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10 Steps to Create a Memorable HOA Event

You’re planning an event for your homeowner (HOA) or community association. Congratulations! After the initial excitement comes the realization it’s time to start planning the event. These simple steps will help you achieve success, bring the community together and differentiate your community.

Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016 read more

Are You Handling Maintenance as Well as You Could Be?

Maintenance can account for an average of 25% or more of your overall HOA expenditures. This includes landscaping, common area, and building components upkeep that you pay for on a regular basis as well as those surprise projects that sneak up on you. Most boards approach maintenance programs in one of three ways. Take a look at the different types below and see which one applies to you.

Posted on Wednesday July 13, 2016 read more

How Well Does Your Community Management Company Communicate?

How well does your community management company communicate? The answer to this question is at the heart of client satisfaction. A good community management company will engage you using a variety of tools and communication channels. Here are some ways your property management company should be connecting with you.

Posted on Wednesday June 29, 2016 read more

Selecting Your Reserve Study Firm: Seven Essential Steps

Your reserve study gives you the power to maintain the quality of your community by allowing for projects that are both necessary and potentially expensive. Establishing this fund can get a little complex. But you don’t have to be a fortune teller to read the future of your association. You simply need a good reserve study firm to help. Here’s how you can find one.

Posted on Friday June 17, 2016 read more

11 Steps to Stronger HOA Finances

So what’s the most important aspect of your community? Is it aesthetics? Sense of belonging? Neighbors knowing neighbors? Desirability to home buyers? All of those things matter but you won’t achieve too many of them if your community isn’t financially sound. Here are 11 tips on ways to keep your community on firm financial footing.

Posted on Wednesday June 08, 2016 read more

Strength Through Engagement: Three Ways Homeowners Can Get Involved

A common trait among all successful homeowners associations is owner engagement. Membership in an association offers an opportunity to work with fellow homeowners to protect property values and enhance quality of life. Achieving these goals takes involvement. Here are some ways you can participate.

Posted on Thursday June 02, 2016 read more

Six Positive Trends for California HOA Board Members

As a board member, you can measure your success in a lot of different ways. The projects you’ve completed, the financials you’ve strengthened, the long-term plans you’ve put in place – all of these are clear indicators that you’ve done your job, and you’ve done it well. But how do you know how your residents feel? Take a look at the highlights from the 2016 survey conducted by the Foundation for Community Association Research.

Posted on Wednesday June 01, 2016 read more

Association Management 101: Best Practices for Board Members

If you are an HOA or community association board member, the task in front of you might seem a little overwhelming.  Consider the following 10 helpful hints for new and current board members to help make your term fruitful, rewarding and, most of all, effective. Use these tips to become a trusted, reliable member of your community.

Posted on Tuesday May 24, 2016 read more

HOA Annual Meetings and Special Meetings FAQs

Meetings serve an important oversight function in developing and maintaining well-run homeowners associations. Confusion can occur in why meetings are called, the types of meetings and the requirements. Read our annual and special meetings FAQs for more details.

Posted on Thursday May 19, 2016 read more

The Art of Amenity Planning Drives Differentiation in Competitive Markets

There is little doubt the amenities offered in a community can play a significant role in a homebuyer’s decision. However, the old adage of “build it and they will come” doesn’t necessarily apply. In fact, strategic planning of the right amenities is crucial. Read on for details.

Posted on Tuesday May 17, 2016 read more

Want to Start a Neighborhood Watch? Consider this.

Is your building or community considering establishing a Neighborhood Watch program? These crime watch programs – joint efforts between homeowners and local police departments – are gaining traction in many communities by helping to deter unusual or criminal behavior. Here are some tips to consider.

Posted on Monday May 16, 2016 read more

Top Qualities of an Effective HOA or Community Association Committee Member

Have you ever considered joining an HOA, condo, cooperative or community association committee?  If so, you may want to delve deeper into the possibilities – after all, being part of a committee can be a valuable experience in many ways.  Here are some tips on being an effective committee member.

Posted on Friday May 13, 2016 read more

Tips for Keeping Homeowners Engaged in Your Community Association

Regardless of the size of your community, or where it’s located, there is always one thing that every community association board and committee needs: resident volunteers. However, volunteers are often a scarce resource. Here are some tips to combat apathy.

Posted on Wednesday May 11, 2016 read more

Resolving Community Conflict: Internal Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration

Conflict is a fact of life and one homeowner associations must navigate. How the association and members deal with issues that arise is important. In most cases, solutions can be found before it escalates. This articles discusses Internal Dispute Resolution, Mediation and Arbitration.

Posted on Tuesday May 03, 2016 read more

How HOA Leaders Create Happy Communities

Association leadership plays an important role in creating harmonious communities. This applies to board members and community management professionals to work in partnership. Here are seven steps to a happy community.

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016 read more

How to Enjoy HOA Living

Living in a homeowners association has many benefits. But what about all those rules? Yes, they might seem restrictive at first glance but they protect your interests, investment, and quality of life. Read this article on HOA living for more information.

Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016 read more

Five Ways to Enhance Your Community Association’s Brand

Have you ever thought about your community association’s brand and the effect it has on your investment? It’s important and can have a significant impact on attracting new owners and property values. Here are some best practices to help your community stand out.

Posted on Thursday April 14, 2016 read more

11 Do’s and Don'ts of HOA Board Rule Making

They say that good fences make good neighbors. HOA Rules can work the same way – putting the right parameters in place can help keep everyone happy. Here are some tips to help you create effective rules.

Posted on Thursday April 07, 2016 read more

Five Qualities of an HOA Treasurer

The HOA board members of your community association serve many important leadership functions. This article will discuss the role of treasurer and the impact they have on the health and future growth of your community.

Posted on Thursday March 31, 2016 read more

Eight Ways the Best Community Association Management Companies Can Help You

Being part of a Homeowners Association is rewarding – yet it can also be challenging at times. Board members are often tasked with difficult duties ranging from proper financial stewardship to navigating community conflicts, and much more.

Posted on Wednesday March 30, 2016 read more
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