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Five Easy Ways to Market Your Association

Has your HOA foreclosed on a home and needs to sell it? Do you have a handful of vacant homes adding security risks or simply eyesores in your community? Effectively marketing your community as a whole can assist with marketing the individually listed properties.

Posted on Wednesday December 03, 2014 read more

Four Secrets to Great Communication in your Association

Communication is critical when it comes to the proper operation of any business, including your homeowners association. The Board of Directors, community manager, management team, vendors and residents are all important components of effective communication for your HOA.

Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2014 read more

Four Ways to Assign Holiday Decoration Compliance Policies - Without Being a Scrooge

The holidays are right around the corner and your neighbors down the block will be lighting up their home like the Fourth of July. Where do your documents stand when it comes to enforcing holiday decorations?

Posted on Monday November 24, 2014 read more

How to Prepare for an Earthquake and Its Aftermath in Nevada

We always hear about earthquakes hitting California and other areas of the country, but Nevada? Will you be prepared if and when a strong earthquake should shake the valley?

Posted on Tuesday November 11, 2014 read more

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Rental Restrictions

Ever hear the statement that renters negatively impact an association and home values? Have you done your research? How does your HOA handle renters?

Posted on Monday November 10, 2014 read more

11 Do’s and Don'ts of Rule Making

Enforcing the governing documents of an association can be challenging when you have residents that are unaware or do not care. Setting rules that are reasonable for both the association and its ownership can be more effective in the operations of an HOA.

Posted on Friday November 07, 2014 read more

15 Things You’ll Want to Do Before Selecting an Insurance Agent

Having an insurance policy is not only a best practice but a requirement for homeowner associations. Having the proper insurance coverage with the right insurance agent is a whole other thing.

Posted on Thursday November 06, 2014 read more

Six Things You’ll Discover When You Hire a Community Management Company

Some associations turn their cheek to hiring a professional community management company as they believe it will be too costly or a waste of their time. You may be surprised to see the value added to your community as well as the cost savings that may exist.

Posted on Monday November 03, 2014 read more

10 Steps to Plan a Successful Community Event

Throwing an event for an entire community should be straightforward, right? But then you start to look at the logistics and how to fit x number of people in x amount of space and how to feed and entertain them.   How can you simplify the process and ensure success? 

Posted on Thursday October 23, 2014 read more

Five Winter Organization Tips

As our normal three-digit temperatures are dwindling down towards the chilly degrees, we are reminded that winter is right around the corner. With the usual hustle of the holidays, de-cluttering of your closets may likely fall short on your priority list. However, with these five organization tips, you won't need to fret.

Posted on Tuesday October 21, 2014 read more

Four Ways Active Adult Communities Are Changing

Some question the title and meaning of “Active Adult Community,” as they associate it with golfing and a game of pickle ball. However, you'd be surprised to see that it incorporates lifestyle and so much more.

Posted on Monday October 20, 2014 read more

Eight Jobs You’ll Master as Board President

Each role on the Board of Directors is critical to the proper functioning of an association. Even though the position as president may sound very demanding, the skills you gain from the experience can be extremely valuable in your everyday life. 

Posted on Friday October 17, 2014 read more

Six Organization Tips for Your Association’s Paperwork

There is a lot of paperwork and email communication associated with HOA management. Board members are sent multiple documents pertaining to their community on a weekly basis from various sources. Some of these documents are important while others, maybe not so much. But how do you decipher?

Posted on Friday September 26, 2014 read more

Four Ways to Maintain Your HOA’s Financial Fitness

Each year around this time, board members begin reviewing their association’s financials and reserve study closely to draft a budget for the upcoming year. Some seem to dread this time of year as they fear the possible increase in assessments and/or the tedious hours put into this draft. This does not need to be the case.

Posted on Friday September 19, 2014 read more

What Makes Community Association Management a Great Career?

Career path choices come from various sources in your life. Some careers just fall into place while some originate after a lot of effort and time. Community association management is a service industry with a specialized purpose.  This purpose can be very rewarding to those that choose it as a career.

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014 read more

Monster Meetings - Stick to the Rules to Control Meetings

Not all association board meetings run the same. Some homeowners even avoid running for the board out of fear of contention on important association matters with the other members. Whether you meet monthly or quarterly, it is very important to keep the meetings functional.

Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014 read more

Four Tips for Establishing Board Member Succession in Your Community

Succession is vital for the longevity of successful community association boards. Each homeowner has a vested interest in their community, even if it is just for the sake of the value of their home. Homeowners that choose to volunteer for the association Board of Directors see an even bigger picture.

Posted on Monday September 08, 2014 read more

Selling Your Home: Preparation Tips to Add Appeal and Value

As home values are increasing throughout the valley, you may find it to be the opportune time to place your home up for sale. Preparing your home for interested buyers can be a daunting task. You are not sure if the red paint in the kitchen is going to appeal to these buyers or if they will like the bedroom conversion choice you made to your home office.

Posted on Friday September 05, 2014 read more

Increasing HOA Volunteerism by Effectively Engaging Homeowners

Depending on your association’s governing documents, there may be a requirement for a certain number of directors and officers to serve on the board. At times, community associations find it difficult to recruit these members or keep them -- or both.  Do you know how to increase engagement in your community? 

Posted on Wednesday September 03, 2014 read more

Six Ways to Maximize Committees

All community associations have a board of directors and some also have committees to focus on various aspects of HOA operations. For instance, your community might have a social committee, compliance committee, architectural committee, and even a financial committee.  But are they as effective as they could be?  

Posted on Wednesday August 20, 2014 read more
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