3 Basic Responsibilities That Come with Being an HOA Board Member

Jun 26, 2019 8:56:00 AM / by HOA Manager

You and your neighbors who have volunteered and been elected to serve on the HOA board are responsible for making critical decisions on the Association's behalf about managing the community and Association funds.

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3 Crucial Responsibilities of a New HOA Board Member

Jun 21, 2019 12:50:49 PM / by HOA Manager

You've tossed your hat into the ring to become an HOA board member for your association. The ballots have been counted and you've been selected. But, what are the responsibilities of a new board member to their community? You owe a duty of good faith and fidelity to the homeowners association.

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How to Effectively Evaluate an HOA Manager

Jun 19, 2019 1:26:53 PM / by HOA Manager

People and organizations are often afraid of evaluation because they’re afraid of failure. If we don’t fail we can’t learn, and if we aren’t given the opportunity to learn, we can’t grow. It’s in the best interest of the  association for the HOA board to take the time to intentionally evaluate the HOA manager, ask questions, give honest feedback, and decide how the relationship can improve or if it’s time to part ways. Below are questions to help guide the evaluation process.

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How HOA Board Members Can Tune in to Meetings Online

Jun 14, 2019 3:42:56 PM / by HOA Manager

Whether you’re out of town or out of commission, you can still attend the homeowners association board meetings by tuning in online. This is not to be confused with a meeting via email -  this is not allowed.

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Why Residents Should Be Committee Members in a Homeowners Association

May 31, 2019 9:04:00 AM / by HOA Manager

As a homeowners association member, it’s important to understand that committees are an integral part of the operations of your community. Committee members help keep a community vibrant; and by augmenting paid staff, they can save an association hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year.

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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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Things an HOA Board Should Consider When Planning Next Year's Budget

Dec 21, 2018 4:54:37 AM / by HOA Manager

Preparing next year's budget for your homeowners is one of the most important undertakings for the HOA board. Fiduciary responsibility is something you pledged to look after for your community and this is an area where that really comes into play. There are a few things the Board should consider for next year's Association budget.

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Steps to Take If You Suspect Fraudulent Activity Within the HOA Board

May 28, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Groups that are run by volunteers that handle money are particularly vulnerable to fraud, embezzlement, illegal activities, and scams. HOA boards are no exception. Access to funds is a temptation that some cannot resist.

Dishonest board members can exploit the fact that most volunteers don’t know the details on how to financially manage the HOA’s funds. They also know other board members are busy with family life, jobs and hobbies and may not have the time to scrutinize every transaction. Board members with a bit of financial savvy can “cook the books” to embezzle money or collude with outsiders to collect kickbacks.

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What Can an HOA Board Do if Owners Refuse to Pay Special Assessments?

Mar 21, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Homeowner associations are sometimes faced with special circumstances that arise even when they’ve done an excellent job of planning for replacement costs. Large-scale repairs, emergency situations,  or capital improvement projects may occur that put their reserves dangerously low. Special HOA assessments, in addition to monthly HOA fees, could then be the best option.

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Can an HOA Board Make Important Decisions without Homeowners?

Mar 7, 2018 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Does an HOA board have authority to make important decisions for the community without seeking input from their homeowners – either by informal consultation, a survey or a formal vote?

The short answer to the question is “Yes.”  The HOA board is established to oversee the governance of the association on behalf of the homeowners/members. While HOAs are quasi-governmental in nature, they are not pure democracies in which members vote on every issue. The long answer to the question is more complicated.

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