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Homeowners’ Rights in an HOA

Friday, January 21, 2022 at 18:43 pmCategories: Condo Management

Homeowners who live in an HOA have many rights, though some may not be familiar with all of them. Whether you are on the HOA board or you are simply a member of an HOA, it’s important to know what these rights are. That way, you can advocate to make sure that everyone has them […]... [Read More...]

What Happens When Someone Doesn’t Follow the Rules in an HOA?

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 17:51 pmCategories: HOA Board

Most people who are on HOA boards aren’t there just to enforce the rules. In fact, many of them really don’t enjoy this aspect of their job. While making people play by the rules is not always fun, it’s an essential task if an HOA is going to function well. It’s also easier if everyone […]... [Read More...]

Training New HOA Board Members

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 17:51 pmCategories: HOA Board

It’s important that HOA board members, whether new or old, know what they’re doing and how the association works. While they may know some of this when they get elected to the board, the truth is that they can’t know everything. Developing a training protocol for new members will help bring them up to speed […]... [Read More...]

The Best Reasons to Join an HOA Board

Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 21:50 pmCategories: HOA Board

Whether you are recruiting other people to join you on your HOA board or you’re trying to decide if you should run for a position on it yourself, it’s important to know why people might want to participate. That way, everyone can make the decision that is best for them and the most interested and […]... [Read More...]

Everything You Need to Know About Reserve Funds

Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 21:39 pmCategories: Condo Management

Most HOA board members know that the association has a reserve fund, and they may even know why it’s there, but that doesn’t mean they know how to manage it properly. Here’s what every HOA board needs to understand when it comes to their reserve fund. What is the Reserve Fund? The reserve fund is […]... [Read More...]

The Essential Components of a Successful HOA Board Meeting

Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 21:29 pmCategories: HOA Board

If you’re new to being on your HOA board or you feel like your meetings aren’t as effective as they could be, try the following strategies. Making sure your meetings are running well will help motivate people to attend them and will help your whole organization work more efficiently. Have an Agenda An agenda is […]... [Read More...]

Keeping HOA Board Meeting Minutes that Matter!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 21:29 pmCategories: HOA Board

Most HOAs keep minutes of their meetings. This is standard operating procedure and is likely required by the governing documents, as well. However, many board members don’t know just how important the minutes can be. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you take good minutes and have minutes that can withstand any […]... [Read More...]

Common Mistakes HOAs Make About Money

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 20:44 pmCategories: Condo Management

One of the key tasks of an HOA board is to handle the community’s money. It comes in via dues, but the board has to decide how best to spend it for the good of the entire community. However, sometimes board members don’t know how to best spend the money they are entrusted with, or […]... [Read More...]

Common Mistakes HOAs Make When Setting Up Contracts

Monday, November 8, 2021 at 20:21 pmCategories: Condo Management

If you’re on a HOA board, you will eventually need to help your association set up contracts for services. These might be ongoing services, like snow removal or trash pickup, or they might be one-time services, like sprinkler installation or pool repair. No matter what the service is, make sure you avoid the following mistakes. […]... [Read More...]

Common Mistakes HOAs Make When Setting Up Committees

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 20:14 pmCategories: Condo Management

Most HOA boards work with committees of homeowners to achieve certain goals. There might be a social or an events committee, a landscape committee, a social media committee, and more. Every HOA can tailor their committees to work for them, so they are maximally effective at running their community. However, it’s not enough to just […]... [Read More...]

Common HOA Issues and How to Deal With Them

Monday, November 1, 2021 at 20:08 pmCategories: Condo Management

All sorts of issues can come up when you live in an HOA. If you’re on the board, you have to figure out how to deal with these in ways that will help people live well without hampering too much of their independence. Here are just a few of the issues that people we work […]... [Read More...]

Homeowners Insurance vs. HOA Insurance

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 19:06 pmCategories: Community Tips

Sometimes, confusion arises in an HOA about the difference between insurance that individual homeowners need to hold and insurance that the HOA itself needs to hold. People can end up with gaps in their coverage or could be paying for double coverage that they don’t need. The best way to make sure that your members […]... [Read More...]

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...]

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