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How to Communicate so HOA and Condo Residents Listen

Posted on Wednesday October 10, 2018

Are residents in your community always aware of upcoming events, construction projects and board meetings? Do they understand their responsibilities and the policies they need to comply with?

How to Protect Your HOA From a Cyberattack

Posted on Thursday August 30, 2018

You may not think that your homeowners association (HOA) is likely to be targeted by a computer hacker. After all, we usually hear about data breaches affecting large organizations, like the 2018 breach at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, that affected more than 60,000 people.

5 Ways to Make Sensible HOA Policies

Posted on Monday July 30, 2018

Rules and policies are a necessary part of life in a homeowners’ association (HOA). They help maintain order and keep the community attractive and strong. But if those rules go too far, aren’t enforced or are enforced inconsistently, they can wreak havoc on the association and create animosity among residents.
 

3 Insurance Facts Every HOA Board Should Know

Posted on Tuesday July 17, 2018

One of your main responsibilities as a board member is protecting the interests of your homeowners association (HOA). Getting the right insurance to cover your community’s needs at the best possible price is an important part of this fiduciary duty.

4 Tips to Improve How Your Board Communicates the HOA Budget

Posted on Friday June 29, 2018

Developing the annual budget for your homeowners association (HOA) is one of your board’s most important jobs. It requires hard work and often means making difficult decisions about spending. At times, homeowners may question some of those decisions or even vehemently disagree with them.
 

3 Ways Your HOA or Condo Association Can Fund Capital Improvements

Posted on Tuesday May 15, 2018

Sooner or later, every homeowners association (HOA) or condominium association has to invest in capital improvements. Whether that means installing a new heating and cooling system in your high-rise building, replacing the roof on your clubhouse or upgrading the equipment in your fitness center, you can’t overlook these long-term, big-ticket items. But what’s the best way for your association to pay for them?
 

Managing Your HOA’s Maintenance and Improvement Projects

Posted on Friday April 27, 2018

Keeping your property maintained and making needed improvements are important aspects of your homeowners association’s financial health. To manage these crucial responsibilities effectively, you need to stay on top of day-to-day projects, as well as create and adhere to a long-range plan. What does it take to make those goals a reality?
 

Five Steps to Running More Effective HOA Board Meetings

Posted on Wednesday April 11, 2018

One of the most challenging aspects of being on the board of your homeowners association (HOA) can be running board meetings. It’s not always easy to keep everyone tuned into the business at hand. In addition, you have to manage the inevitable disagreements among board members. How do you keep these meetings running smoothly?

Tips For Generating Community Engagement In Your Condominium

Posted on Thursday March 15, 2018

What makes a community a great place to live? A lot goes into it, but it’s no secret that often depends on community engagement.

The Six Secrets to Building Your HOA’s Volunteer Pool

Posted on Thursday February 15, 2018

Whether you’re on the board of a single-family homeowners association (HOA) or a high-rise condo association, your community depends on volunteers to operate successfully. However, finding residents who are willing to be on your board of directors, join a committee or help at an event can be challenging.

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