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Preparedness!

by Shirley Neubauer

Each September the Federal Government designates September as “National Preparedness Month.” This year, with the onset of the impact of the storms across the southern States, the need to take this emphasis seriously has never been so straight-forward. While on the one hand, we are all busy and likely are not search for “one more […]

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Value of a Well-Prepared Budget

by Shirley Neubauer

  The Intrinsic Value of a Well-Prepared Association Budget   by Evelyn Dufford, PCAM, CEO   There is no doubt that some people who live in a condominium or homeowner association would consider their association budget topic as a yawn fest!  Even so, the members of the association board will often spend a considerable amount […]

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New FHA Law for Condominiums

by Shirley Neubauer

On July 29th 2016, President Barack Obama has signed H.R. 3700, the Housing Opportunity through Modernization Act. H.R. 3700 is now federal law. This law reforms the process used by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to determine if condominium unit owners qualify for a mortgage with FHA insurance.  FHA does not originate mortgage loans, but […]

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Holiday Hours

by Shirley Neubauer

Season’s Greetings! In observance of the upcoming holidays, Association Services will either be closing early or closed on the following days: Wednesday, December 16th, Closed from 11:30AM – 1:30PM Thursday, December 17th, Closing at 2:00PM for Office Party Thursday, December 24th, Closing at 3PM Friday, December 25th, Closed (Christmas Day) Thursday, December 31st, Closing at […]

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Are You Prepared?

by Jessica J

It is officially fall here in the Pacific Northwest! With the rain we’ve had the past few weekends, we wanted to remind everyone that there are simple steps to prepare for emergencies in your home. Think first about the basics of survival—fresh water, food, clean air and warmth and if you’re prepared to be without […]

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Halloween Safety Tips

by Shirley Neubauer

With Halloween just around the corner, we would like to remind everyone to stay safe when they’re out and about Trick-or-Treating. But Halloween’s greatest hazards aren’t vampires and villains. What you really need to be on the lookout for are falls, costume mishaps and traffic accidents. Here are a few Safety Tips from our friends […]

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4th Of July!

by Shirley Neubauer

Wishing you all a safe and happy 4th of July! Association Services office will be closed on July 3rd.  We  will reopen on July 6th at 9am. To report firework activity please contact the following resources: If someone is in immediate danger or to report a fire please dial 911. To report illegal firework activity […]

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Evening with The Board

by Shirley Neubauer

Association Services  Presents “An Evening with the Board” With Guest Speaker Mary Reiten Attorney at Law Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC So What is Due Process Anyway? Writing and Implementing Rules and Regulations. Rules and regulations play an important role in the functioning of an association. Rules and regulations implemented by the board will […]

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Tips for Saving Water!

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Water conservation is an important issue for the association—and not just because we want to be environmentally responsible. An equally important reason is that we want to keep assessments as low as possible. Here’s how you can help: Kitchen Aid Large appliances—washing machines and dishwashers—consume the most water, so they are important places to start […]

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Educational Class Schedule – Fall 2014

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Education is very important to a community. We believe that having an educated Board of Directors will make an association more successful; which is why we’ve included education in our mission statement. Association Services provides complementary classes specifically designed for our Boards. Being on the Board is voluntary and most people don’t know what they […]

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Meeting Minute Laws are Changing!!

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Kathryn Hedrick, lobbyist for the Washington State CAI Legislative Action Committee, issued this update over the weekend: Substitute House Bill 2567, prime sponsored by Representative Hans Zeiger (R-Puyallup) has been signed by Governor Inslee and takes effect June 11. The new law requires homeowner associations under RCW 64.38, to make meeting minutes from the previous […]

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Our Office Is Hiring!

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Our office is hiring an Office Assistant! We are a full service Community Association Management company located on South Hill Puyallup. We are a tight knit, hardworking team that is driven by our company values, and we are in search for our next staff member, but it must be a perfect fit. Are you the […]

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Shoe Fairy Project

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Association Services employees believe in giving back to the communities we serve through our Annual School backpacks/School Supplies Program and the Annual Shoe Fairy Project. Our employees personally donate money and time to both of these events. Please take a moment to read some of the “Thank You” cards we received. The kids are so […]

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Operation Backpack

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Employees of Association Services collected school supplies and backpacks for our annual “Operation Backpack” to support one of our local elementary schools.  Our employees worked very hard and the drive was a huge success! We were even able to help our a few high school kids in addition to the elementary school! Thank you to […]

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Evening with The Board – Spring 2013

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If you missed Association Services Evening with the Board last week, you missed a very informative event!  Michelle Ein, Attorney at Law, presented how to go boldly as a Board Member to enforce your CCR’s and the repercussions of not doing so.  Michelle is a wealth of knowledge and a fabulous presenter.  Our next complementary […]

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2013 Spring Evening with The Board!

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Evening With The Board This is a unique complementary educational event for both new and seasoned board members with time designated for your individual questions as well as a chance to mingle with board members from other great communities.  The upcoming Evening with the Board is sure to be a learning experience for all who […]

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How to Resurrect Volunteerism!

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Its a fact, it is a difficult chore to get homeowners involved in their community, let alone serve as a board member.  Julie Adamen, from Adamen Inc. wrote a fabulous blog on what steps a board can take to gain volunteerism in a community.  The blog is a definite must read ! Link to Julie […]

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Legislative Alert!

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Our friends over a Barker Martin , PS have alerted us to numerous bills being introduced to the Washington State Legislature.  These laws may have an impact on our associations so we need to stay abreast of these Bills as they can be re drafted and amended before a vote.  Below is a list of […]

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Does Your Rental Unit Have a Carbon Monoxide Alarm? Did You Know it’s Required by January 1st?

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Per the Washington RCW 19.27.530 , by January 1, 2011 all newly constructed buildings classified as residential occupancies should be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms, and all other buildings classified as residential occupancies should be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms by January 1, 2013.

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Tips for a Safe Halloween

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Halloween is a kid’s delight. It’s a blast to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, attend parties and, most of all, eat candy. At the same time, Halloween can be scary for parents. Costumes can be dangerous, too much candy can be sickening and walking around at night can be risky. The Centers for Disease […]

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Association Crime Stoppers

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Everyone wants a safe place to call home, and our association strives to make all residents feel secure. While we’re diligent in our efforts to reduce possible dangers in our community, we can’t do it alone. It’s up to everyone to pitch in to keep crime rates down. Thankfully, taking a few simple steps can […]

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Just incase you missed the WSCAI Budget Seminar….

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Here is the Powerpoint presentation from this years WSCAI Budget Seminar.  Be sure to our website or Facebook page often for updates to other educational classes!   Budget Seminar 2012 WSCAI    

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Law Day – Tacoma. September 22nd

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Law Day – Tacoma – Register by calling 425-778-6378 Benefiting WSCAI’s Legislative Action Committee September 22 – 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hotel Murano – 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma 8 a.m. Registration / Continental Breakfast / Exhibits 8:30 a.m. Legislative Update Presented by Jeremy Stilwell, Legislative Action Committee Co-Chair 9 – 10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions […]

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Co-owners of Association Services, Karen Savereux and Evelyn Dufford at the CEO Mindshare Conference

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Co-owners of Association Services, Karen Savereux and Evelyn Dufford at the CEO Mindshare Conference, networking and sharing information with CEO’s of Community Association Management companies across the country! Karen serves on the Board of Directors for the organization and this is their inaugural conference!  

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2012 Budget Seminar Coming Soon!

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Budget Seminar 2012  You are invited to join us for our 2012 Budget Seminar. Evelyn Dufford, CPA, PCAM will present this seminar geared toward getting you ready for budget season.   7 Reasons to Attend this Seminar    Learn how to create a budget  Learn about the new Reserve Law   Learn about the new […]

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Electronic Payments – NOW AVAILABLE!

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We’re pleased to announce we now have a new payment system that will allow you to make your association payments online using e-checks, ACH and credit cards; including VISA! You can even set-up recurring payments so that you won’t need to remember to make your payments every month. It’s easy and quick! Simply click on […]

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Evening with the Board

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Join us Tuesday October 16th  for our FallEvening with the Board! Topic To Be Determined    

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New Reserve Law, What’s a “Significant Asset”?

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By Evelyn Dufford, PCAM Washington State now requires that the majority of Homeowners Associations have a Reserve Study.  There are three ways in which a Homeowners Association would not have to have one.  They are; 1.  Communities have 10 or fewer homes, 2. The cost of a Reserve Study is greater than 5% of the […]

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Tax time for Nonprofit Associations?

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By Evelyn Dufford, PCAM Yep, its tax time and we’re all anxiously awaiting W-2’s and 1099 statements.  But what about Community Associations?  Aren’t they a nonprofit? Yes and No. First the Yes. In the eyes of Washington State and most other states Homeowners and Condominium Association as corporations that are registered at the state level […]

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New Fast Track Class Added

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Due to popular demand, a second Fast Track Class has been added;  April 7th at 9:00 am. This class will cover everything the evening Board Orientation classes cover, just in a 3 hours.  The number of participants is limit to assure the quality and comfort of the class. Sign up now to insure your place […]

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Legislative Update HB2513 / SB6325

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We are nearly one month into the legislative session and with the first significant deadline just passed; the WSCAI LAC is monitoring the following bill. There are several deadlines that bills need to meet before the last day of the 60 day regular session, scheduled for March 2.  All policy bills must have been reported […]

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Spring 2012 Class Schedule Announced

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Association Services announces our class schedule for this spring. We are excited to be offering a new class to our list of offerings. It is a one day intensive for those Board Members who can’t make it during the week. This class will cover the same topics as our evening classes for each of the […]

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The True Cost of Managment

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By Karen Savereux, CMCA So, what is the true cost of self-management? One of the most common comments we address when we talk to potential clients is, “We can’t afford professional management”. Is this really true? Let’s take a closer look. If we delve a little deeper into what it takes to run an association, […]

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Wishing you and yours a joyous Holiday and a plentiful New Year!

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Giving – The Reason for the Season

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This holiday season, the employees here at Association Services wanted to help make a difference. Each year, the office adopts a family for Christmas. We all pitch in money and buy gifts and presents for a family in need. This year, however, we wanted to do something in addition to adopting a family. Something bigger. […]

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Budget Reactions

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Remember Newton’s Law of Motion? To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It seems to be alive and well in Community Association management. During this season of budget increases and communities running out of money, notices are being sent out foretelling of unpleasant events. Keeping this in mind as we work thru these unpleasant events will help to lessen the “opposite reaction”.

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Puyallup’s Newest Professional Community Association Manager!

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Association Services is pleased and excited to announce Nancy Easley has earned the designation of Professional Community Association Managers.  This designation was awarded by the National Board of Certification for Community Association Mangers to Nancy after completing the final step of a written case study. The eligibility requirements for receiving this designation is to have had five years […]

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When People Partner Together…

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Right now, many of our associations are facing the same question: how do we get people to pay? The answer is simple: get them involved. Homeowners need to feel like they’re a part of something before they can take ownership. When Homeowners take ownership, they feel a sense of pride and want to help care for their community.

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New Law Tackles HOA Reserves and Disclosures

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New Law Tackles HOA Reserves and Disclosures  By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM This spring the legislature passed and the Governor signed into law HB1309 .  The law is an update for reserve funding disclosures for condominium and adds the concept of reserve funds for homeowners associations with “significant assets”.  The bill becomes effective 1/1/2012.  Let’s […]

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Lets Start Building Community

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By Jessica Jones, CMCA Now that the Board has set the foundation of the community by drafting Rules & Regulations, let’s start Building Community! Whether you are first time home buyer or moving into your retirement home, people want to feel welcomed when moving into a new community. It gives them a sense of belonging […]

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Budget Season is Right Around the Corner

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By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM Budget season is right around the corner and we’re all getting excited.  I must confess I’m excited because it’s one of my favorite times of the year.  One of my staff it excited because it means we’re closer to Christmas.  Two unrelated topics entirely.  Well, kinda. Creating a budget for […]

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Back to School Gets Help from AS Staffers

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Our office sits right across the street from an elementary school in the Puyallup School District.  Every fall we watch as the activity picks up in the late part of August and the beginning of September.  First the office staff and then the teacher cars start to fill the parking lot. Finally the big yellow […]

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Stormwater in August?

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Welcome August! The month of sun, Seafare, back to school shopping and stormwater maintenance. I know, rain is the last thing you want to think about. My lawn just dried out enough to spray the weeds. But just like buying snow shovels, now is the time to maintain the stormwater ponds and catch basins.

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5 Things to Review at Midyear

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By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM Here we are midyear, yay!  By now, we’ve got the financial for the 1st half of the year.  This is a great time to reflect and start our planning for the rest of the year. First thing to look at is the year to date budget verses actual comparison Income […]

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I Got a Violation Letter!

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By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM This summer we’ve been talking about rules and their enforcement.  Here at Association Services we’ve been working with our Boards to send the violation notices out and receiving calls.  Many calls, and they all have a similar theme. So let’s talk about the other side of a violation letter, the […]

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New Reserve Law for Homeowners Associations

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The Revised Code of Washington 64.38 was amended this spring to include Reserve Accounts and Reserve Studies for Homeowners Associations. We are in the process of understanding how this will affect many of our associations, large and small. Look for more information in the months to come. This will now need to be a consideration as […]

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Are You the Enforcer?

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By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM Are you the enforcer of your association’s rules?  We’ve been discussing rules and how to adopt them.  The final piece to that puzzle is the due process policy.  Do you have a policy that describes how a violation comes to be acted upon or how the Board handles complaints?  Do […]

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2011 Fall Classes Announced

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We are excited to announce our fall class schedule.  We start the series off with our popular Budgeting Seminar.  This year is particularly important because of the new laws regarding reserve studies for both Condominiums and Homeowners Associations.  We then proceed with our semi annual Board Basics Classes and finish with our Evening with the […]

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Rule Me Out

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By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM The last installment we talked about the neighbors and violating the CC&R’s.  This time let’s talk about the rules for the Association.  WHAT, you don’t have any?  Well then, let’s start at the beginning. Why adopt rules?  First the CC&R’s or Declarations are written in legalese, lengthy and usually small […]

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The Sun Is Out and So Are My Neighbors

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By Evelyn Dufford, CMCA, PCAM It always seems to amaze me, that June phenomenon called summer.  In the Pacific Northwest it’s an event that is anticipated for many months, much like a child at Christmas.  We look forward to the green grass and the warmth.  And the fresh air that comes in the house thru […]

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Association Services New Summer Hours

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Association Services will have new summer hours.  These new hours will be in effect until Labor Day. Monday – Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm Friday                           9:00am to 3:00pm We are available for emergencies by dialing 253 840-1200 extension #404.  Please leave a message and your call will be returned.

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Welcome Lisa Zahn, CMCA to Association Services

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Lisa is the newest addition to the Association Services family as a community manager.  She comes to Association Services with over 13 years property management experience. Her experience includes four years managing condominiums and homeowners associations. She has managed everything from very small communities to large homeowner associations with over 1000 units. She also has […]

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December 2009 Weather We Like it or Not, Winterizing from the Ground Up by Evelyn Dufford CPA, CMCA, AMS, PCAM

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December 2009 Press Release: Association Services is now an Accredited Association Management Company

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September 2009 Proactive Pavement Maintenance

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May 2009 President’s Message by Dean Pody

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Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Citizen Crime Report

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BAD DEBT – Planning for Uncollected Assessment

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Board Member Resources

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Web Links Community Associations Institute Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute Cagianut & Company, CPA Community Association Underwriters Revised Code of Washington Old Act Condo Condominium Act (New Act) Homeowners Associations Community Building An active community is a great accomplishment. To keep the peace and harmony in a community is a gob well done. […]

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Board Member Education Classes

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President / Vice-President Class April 16th, 2013  6:30pm Association Services Office Secretary Class April 23rd, 2013   6:30pm Association Services Office Treasurer Class April 30th, 2013      6:30pm Association Services Office Evening With The Board May 7th, 2013   6:30pm Park Plaza Best Western Hotel, Puyallup WA Sign up here to join our free […]

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Is your Community Effective?

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Our Communities say they are 98% satisfied with our service. Surprised? We aren’t.

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[toggle title_open=”Board Members” title_closed=”Board Members” hide=”yes” border=”yes” style=”default” excerpt_length=”0″ read_more_text=”Read More” read_less_text=”Read Less” include_excerpt_html=”no”] “Thank you Association Services! We’re not even done with month 3 with your company and I have seen such a huge difference with the attitude in our neighborhood!” Board Member Ridge View Homeowners Association “Association Services team is VERY knowledgeable. They […]

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Enhancing Great Communities is our Thing. How can we enhance yours?

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Celebrating 15 years of Enhancing Great Communities!

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Our unique business model allows us to help your community become a worry-free, great place to live, maximizing your time to spend with your family, friends & life in general. Welcome home to an Association Services Great Community with you guessed it –one friendly, knowledgeable team! Rules? Your association rules are important to your property value […]

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