Distinguished Blog - Community Associations

Market insights and industry news.

HOAs Brace for Winter

While summer is the time for homeowners’ associations to show off their luxurious amenities — the sparkling pool, the pristine tennis courts, the vibrant landscaping, etc — winter is no less important when it comes to maintenance. When the weather turns frosty, a host of different problems present themselves. And if community associations are not…

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Preventing Frozen Pipes (And What to Do If They Freeze Anyway)

With temperatures dropping and different parts of the country experiencing their first snowfalls of the season, it is time for property owners to review frozen pipe preventative measures and share them with their tenants. Cold winter temperatures can cause pipes to freeze, or even burst. That’s because when water freezes, it expands, putting pressure on…

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View from Above: Inside the Real Estate, Community Association Umbrella Markets

The impact of today’s hard insurance market – characterized by higher prices, diminished capacity, and tighter underwriting guidelines – is being felt across all industry sectors and, depending on the class of business and its location, much more so than others. Susan DeCarlo, Vice President – Product Manager, Distinguished – provides us with a high-level…

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Trick-or-Treat Safety for Community Associations

While individual homeowners may choose to partake in Halloween festivities however they see fit, community association owners have a responsibility to try to minimize the spread of COVID-19. The most widely-known Halloween activity — trick-or-treating — is expected to look different this fall in the wake of the pandemic. Below are a few trick-or-treat safety…

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Community Associations: Step Up Measures to Protect Against Fraud and Other Crimes

Fraud, embezzlement, and other types of employee theft are among the biggest exposures community associations face. Exacerbating this significant risk is that it typically takes 18 months before the average fraud scheme is detected. What’s more, often the theft involves small amounts taken over a long period of time, which goes unnoticed but results in…

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Fire Prevention Safety Tips

While deaths from fires have steadily decreased over the past several decades, thousands of Americans die by fire every year, and thousands more are injured. According to FEMA estimates,  the damage from fires cost over $25.6 billion in 2018 alone. Following a summer of record-breaking wildfires, comes the peak time for fire-related deaths: the winter…

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Preventing the Top Insurance Claim: Slips, Trips, and Falls

Year after year, slips, trips, and falls remain the number-one insurance claim for property owners. More than three million people visit the emergency room each year because of falls, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). The average hospital visit costs $30,000 to $50,000. Add in factors like ongoing medical bills and…

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Labor Day Safety for Restaurants and Community Associations

Labor Day is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to kiss summer goodbye and host a socially-distant event at your restaurant or community association. By now, you probably have a strict list of health and safety guidelines set in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during these unprecedented times. But…

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Keeping BBQs Safe

Summer heat and barbeques go hand in hand. But unfortunately, with those tasty meals comes an increased risk of fire and accidents. Fire departments respond to more than 10,000 incidents per year related to the home BBQ setup. Reviewing grill safety is essential year-round, but especially so during prime barbecuing months.

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Pool and Spa Safety

While some community association pools remain closed, others are open, under new, socially distant protocol. Ensuring that residents are safe from COVID-19 is likely at the forefront of community association owners’ minds, but the possibility of an injury caused by unsafe pool and spa practices is still an important consideration. In addition to a full-coverage…

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Digital Thieves Ramp Up Cyber Attacks as Businesses Go Remote

Hacking activity is up, with cybercriminals taking advantage of remote work vulnerabilities amid the COVID-19 crisis. There are approximately 85 million Americans working from home. In fact, researchers cite that activity against corporations in the United States more than doubled by some measures in March, with malware infections, phishing tactics ,and ransomware running rampant. That’s…

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