What an HOA Board Should Consider Before Signing a Management Contract

May 15, 2019 11:02:00 AM / by HOA Manager

If your HOA board has decided to hire a management company to help with the day-to-day running of the homeowners association, it’s important to review the contract and pay close attention to what the management company is actually contracting to do.

Just like any other business agreement, the Association will be entering into a contract agreement with the management company and there are some important questions the Board should ask before signing on the dotted line.

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Should Your HOA Board File an Annual Report with the State?

May 14, 2019 8:56:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Most HOA boards know that there are annual disclosures that have to be completed and sent out to the membership each year. But did you know that nearly all states also require that a homeowners association organized as non-profit corporation has the responsibility to file an annual report with the Secretary of State? Failure to do so could result in the Association losing its “Good Standing” status.

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5 Actions an HOA Board Should Take to Clarify Maintenance & Insurance

May 9, 2019 8:44:00 AM / by HOA Manager

One common subject that often causes confusion in a homeowners association is grasping the difference between the maintenance responsibilities of an association and the items that are covered by the association’s insurance policy. Often owners and even HOA board members may not understand the differences between these two subjects.

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Pros and Cons of Your Homeowners Association Being on Social Media

May 7, 2019 9:01:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Social media, for good or bad, is here to stay and has changed the way we communicate.  By recognizing the pros, cons, and legal issues of using these platforms for HOA communication and professional branding, you can make these tools work for your homeowners association rather than against it. 

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Can a Homeowners Association Keep You From Flying the American Flag?

May 3, 2019 9:03:00 AM / by HOA Manager

On Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day and other patriotic holidays, many Americans show respect for their country by raising the star spangled banner or displaying it in some way on their home or in their yard. But can your homeowners association keep you from showing your patriotism and restrict you from displaying the American Flag?

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HOA Board Voting 101: How to Start a Motion

May 1, 2019 1:30:00 PM / by HOA Manager

Sometimes what seems like a simple item on the agenda that will receive an overwhelming vote can end up taking the whole meeting because Board members and homeowners keep hashing out the same issue over and over again.

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The 3 P's of Property Maintenance to Remember in Your Homeowners Association

Apr 24, 2019 4:50:49 PM / by HOA Manager

As a member of a homeowners association there are certain things you can and cannot do to your property, as well as maintenance that the association is responsible for. If you remember the three P’s of property maintenance then you’ll be on your way to being a valued member of your HOA.
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10 Questions Your HOA Board Should Ask Before the End of the Year

Apr 22, 2019 10:15:00 AM / by HOA Manager

It’s important for an HOA board to work on ending the year well. It doesn’t matter if your homeowners association plans around the fiscal or calendar year, the questions below apply to both. It’s not too late to ask yourself some of these questions and make a resolution to do these things in the New Year to come.

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What NOT to Do When Collecting HOA Fees

Mar 8, 2019 6:27:07 AM / by HOA Manager

If just a few homeowners aren’t paying their HOA fees it can be felt very quickly in an association’s budget. It can also cause a ripple effect. If too many homeowners fail to pay their HOA fees, lenders might start to be unwilling to finance mortgages in the association. This could lead to a decrease in property values. 

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What Not to Do When You Receive Communications from Your HOA Board

Mar 8, 2019 6:16:30 AM / by HOA Manager

In our busy world of the internet, mobile phones, television, email, social media, and daily conversation, we’re on 24-7 information overload. We’re communicating non-stop all day, and when we finally reach the comfort of our home we just want to catch our breath. However, communication is what we were made for, and it keeps us informed about life around us. So, when you receive communication from the HOA board, there a few things you don’t want to do.

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