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Understanding an HOA Operating Budget

Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 19:05 pmCategories: HOA Board

HOAs require money in order to complete the tasks set out for them in the governing documents. However, it’s important to make sure that money gets spent wisely and that no single person has too much control over the budget. This is where the operating budget comes into play. Since most HOAs publish their budgets […]... [Read More...]

How to Build Trust in Your HOA

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 18:52 pmCategories: Condo Management

Did you know that trust is one of the most important commodities that an HOA board deals in? It’s true. When people trust the HOA board, they will be more likely to follow the rules, respond positively when they don’t follow a rule, bring up conflict in a healthy way, and build community among their […]... [Read More...]

Why Your HOA Should Be Concerned About Developing Goodwill in Your Community

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 17:54 pmCategories: Community Tips

Establishing a sense of goodwill in your community may not seem like it should be a priority, but that’s an incorrect impression. In fact, this sense can be key to keeping your community running smoothly and well. Here’s why you might want to change your mind about focusing on goodwill in your HOA. What, Exactly, […]... [Read More...]

Don’t Let Holiday Decor Get Out of Hand

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 16:59 pmCategories: Holidays

Holiday season is just around the corner, which means that it is time to consider holiday decorations in your neighborhood. Remember, some people like to decorate for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and more, so it’s never a bad time to consider what your rules are going to be and how you’re going to enforce them. Set […]... [Read More...]

How to Make Your HOA Community Even Better

Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 16:51 pmCategories: Community Tips

Most people have heard horror stories about HOAs that are only out for the money, or ones that go bankrupt, or ones that spend way too much on services because they don’t know any better. However, most people don’t realize that most HOAs are okay, if not exceptional, places to live. If you’re on your […]... [Read More...]

How to Hold a Successful HOA Board Meeting

Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 16:42 pmCategories: HOA Board

There are many challenging aspects to being on an HOA board. Most people don’t think that board meetings would be one of the harder aspects, but they can be more difficult than you might think. Here’s what you need to know to successfully run an HOA board meeting that actually gets things done. Plan Ahead […]... [Read More...]

How to Live Your Best Life in Your HOA

Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 16:30 pmCategories: Community Tips

Living well in an HOA can seem complicated sometimes, but it’s actually pretty straightforward. There’s no reason to feel intimidated about living in an HOA or worried about the rules or the leadership. If you are on your HOA board and there are potential buyers or tenants who are feeling tentative about HOA life, here’s […]... [Read More...]

What Kind of Accountant Do You Need for Your HOA?

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 23:02 pmCategories: Community Tips

Sometimes, people join HOA boards only to find that there are a lot of things they don’t know. While it’s always possible to learn, it’s also important to understand a few things so that you don’t make costly mistakes for your HOA. One key element to being effective on an HOA board is knowing which […]... [Read More...]

How to be the Best Possible HOA Board Member

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 at 22:53 pmCategories: Community Tips

Are you new to your HOA board or would you like to step into the role in a way you haven’t been able to do before? There are a few characteristics that great board members have in common. If you can cultivate these, you’ll be one of the best board members your HOA has ever […]... [Read More...]

Your HOA & Vehicle Towing

Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 22:47 pmCategories: Community Tips

Almost every HOA has parking rules of some kind. These may be a major part of the rules in your association, or they might only cover a few spots surrounding common areas. No matter how limited your parking rules are, though, there will be times when you need to tow an offending vehicle. It’s best […]... [Read More...]

Motivate Perpetual Late Payers to Pay Up

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 at 22:46 pmCategories: HOA Board

Being on an HOA board may sound like fun, but many people are shocked when they discover what board members have to deal with. There are so many different possible issues and ways for people to – intentionally or unintentionally – make life harder for those who volunteer for HOA leadership. Nonpayment of dues is […]... [Read More...]

How to Handle Factions in Your Association

Friday, July 30, 2021 at 19:36 pmCategories: HOA Board

If your association is facing a significant conflict between two different groups of homeowners, it’s easy to feel frustrated and overwhelmed. After all, as a board member, it’s easy to feel like fixing the problem is your number one job. While you may actually have more important things to do, there are a few steps […]... [Read More...]

Marketing and Your Community

Monday, July 19, 2021 at 19:05 pmCategories: Community Tips

Are you looking for more people to move into your community? Are there houses or units that have been sitting empty and you know everyone wants them full? Marketing the community to prospective buyers is one way to get the people you need and want for your community. However, there are some things to consider […]... [Read More...]

Beautify Your HOA This Summer

Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 19:20 pmCategories: Community Tips

Most people who live in homeowners’ associations choose to do so, at least in part, because living there usually means that homes look good and are kept neat and tidy. However, it can be hard to motivate homeowners to go above and beyond what is specified in the HOA rules. If you would like to […]... [Read More...]

How to Mitigate Risk for Your HOA

Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 19:32 pmCategories: HOA Board

No HOA wants to take on unnecessary risks. However, sometimes these groups end up doing so unintentionally, even though they think they are doing everything right. Here’s what you need to know to protect your association no matter what. Have the Right Insurance Make sure that you have effective liability insurance and that it is […]... [Read More...]

Keeping People Safe On Bikes and Scooters in Your Neighborhood

Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 19:34 pmCategories: Community Tips

Everyone wants the neighborhood kids to be safe when they are playing outside on bikes and scooters. While it is the parents’ responsibility to teach their kids the safety rules, it is the HOA’s responsibility to make a good HOA contract, tell people what the rules are, and play their part in keeping people safe. […]... [Read More...]

The Pros and Cons of Hiring an HOA Management Company

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 20:20 pmCategories: Condo Management

HOAs come in all shapes and sizes. Some use HOA management companies from the beginning and love them, some transition to or away from using these companies as the association changes, while others value being self-managed. While you might think that we are biased toward using management companies, the truth is that we want your […]... [Read More...]

What Prospective Board Members Need to Know

Monday, May 17, 2021 at 20:07 pmCategories: HOA Board

It can be hard to find enough people in a community to fill all of the seats on its HOA board. Some communities are willing to take anyone who is a warm body and willing to have their name on legal documents. However, getting informed board members will help your association function better. Here’s what […]... [Read More...]

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...]

Everything You Wanted to Know About HOA Covenants…and More!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 19:37 pmCategories: HOA Board

Most people who live in HOAs know that the association has covenants, but some people don’t know much more than that about how the association is governed. Here’s what every member of an HOA needs to know about the covenants that help structure the association. What are HOA Covenants? Covenants are basically rules for living […]... [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...]

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...]

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