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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.

2018 California Legislative Update: Is Your HOA Prepared?

Posted on Friday December 08, 2017

Starting January 1, a number of new California laws will go into effect, which may have a major impact on your HOA. As a board member, it’s important to stay updated on the latest legislation by consulting with your association attorney and community management company.

Preventing Cyber Attacks, Part 3: Your HOA’s 4-Step Digital Defense Plan

Posted on Friday October 27, 2017

Without a doubt, digital technology has made our everyday tasks easier and more convenient than ever. Mobile phones and tablets allow you to pay monthly bills, upload family photos and store important documents in “the cloud” with just a few taps and swipes. Homeowners associations are taking advantage of this pervasive technology in droves, using property management software to expedite resident transactions, sign documents with electronic signatures, and perform tasks more efficiently.

Preventing Cyber Attacks, Part 2: How The Board Can Protect HOA Data

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

Cyber security is not something that your homeowners association (HOA) can afford to take lightly. A constant flood of cyber attacks hits businesses, governments and individuals every day, and many of them have affected Californians.

Preventing Cyber Attacks, Part 1: How Residents Can Protect Your HOA

Posted on Thursday September 07, 2017

Ignorance is not bliss, especially when it means potentially leaving your homeowners association (HOA) at risk of a cyber attack. And that’s exactly what you’re doing if you don’t recognize that your HOA is as much of a target as any other small business.

Formalize These Four Policies in Your High-Rise Association Right Now

Posted on Tuesday January 31, 2017

Living in a high-rise is unlike any other experience. The amenities, concierge-level services and proximity to cultural and entertainment options can be particularly appealing. Vertical communities can face challenges related to the close quarters of residents. Here are some policies to consider to create a more harmonious environment for all.

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