3 Reasons It's Crucial to Regularly Collect for Reserves in Your HOA

Nov 19, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Reserve funds are not an extra expense. They are part of the ongoing expenses of the homeowners association which occur at various points in time. The plan provided by your reserve fund specialist will help you in this process. It's much more preferable that homeowners associations have a plan to set the funds aside now, on a year-by-year basis. By doing this, the Association can spread out the collection of assessments for these expenses more evenly over the coming years. 

There are other important reasons that Association monies should be put into reserves every month:

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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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Is the Homeowners Association Responsible for Members' Security?

Nov 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Does providing security measures, such as cameras, security guards or security companies, make the association liable for security breaches that cause harm to others? Is there a price for your safety? Many homeowner’s associations hire private security patrol or contract with the city they live in.

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Tips for Creating an Appealing Homeowners Association Newsletter

Nov 6, 2019 9:38:12 AM / by HOA Manager

Making positive touch points in your homeowners association is an important job of HOA board members. It helps foster relationships with residents in the community so that if an issue arises – either positive or negative – they feel comfortable and confident that they can bring it to the attention of the Board.

There are many different ways to make these positive touch points. A newsletter, whether written or electronic, is a great way to communicate with each member of the Association.

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Tips to Discourage Burglars in Your Homeowners Association

Oct 31, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Do the residents in your homeowners association take actions to discourage burglars?

Sometimes the slightest door rattle or creek from the wind can put someone on edge. When it comes to home security, anxiousness is understandable because illegal home entries do happen from time to time. As a Board member in your homeowners association, you should make every effort to help residents learn how to maintain a secure environment in your community.

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5 Ways Residents Can Increase Their Home’s Value in the Association

Sep 24, 2019 9:24:00 AM / by HOA Manager

A house is one of the biggest purchases a person will ever make, and most want to keep their homes looking beautiful not only for themselves, but also to entice future buyers. It’s also a regulation in most homeowners associations. From time to time, it’s a good idea for an HOA board to encourage residents to invest in some home remodeling to add to its appeal. Of course, before making any major changes to the home, residents need to go through the proper channels such as the association architectural committee for approval and the city for the necessary permits to make sure they don’t run into any legal issues.

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Real Member Questions About How an HOA Board Uses the Reserve Fund

Sep 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Each and every homeowner’s association should have a reserve fund as part of its budget to plan and prepare for future repairs and maintenance, as well as unanticipated expenses and needs. HOA board members are responsible to make sure a reserve plan is in place for the Association, or at least ask the question about how the Board is planning for the reserves. If the Board is ignoring the reserves altogether, then it needs to actively seek out assistance to make this happen.

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Winterizing Checklist for Your Homeowners Association Members

Sep 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

It’s that time of year—you’ve exchanged your swimsuit from long days at the community Association pool for sweaters and scarves just in time to roll down your sleeves and prepare your home for cooler weather. As we watch the warm days fade into the sunset, consider adding the following items to your winterization checklist, and ensure your home is in tip-top shape for the fall and winter seasons in your homeowners association.

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How Your HOA Board Can Make the Annual Meeting Worth Attending

Sep 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Does your HOA board dread the annual meeting because it’s boring, no one shows up, and it seems completely and utterly pointless? If so, your Board is not alone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, the annual meeting in your homeowners association can actually be – dare we suggest – fun?!

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5 Procedures When Reviewing Homeowners Association Documents

Sep 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by HOA Manager

Have you lost your copy of the Association bylaws? Would you like to read minutes from past board meetings? Would you like to read a resolution for background information on a homeowners association policy?

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