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How to Write an HOA Newsletter People Will Actually Read

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:40 pmCategories: Community Tips

Most homeowner’s associations have newsletters of some sort. The hope is that these will draw people together and help them get to know each other, as well as feel like part of the community. However, the truth is that people rarely read and interact with these bulletins. If you want more people to read your […]... [Read More...]

The Most Common Questions About HOA Fees

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:31 pmCategories: Uncategorized

If you’re on an HOA board, then you probably expect people to ask you about HOA fees. After all, some people have never lived in an HOA before and they don’t understand the thinking behind the fees. Here are some easy answers you can give people when they ask you about HOA fees. Make sure […]... [Read More...]

Hire the Best Landscaping Company for Your HOA Today

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:21 pmCategories: HOA Board

Is it time to hire a new landscaping company to take care of common areas under your HOA’s care? When it comes to this important task, you not only want to make sure that you don’t pay too much for the services you receive but also that you get competent people working on the project. […]... [Read More...]

How Your HOA Can Help the Environment

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 12:08 pmCategories: HOA Board

Environmental consciousness is rising around the country and around the world. More and more people are making efforts in their daily lives to reduce waste, reuse items they would once have thrown away, and save energy. While your HOA may not be the first place where you think about what you can do to save […]... [Read More...]

How to Streamline Your Design Approval Process

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 23:20 pmCategories: Community Tips

If you’ve ever lived in an HOA but not been on the board, then you probably know how confusing it can be to get design changes to your home approved. Even if the process is simple, many people don’t know what it is. Some might even put off exterior home improvement projects because they don’t […]... [Read More...]

Get More Members Involved in Your Homeowner’s Association

Friday, April 9, 2021 at 23:15 pmCategories: Uncategorized

As a member of a HOA board, there are many things that you oversee. You may end up coordinating everything from barbeques for residents to clubhouse renovations to creating a 5-year plan and more. These tasks will be a lighter load if you can find some homeowners to volunteer their time to help with various […]... [Read More...]

Privacy and Your HOA

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 14:17 pmCategories: HOA Board

If you’re like most people in America, you don’t want your private information disseminated without your approval. If you’re on an HOA board, you have a responsibility to make sure that this does not happen to other people. While your specific privacy responsibilities will vary based on your state and local laws, there are a […]... [Read More...]

How to Handle Foreclosures with Aplomb

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 00:37 pmCategories: Community Tips

How to Handle Foreclosures with Aplomb If you’re like most HOA board members, you probably don’t enjoy dealing with foreclosures, especially if the HOA board is the one initiating foreclosure proceedings. And that makes sense! After all, these are friends and neighbors who are facing hard times and you don’t want to make the situation […]... [Read More...]

How to Deal With Common Parking Issues in Your HOA

Friday, March 5, 2021 at 00:27 pmCategories: HOA Board

Parking can become a big deal in an HOA if you don’t have a plan in place for how to deal with it. Whether your members have assigned parking spots, there is a lot up for grabs, or everyone parks in their own driveways, here’s what you need to know to keep the hassle out […]... [Read More...]

How to Find HOA Management that Works for Your Association

Friday, February 5, 2021 at 01:50 pmCategories: HOA Board

These days, most HOA boards have a management company that works alongside them. AMI is one of these companies, but there are many that you can choose from. If you’re transitioning to working with a management company or choosing a new one, you’ll want to make sure you find one that is a good match […]... [Read More...]

Short Term Rentals and Your HOA

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 02:40 pmCategories: HOA Board

If short term rentals have not yet become an issue for your HOA, they should be on your horizon as a topic you need to discuss and deal with. After all, AirBNB, VRBO, FlipKey and more are making it easier than ever for your association members to use their home as a way to make […]... [Read More...]

Drones in Your HOA

Friday, January 22, 2021 at 01:54 pmCategories: HOA Board

Drones are becoming a big deal in some HOAs across the country. It’s true! People worry that their neighbors can spy on them, they hate the noise, or they are afraid that the drones will cause damage. Drones can also do some really cool things. They can take photographs of damage to homes or other […]... [Read More...]

Make Your Committees More Effective Today

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 02:50 pmCategories: Community Tips

Part of being on an HOA board is participating in and chairing committees. Some board members hate this part of the job because they feel like committees are pointless or like they take forever to make any decisions. However, that usually has more to do with how the committee is run than with the committee […]... [Read More...]

Find the Money You Need for Your HOA Projects

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 02:17 pmCategories: HOA Board

It happens to every homeowners association at some point in time: a project pops up that urgently needs to be completed but that you have not budgeted for. Not doing it is not an option but you’ve got to find the money. This can be a tough place, but you always have choices. Unplanned Projects […]... [Read More...]

How to Create a Winning Website for Your HOA

Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 02:18 pmCategories: HOA Board

It’s 2021, which means your HOA should have a user-friendly website where your members can get all of the information they need to live well in your community. Gone are the days when a Facebook page or a basic website will do the trick. Here’s what your website should include to make it as useful […]... [Read More...]

Dealing With Homeowner Bankruptcies

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 02:21 pmCategories: Community Tips

There are so many rewarding things about being on an HOA board. You get to know your community members better and you get to work hard to make your home a better place. However, there are also some difficult jobs that come with being on the board. One of the hardest is dealing with homeowner […]... [Read More...]

How to Be Successful as an HOA Board Member

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 02:24 pmCategories: Community Tips

In many communities, ‘tis the season for electing new board members. If you are considering HOA board membership in your community or you’ve just been elected, it’s important to know how to find success in this job. Here’s what you need to think about to have a successful tenure as an HOA board member. Remain […]... [Read More...]

What Every HOA Board Member Needs to Know About Rentals & Short Term Rentals

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 23:25 pmCategories: HOA Board

Dealing with renters can be tricky for members of an HOA board. After all, it’s usually better to have a home occupied even if the occupant isn’t an owner. However, renters often care less about following the HOA’s rules and keeping up the home they live in, simply because it isn’t theirs. Here’s what you, […]... [Read More...]

How to Keep Your HOA Budget As Low As Possible

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 23:14 pmCategories: HOA Board

Expenses rise almost constantly and many HOA boards find themselves in a battle between members who don’t want to contribute more money and budgets that will not balance without additional funding. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to try and shave a few more dollars off the budget. Every dollar you save […]... [Read More...]

8 Ways To Make Your Neighborhood Safer For Everyone

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 23:36 pmCategories: Community Tips

As a member of your HOA’s board, you want people to feel safe in the neighborhood. After all, this helps keep property values high, means that people want to maintain residence in the area, and is the right thing to do. Here’s how your board can make safety a priority. Increase Lighting Without proper lighting, […]... [Read More...]

Help Your Homeowners Through COVID-19

Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 23:25 pmCategories: Community Tips

COVID-19 has thrown many aspects of our culture into chaos. Even though we are months into the pandemic now, changing regulations mean that people are on edge and don’t always know what to expect. As part of your responsibilities on your HOA board, it’s up to you to help your members understand how to live […]... [Read More...]

Common Questions About an HOA Board

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 23:35 pmCategories: HOA Board

Many homeowners who move into HOA communities for the first time have a lot of questions about the board. Some may not understand the purpose of the board or what their responsibilities are. Others might be interested in participating as board members but need more understanding of what that involves. These are some of the […]... [Read More...]

Handling Home Renovations in Your HOA Community

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 23:41 pmCategories: HOA Board

Most HOA communities have all sorts of rules covering home renovations. These state which renovations need to be approved by the board or the design committee before homeowners start the work. They should also articulate how the process works and what sort of timeline homeowners can expect so they know when they can schedule builders, […]... [Read More...]

How to Handle Dissent in Your HOA

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 14:15 pmCategories: HOA Board

Most HOA board members sign up for conflict, but they often don’t realize just how contentious being on the board can be. If members are unhappy and feel like it’s been a long time since someone really heard their voices, they can make life difficult in significant ways. As a board, here’s what you can […]... [Read More...]

The Top 5 Tips for Managing an HOA Budget

Monday, September 14, 2020 at 13:54 pmCategories: HOA Board

Managing an HOA’s budget is not a job for the faint of heart. After all, this budget affects everyone in your association and many will have differing opinions on how and where money should be spent. Once you’ve established a strong HOA budget plan, you need to constantly check in to make sure you’re sticking […]... [Read More...]

Tips for Holding Virtual Board Meetings

Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 02:06 pmCategories: HOA Board

With the Coronavirus running rampant around the United States, many HOAs are struggling to hold effective virtual board meetings. It can be hard to get the technology working, make sure everyone has access to the meeting, and figure out who should speak when. Here are a few tips for making your meetings maximally effective even […]... [Read More...]

The Top 3 Tips for HOA Community Management

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 00:53 pmCategories: Uncategorized

The Top 3 Tips for HOA Community Management As a member of your HOA board, you care about how your community functions and you’d like to make it work better. In fact, you probably decided to run for board membership because there are issues in your community that you would like to deal with or […]... [Read More...]

Is Your Florida HOA Management Company Doing a Good Job?

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 17:44 pmCategories: HOA Board

At AMI, we strive to offer the best HOA management service around. If you work with us now, we want you to hold us accountable to the promises we made to you when we formed our relationship. If you don’t work with us now, consider whether your current manager or management company is doing a […]... [Read More...]

How to Help Your Members During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 17:40 pmCategories: Community Tips

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, more and more HOA boards are finding themselves faced with new questions. Some of these questions have been around since all of this started in March, while others seem to pop up every day. Here are some ways you can help your members during this crisis, while also looking out […]... [Read More...]

What You Need to Know About HOAs & Emotional Support Animals in Florida

Monday, June 29, 2020 at 21:22 pmCategories: HOA Board

Emotional support animals are a hot issue for many HOAs. For several years now, people have been passing off a variety of animals as emotional support animals. Dogs and cats are one thing, but peacocks, miniature horses, and even chickens can be entirely another, especially when they are in condos, houses, or even back yards […]... [Read More...]

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