Maryland Reserve Studies and Your Association

The Maryland Condominium Act and Maryland Homeowners Association Act require associations to undertake a reserve study at least once every five years. Delaware and Virginia already required reserve studies, but all 50 states are developing similar requirements as a response to the tragic collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium in Surfside, Florida. Maryland Reserve…

Home Safety for Winter Storms

Winter weather often leads to power outages, but improper use of emergency generators and other heating devices can lead to illness and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in your home. Keep your family warm – and safe – by installing a CO detector and taking a few vital precautions. Emergency Generator Safety Do not run gasoline engines…

Fall Home Maintenance

Fall signals a natural time of transition. Fall is also a great time to get maintenance tasks done if you live in an area where cooler weather is right around the corner. Care for your home this upcoming season by maintaining your home with the following tips: Clean gutters and downspouts. Clear leaves and debris…

Swimming Pool Safety

Hot summer days and cool swimming pools are a great combination to enjoy some summer fun. Many homeowners add backyard pools as a way to entertain and beat the heat. However, adding a pool to your property also increases homeowner responsibilities. Keep these tips in mind if you decide to add a pool to your…

FEMA Unveils Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it will be updating the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) pricing methodology through a new risk rating system. This system—which is being referred to as “Risk Rating 2.0”—will leverage additional information and variables to help communicate policyholders’ flood risks more clearly, as well as deliver more accurate…

Experts Predict Another Active Hurricane Season in the Atlantic

For 2021, Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th. Specifically, CSU researchers believe there will be 17 named storms in 2021. This is above the average 12.1 named storms per year that occurred from 1981-2010. Of the predicted 17 named storms…