Thieves in the Waste Basket

Most—but not all—identity theft now occurs electronically. But your identity can still be easily scored by thieves who make use of what you toss in your waste basket, too. Trash facilities and recycling centers can be gold mines of personal information for enterprising dumpster divers. That is, unless you shred documents that contain identifying information—charge receipts, credit applications, insurance forms, physician statements, canceled checks and bank statements and even expired

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Back to School Safety

As boys and girls throughout the community sharpen their pencils and  head back to class, it’s important to ensure they have a safe school year. Here are some tips on how your family can be proactive and avoid potentially harmful situations: Make sure your school has your child’s updated emergency contact information. Write down any specific instructions that should be followed in case of an emergency, and have the school

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What Your Association Board Does for You

As a recognized homeowners association, your community has a board to help our HOA run smoothly. The board consists of volunteers who execute a wide variety of tasks you may not be aware of; however, their work affects every single resident. One of the most important things the board does is create and enforce the association rules. While some residents may not like being told what they can and can’t

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Manager Receives Certification

Priestley Management Company is pleased to announce that Kyle Priestley has been awarded the Professional Designation Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA). The Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA®) is the only national certification program designed exclusively for managers of homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives. The CMCA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated the fundamental knowledge required to manage community associations. To obtain the CMCA certification, a candidate must demonstrate

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PMC Sees New Opportunities in the Coastal Region

Throughout the Carolinas, the past five years have been a tough one for the housing industry. However, on the coast ranging from Holly Ridge to Sunset Beach, North Carolina to Charleston, South Carolina, Priestley Management cannot help but to get excited about the amount of communities that are going up! “When driving to Holly Ridge, or Southport, NC, I cannot help but notice how many new communities the local developers

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Kids at Play

Summer is in full swing, and for many of our youngest residents that means they have the freedom to play outside to their heart’s content (or at least until mom or dad call them back inside). While we encourage kids to enjoy summer to the fullest, we also want everyone to stay safe. Here are a few guidelines to make sure these school-free months go smoothly: Make sure your children

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Waste-Free Yards Keeps Pets Healthy

American pet owners collectively spend tens of millions of dollars every year on veterinary care and over-the-counter medicines for their furry loved ones. But what many don’t realize is that many pet illnesses can be avoided by simply keeping the back yard clear of pet waste. Dog waste is more than just a smelly and unsightly mess. It’s also a breeding ground for infection—especially in dog parks and other areas

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Call an Electrician

The guests are on their way, the food is cooked and suddenly the light over the dinner table goes out. A new bulb doesn’t fix the problem, and neither does flipping the switch that controls the light circuit in the fuse box off and on. You know the same light has given you trouble before, and you might think you even know the difference between that green ground wire and

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Know Your Rules!

Have you checked out your HOA’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) lately? If not, now’s a great time to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of the community. For those of you who were unaware, CC&Rs play a crucial role in keeping the association running smoothly. CC&Rs are legally binding rules and regulations that each homeowner agrees to when he or she purchases a unit within the association. If

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Homeowner Rights & Responsibilities

As a homeowner in our association, you have certain rights-and responsibilities.  You have the right to:  A responsive and competent community association. Honest, fair, and respectful treatment by community leaders and managers. Attend meetings, serve on committees, and run for election. Access appropriate association records. Prudent financial management of fees and other assessments. Live in a community where the property is maintained according to established standards. Fair treatment regarding financial

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