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HOA board responsibilities are not to be taken lightly. There are numerous ways that inexperienced board members can get into trouble (check out these blog posts for examples).   That’s why we recently launched Omega University, a series of educational seminars that will take place each spring and fall.   The first Omega University board[…]

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If you love snow, Erie, Pa., was the place to be this week. Record busting lake-effect snow dumped more than five feet of snow in about 60 hours.   While the maximum single storm snowfall in Minnesota was 46.5 inches — in January 1994 — and our snowfall has been minimal this season, Minnesotans nonetheless[…]

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In a townhome or condo association, the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs, or “Declaration”) typically is initially created by the developer of the association.   As the association evolves, though, it may be time to look at updating the CC&Rs. Perhaps a law has changed, or the way that people in the association[…]

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As senior living communities evolve, so do their amenities. At Nokomis Square Cooperative, a facility managed by Omega Property Management, the Design Enhancements Committee turned to a time-tested attraction with a unique approach – art.   The community worked with Metro Interiors to create an art gallery in the residential hallways. The committee and Metro[…]

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As recent temperatures have been in the 70s, it seems that summer is having one last burst.   With that in mind, we look at a unique property we manage in Eden Prairie that has grass roof – or green roof – sheds.   Now, there are some twists when it comes to maintaining a[…]

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It’s that time of the year when homeowner associations gather to provide an update on their communities and possibly vote on important issues. An annual meeting can go very smoothly with appropriate preparation.   Here are some tips on preparing for your association’s annual meeting.   Communicate early and often: Just as with any event,[…]

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Attended the Hellmuth and Johnson spring CIC legal seminar today. As usual, lots of great information, below are my notes from the seminar. If interested, they are repeating the seminar next Saturday as well: www.hjlawfirm.com/seminars. RENTALS Enacting Restriction Here are some things to keep in mind: Do it through your Declaration, not your rules & regulations.[…]

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It’s budget season for most homeowner associations with a year-end fiscal year. Clearly a budget is a fiscal tool, but did you know it can also be a communication and planning tool? It’s a way for the Association to communicate its priorities as determined by where you are choosing to spend your money. The problem[…]

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