renting In A Community Association

If you own a home in a homeowner's association or condominium owner's association and are thinking about renting it out, you probably know that there are several factors to consider before you ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 15, 2020

Renewing Your Association’s Insurance Policies

One of the most complex issues faced by HOA boards of directors is securing appropriate insurance coverage for the association. A number of factors go into determining what types of policies are neede ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 3, 2020

Annual Budget Preparations For Your Association

Those serving on HOA boards need to have a keen understanding of how essential a balanced budget is to the success of their associations. Drafting and ratifying a budget can often seem like a daunting ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 11, 2020

How To Handle Increasing Member Assessments

Having a proper, fiscally responsible budget in place is necessary for the successful operation of any homeowner’s association. Just as with any budget, income and expenses must be considered &m ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 31, 2020

When Your Association Should Consider A Buydown Policy

Insurance coverage is one of the many important aspects of managing and protecting community assets that HOA boards of directors must keep in mind. If associations are faced with large deductibles, on ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 7, 2020

What To Do If There Are Insufficient Reserve Funds

What are reserve funds and what are they used for? Reserve funds are broken down into capital and non-capital expenses; capital would be replacing a roof; non-capital would be painting. These are IRS ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 3, 2020

How To Increase Homeowner Participation In Your Community

Homeowners can often have differing views of their community associations — some positive, some negative —  depending on their source of information and experiences in the community. ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 20, 2019

When And How To Make Changes To Your Association's Governing Documents

At CAMS, we’ve seen through the years how positive — and necessary — change can be for homeowner’s associations (HOAs). Generally, we recommend every association do what we wou ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 13, 2019

Tax Season: What Your HOA Should Know

Tax season isn’t just a fun time for residents and businesses in North Carolina, it’s also a big piece of the financial puzzle for homeowners associations (HOAs). As complicated as federal ...

Residential Real Estate
Oct 18, 2019

HOA Meetings are for More Than Board Members

If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association (HOA), you no doubt have seen signs, received emails, or even had people knocking on your door to alert you about HOA meetings. There ar ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 25, 2019

Who is Responsible for Repairs and Maintenance?

Homeowners often have differing views of their individual homeowner’s associations (HOA). One thing everyone can typically agree on is that one of the primary responsibilities of an HOA is to ma ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 12, 2019

What’s in Your Board Member Toolbox?

Serving as a board member of a homeowners association (HOA) can be an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. That said, it is serious business as there are of responsibilities associated with p ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 23, 2019

The Value of Partnering with Financial Institutions

Community management companies, like the rest of the world, are being targeted for fraud and the threats are growing. This includes people attempting to cash fake checks at local banks, embezzlement, ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 1, 2019

What to Know About HOA Rules, Regulations and Compliance

Homeowners associations (HOAs) provide many benefits to residents, from managing amenities to maintaining common areas and enforcing the association’s rules and regulations. Homeowner compliance ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 24, 2019

Advice for New Homeowners in HOA Communities

With all the new construction in the Wilmington area and throughout our great state, it comes as no surprise that we are seeing increases in the number of homeowners’ associations (HOAs). HOAs a ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 8, 2019

Protecting Your Home from Floods

The concept of flood zones has been changing as more areas which historically haven’t flooded have begun seeing more instances of water intrusion whether it be from rain, nearby bodies of water ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 17, 2019

Lessons from Hurricane Florence

Many in the Carolinas are still catching their breath after Hurricane Florence, even as we enter into another season of hurricane preparedness. Here at CAMS, we’re taking what we’ve learne ...

Residential Real Estate
May 17, 2019

Ditch the Jargon: Simple Tips for Effective Management

As we at CAMS know all too well, at times it can seem as if community management professionals are speaking their own language. HOA, POA, CAI, AMS, CMCA… all that acronym-speak can be harder ...

Residential Real Estate
May 15, 2019

Guidelines for Creating Community-Friendly Association Rules

Let’s face it, we all need rules. Knowing what’s acceptable and – perhaps more importantly, what isn’t – helps set standards and define expectations and consequences. ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 15, 2019

Leasing in a Community Association

Maybe you bought your property as an investment. Perhaps your circumstances in life have changed, and you now need to downsize – or go bigger. Or your job could be relocating you across the coun ...

Residential Real Estate
Feb 4, 2019

Architectural Review Within Your Community Association

Want to give the exterior of your home a fresh new look… in your favorite shade of pink? If you live in a community association, chances are you can’t break out the paint cans just yet ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 12, 2018

Play it Safe When Planning Summer Celebrations

Summer is the season for outdoor celebration. Between backyard barbecues, pool parties, graduation shindigs and 4th of July festivities, your calendar may already be full of weekend and after-hours ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 27, 2018

Renovate the Outdoors with Landscaping Refurbishment

Remember shag carpet? Wood paneling? Avocado-green kitchens? Once the “in” choices in home décor, these styles have since – and, perhaps, fortunately – fallen by the ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 5, 2018

Don’t Let Wildlife Invade Your Life

The coastal Carolinas affords lots of opportunities to surround yourself with picturesque views right from your patio. Unfortunately, that scenery can sometimes come with a few unwanted guests &nda ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 22, 2018

For Association Boards, CAI Membership has its Privileges

You’ve settled into your dream house and with the free time you now have to do some volunteer work, you have decided to join your community association board to be active in – and an adv ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 6, 2017

Stay Off The Naughty List When Planning Holiday Events

The trick-or-treaters have come and gone, and there is an ever-so-slight briskness in the air. That means the holidays – and all the twinkling lights, festive decorations and parties that com ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 2, 2017

New Technology Means More Options For Community Association Billing And Payments

Over the years, technology has dramatically changed the way community and condominium associations bill and receive payments for owner assessments, sometimes referred to as dues. When I first sta ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 13, 2017

Service Animals And Your Condominium Or Community Association

As a professional community manager for the past two decades, I have seen a rapid growth in the number of service animals within condominium and community associations.  Currently, about 79. ...

Residential Real Estate
May 12, 2017

Well-Informed Community Associations Make For Happier Residents

Being involved with a condominium or community association can sometimes make you feel like a Jack-of-all-trades. Homeowners often expect professional managers and community volunteers – offi ...

Residential Real Estate
Mar 20, 2017

Preparing The Pool For Summer

Spring has arrived, which means swimming pool season is just around the corner.  Pools are an attractive and important amenity for a lot of condominium and community associations, since it i ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 26, 2017

What Roles Do Owners, Boards And Committees Play Within Community Associations?

There are various opinions on the role of community and condominium associations. But, generally speaking, the main purpose and authority of the association are to maintain common elements and ensur ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 3, 2017

The Importance Of Protecting Your Association’s Money

One of the most important responsibilities of a property or condominium association board of directors is protecting the association’s funds.  In doing so, it is important for the board o ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 1, 2016

New Sales Tax Legislation Affects Property Owners Associations

A recent North Carolina Sales Tax law has a direct impact on the budget of just about every property owners association.  On July 1, the state legislature passed House Bill 1030 - Current Op ...

Jul 29, 2016

What To Know Before Buying In A Condominium Or Planned Community

There are many reasons people buy a home in a condominium or community association. Some great reasons include the availability and shared expense of recreational amenities, architectural style, affor ...

Jul 22, 2016

Transition Your Association From The Developer To The Members

For every association, there is a point when members should take over leadership and control from the developer. An association’s declaration and bylaws will stipulate when the developer is re ...

Jul 14, 2016

Managing New Startup Condominiums And Communities For Developers

Managing startup condominiums and communities is a unique job. There should be a community manager with experience working as part of a team, and that team should include other professionals in addi ...

Residential Real Estate
Jul 6, 2016

How To Run A Successful Association Meeting

A condominium or community association’s annual membership meeting requires thorough preparation to be successful.   One of the first things a manager or board should do is review th ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 29, 2016

Property Owner Association Strategies For Post-Hurricane And Disaster Events (Part 3)

In my previous two articles, I discussed preparation for catastrophic events and post-event site assessment. There are a few final steps to disaster recovery for associations, though, and those are se ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 22, 2016

Property Owner Association Strategies For Post-Hurricane And Disaster Events (Part 2)

Does your association have a post-hurricane and disaster event plan in place? As I discussed in my last article, preparation is key for property owner associations when it comes to being ready for cat ...

Residential Real Estate
Jun 15, 2016

Property Owner Association Strategies For Hurricane And Disaster Preparation (Part 1)

Is your association ready for a disaster or catastrophic event? A plan is critical year-round, but for the Cape Fear region, it is particularly important to be prepared for hurricanes and floods. &nb ...

Residential Real Estate
May 25, 2016

Top 5 Questions About Association Assessments

When it comes to community and condominium associations, one of the hottest topics is assessments, often referred to as dues. After 25 years of managing associations, we’ve learned that whe ...

Residential Real Estate
May 18, 2016

How Do You Make Changes To Your Association’s Governing Documents?

Community and condominium associations are implemented by the developer of the community or condominium. For some associations, this can mean that they are governed by documents that may be quite old, ...

Apr 25, 2016

Starting A Landscape Plan As A Property Owners Association

If your association has landscaped common areas, then you should have a grounds maintenance (landscaping) contract for the association in place. The key to being successful long-term with any landscap ...

Apr 18, 2016

Common Property Owners Association Terms Defined

When it comes to your property owners association, there are a lot of terms that may be new or perhaps not clear. As you look through relevant documents and governing contracts, you have to understand ...

Residential Real Estate
Apr 8, 2016

CAMS Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

CAMS is thrilled to be celebrating its 25th year of operation, a decided rarity in the community association management business. These days, most community association management companies have a lif ...

Mar 23, 2016

Is Your Association Facing Capital Or Large Deferred Maintenance Projects?

Most condominium and community association developments along the coast of North Carolina and South Carolina were created and developed beginning in the mid-1980s. Many of these associations are now a ...

Mar 16, 2016

Managing Your Association’s Stormwater

Is your condominium or community association required to manage a stormwater system? This can be a tricky issue to navigate.   In 1991, the North Carolina Division of Water Quality (DWQ) establ ...

Feb 28, 2016

What To Know About Marina Association Management

If you own a boat slip in a boating facility with other boat slip owners, you are probably part of a marina association. This type of association is commonly referred to as a marina association but it ...

Feb 24, 2016

Termite Control In Your Community Association

If you live in a condominium or a community with multifamily buildings, it is important for the condominium or property owners’ association, as well as the individual owners of the units, to kno ...

Feb 15, 2016

Tax Tips For Associations

Community associations are commonly referred to as homeowner associations, property owner associations, townhome associations, planned community associations or single-family neighborhoods. The vast m ...

Residential Real Estate
Jan 19, 2016

When To Call In The Professionals To Advise Your Board

Common areas of a community are vitally important. Not only do they ensure a better quality of life for residents, they also help the resale value of properties. So it makes sense that two of the most ...

Residential Real Estate
Dec 10, 2015

How To Conduct An Organizational Board Meeting

As far as the effective management of a condominium or community association is concerned, it’s critical to hold an organizational meeting of the board of directors following its election. In fa ...

Residential Real Estate
Nov 6, 2015

Communities That Lack Reserve Fund Studies Face Uncertain Futures

In my last article I shared my disbelief that there isn’t a law requiring property owners associations to conduct reserve fund studies. Managing an association without a reserve fund study is ak ...

Oct 9, 2015

Are Associations Required To Have Professional Reserve Studies?

Considering that it’s a good idea to have reserve funds for long-term capital and maintenance expenses, I am always surprised when I am asked that question. The answer is even more surprising, s ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 15, 2015

Budget Preparations Don’t Have To Be An Annual Headache

It’s that time of year when board members and financial committee members convene to start the annual budget preparation for their property owners associations. Setting a budget can be an intimi ...

Residential Real Estate
Sep 4, 2015

Navigating Local, Federal Laws Can Be Challenging For Property Owners Associations

One of the chief complaints I hear from potential clients is that it’s a confusing, time-consuming chore to ensure their property owners association is in full compliance with local, state and f ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 20, 2015

Does Hiring A Management Company Relinquish Control Of My Neighborhood?

The short answer is no. A professional management company such as Community Association Management Services (CAMS) will assist in the successful operation of the homeowners’ association by carry ...

Residential Real Estate
Aug 3, 2015

Homeowners, Communities Benefit From Professional Management

From leaky roofs and broken seawalls, to poorly written contracts and special assessments, there are many aspects of association management that require experience and a depth of knowledge. For tho ...

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