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What to Consider When Filling an HOA Board Vacancy

Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Sometimes, an unforeseen event will occur and your homeowners’ association will be left with a vacant seat on the board. Depending on the number of seats on your board, you may or may not need to fill that position immediately. Also, you will need to refer to your association’s governing documents for the proper protocol in filling that seat. What would the term limit of the new board member be? Do you need to notify your association’s membership about the vacancy and go through the entire election process again? Will you need to wait until the next annual election? Is your board ready and capable to fill this vacancy? We can help!

How Your HOA Can Make Your Community Pet Friendly

Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Do you have a lot of pet owners in your community? Does your community offer areas for these pets to play or walk on leashes? We’ve seen a growing trend in pet owners, and because of that, a growing demand in more pet friendly homeowners’ associations. There are a lot of benefits to owning a pet. As far as communities go, pets serve as a great way to get your residents to socialize with each other – and by providing a pet friendly community, you enhance the living for not only your residents, but their furry little friends too.

Community Management 101: Top Tips for Board Members

Posted on Monday April 25, 2016

Being a board member for your community or homeowners’ association is a big responsibility and can seem a little daunting. Not only are you responsible for your residents, but you want to leave your community in a better position by the end of your term – after all, that’s one of the main reasons for becoming an HOA board member.

The Seven Most Essential Financial Best Practices for Your HOA

Posted on Wednesday April 20, 2016

One of the most important cornerstones of your community is your homeowner association’s financial stability. Without a strong focus on finances, your association will not be able to keep your community looking aesthetically pleasing and the amenities up-to-date.

How to Create the Right Board Member Dynamics for Your HOA

Posted on Monday April 18, 2016

Strength can derive from diversity. That especially applies when it comes to an HOA board of directors. Having multiple points of view can lead to problem solving and dynamic thinking, but it can also lead to clashing personalities.

Engaged Homeowners, Stronger Communities – Three Ways to Get Involved

Posted on Tuesday April 05, 2016

Communities with active resident involvement tend to have a more enhanced living experience. The best way to make sure your community is the place you and your residents want to call home is by becoming an involved and active member of your homeowners’ association. Owners have the ability to be involved by attending meetings, joining a committee, or becoming a board member.

Community Conflict Resolution: Mediation and Arbitration

Posted on Tuesday March 29, 2016

In an ideal world, all parties in a homeowners’ association, community association, or other residential deed-restricted community would always agree and cooperate. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case – part of life is dealing with the conflicts and disputes that arise when working as a group. In most cases, people are able to resolve disputes in an amicable way through frank and honest conversations or compromise. But, there are times that a more formal process of handling the dispute is necessary for the group to come to a consensus. That is where mediation and arbitration come in.

Want to Start a Neighborhood Watch Program? Here are Some Important Considerations

Posted on Wednesday March 23, 2016

To boost awareness, communication and safety, many communities start a Neighborhood Watch Program. These programs are headed up by residents in a joint effort with local law enforcement. If you are considering starting a Neighborhood Watch program for your community, there are some important factors to consider.

Top Qualities of an Effective HOA or Community Association Committee Member

Posted on Friday March 18, 2016

Being a part of a committee for your homeowners’ association can be valuable in many ways. If you have ever considered, or are considering becoming an HOA, condo, or community association committee member then you are on the right path to leadership. Volunteering your time to serve on your HOA’s committee is a great way to learn about what is affecting your community, gain governance experience, and connect with your neighbors on a new and deeper level. Committees are also a great way to transition into a leadership role on your homeowners association’s board of directors. There are some top qualities of effective committee members. Do you have what it takes to serve on an HOA committee?

How the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Impacts HOA Assessments

Posted on Friday March 11, 2016

If you are a board member for your community or homeowners’ association, one of your many responsibilities is determining a fair and appropriate amount for your association’s assessments based off of the budget, reserve study and other factors. Chances are, your community’s governing documents require an increase in assessments to be tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) – a solution that standardizes the process and ensures fairness, but can also be confusing to many.

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