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Annual Meetings and Special Meetings: FAQs for Homeowners Associations and Shareholders

Posted on Tuesday October 06, 2015

Some may argue that HOAs are ran like businesses and in order to ensure the proper functioning, meetings are required to be held. From executive to regular and annual to special, these meetings are set to accomplish tasks that have an impact on the association. 

Maintenance Tips to Help Your Homeowners Association Prepare for Fall

Posted on Thursday October 01, 2015

Although it hardly feels like a season change in the Nevada desert, we will begin to experience some landscaping and amenity changes in our communities. From closing out the community pool and spa to increasing the landscape maintenance schedule for leaf debris and adjusting our clocks for Day Light Savings, our HOA members should be proactive in the handling of these items.

From Property Developer to HOA Leadership: The Importance of a Great Transition Team

Posted on Wednesday September 23, 2015

During the development period of a new community, there comes a time where the developer hands over the responsibilities of the HOA to the homeowners. We refer to this phase as the developer transition period. Depending on the association’s governing documents and Nevada law, the transition period generally happens once a certain percentage of homes have been conveyed to a buyer. This phase should be handled with care as it can have a big impact on the community and owners.

Board Meeting Basics for HOA Board Members

Posted on Friday September 11, 2015

Meetings involving people can get out-of-hand in a matter of minutes if there is no set agenda and/or guidance. In an HOA, board meetings are held frequently to discuss association matters and keep the membership in tune with the community. When you start to involve people of different personalities and backgrounds giving their two-cents on everything, meetings tend to get off topic and become unproductive. There are simple ways to avoid this.

Tips to Help Make Getting a Mortgage Easier

Posted on Wednesday September 09, 2015

Finding the home of your dreams can be very fulfilling. Being able to make the dream home become a reality can be challenging. First there is the hunt for the home, and then comes the financing. For those unable to front thousands of dollars to purchase a home in cash, obtaining financial support can be anything but easy.

How to Protect Your Home from a Wildfire - Landscaping and Prevention Tips

Posted on Thursday September 03, 2015

We see it on the news quite often, homes being destroyed by wildfires and families being displaced. Nevada is covered with wildfire risk zones, many of which have experienced a deadly fire at one time or another. The Nevada desert brings high temperatures and drought conditions that welcome these natural disasters with open arms. So how do you prepare?

Tips for Creating a Timely and Informative Community Newsletter

Posted on Monday August 17, 2015

Effective communication is highly demanded when it comes to homeowners associations. Whether you are a board member or resident of your community, communication is necessary to keep everyone aware of the happenings of the HOA. There are various means of communication that associations use, including newsletters, eblasts, phone and text messages, websites, blogs, social media, and other mass-communication tools.

Is High-Rise Condominium Living the Right Choice for You?

Posted on Tuesday July 28, 2015

We see them rising from the ground up in the downtown Las Vegas and Reno areas more and more frequently now. With the limits on land release, some developers are building up instead of out. These high-rise buildings are creating a metropolis type of feel for our valleys and offering luxurious amenities. But do these amenities speak louder to you than a private yard, air space and garage?

What are HOA Fees? And What Does Your HOA Fee Cover?

Posted on Thursday July 09, 2015

You receive a statement and you pay it, sometimes without evening knowing what you are paying for. When it comes to HOA assessments, there are a lot of actual and anticipated costs that make up the amount set by the board and the association’s budget. So what are these costs?

How to Save on Summer Energy Costs

Posted on Thursday July 02, 2015

When most people think about summer in Nevada, they automatically associate it with high energy bills. Well summer is upon us and the realities of receiving those high energy bills are inevitable but what can you do differently to cut those costs?

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