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Understanding Authority is Key to HOA Communication



To achieve effective communications between homeowners and their community association, it is important to understand the authority that belongs to the community management company, the board members individually, and the board as a whole. Depending on the nature of the issue, the management company may be able to solve


Winterizing Your Home Landscape



Our climate has many extremes-heat, cold, wind, dryness and bad soil. These conditions can take a toll on your landscape, but you can protect yourself against winter plant loss and irrigation system damage while keeping your yard looking its best.The Effect of Weather: Winter weather can be erratic. In 1990/91, many of our living areas reported 0 with a


Talking to The Press



More and more, homeowner association issues are being reported in the news media. Almost every television station has a reporter who is always looking for a juicy story. Often, these stories give only the complaining homeowner's point of view, while the viewpoint of the board, management company or developer may not even be represented.  

The Controlling Director


Angry Man

How many of us have experienced the board member who wants to control all aspects of his or her community association's operation from finances to personnel to housekeeping? This controlling person just doesn't want to accept that there is a division of responsibility in the operation of an association. How do you handle such an individual and keep the 


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St. George Housing Market Showing Signs of Recovery


New statewide figures from the Utah Association of Realtors show the St. George real estate market, hardest hit by the housing recession in Utah, may be starting to recover.The numbers show an uptick in home sales and signed contracts in September, the most recent figures available. Housing inventory in the area also fell, another indication that homes are selling.


Foreclosure Registry Unanimously Approved


The Las Vegas City Council approved an ordinance that will require owners of vacant properties in foreclosure to register with the city or face fines and potential jail time.The bill has been in the works for over a month and is an attempt by the city to fight blight in its neighborhoods by holding property owners accountable for upkeep and maintenance on 


How is Square Footage Measured? You'll Be Surprised!


An inch is an inch is an inch. Or, so you'd think. But when it comes to measuring the square footage of a property, it's not quite that simple. I doubt there exists a buyer in the entire world of real estate who hasn't asked, at one time or another, what is the square footage of a particular property. The fact is, however, measuring the size of a home isn't an exact science.


BofA Developing Foreclosure Rental Programs to Deal With Distressed Properties


Bank of America is looking at a new program to rent a home back to the borrower after foreclosure. "There are programs that we are quite interested in," said Ron Sturzenegger, who leads the bank's legacy asset servicing division, in an interview with HousingWire. "We are talking with investors that would come in and buy these houses and would lease them back to who would now be the now tenant."


Home Improvement: 5 Steps for Finding the Right Contractor


Anyone who has ever wanted to remodel a kitchen or a bathroom knows how such projects tend to linger. When times are tight, homeowners often put off renovations as they cut back on everything but necessities. All told, spending on remodeling and repairs fell to an estimated $280 billion last year. That was down from $326 billion at the 2007 peak, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard.







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Representation has its Rewards


Terra West welcomes these new Associations to the family!

Double Diamond Ranch
Master Association 
Royal Vista
Homeowners Association

These proud associations know that community management is about building relationships that build communities.  We are pleased they have selected Terra West as their partner!



Mesquite, NV



Board Member Basics

January 18

2:00 - 5:00 p.m.


The information in this program is ideal for current association board and committee members, those who aspire to community leadership positions and residents who want to understand how associations can and should function.


By studying the elements of this program, you will get the information, guidance and perspective you need to help create and maintain the kind of community people want to call home.


Presented by Sara Barry.


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Mesquite Vistas

851 Pinnacle Court

Mesquite, NV 89027




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