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Don’t Be the HOA Bad Guy: 4 Proven Policy Enforcement Tips

Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2018

Enforcing HOA policies is nobody’s cup of tea, but having good policy enforcement in place helps improve the resident experience and elevates your reputation. Follow these 4 principles for healthy policy enforcement:
 

Before Creating a New HOA Policy, Ask These 5 Questions

Posted on Tuesday November 20, 2018

Great policies can help your association run smoothly, enhance the resident experience and improve your reputation. Here are five questions to ask before creating a new HOA policy.

4 Cost-Saving Strategies to Keep HOA Assessments Stable

Posted on Friday September 28, 2018

There are often valid reasons to raise assessments, but in some cases, you may want to take a different route. Here are four cost-saving strategies.

Reserve Funds: 6 Ways to Improve Returns

Posted on Friday August 24, 2018

Are you getting the best returns on your reserve funds? Most Arizona board members aren’t sure. Find out six ways to improve your association’s reserve fund returns, like creating an HOA investment policy.

2018 HOA Budget Survey Results

Posted on Thursday July 12, 2018

In our nationwide survey, board members across the country weighed in about their approach to budget planning and reserve funds, and the results are in. You gave us some great insights into what matters most to board members.

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.

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