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How to Communicate:
What Your Board Should Know and Do

Posted on Monday January 21, 2019

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

Posted on Friday December 07, 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 Ways to Cut Costs and Keep HOA Assessments Stable

Posted on Thursday September 27, 2018

There are often good reasons to raise assessments, but in some cases, you may be able to take a different route. Here are four strategies to help save your HOA money and keep assessments stable.

Reserve Funds: Six Tips to Improve Your HOA’s Returns

Posted on Friday August 24, 2018

Are you getting the best returns on your reserve funds? Most California board members aren’t sure. Here are six ways to improve your reserve fund returns and create 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? 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?

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