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Copyright-Free Newsletter Articles

Copyright-free newsletter articles are provided quarterly to CAI manager, volunteer leader (homeowner) and management company members. These articles are written for residents who live in homeowners and condominium associations and are a free benefit of membership. Their content is designed to help those responsible for community newsletters, association websites, bulletin boards and other forms of communication for homeowners to:

  • Educate homeowners about common association functions and issues
  • Support budget increases or board decisions
  • Explain why a particular project is being undertaken
  • Provide generic background on a particular issue or topic
  • Generate ideas for other articles to be written

Access the full archive of all published copyright-free newsletter articles (available to CAI members). 


Sample Article

Topic:                          General
Suggested ti​tle:         What is a Community Association?

Some residents think homeowners and condominium associations (generally called community associations) exist just to tell them what to do—or not do. Actually, the association is more like a housing management or service-delivery organization t​​hat provides three types of services to all residentsowners and renters alike

  • Community servicesthese can include securing trash collection, publishing newsletters, orienting new owners, holding community-wide information meetings, and scheduling recreational and social functions.
  • Governance servicesthese can include ensuring that residents are complying with the association's governing documents, that the association is adhering to local, state, and federal statutes (like fair housing laws), enforcing community rules and policies, administering design review policies, and recruiting new volunteer leaders.
  • Business servicesthese can include operating the common property efficiently, bidding maintenance work competitively, investing reserve funds wisely, developing long-range plans, and equitably and efficiently collecting assessments.

Providing these services requires good management (whether carried out by a professional manager or a self-managing board of home owners), strong planning and organization, and carefully monitoring the association's affairs. It isn't easy, but by fairly and effectively delivering these services, community associations protect and enhance the value of individual homes and lenders' interests in those homes.

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