NEWS ARTICLES

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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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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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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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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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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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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