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How Your HOA Board Can Help Community Members During the COVID-19 Crisis

Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 22:18 pmCategories: HOA Board

With COVID-19, or Coronavirus, keeping people in their homes more and more, HOA board members may find themselves interacting with their neighbors more than they have in the past. They may also realize that there are a few steps they can take to make this crisis easier for the people in their community. Here are […]... [Read More...]

How to Keep HOA Costs Down

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 16:42 pmCategories: HOA Board

If you’re on the HOA board, then you probably know how important it is to allocate your money effectively. There’s only so much of it each year and it’s easy to let the budget get bloated in certain areas. Here are some ways that you can make sure you’re getting the most out of every […]... [Read More...]

The Importance of Prioritizing Transparency When You’re on an HOA Board

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 16:35 pmCategories: HOA Board

Being an HOA board member comes with a lot of responsibilities, as well as the pleasure of knowing you are doing something good for yourself and your neighborhood. One of the things that HOA boards are responsible for is transparency when communicating with people in the neighborhood. It can be tempting to keep certain things […]... [Read More...]

How to Bring Your Community Together This Spring

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 22:29 pmCategories: Community Tips

It’s easy to forget who your neighbors are if you don’t see them very much! As part of your HOA board, it’s part of your job to help them get to know each other. Spring can be a great time to plan some community activities that help people make new friends and remain in contact […]... [Read More...]

The Key Responsibilities of an HOA Board

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 16:37 pmCategories: HOA Board

An HOA board has many responsibilities but some are more important than others. At AMI, we work with many HOAs and, over the years, we’ve come to see what works and what doesn’t. Here are the most important responsibilities each HOA board has, according to our experts. Maintain the Buildings and Grounds An HOA board […]... [Read More...]

The Top Qualities to Look for in Potential HOA Board Members

Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 22:55 pmCategories: HOA Board

It’s easy to get nervous when the time comes for your community to vote on new board members. Though most HOAs are set up so that anyone who wants to run for an open space on the board can, many candidates show up because they are nominated or encouraged by a current board member. If […]... [Read More...]

Start the New Year on the Right Foot in Your HOA

Monday, December 30, 2019 at 08:27 pmCategories: Holidays

The end of the year is often a stressful time if you’re on an HOA board. After all, many associations hold votes at the end of the year and financial statements are also due. In fact, you might be time to take a break by the time January comes. However, starting the new year right […]... [Read More...]

Wind Up the Old Year Right in Your HOA

Thursday, December 26, 2019 at 08:00 pmCategories: Holidays

The year is fast approaching its end. Surprising as that may feel, it’s coming whether your HOA board is prepared or not. Some board members may relish the new year as a fresh start for your board and your community. Others may hate it because it involves extra paperwork or frantic deadlines. No matter how […]... [Read More...]

How to Celebrate the Holidays as an HOA

Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 22:26 pmCategories: Holidays

HOA boards tend to be all business. Most of the time, that makes sense. However, they can also work to build community in their neighborhoods. The holiday season is a great time to do that. Here are a few activities that are relatively easy to plan and that can help people get to know each […]... [Read More...]

Make Holiday Lighting Easy in Your Neighborhood

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 05:25 pmCategories: Holidays

If you’re on an HOA board, then you probably know how frustrating the holidays can get. What one person thinks is acceptable lighting or decor is offensive or over the top to the next! No matter what you’re facing, though, there are ways to make holiday lighting easier throughout your neighborhood. Here are a few […]... [Read More...]

Lead Your HOA in Giving Back This Thanksgiving

Monday, November 11, 2019 at 09:31 pmCategories: Holidays

One of the best parts about being involved in your HOA is getting to know people in the neighborhood and helping them get to know each other. Thanksgiving is a great time of year to facilitate activities that help people make friends while they are helping to meet local needs. Organizing a way for your […]... [Read More...]

How To Find What Homeowners Want from Their HOA

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 20:30 pmCategories: Community Tips

As part of your HOA board, it’s easy to get lost in the minutiae of the job. There are always papers to fill out, meetings to attend, and people who want your attention. In fact, it can be hard to remember that, first and foremost, your job is to represent your owners and help them […]... [Read More...]

Halloween Safety Tips for Your HOA

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 08:37 pmCategories: Holidays

Halloween is coming up fast! It may be the most wonderful time of the year for many of your residents but it can be a difficult time to be on the HOA board. Between disputes over what constitutes an appropriate decoration to conflicts over noise and problems with too many pedestrians, it can be hard […]... [Read More...]

How to Help Homeowners Love Life in Your HOA

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 20:24 pmCategories: Community Tips

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re on the board for your HOA. After all, it can feel like the only people you hear from are those who are unhappy with the work you’re doing. This can make it feel like no one likes you or appreciates what you do to make life work in […]... [Read More...]

Slips & Falls and Your HOA

Monday, September 30, 2019 at 09:23 pmCategories: Community Tips

Slips & Falls and Your HOA If someone is injured on HOA property, they can hold the association liable for damages. Sure, there are always people trying to play the system, but many truly suffer an injury and deserve compensation. However, these cases can bankrupt an HOA. Here’s what you need to know to prevent […]... [Read More...]

The Top 7 Things an HOA Website Can Do For Your Community

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 08:00 pmCategories: HOA Board

Do you have a website for your HOA? Getting one up can feel like a technical challenge or an unnecessary expense, but having one can actually improve life for you and for other members of your community. If you don’t want to put one up yourself, contact us at AMI and we’ll do it for […]... [Read More...]

5 Things Your Members Should Know About Your HOA

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 08:17 pmCategories: Community Tips

Some people love HOAs and others don’t like them at all, but the truth is that each HOA is different. When you’re on the board, it’s important that you communicate regularly with all the members of your HOA. Use these communications as opportunities to teach the members about life in an HOA and any specifics […]... [Read More...]

Do You Need D&O Insurance?

Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 20:11 pmCategories: HOA Board

Serving on an HOA board can be a great experience…until you run into someone who doesn’t like you, the policies you set, the way you enforce them, or the way you drink tea on Wednesday mornings. Unfortunately, nearly every HOA has someone who isn’t happy with the way things are run. These people can be […]... [Read More...]

4 Traits of Successful HOA Boards

Friday, September 6, 2019 at 08:34 pmCategories: HOA Board

Whether you are new to your board or you’ve served on it for years, it’s always a good idea to know what makes an HOA board successful. Review these traits, then discuss them with your other board members. Hopefully, you can come up with concrete ways to improve in each of these areas over the […]... [Read More...]

Planning a Summer Donation Drive

Friday, July 26, 2019 at 20:38 pmCategories: Community Tips

We all need to do some seasonal cleaning and decluttering each year. The extra stuff we accumulate throughout the year piles up fast, and items that are not being used can create unnecessary messes in homes and backyards in homeowners association communities. A great way to deal with the clutter is to donate unused items […]... [Read More...]

3 Things Every HOA Board Member Needs to Know

Monday, May 20, 2019 at 22:50 pmCategories: HOA Board

Whether you are a new board member or you’re educating new board members, there are a few pieces of knowledge that will go far towards helping people understand their duties. Many people who get elected to HOA boards want to be helpful, but they aren’t entirely sure what their role involves. Educating them about just […]... [Read More...]

Get Your HOA Ready! Spring is Coming!

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 17:22 pmCategories: Community Tips

When you live in Florida, you may not think that spring is a big deal. After all, there’s no thaw to enjoy and the birds have been singing in the trees all winter long. However, it’s still a good idea to do some spring cleaning around your HOA. Here are just a few things that […]... [Read More...]

The Lowdown on HOA Responsibility

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 18:10 pmCategories: HOA Board

Being on your homeowners’ association board often means working hard to balance the cares and concerns of one person or a small group of people with those of the larger group. This can mean that it can be difficult to figure out who should be responsible for certain things: the HOA or the individual homeowner. […]... [Read More...]

Bring Your HOA Together This Holiday Season

Monday, December 17, 2018 at 06:19 pmCategories: Community Tips

When you run an HOA, you know that being on the board means a lot more than applying the rules, making decisions, and approving or disapproving home improvement projects. It also means that you are responsible for helping develop a sense of community among your homeowners. Sometimes, this job is easy. Other times, you have […]... [Read More...]

Make Sure Your HOA is Ready for the Fall

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 07:00 pmCategories: Community TipsUncategorized

Fall is a time of transition. Not only are kids going back to school, but it’s time to get homes and communities ready for the winter. If you are on the board of an HOA, it’s time to make sure that your community and your residents are making this transition as smoothly as possible. Here are some things to think about or be sure to deal with. End of Year Meetings Sure, the end of ... [Read More...]

Google Reviews Often Inaccurate for HOA Companies

Friday, October 12, 2018 at 10:09 pmCategories: HOA Board

Have you ever left a Google review? Maybe you had outstanding service at your auto mechanic or a business contacted you after an interaction to request that you leave one. That’s because Google reviews can be powerful forces in helping people make decisions about who they want to work with in various aspects of their lives. Unfortunately, Google reviews aren’t always accurate, especially when it comes to HOA companies. Unhappy People Leave More Reviews Only... [Read More...]

How to Aid Your Homeowners in Following the HOA Rules

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 02:26 pmCategories: HOA Board

No one wants to be known as the militant HOA, but you still have to have rules and enforce them. After all, if you don’t, what is the purpose of the HOA in the first place? The truth is that it’s totally possible to get your homeowners to follow the rules without breeding ill will in your community. Here are some tips to help you do that. Educate Homeowners If there are rules that get... [Read More...]

Four of the First Things to Do as a New HOA Board Member

Monday, September 24, 2018 at 02:15 pmCategories: HOA Board

Are you new to your HOA board in Florida? Congratulations! You are taking on a worthy and valuable task by participating in your board. If you’ve been on an HOA board before, then you have a rough idea about how things will go. If you’ve never been on a board, though, there’s a lot to learn. Don’t worry, though! Here are the things you should start with when you’re a new board member. Learn How... [Read More...]

Is Your HOA Financially Prepared?

Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 10:51 pmCategories: HOA Board

Even though the economy has recovered from its low points in 2007-2009, many homeowners associations (HOAs) are still reluctant to raise their fees. Some people will legitimately struggle to pay them and even more will complain, some of them becoming quite vocal. No matter how small the increment of increase, there’s always someone who will protest an HOA increase. However, whether or not HOAs increase their fees, they still have the responsibility for upkeep of... [Read More...]

What to Know About Required Condo Websites in Florida

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 05:10 pmCategories: Condo Management

Beginning in 2019, the law requires that all condominium associations have websites that meet certain criteria. While the deadline has been extended from July 1, 2018, to January 1, 2019, time is still ticking away. If your condo board isn’t already taking steps to comply with the upcoming changes, you could be setting yourself up for a lot of problems. Make yourself aware of the requirements, and start making changes now to avoid the last-minute... [Read More...]

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