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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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Can't Afford a Full-Time HOA Manager? Consulting Services Can Help

March 21, 2024 / by HOA Manager

Is your homeowners’ association facing challenges that seem insurmountable? If you’re managing a small HOA with limited financial resources, there's a solution. Every board of directors encounters similar obstacles and responsibilities, and seeking expert guidance can be the key to navigating them effectively. While larger HOAs might be able to afford a full-time HOA Manager, smaller ones can still benefit from consulting services to steer them in the right direction.

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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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The Importance of Keeping Up with New HOA Laws & How to Inform Members

December 28, 2023 / by HOA Manager

As the stewards of your community, HOA board members shoulder significant responsibilities. You're entrusted with making crucial decisions that affect the lives of homeowners and the overall well-being of your neighborhood. One of the most critical aspects of your role is staying informed about the ever-evolving landscape of homeowners association laws and regulations. In this blog, we'll explore the importance of staying updated on new HOA laws, provide valuable resources to help you do so, and explain how hiring an HOA management company can be a game-changer.

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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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The Key to Unlocking Financial Resilience in Your HOA

October 12, 2023 / by HOA Manager

Homeowner associations are at the heart of community well-being, orchestrating the collective rhythm of neighborhood life. Among the myriad responsibilities shouldered by HOA boards, navigating the financial maze emerges as a daunting challenge. Unpaid dues, insufficient budgeting, and unforeseen expenditures often conspire to unsettle the fiscal equilibrium of an HOA, echoing through the community in the form of compromised services and unmet obligations. However, HOA boards are not destined to traverse this intricate financial landscape unaided.

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