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Reserve Funds, Assessment or Loan: 3 Ways to Pay for Capital Improvements

Posted on Wednesday June 20, 2018

Great capital improvements lead to better property values. Read on to see the three ways to pay for them and the pros and cons for each.

11 Maintenance Questions to Ask Your HOA Management Company

Posted on Wednesday May 30, 2018

Is your association’s maintenance plan in need of a check-up? Read on to learn the 11 questions you should ask to assess your HOA’s maintenance health.

Maintenance, Capital Improvements, Useful Life: Is Your HOA Prepared?

Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018

Not sure which components you should fix and which you should replace entirely? You’re not alone. Get the answers to some of your top questions about maintenance, capital improvements, and useful life.

React, Outsource, or Prevent? What’s Your HOA’s Maintenance Style?

Posted on Thursday April 26, 2018

Most associations adhere to one of three maintenance management styles. They either react on a problem-to-problem basis, rely on third parties or have a solid preventative maintenance plan. What’s your HOA’s style?

Five Tactics to Transform from HOA Board Member to Community Leader

Posted on Friday April 13, 2018

What steps do you need to take to go from volunteer to community leader? Start with these five tactics, which can make a big impact on how you fulfill your duties and affect how residents and other board members perceive you.

Avoiding Community Conflict: Best HOA Practices for Dispute Resolution

Posted on Tuesday March 20, 2018

How do you prevent conflict, avoid costly litigation and maintain a great resident experience in your community? Start by adopting these best practices for dispute resolution.

Beyond HOA Board Orientation: Five Subjects to Master

Posted on Wednesday February 14, 2018

Better resident experiences, improved reputation and even enhanced property values are possible through continued learning. Knowledge is power, and that’s especially the case when it comes to being a successful association board member. Learn how your continued education can pay dividends for your association.

Be a Better Board: 6 Tips for Improving Meeting Dynamics

Posted on Friday January 26, 2018

Having a diverse group of opinions and perspectives on your HOA board can be a great thing, but it can also lead to challenges because of conflicting personalities. To set you and your association up for success, here are 6 tips to improve board meeting dynamics.

How to Prevent HOA Board Blunders

Posted on Friday January 19, 2018

We’ve highlighted four common board blunders and included some practical tips for avoiding them. It’s important to identify these potential blunders early to save yourself and your board time and frustration.
 

Navigating HOA On-Site Parking Policies: Best Practices

Posted on Sunday November 12, 2017

Because on-site parking draws out strong opinions from both residents and board members, it’s imperative that associations be educated about on-site parking and understand what they can and cannot do, especially in regard to resident demands. With such a broad stretch of opinions, how do you approach on-street parking policy as an HOA member? 

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