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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.

Tips for Eco-Friendly High-Rise Living

Posted on Tuesday January 24, 2017

Eco friendly high-rise initiatives are not only good for the environment, but can be green for your association budget. How does close to $50,000 in annual savings sound? Here are suggestions you can implement for little to no cost.

Making Your HOA Community More Pet Friendly

Posted on Tuesday December 13, 2016

Amenities play a large role in differentiating your community, enhancing its brand, and drawing in potential buyers. Pet amenities have risen in popularity and range from simple touches such as having dog-friendly treats like biscuits and bowls of water available in the main office, to providing on-site pet services such as grooming. Here are five suggestions for making your community more pet friendly.

The Four Fundamentals of Effective Community Landscaping

Posted on Tuesday November 29, 2016

Landscaping makes an immediate statement about the brand of your community. The right landscaping can set your community apart from others and enhance property values. Here our four landscaping considerations.

Avoiding the Four Most Common Mistakes HOA Board Members Make

Posted on Monday November 21, 2016

As a board member you invest your time, talent and passion to make decisions for the betterment of your community. While we all strive for perfection in our roles, mistakes are bound to happen. A good community association management company works closely with thousands of board members and has seen it all. Here are four common mistakes and suggestions on avoiding them.

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