Blameless Problem Solving

July 16, 2019    Courtney Chastain, CCAM, Director of Community Management    Education, Manager Musings

CH PRINCIPLE #13: Blameless Problem Solving Takes Practice

It’s our instinct, when faced with a problem, to quickly wonder HOW it could happen? Even if you had all the best preventive measures in place or perhaps you even safeguarded a situation so that nothing would go wrong…things can still go wrong.

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WHEN THE EARTH SHAKES THINGS UP: TIPS TO PREPARE BEFORE & AFTER

July 11, 2019    Education, Homeowner Tips

Those earthquakes over the holiday weekend rattled all of us, and for good reason. Experts warn us about the foreshocks and the aftershocks, but it’s also important to discuss how we can stay prepared for the next earthquake.

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EMPATHY GOES A LONG WAY AT WORK TOO

May 30, 2019    Marie Hendrix    Education, Homeowner Tips, Lifestyle

CH PRINCIPLE #14: Walk-In Others' Shoes

Being able to empathize means to be capable of identifying and understanding another person's feelings, without experiencing them for yourself at that particular moment. It is the ability to literally experience the world from another person's perspective; to walk in their shoes, to view life from their living conditions and to feel what it feels like to be that person.

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GETTING CLEAR ON EXPECTATIONS

March 13, 2019    Jamie Gould    Education

CH PRINCIPLE #11: Setting Clear Expectations

Many things can go wrong inside of an HOA Property Management business; prospects fall through, community transitions aren't as smooth as they could be, co-workers get frustrated, and clients upset. While some of these situations play out as a result of outside circumstances, there’s often another culprit to blame: lack of clarity.  

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HOW TO BE ENGAGED AND MAKE THE MOST OF EACH DAY

February 27, 2019    MARGO CRUMMACK, CCAM, PCAM | CO-FOUNDER, CO-PRINCIPAL, CEO    Education

CH Principle #12: Bring it Every Day

If you feel like you’d like to be more passionate about your job, it might help to look at the larger picture and understand how your work positively impacts your customers, vendors, and co-workers.

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Why Selecting an Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC®) Matters

February 13, 2019    Education

How will you choose a property management company? Which company will have the experience and dedication needed to serve your association effectively over time? Consider an Accredited Association Management Company to provide the talent, expertise, and integrity you require.

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HOW TO HOST YOUR HOA HOLIDAY MEETING

November 23, 2018    Crummack Huseby News, Education

Make the end-of-year event more eventful for everyone

Over the past years, we’ve discovered some easy ways to bring your community together for that last HOA meeting of the year. Add a little holiday spirit without the humbug of chaotic planning and really make it a happy holiday for you and your community.

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ARE YOU READY TO BE AN HOA BOARD MEMBER?

September 24, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips

Technically, you’re already involved. When you purchased your home within a planned community, you are a member of that community. You have the ability to vote on new rules, regulations, etc. Your community may assign a property management company, but the HOA board always controls the rules in your community. If you want to get more involved, joining the HOA Board may be the natural place for you. 

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10 WAYS TO GET UP TO SPEED WHEN YOU JOIN YOUR HOA BOARD

September 11, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips

This month we’re focusing on all things related to becoming or being an HOA Board member. We always encourage homeowners to get involved in their community, whether it’s through social events or lending a hand. For those who want to make a yearly commitment by joining their HOA Board, don’t be afraid to jump in, it can be a fun and educational experience.

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FIRE SEASON LIFE SAVING PREVENTION TIPS

September 5, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips, Lifestyle

Every year, no matter which SoCal city you live in, you’ve watched the news about your city or surrounding city is on high alert during fire season. That’s the bad side of living with 284 sunny days a year. But did you know how most fires are caused in Orange County? 

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After HOA Budget Timelines, It’s Time to Build That Budget

July 31, 2018    Erin Rice, Controller    Education, Homeowner Tips

Now that you’ve created your timeline and its tasks, Crummack Huseby’s financial experts want to share insights on creating and implementing the smartest budgets for your community. It’s important to consider expense questions your Board should ask, what your management company’s accountant should know, and thoughts on the timing of assessment increases.

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THE SILVER TSUNAMI IS HERE

July 20, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips, Lifestyle

The rising senior population is called a “silver tsunami” as the population growth of seniors is on the rise. This demographic is more active than ever and communities are not only adding amenities to lure them in, but also creating stand alone neighborhoods for the 55+ active senior who desires a more posh lifestyle in their golden years. Take a look at what this growing demographic is looking for in their new home.

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Your HOA Budget Timeline and Tasks. What Should You do First?

June 27, 2018    Erin Rice, Controller    Education, Homeowner Tips

Completing your Homeowners Association’s budget is a project just like any other.  With over 20 years in this business, Crummack Huseby has perfected our way of planning a strategic and beneficial budget for the homeowners based on their needs. But where do you start to plan?

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10 PIECES OF CAREER ADVICE YOU CAN IMPLEMENT TODAY

June 12, 2018    Laurisa Ehlers, Assistant Vice President, CCAM    Education

From setting realistic goals to encouraging enthusiasm, Laurisa Ehlers takes us on her ten favorite management tips for employers and employees alike.

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Creating Your Community DNA

June 10, 2018    Education, Manager Musings

Perhaps the greatest achievement for any community association is the creation of community.

A dynamic community is an intentional and inclusive endeavor which always requires the involvement of several stakeholders. When Crummack Huseby has the opportunity to guide the creation of community, we see firsthand how this elevates, sustains and improves a community association. 

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7 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS TO CREATING COMMUNITY

March 28, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips, Manager Musings

Ideas to kickstart an engaged and elevated neighborhood.

At Crummack Huseby we recognize each community is unique. This belief is one of the cornerstone’s of our own community and success. We take the time to understand your operations, administration, infrastructure, board of directors and homeowners to truly engage your community’s unique interests and aspirational needs.

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ARCHITECTURAL REVIEWS: PASS WITH FLYING COLORS.

March 28, 2018    Education, Homeowner Tips

Whether you want to give your home a new coat of paint or ready to plant a beautiful tree, it is best if you follow the rules to a good grade.

Measure twice cut once. Well, passing the architectural review is a little bit like that too. If you are more thoughtful before you submit your proposal, you can help your chances of passing the architectural review process the first time.

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9 TIPS ON STARTING A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

March 7, 2018    Education

There are so many tasks that we do outside of our scope of work because we have a passion to create the best neighborhood for our homeowners, and that includes sharing as much information as possible. Sue Evans, a Sr. Community Manager at Crummack Huseby, helped organize a Neighborhood Watch

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THE 10 TAKEAWAYS OF UPPER MANAGEMENT

January 30, 2018    Dana Harle, Senior Vice President, Crummack Huseby    Crummack Huseby News, Education

After being in the property management business for 15+ years, award-winning Dana Harle knows a thing or two about management, employee inspiration, and discovering passion for the work. Even with all of her experience, she is constantly open to learning new things about herself and the industry. 

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CREATING A PLAN FOR YOUR COMMUNITY

January 15, 2018    MARGO CRUMMACK, CCAM, PCAM CO-FOUNDER, CO-PRINCIPAL, CEO    Education, Homeowner Tips, Lifestyle

I grew up taking road trips with my family every Summer.  We would all load into our Ford LTD station wagon with the trailer hitched up and then headed off! I’d often ask where we were going and to my delight, my Dad would pull out a map and walk me through where we were going, how long it was going to take to get to each of the locations and what we would do when we were there.  Wow, what a plan.  I knew it took him weeks to do it.

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