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July 2012

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The Results Are In: HOA Residents Are Happy 




We're confident that most residents are happy living in a community association-and Terra West certainly hopes you are among them. But how do the more than 62 million Americans who live in homeowners associations and condominium communities feel about their own associations? 


Regular & Adequate Reserve Budgets



Overseeing a homeowner association's finances to ensure proper maintenance of the common elements is a fundamental responsibility of the board. Following a properly prepared reserve study is a big piece of that puzzle. But how does the board know how much money to set aside in reserves each year? A reserve study


Bathroom Remodels Soaking Up Marketplace



There are a few places where most of us spend a lot of time in the home: the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. So it makes sense that bathroom remodels are saturating the renovation marketplace. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, bathroom remodel projects have increased in the last two years, up 17 percent. 



How to Tame the Unruly Meeting

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Board members and managers alike can all recall meetings that left them with churning stomachs and scratching their heads afterwards, wondering how in the world things could have gotten so out of control. The supportive homeowners get up and leave, and the disrespectful folks stay and just get more out of control 


Industry News     (click the headline to read the full story)

Home staging, which is the art of preparing your home to be viewed by potential buyers, can be an expensive enterprise. Professional home stagers usually charge around $2 per square foot. Depending on the size of your home, this can translate into thousands of dollars. It's no wonder many homeowners opt to stage their homes themselves.  

When Darci and Matt Haney saw the "for sale" 1938 cottage a few blocks from where they were living in Carlton, Ore., they fell in love with its architecture. "It was pretty overgrown," recalls Darci Haney, who runs a small design company. They bought it anyway and began clearing the space to restore the two-bedroom's exterior charm.


In real estate showings, the Sunday open house is the gold standard. As the name implies, a property is open to just about anyone who learns of the showing in an online or print ad, drives by and sees the agent's A-Frame sign, or receives a notification postcard in the mail. But not everyone who goes to an open house is a potential buyer. 


Before you start tinkering with your central air-conditioning system, it's important to understand the basics of how it works. The system consists of three main parts: the condenser, the blower unit and the ductwork.The condenser is the large outdoor unit that is probably tucked behind your garage. Its role is to manage the temperature of the refrigerant, 


An in-ground pool is the ultimate in backyard upgrades. If you've always wanted one, now may be the time. Prices have fallen during the recession by up to 30 percent. Nevertheless, it remains a big investment, so it's important to make smart choices with regard to size, shape, site selection, and type.


The tenant-screening process may seem shrouded in mystery. The truth, however, is that all those application forms and probing questions are intended to help a landlord or property manager answer three basic questions:Do you have sufficient income and/or assets to pay rent? Have you proven your ability and desire to pay rent and other bills in the past?







Take one minute to update yourself on what's happening in your housing world.



St. George, UT



Farmers Market

St. George, Utah


The Downtown Farmers Market at Ancestor Square is a great way to get involved in your community and support small gardeners, bakers, craftsmen and artists. Please come and enjoy the morning!


Every Saturday 

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Ancestor Square


St. George, UT

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Reno, NV


August 3 - 5  

South Lake Tahoe, NV


August 7-12

Sparks and Reno, NV


During Hot August Nights, cars are "cherry" and cruisin' is "too cool." 


More than 800,000 people flock to Tahoe-Reno where cars are the stars and rock 'n roll rules through dozens of concerts, controlled cruises, show-n-shines, a sock hop and much more! 


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