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Association Records: What's Available to the Members

The Association Bylaws and CC&R's usually provide wording on member access to Association records. The books, records, and papers of the Association shall at all times, during reasonable business hours, be subject to inspection by any Member. The
Is Your Association in Need of Capital Improvements?

The roads have potholes and cracks, the stucco needs painting, and the wrought iron gates are rusty and need replacing.  Is your community association prepared to address these capital projects?  Unfortunately, many associations do not have

While preparing your home for the holiday season, fire officials remind homeowners the top item on their to-do list should be safety checks, both inside and outside the home. Here's a look at some of the areas that need to be double checked to ensure your

The Dumb Things Boards Do
What are some of the dumb things Boards do to mess up their associations, the managers' lives, their own lives or their ability to function effectively? Apart from some general venting and ranting experience points to the same issues over and over, year after year.

Industry Briefs  (click the headline to read the full story)
Establishing HOA Rules
Community association living is a lifestyle and it is a choice. The problem is, not all associations are created equal and many members do not read and/or understand their governing documents. Establishing rules that balance architectural uniformity with a desire for personal expression is an ongoing challenge for any association.

Las Vegas Primed for Economic Recovery
Lower Prices Have Made Las Vegas Valley Attractive, Economist Says

Although Las Vegas is mired in a deeper recession than the rest of the country, a Boston-based economist said Southern Nevada's economy is primed for a recovery because it's attractive to businesses and retirees.

Jim Costello also pointed out that consumers are starting to spend again

Winter Design Trends
Heat up your home's style during the cold winter months with warm colors, fabrics and accessories. This season's hues range from rich reds and aubergines to icy whites and blues. Add a little glitz to your home with silver, gold and bronze. Bring in throws, pillows and area rugs to warm up your home.
Who Does our HOA Attorney Represent?

An association's legal counsel represents the association, right? While it's true that an association's attorney represents the corporate entity, in practice it's not always that simple. Associations are typically made up of multiple directors, members, and one or more managers, making for a hodgepodge of personalities and opinions.

'Toxic Neighbors' Hurting Community Home Values, Professors Say

The spillover from "toxic neighbors" is dragging home values down by 20 percent to 33 percent for entire neighborhoods in Las Vegas, a report from UNLV's Lied Institute of Real Estate Studies found.  When a neighborhood has 40 or more homes go to foreclosure, it reaches a "tipping point," said Nasser Daneshvary, director of the institute at

Holiday Crime Prevention Tips While Shopping
Safety at home and out in the public begins with ourselves. Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. A little bit of pre-planning can go a long way in ensuring you do not become a victim and the thieves don't make away with your valuables. If possible, shop with a friend or a family member. There is safety in numbers.
Downsizing the American Dream: The Shrinking House
Home ownership has long been a symbol of the American Dream and for a while there, we supersized it. But since the recession, we've been downsizing it. The median home size in America was near 2,300 square feet at the peak of the market in 2007, with many McMansions topping 10,000. Today, the median home size has dropped to about 2,100
Water, Gas Utilities Warn of Impostors Trying to Get Inside Homes

The valley's largest water and gas utilities are warning customers about criminals posing as employees to gain entry into homes. Southwest Gas issued an alert Nov. 4, and the Las Vegas Valley Water District followed suit Tuesday after a handful of incidents involving impostors who dressed as service personnel to enter residences.

Great Opportunities for First Time Home Buyers. Under $100K!

Homeowners know the bad news too well: residential real estate values have plummeted more than 25% nationally during the Great Recession, as much as 40-50% in some metro areas. The good news? The depressed housing market looks more and more like a giant opportunity for young first-time buyers lucky enough to have stable jobs, investors in

10 Mistakes People Make with Heat
Even with a constant flow of information about energy efficiency, homeowners make major heating mistakes that end in higher electric bills and larger environmental footprints. Here are 10 of those errors, with the cause and effect of each decision.
Want to Know More About Short Sales?
As foreclosure rates hit record levels, more sellers are turning to short sales as a way to avoid foreclosure. So, how does it work? In a short sale, the seller arranges with their mortgage lender to accept a price that's less than the amount they owe on the property. Learn more about Short Sales in this Consumer Knowledge video.
Credit Goofs Can Cost Your Home Insurance
Missing a credit card payment could increase the cost of insuring your car or home, due to the widespread use of an insurance scoring model that considers policyholders' credit histories. Your borrowing behavior may appear unrelated to the risk of something bad happening to your house or vehicle. The insurance industry, however, says that a credit

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What's Ahead

Lakes Festival of Lights

Dec. 11, noon to 6 p.m.
Boat Parade at 5 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Lake East Drive and Lake Sahara Drive, next to Lake Town Center Plaza.

Non-stop entertainment, face painting, a visit by Santa Claus, arts and crafts show, car show, food and more. In addition, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be accepting new, unwrapped toys to benefit low-income families during the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.

Parking will be available in the nearby Citibank parking lot. For more information, call 256-9998.



Lights of Tanea; The Biggest Little Light
Show in Reno

Now through Dec. 25
Sun. - Thurs. 5 - 10pm
Fri. & Sat. 5 - 11:30pm

The south Reno neighborhood on Tanea Drive hosts a big light show complete with synchronized music. Lights of Tanea collects non-perishable food items for Evelyn Mount's Outreach Program and reusable clothing for Friends of Multiple Sclerosis.



Sing Choir of Angels

Dec. 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m.

18 S. Main Street

Free Admission


A Christmas gift to the community from Southern Utah Heritage Choir; a 218 voice choir of musicians   from all walks of life. Bask  in familiar Christmas melodies in a beautiful historic setting at the Saint George Tabernacle.
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