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A letter from the President: Key takeaways from ACAM-CEO

ACAM-CEO is an event in our industry that we look forward to every year. Here are some key takeaways that we feel are challenging the property management industry and what things we can do to overcome these obstacles.


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Feature Enhancement: Digital Voting Secret Ballot

TownSq has been working hard behind the scenes to bring a much-anticipated update to our Digital Voting feature, Secret Ballot. With this new enhancement, admins can allow the voters in a community to submit their votes anonymously.


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Digital Voting: New Feature Release

Voting on elections or polls within an HOA can be a stressful and daunting task for everyone involved.


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Top 5 Challenges in Evaluating an HOA Architectural Review Application

If you've ever needed to make a change to the exterior of your home, you've probably come across the ARC...


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TownSq Feature Enhancements: Documents Feature


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TownSq New Feature Release: Digital Voting

The primary goal of TownSq as a SaaS company has always been to maximize productivity, efficiency, and collaboration in the communities we serve. To achieve this goal, we are constantly cooking up innovative and fresh features for communities to utilize within our solution


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The Right Way to Handle Neighbor Conflict

What’s worse than having a grumpy neighbor? A disruptive neighbor. Getting involved in a neighborly dispute can not only lead to a sore relationship, but it can also bring many more troubles down the road.


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The Right Way to Handle Neighbor Conflict

What’s worse than having a grumpy neighbor? A disruptive neighbor. Getting involved in a neighborly dispute can not only lead to a sore relationship, but it can also bring many more troubles down the road. As an HOA member, it’s important to understand the standards and rules behind neighborly etiquette.


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TownSq's New Feature Updates

As more and more people around the world get used to working from the comfort of their homes, traditional retail sales continue to decline in light of the current global pandemic.


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HOA Bylaws and Regulations: Everything you need to know

The structure with which an HOA functions, and the bylaws and regulations that each HOA is constructed around, are extremely important to residents and board members alike. However, finding your HOA’s bylaws, understanding how they function and impact your HOA, and how ultimately they can be amended or changed if necessary, can sometimes be hard to comprehend without guidance.


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Recent Launch of Three New Features Takes Community App TownSq to the Next Level

TownSq connects neighbors, board members and management teams through user-friendly, proven, and collaborative tools designed to enhance the community living experience.We continue to release new features that further ease and advance the TownSq user-experience.


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Physically Distancing, but Emotionally Connecting

On August 28th, 2005, I sat in the backseat of a Ford minivan for 16 hours. It took my family 16 hours to complete the 350-mile trip from New Orleans, Louisiana, to our evacuation destination of Eldorado, Arkansas.


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5 Tips to Keep Kids Happy, Busy & Learning During the Coronavirus Quarantine

The world feels scary right now. Rather than allow your kids to absorb your fear and angst, let them remember these weeks as a time their parents united their family, helped them learn, and made them feel safe. From creating a daily schedule to taking advantage of free virtual resources, check out our tips to #staysanewhilestayingin.


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Coronavirus: 5 Tips You Must Know to Successfully Telecommute

The recent surge in confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States has U.S. officials urging employees to work remotely. As of this morning, March 13th, 1,714 positive cases of COVID-19 were reported along with 41 deaths. Amazon, Google, Facebook and Twitter were amongst the first big tech companies to quickly apply remote working policies.


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Harness Your Green Thumb: Indoor Plants to Add to Your Space This St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and you know what that means: green everywhere. From green party hats to green decor, what better excuse to put your green thumb to the test than by adding indoor plants to your favorite spaces?


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How to Fund Your Dream Home Renovation

Whether you’ve lived in your home for a couple of years or recently moved in, changing the interiors and customizing your house is exciting for any homeowner. The opportunities are limitless; you can get the kitchen of your dreams, add that extra room you’ve always wanted, or remodel your bathroom — but all of this comes at a cost, and a hefty one at that.


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Pet-Friendly: Products Every Pet Owner Needs in Their Home

Our pets aren’t just animals—they’re members of the family. They make our hearts happier and fill our homes with love. Studies show that owning a pet improves well-being, reduces stress, and decreases social isolation.


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How to Style Your Bed Like a Designer

We spend a third of our lives sleeping, so why not have the bed of your dreams? Nothing compares to a perfectly-made, well-curated bed. Making your bed every morning can boost your mood, increase productivity, and inspire you to keep the rest of your room tidy.Style your bed like a pro with these six easy steps:


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Partner Post: Tips for Making Overnight Guests Feel Comfortable & Special

Begin by thinking about things that you would want to have available to you, and remember overnight stays away from home when there was something -- or something missing -- that made you uncomfortable. Then think about your guests, and what you know about them. If you're meeting that college boyfriend or second wife for the first time, you may need to ask their significant others about any special needs they might have.


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How to Incorporate Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year in Your Home

For over two decades, the Pantone Color Institute™ has named a Color of the Year that encapsulates lifestyle, political, design, and industry trends for the upcoming 365 days.


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Ready, Set, Hut! How to Prep for the Perfect Super Bowl Watch Party

Are you ready for some football? An American tradition for over 50 years, the Super Bowl is a beloved event infamous for delicious food and plenty of fun. Whether you’re a lover of sports, food, or music, the Super Bowl has entertainment for everyone. We're here to help you tackle the biggest game of the year with these tips.


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The Best of CES: Tech that Will Make Your Home & Life Better

Each January, tech leaders and entrepreneurs from across the globe gather in Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to showcase the biggest and best in gadgets, games, security, and software.


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7 Easy Ways to Spruce Up Your Space this January

Now that your holiday decorations are tucked away, it’s time to clean, tidy, and give your space a makeover. We’ve rounded up simple style trends that'll give your house a quick, budget-friendly refresh without a complete overhaul.


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Post-Holiday Recovery: Self-Care Tips for a Fresh Start in the New Year

The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but days filled with celebrating, shopping, entertaining, and traveling can leave you exhausted. Avoid letting the post-holiday blues get the best of you with these helpful tips for hitting the reset button this January.


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5 Tips for Making and Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Setting goals at the start of a new year is a time-honored tradition that has been happening since the beginning of recorded history. While millions make resolutions every year, far less see them through. According to researchers, only 8% of people accomplish their New Year's goals and most drop off after just 30 days. If you’re looking to buck the trend of failed New Year’s resolutions, then we've got five tips to help!


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Partner Post: Tips for Trips: Organized Holiday Travel

Traveling for the holidays can add a whole new level of stress to the season. In addition to the decorations, shopping, and wrapping, you have to add reservations, packing, and contingency plans to the mix.


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2019 Smart Gadget Gift Guide

Give the gift of convenience and efficiency this holiday season with a smart gadget. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite devices from 2019 that are guaranteed to impress anyone on your list.


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Winter Maintenance: 5 Things You're Forgetting to Do

If you aren’t prepared, cold weather, snow, and ice can cause expensive damage to your home. When the outside temperature starts to drop, it’s past time to prepare for winter. To help you protect your property, we've identified five winter maintenance tips that often get overlooked and forgotten.


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Partner Post: 5 Reasons Not to Hire an Interior Designer

Your finger hovers over the call button.You chew your lower lip. You cast your eyes around the room one more time, seeking confirmation.Oh, how to know?S HOULD I CALL AN INTERIOR DESIGNER OR NOT??


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5 Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep

Your lights are turned off, your phone is plugged in, and you've got an early morning start. There’s just one problem—you can't sleep! If you can relate, then you aren’t alone. According to one survey by Consumer Reports, more than 164 million Americans struggle to fall asleep each week. Luckily, there are some practical things you can do to get a better night's rest. Try one, or even all five, to get the sleep you need to conquer the day.


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Partner Post: Quick and Easy Garage Organization Tips for Fall

Organizing professionals estimate that only 30 percent of us store our cars in the garage. The reason? Too much stuff! Before the snow and ice hit again this winter, clean out your garage so you can keep your car safe from the elements.To Organize Your Garage Like a Professional, Make a Plan


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New Gadget Alert: Flo by Moen

Did you know that water damage is 5x more likely than theft, 6x more likely than fire, and 40% of homeowners will suffer from water damage? Right now, one of our favorite new gadgets, Flo by Moen, is aiming to help keep your home protected. Rated 7.2 overall by Cnet, Flo by Moen is the all-in-one security system for your home water—and you know the TownSq team is all about all-in-one products.Here are a few reasons why we love Flo.


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5 Smart Back-to-School Tips for Parents

With another school year fast approaching, parents everywhere are starting to buy supplies and prepare their homes and children. If you’re looking for tips to make your life a little easier this school year, then we have you covered! Check out these five tips that’ll make going back to school a breeze for everyone.


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Partner Post: 6 Professional Styling Tips That Will Sell Any Home!

Staging Homes is a fun side gig, where a Realtor calls me to work in empty homes and bring in needed decorative pieces to boost the homes’ appeal. The staging consistently makes a huge difference in client interest, time required to sell, and–here’s the good part–THE SELLING PRICE!


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How to Pack for Your Summer Vacation Like A Pro

How to Pack for Your Summer Vacation Like A ProSummer is here, which means it's time to take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather and do some traveling. Whether you’re going on a week-long trip or just escaping for a weekend getaway, these tips will help you pack for your summer vacation like a pro.


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Our Favorite Amazon Prime Day Deals

Amazon Prime Day is here! This year's sale happens on July 15th and 16th, and you can get significant savings on the latest and greatest smart home technology. We’ve searched the deals, and we think you’ll love these products as much as we do.


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6 Creative Ways to Keep Kids Busy This Summer

Summer is finally here, and school is finally out! While we love having the kids home for summer, the routine of going to the park and pool can get old quickly. Here are 6 creative ways you can beat boredom and keep kids busy during summer vacation.


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Partner Post: Getting That New-Home Feel: Tips For Settling into Your New House

Everyone gets excited about moving into a brand-new house. It’s a thrilling time once you’ve finally made it through the gauntlet of financing, house hunting, and the closing process, and found a reputable moving company. It’s a lot of work and very hectic, so once it’s finally yours, it’s natural to feel elated that the property you and your family have coveted from the first time you strolled through the front door and got that “This-is-it!” feeling.


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5 Essential 4th of July Safety Tips

The 4th of July may be the ultimate summer celebration, but along with the fun, food, and sun comes some serious safety risks. In fact, this popular holiday is considered by many to be amongst the most dangerous. However, with some proper planning, you don't need to worry. Here are five essential tips to help make your 4th of July celebration happy and accident-free.


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New Gadget Alert: Robot Lawnmowers

There’s an ever-growing number of household switches, remotes, and appliances equipped with the latest and greatest technology. While many of these gadgets are built exclusively for inside your home, more tech-inspired devices are popping up in the lawn and garden section, too. If you’ve ever wished there was an easier way to mow your lawn, then we have the perfect new gadget alert for you. Robot lawnmowers are changing the future of lawn care, and we are breaking down the top five reasons to give them a try this summer.


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Partner Post: 4 Tips for Conquering Clutter and Gaining Space in Your Home

Happy 2019, friends! Did you make some New Year resolutions? Did any of them touch on clutter-busting and redecorating? I’m here to help!


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Awesome Father’s Day Gifts Under $50

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and we know it can be tough to shop for dads. Luckily, we’ve rounded up our favorite gifts you can get for every type of dad - without breaking the bank.


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7 Summer Home Maintenance Tips

Every home requires routine cleaning, maintenance, and repairs, so many that it can often feel like you spend more time maintaining your home than you spend enjoying it. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By breaking up your home maintenance plan into small, bite-sized tasks, you can easily keep your home in order all year long.


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Partner Post: 7 Creative Ways to Re-Use Things

New is nice but recycled can feel better and save you time and money. Many materials are incredibly resilient to the test of time and can be reused. As you go on that mission to declutter your home, consider this: not everything has to be tossed or donated. Like the kettle-turned-flowerpot in the picture to the side, many pieces can be saved to have new uses


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5 Out-of-the-Box Events Your Community Should Host This Summer

If it’s been a while since your last block party, then it's time to ring in the season and plan your next summer get together. Don't know what type of event to host? We've got you covered with five creative ideas.


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Partner Post: 5 Ways to Become the Most Popular House on the Block

Oh, Texas summer. You are such a great idea in theory. Then the temp hits 100 degrees and I am drenched in sweat just walking from my car into H.E.B.What’s a Texan to do?


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The Home Technology Awards: The Best, Worst, and Weirdest Things We've Seen

Love it or hate it, home technology is here to stay. As technology advances, people are developing new devices that claim to make your life easier and more efficient – and they’re getting creative. We’ve seen some great products that are life-changing, but we’ve also seen some that are pointless or just plain weird. Read on to discover our picks for the best, worst, and weirdest home technology gadgets that we’ve seen so far.‍


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Partner Post: Improve Your Wellness in the New Year with Houseplants

Did you know that a simple houseplant can improve your health and wellness? Through a variety of studies conducted around the world, scientists have shown that even just a simple indoor plant can have powerful benefits.Here are five fab indoor plants to try in the new year:‍


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7 Apps to Help You Manage Your Household

As a homeowner, you have a lot to keep track of. From bills and maintenance to insurance and just daily household tasks, it’s easy for things to fall through the cracks. These seven apps will help you get organized and make managing your household a breeze.


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6 Little Changes That'll Make a Big Difference with Your Property Values

A home is one of the biggest investments you can make. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home any time soon, it’s important to constantly seek ways to improve your home’s value. Here are 6 small things you can do that’ll make a big difference with your property values.


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Partner Post: How to Prep a Surface with Loose and Peeling Paint

As tempting as it might be to ignore surface preparation best practices to save time and labor, painting pros know that doing so can lead to big trouble down the road. From paint that won’t adhere to premature paint failure, poor planning and groundwork can lead to only one thing: a bad paint job. So what are the important steps to ensuring your paint project is a success?


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New Gadget Alert: Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Smart homes are the latest trend in many communities. Most new gadgets boast the benefits of being convenient, accessible and efficient, however, with so many products in the market, it can be hard to determine which products deliver on their promise of making your life better and easier.Right now, one of our favorite new gadgets is the Video Doorbell Pro from Ring – a company with a mission to reduce crime in communities. Here are some reasons why we love Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro:


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6 Tips for Hosting a Stress-Free Holiday Party

Hosting a party is the perfect way to bring family and friends together to celebrate the holiday season. Whether you’re new to the holiday party scene or a seasoned pro, these tips will make planning and hosting your event a breeze.


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Partner Post: 5 Plants That Can Withstand the Cold

Creating a welcoming outdoor area for your property can be hard during the colder parts of the year. Cooler temperatures may be high for fall color, but many perennials also start to go dormant, making landscaped areas sparse. Perennials will, of course, come back in the spring, but how can you still make areas of the property look pretty year-round? Consider these plants that withstand the cold to keep your landscaped areas both green and exciting during the colder months.


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New Gadget Alert: Nest Protect

From lightbulbs to thermostats, it seems that every household appliance and tool is being revamped and enhanced with the latest technology. These “smart” gadgets promise to make your life easier and more convenient, but with the confusing installations and high price tags, it can be difficult to determine which products are worth your time and money.


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Partner Post: How to Slow Down Speeding Vehicles in Your HOA

Fall is right around the corner, and with outside maintenance needing to be done and kids going back to school, your community can be quite active. It’s no secret that speeding cars on private roads is a common concern that can result in serious consequences. Give your residents peace of mind by using these tips for slowing down speeding vehicles in your HOA.


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Social Etiquette: How to Keep Forum Posts Positive

Forums are a great feature for encouraging engagement and community involvement. Unlike public social networks, they offer residents a private channel for communication and collaboration. While this keeps angry posts contained, constant negativity hurts morale and engagement


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Partner Post: How to Host the Perfect Event for Your Community

Between all the budgeting, planning and maintenance tasks, you and your fellow board members probably tried to squeeze a few events into your community's annual strategic plan.


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Does Your Community's Social Media Policy Cover These 4 Key Things?

As more tools bring communities into the digital age, they also bring their own set of challenges. Social media is one of those moving targets. It’s a valuable tool that allows your board to communicate with homeowners with lightning speed about everything from maintenance reminders to event promotions


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How to Put the “Community” in Community Association

Being a board member is a multifaceted responsibility that involves planning, organizing, leading, and monitoring the affairs of your association.


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