How a Reserve Plan Helps an HOA Board Protect Current Homeowners

Aug 27, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Planning for future repairs and maintenance costs of common areas in the homeowner’s association is one of the most important jobs of an HOA board – and also one of the most neglected. Sometimes, boards are just short-sighted, focusing on the essentials that need to be done in the association now. While today is important, tomorrow must not be forgotten.

One issue that makes it difficult for boards to plan for the reserves is the pushback they receive from current homeowners because they have a hard time seeing how assessments for future projects will benefit them now. Learn how a reserve study protects owner value for both future and current homeowners in the association in the article excerpt below.  

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How Can the HOA Board Be Politically Correct During Campaign Season?

Aug 11, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

The presidential race is in full-swing and everyone is gearing up for campaign season. While some people prefer to keep their opinions to themselves, others want you to know exactly who they’re voting for and why. How does all this come into play when you live in a homeowner’s association?

First, it’s inappropriate for the HOA board to act politically. In other words, the Board as an entity should not declare a “side” so to speak. That being said, it can support both sides of the political spectrum by doing the following.

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7 Ways an HOA Board & Management Company Can Work Together

Aug 7, 2020 10:02:00 AM / by HOA Manager

The HOA board is responsible for protecting, maintaining, and enhancing the Association, but this is difficult to do on its own. Board members willingly volunteer their time and resources to make sure their community is a pleasant place to call home. If it’s not run effectively, then it won’t be a pleasant place at all.

Since HOA board members are volunteers, they don’t always have the time or expertise to make sure the Association is being run properly. This is where an HOA management company comes in.

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HOA Board Governance in a Nutshell

Jul 30, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Community associations have a lot in common with municipal governments. As members of a governing body -- and typically also members of the homeowner’s association -- HOA board members should meet regularly to discuss and vote on important community issues, like paying the Association’s bills, funding reserves and contracting with vendors to keep community amenities in good repair. The Board makes decisions about these and other important topics using a democratic process.

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A Self-Serving Board Member Might Look Something Like This

Jul 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

You ran for the board on the platform of remodeling the clubhouse that has become outdated. What you haven’t shared with the members of the association is that your daughter is getting married next year and the clubhouse would be the perfect place for a reception.

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How to Convince Other HOA Board Members to Hire a Management Company

Jul 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

There is often a member of the HOA board who doesn’t recognize that the Association needs help beyond what the Board can do on its own. Sometimes the hard part is convincing other members of the board to invest the time and resources available to hire a manager and how it will benefit the Association in the long run. So, what will help make your case when making the suggestion to hire a management company? We’ve spelled it out for you below.

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How to Choose the Best HOA Management Company [Infographic]

Jun 15, 2020 3:56:37 PM / by HOA Manager

Being a volunteer board member is a big responsibility. There are decisions to be made, meetings to attend, budgets to build, and concerns to address. If your HOA board is at a place where members are feeling overwhelmed and over-committed, then it’s time to bring in some help.

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How to Find and Recruit Great HOA Board Members for Your Community

Jun 3, 2020 9:34:23 AM / by HOA Manager

When your community is recruiting new HOA board members, there are certain qualities to look for in prospective members and good strategies for getting these individuals involved.

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How HOA Board Members Can Strengthen Relationships in the Association

May 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Living in a homeowners association is more than just residing in a structure of wood and nails. It’s about building relationships and being part of a community. There are key relationships that HOA board members can nurture and encourage residents in the Association to develop as well.

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What Are the Qualities of an Invested HOA Manager?

Apr 24, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

You’re the President of the HOA board in your community and you’re wise enough to know that you’re in way over your head - but you like a challenge and you’re ready to meet it head on. You’ve read your governing documents and know how to keep a basic balance sheet, but that doesn’t mean you understand the CC&Rs or know the difference between the operating and reserve budgets.

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