What to Do When Your HOA Board Doesn’t Plan Well for Projects

Feb 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

You’ve been the treasurer of your homeowners association for 8 years, and have continually warned your fellow HOA board members that without saving for reserves they’ll be headed for real trouble - and now that day has come.

You’ve been elected as Board President and face two large special assessments back to back within the next two years. There’s no way around them. The pavilion, signs, tennis courts and other assets are all shabby, outdated and on the verge of becoming hazards. These projects must be done for safety reasons. Not to mention they make the Association look like an uninviting place to live.

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What Your HOA Board Needs to Know About Maintaining Playgrounds

Feb 12, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Some associations have extra space for various amenities. Some have parks, tennis courts, or even lakes and water features. One amenity that’s a feature in some associations is playgrounds for children. There are many different types of playgrounds and play apparatus for associations to choose from. Whether your association has had a playground from the beginning or it’s considering the addition as a capital expenditure, there are certain things an HOA board should keep in mind.

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How to Respond to Common Push Backs When Recruiting HOA Board Members

Jan 15, 2020 1:53:23 PM / by HOA Manager

Finding and keeping good people on the board in your homeowners association is possibly one of the toughest jobs you’ll have as an HOA board member.

As a current member of the board one of your responsibilities is to recruit homeowners to become part of the board, which is no easy feat. That’s why you should be prepared to have answers to common questions and excuses you’ll probably hear when inviting homeowners to join the board. 

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How an HOA Board Can Make the Association a Better Place in 2020

Dec 30, 2019 9:07:02 AM / by HOA Manager

As another year begins, HOA board members should consider offering some thoughts about how the Association can make the community an even better place to live in the New Year and beyond.

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4 Tips to Find and Keep Good Vendors for Your Homeowners Association

Dec 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by HOA Manager

A new member has been elected to your HOA board. Suddenly, you learn that they seem to have a general mistrust of any current vendors of the association, perhaps because they did not choose them. They call for at least three bids on every project, no matter how small. This person seems to be trying to fix something that may not have been broken in the first place.

A board of directors will have its fair share of challenges with new board members automatically calling for new vendors, even when the ones they are working with are really solid.

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Real HOA Member Questions and Expert Answers from an HOA Manager

Dec 11, 2019 4:28:09 PM / by HOA Manager

As an HOA board member you're faced with issues in your homeowner’s association day in and day out. Sometimes you have questions that you don’t know the answer to or scenarios where you aren’t sure how to respond. Odds are, other board members are in the same boat. We’ve compiled some questions we’ve recently received and provided expert answers from an HOA manager. Read them below and maybe you’ll be able to relate.

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Bah Humbug! What to Do if an HOA Board Member is a Scrooge

Dec 4, 2019 2:28:14 PM / by HOA Manager

There seems to be one in every homeowners association. That one HOA board member that consistently disagrees, goes against the majority, or at the very least enjoys playing devil’s advocate. Do you have a Scrooge – a mean spirited, miserly person – on your Board? There are ways you can deal with them.

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How the Duties of a Board Preserve Value in a Homeowners Association

Nov 25, 2019 11:07:44 AM / by HOA Manager

An important role of a homeowners association is to maintain and enhance property values by enforcing neighborhood covenants and maintenance of common areas. For this to happen the Association must have a strong Board of Directors and each person who sits on the Board must perform their job. This will also help homeowners find value being a part of the Association community.

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6 Resolutions Your HOA Board Should Make for a Successful Year

Nov 21, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

The New Year is just around the corner. 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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How an HOA Board Maintains and Enhances the Association

Oct 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

An HOA board has three significant roles: to protect, maintain and enhance the Association. Everything the board is responsible for in a homeowners association can be placed into at least one of these three categories.

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