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 The pavilion, signs, tennis courts and other assets are all shabby, outdated and on the verge of becoming hazards.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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How To Interpret Your HOA Reserve Study

Feb 10, 2020 3:14:33 PM / by HOA Manager

More often than not, sitting down to review your HOA reserve study can be about as easy to understand and enjoyable as sitting down to review the U.S. Tax Code. Just reviewing your reserve study is not enough.  As an HOA board member, you’re responsible for using that study to plan for, allocate, adjust, and collect reserve funds accordingly. 

Here are some ideas to help you interpret your association's reserve study, and put it to good use so that your HOA can pay for what your community needs to keep it in good repair, easy on the wallet, and lovely to live in...today and in the future.

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3 Things an HOA Board Can Do Now to Combat Costly Maintenance

Feb 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

There's always work to be done, especially in a homeowners association. It’s crucial that an HOA Board plan for general, ongoing maintenance and upkeep. This is important in order to keep the Association a safe place to live and keep it an appealing place to live. Members don’t want to live in a run-down neighborhood and potential buyers won’t give an Association a second look if it’s unkempt, dirty or in disrepair.

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Benefits of Offering Electronic Payments for HOA Fees

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

Is your board constantly faced with residents who don’t pay their monthly HOA fees on time?

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Where Are Your Homeowners Association Documents & What Do They Say?

Jan 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

As a member of your homeowners association, when you bought a home in your community, you should have received copies of all the Association's governing documents—including the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&RS) and Rules & Regulations—prior to or at the closing of escrow. The CC&Rs explain what the homeowners association is responsible for and what the homeowner is responsible for.

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How to Enjoy Life as a Member in Your Homeowners Association

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

Whether you’re a resident of a homeowners association or a Board member looking for ways to encourage residents to get involved in their community, here are some great tips for being an active member of your Association and enjoying the place where you live.

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How to Actually Get Things Accomplished at Your HOA Board Meeting

Jan 20, 2020 9:28:01 AM / by HOA Manager

It’s a new year, and that means a new round of board meetings.  Since the Davis-Stirling act requires that HOA board meetings take place, you might as well take part in achieving the best and most successful meeting possible.

HOA board meetings are a golden opportunity for community members to know the issues that impact one of their most treasured investments - their home.  The following six tips for meetings can help. 

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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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5 Ways Your HOA Board May Unknowingly Put the Community at Risk 

Jan 13, 2020 12:27:20 PM / by HOA Manager

As a homeowners association board member, you have many responsibilities to the community you oversee . Homeowners look to their board to keep their community safe, well-maintained and properly managed. Board members are obligated to do everything in their power to meet its members needs while complying with the community’s CC&Rs, as well as any state and local regulations.

Unfortunately, there are instances where your HOA board may unknowingly be putting the community at risk. Hiring an HOA manager can take the pressure off of your board members. Let’s take a closer look at the pitfalls that can exist and how you can avoid them. 

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What Exactly Are the Governing Documents in a Homeowners Association?

Jan 8, 2020 9:24:04 AM / by HOA Manager

There's often a lot of talk about the governing documents of a homeowners association, but what are they, why are they important, and what do they say?

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