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Reserve Funds, Assessment or Loan? How to Pay for Capital Improvements

Posted on Wednesday June 20, 2018

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

11 Questions to Evaluate Your HOA’s Maintenance Plan

Posted on Wednesday May 30, 2018

How thorough is your association’s preventative maintenance plan? It might be time for a check-up. Read on to learn the 11 questions you should ask to assess your HOA’s maintenance health.

HOA Maintenance, Capital Improvements and Useful Life: Are You Prepared?

Posted on Thursday May 17, 2018

Is your maintenance job turning into a capital improvement? Are you ready for a big capital improvement expenditure? Read on to get answers to your top questions about maintenance, capital improvements and useful life.

React, Outsource, or Prevent? Find Your Association’s Maintenance Style

Posted on Thursday April 26, 2018

Most management companies and boards tackle maintenance according to one of three 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?

From HOA Board Volunteer to Community Leader in Five Steps

Posted on Friday April 13, 2018

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

Mediation? Arbitration? Avoidance?! Best HOA Practices for Resolving Conflict

Posted on Tuesday March 20, 2018

How do you resolve community conflict, avoid costly and time-intensive litigation and maintain a great resident experience? Use these three methods of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to keep the peace.

Beyond Board 101: Five Topics HOA Members Should Know

Posted on Friday February 23, 2018

Did you know that your level of knowledge as an association board member can have a direct impact on your community’s property values? Learn how your education can help you excel at your role and enhance your community.

Six Do’s and Dont's for HOA Board Meeting Success

Posted on Friday January 26, 2018

When it comes to your community, everyone brings their own set of opinions and preferences to the table. By implementing these six do’s and don’ts, you can make vast improvements to your association board meetings.

HOA Board Blunders: 4 Mistakes to Avoid

Posted on Friday January 19, 2018

To set you and your association up for success, we’ve pulled together a list of four common board blunders and included some practical tips for avoiding them. If you can identify these early, you may save yourself (and your board) from a lot of frustration.

How to Future-Proof Your Association’s Finances

Posted on Friday December 08, 2017

Whether your HOA is an amenity-driven active adult community or an emerging single-family home community, future financial stability is always a top-of-mind concern. And while it may seem like your everyday operating budget is the ultimate priority, a well-funded reserve is the key to helping your community thrive well into the future.

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