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Maintaining Community Standards: Dos and Don'ts for HOA Board Members

June 14, 2024 / by HOA Manager

As an HOA board member, you play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity and appeal of your community. Upholding community standards is not just about enforcing rules; it’s about fostering a sense of pride, safety, and cohesion among residents. Balancing fairness and flexibility while addressing violations requires a thoughtful approach and effective communication. Let’s explore the essential dos and don’ts to help you navigate the complexities of maintaining community standards effectively.

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Navigating the Transition Process with New HOA Board Members

May 28, 2024 / by HOA Manager

Congratulations on your new role as an HOA board member! Your dedication to serving your community is commendable, and your commitment to ensuring the smooth operation of your homeowner's association is vital. As you embark on this journey, it's essential to understand the transition process and how to effectively integrate new board members into their roles. In this guide, we'll discuss the crucial steps of transitioning new HOA board members, from orientation and training to ongoing support, to ensure a seamless transition and the continued success of your association.

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Understanding Roles: The Board vs. Management Company in HOAs

May 20, 2024 / by HOA Manager

Homeowners' Associations play a pivotal role in maintaining the integrity and functionality of residential communities. Ideally, at the heart of every HOA's operations are two essential entities: the Board of Directors and the Management Company. While both entities work towards the common goal of enhancing community living, their roles and responsibilities are distinct. In this article, we discuss the core functions of each, explaining the symbiotic relationship between the Board and the Management Company in fostering vibrant and harmonious neighborhoods.

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HOA Board Governance: Roles, Responsibilities, and Ethics

April 23, 2024 / by HOA Manager

Homeowners' Associations play a pivotal role in shaping the communities they oversee. At the heart of every HOA is its board of directors, a group of individuals entrusted with the responsibility of making decisions that affect the entire community. However, being an HOA board member is not merely a title; it comes with a set of duties, responsibilities, and ethical considerations that require careful attention and dedication. In this article, we dive into the intricate world of HOA governance, exploring the roles and obligations of board members, the decision-making processes they employ, and the ethical principles that guide their actions.

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Managing Delinquent Board Members: Strategies for HOA Leadership

April 3, 2024 / by HOA Manager

In the complex world of managing a homeowners association, one of the most challenging issues that board members may face is dealing with delinquent board members. These individuals can disrupt the functioning of the HOA, cause financial strain, and create tension within the community. Addressing this issue requires a delicate balance of assertiveness, diplomacy, and adherence to the HOA's governing documents. In this article, we'll explore effective strategies for HOA leadership to handle delinquent board members.

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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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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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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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