Are Residents Happy in Your Homeowners Association?

Sep 9, 2020 4:37:12 PM / by HOA Manager

If you live in a Common Interest Development, you may not realize that you are among the 73.9 million Americans who live in a property owners or homeowners association, including condominium communities.

You may think that most residents are happy living in your community, and hopefully, that is the case, but how do these 70 million residents feel about their own associations? 

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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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The Role of the Covenants Enforcement Officers in a Homeowners Association

Jul 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

The staff or volunteers you may see occasionally walking around the community with clipboards or tablets are the homeowners association’s covenants enforcement officers. They’re inspecting the property to ensure that everything is working properly, that conditions are safe, and that nothing is reducing property values or the quality of life in your community.

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Can a Homeowners Association Keep You From Flying the American Flag?

Jul 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM / by HOA Manager

On Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day and other patriotic holidays, many Americans show respect for their country by raising the star spangled banner or displaying it in some way on their home or in their yard. But can your homeowners association keep you from showing your patriotism and restrict you from displaying the American Flag?

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Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association

Jun 30, 2020 4:28:03 PM / by HOA Manager

Celebrating the 4th of July might look different this year. If you were planning on traveling to visit friends and family, taking a vacation, or hosting you're annual block party plans may have been canceled. But that doesn't mean you can't stick close to home and still barbecue, set up some water play for the kids, and re-imagine fun activities instead of fireworks in your homeowners association - all why practicing safe social distancing of course! If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of the following information.

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How Does Your HOA Board Navigate Owner Requests for Service Animals?

May 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Your homeowners association may have a strict pet policy. Maybe it’s “no pets under any circumstance” or “no dogs over 50 pounds” or bans certain breeds of dogs or limits the total number of pets allowed in each unit. How does your HOA board navigate the situation when an owner requests to have a service dog or some other type of animal?

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Outside Safety Tips for Kids at Play in Your Homeowners Association

May 11, 2020 2:19:32 PM / by HOA Manager

Longer days and warmer weather means that many of the youngest residents in the HOA have more  freedom to play outside to their heart’s content (or at least until mom or dad call them back inside)! While homeowners associations encourage kids to enjoy being outside they also want everyone to stay safe. Your HOA board can do just that by helping members follow the tips below.

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What’s the Clubhouse Access Policy for Your Homeowners Association?

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

badge_ID graphicThe clubhouse/recreation center is the “crown jewel” of your homeowners association, offering a common area where members can get to know one another, socialize, and entertain their guests. In order to make the clubhouse safe and enjoyable for all who use it, you need a clear access policy—and that means homeowner’s must have their association ID to access the facility.

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What Does Safety in a Homeowners Association Look Like?

Nov 17, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

When you think of staying safe in your neighborhood, what comes to mind? You probably lock your doors at night, keep a porch light on, communicate with neighbors if something or someone seems suspicious, maybe even have a guard dog to alert you of anything out of the ordinary. Generally, safety in a neighborhood means lighted streets, low crime, kids at play signs, a neighborhood watch, or even a security patrol. Safety in a homeowners association neighborhood isn’t all that different, but with recent budget cuts to public safety departments and less enforcement, proactive safety is crucial.

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4 Tips for Celebrating the Holidays in Your Homeowners Association

Nov 15, 2019 9:52:43 AM / by HOA Manager

During the holiday season many homeowners association members plan festivities with friends and loved ones. With all of the merriment that’s sure to ensue, it’s important that the HOA board reminds residents who are hosting celebrations to not only be considerate of their neighbors, but also take note of the Association’s rules.

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