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Enhancing Community Management: ECHO and Hignell HOA Join Forces

February 26, 2024 / by HOA Manager

In a significant stride towards fostering community development and empowering HOA boards, Hignell HOA Management proudly announces its partnership with ECHO (Educational Community for Homeowners). This collaboration marks a pivotal moment in enhancing HOA management practices, aimed at providing invaluable resources and support to HOA boards and members across Northern California.

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Can HOA Fees Be Claimed on Your Taxes?

February 19, 2024 / by HOA Manager

Homeowners Associations play a significant role in many communities, providing services and amenities that contribute to the overall well-being and maintenance of the neighborhood. However, when tax season rolls around, homeowners often wonder if they can claim their HOA fees as deductions on their taxes. While it's crucial you consult a tax professional, in this article, we'll explore HOA fees and generally whether or not they can be claimed on your taxes.

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Important Tax Deadlines for California HOAs

February 9, 2024 / by HOA Manager

While understanding tax deadlines and requirements is crucial for any HOA board, navigating through these can be complex and overwhelming. The intricacies of tax filings often require professional guidance to ensure compliance and avoid penalties. In California, HOAs are subject to various tax reporting and filing deadlines, each with its own set of requirements and implications. While it's imperative for HOA boards to collaborate with accounting professionals who specialize in HOA tax matters, Davis-Stirling offers some key deadlines and considerations for HOA tax returns.

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6 Resolutions Your HOA Board Should Make for a Successful Year

December 30, 2023 / by HOA Manager

The New Year is upon us! As an HOA board, this may be a good time to consider making resolutions that will help to make it a great year for your homeowners association. These commitments don't have to be profound and they are generally things you should be doing anyway, but it's always good to go back and review things while keeping an eye out for what might be coming your way. 

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The Importance of Keeping Up with New HOA Laws & How to Inform Members

December 28, 2023 / by HOA Manager

As the stewards of your community, HOA board members shoulder significant responsibilities. You're entrusted with making crucial decisions that affect the lives of homeowners and the overall well-being of your neighborhood. One of the most critical aspects of your role is staying informed about the ever-evolving landscape of homeowners association laws and regulations. In this blog, we'll explore the importance of staying updated on new HOA laws, provide valuable resources to help you do so, and explain how hiring an HOA management company can be a game-changer.

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Board Member Education: Empowering Your HOA Board for Success

November 30, 2023 / by HOA Manager

HOA board members play a pivotal role in maintaining the harmony and functionality of their communities. Yet, many board members find themselves thrust into their roles without adequate preparation or training. This lack of education can lead to misunderstandings, mismanagement, and even conflicts within the community. To address these challenges and ensure the smooth operation of your HOA, it's crucial to prioritize board member education and training.

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Understanding the Uniqueness of HOAs: Why One Size Doesn't Fit All

November 15, 2023 / by HOA Manager

A common misconception in community management is the belief that one-size-fits-all HOAs. When HOA boards attempt to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, they risk overlooking critical aspects of their community's management. For instance, implementing a strict set of rules without considering the cultural and social dynamics of the community can lead to unrest and dissatisfaction among residents. On the other hand, being too lax in governance can result in financial mismanagement and maintenance neglect.

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How to Overcome Homeowner Compliance Challenges in Your HOA

October 31, 2023 / by HOA Manager

Misconceptions often plague homeowners' associations, causing friction and discord among community members. The erroneous belief that all residents automatically read, follow, and never ignore the rules can lead to challenges in ensuring homeowner compliance. These misunderstandings can disrupt the harmony and functionality of an HOA. However, there is a powerful tool that can address these issues head-on: HOA consulting.

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The Key to Unlocking Financial Resilience in Your HOA

October 12, 2023 / by HOA Manager

Homeowner associations are at the heart of community well-being, orchestrating the collective rhythm of neighborhood life. Among the myriad responsibilities shouldered by HOA boards, navigating the financial maze emerges as a daunting challenge. Unpaid dues, insufficient budgeting, and unforeseen expenditures often conspire to unsettle the fiscal equilibrium of an HOA, echoing through the community in the form of compromised services and unmet obligations. However, HOA boards are not destined to traverse this intricate financial landscape unaided.

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HOA Board Governance: How to Overcome Rule Enforcement Hurdles

September 29, 2023 / by HOA Manager

One of the primary responsibilities of an HOA is to ensure that residents adhere to established norms and standards. These rules and regulations are put in place to maintain the aesthetic appeal of the community, protect property values, and foster a harmonious living environment for all residents. However, the task of enforcing these rules is often a delicate and multifaceted challenge that HOA board members face.

Enforcing rules within an HOA can sometimes feel like walking a tightrope, balancing the need for order and conformity with the desire to nurture a sense of community and cooperation among residents. This is where HOA consulting comes into play, offering expert guidance and tailored solutions to address the unique challenges that rule enforcement poses.

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