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HOA Swimming Pool Safety Tips

Posted on Tuesday August 09, 2016

Summertime is swim time, and for the most part, it’s a full immersion into carefree fun. But without the right swimming pool safety practices, your residents could be at risk. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

More California Homebuyers Look for Community Amenities and Lifestyle Programs

Posted on Tuesday August 02, 2016

Homebuyers are motivated to buy a new home and move to a new community for a wide variety of reasons – perhaps a desire to downsize, upsize, relocate closer to family and friends, or enhance their quality of life.  But while those factors will always be important, there are two additional considerations many people find compelling – community amenities and programs for lifestyle communities. Read on for more details.

10 Steps to Create a Memorable HOA Event

Posted on Thursday July 21, 2016

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.

Are You Handling Maintenance as Well as You Could Be?

Posted on Tuesday July 12, 2016

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.

How Well Does Your Community Management Company Communicate?

Posted on Tuesday June 28, 2016

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.

Selecting Your Reserve Study Firm: Seven Essential Steps

Posted on Thursday June 16, 2016

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.

11 Steps to Stronger HOA Finances

Posted on Tuesday June 07, 2016

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.

Strength Through Engagement: Three Ways Homeowners Can Get Involved

Posted on Wednesday June 01, 2016

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.

Six Positive Trends for California HOA Board Members

Posted on Tuesday May 31, 2016

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.

Association Management 101: Best Practices for Board Members

Posted on Monday May 23, 2016

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.

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