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  • Tips to Maintain Your Minnesota HOA Finances

    Maintaining the health of your Minnesota community homeowners association’s finances is similar to the way you keep yourself healthy: make good choices, don’t overindulge and exercise good judgement.
  • To Self-Manage or Not? How to Get the Best Property Management Service.

    Some self-managed associations believe they can't afford to hire a professional property management company to manage and maintain their community's operations, assets, finances, common areas and other day-to-day activities. However, as you'll learn in this article, a professional property management company is one thing many communities can't afford to be without.
  • What Does the Board Secretary Really Do?

    The Board Secretary is responsible for meeting the Association’s legal and financial obligations and maintaining the Association’s records. Depending on the Association’s requirements, some of the following tasks may need to be distributed to other Board Members or it might be necessary to appoint an assistant to the Secretary.
  • What's Your Association's Maintenance Style?

    Maintenance issues are something every Twin Cities community association deals with, whether it’s damage caused by a harsh Minnesota weather or regular upkeep, on average, maintenance can account for 25% or more of your association’s overall expenditures.
  • 6 Ways to Maximize Committees

    Community members join committees because they want to make a difference. That’s great, but sometimes, as they say, life gets in the way. Let’s not forget that committee members are all volunteers, which means it might take something a little extra to keep them motivated.
  • Nine Ways to Avoid HOA Board of Directors Conflict of Interest

    Having a fiduciary responsibility to your homeowners association means putting the interests of your community first. Even the perception of a HOA board conflicts of interest can put you and your association at risk. Learn the nine things you can do to recognize and avoid potential issues.
  • Understanding HOA Reserves and Reserve Studies for Homeowners Associations

    One of the most important responsibilities your HOA board of directors faces is effectively planning for major common-area repairs and replacements. Whether a costly expenditure is needed in a few years or 20 years from now, it’s the board’s fiduciary duty to make sure your homeowners association (HOA) has adequate funds when the time comes. That’s where HOA reserves come into play.
  • Avoid These 5 HOA Board Blunders

    To help you avoid the most common board blunders, we’ve identified four mistakes and some practical ways to avoid them. By preventing blunders, you can help steer your board in the right direction, which can ultimately help improve your overall community.
  • 7 Qualities of a Great Community Manager

    You probably know what a good community manager looks like. They work well with people and are familiar with the ins and outs of HOAs. But a great community manager is the foundation to a thriving community.
  • A Smooth HOA Management Transition Starts With Good Communication

    Most homeowners associations (HOAs) in Nevada are managed by a community management company. So hiring a new management company is a pretty common occurrence in our state.
  • Beyond Basics: 5 HOA Topics Board Members Should Know

    A well-informed and engaged HOA can help elevate your resident experience and improve property values. Learn what five HOA topics you should know to boost your association’s reputation now and in the future.
  • Cyber Security and Your HOA, Part One: How Residents Can Prevent Attacks

    Find out what steps residents can take to prevent a cyber attack by reading part one of our three-part series on cyber security.
  • Cyber Security and Your HOA, Part Three: Your 4-Step Action Plan

    Technology has come a long way over the past decade. Mobile devices now let you pay credit card bills, order takeout, make doctor’s appointments and store personal information in “the cloud” with the touch of a button or a tap on your phone. Nevada homeowners associations are utilizing the latest digital technologies in a big way.
  • Cyber Security and Your HOA, Part Two: The Board’s Role in Data Safety

    Be honest: As a board member for your homeowners association (HOA), how much do you think about cyber security? More and more, hackers are targeting small businesses – and remember, your HOA is a small business. In part two of this three-part series, we offer tips that your board should take to keep your community safe from hackers.
  • Drones and Your Association

    You’ve probably seen stories about drones in the news. Or, you might be the owner of a drone yourself. Either way, you know that these unmanned, remote-piloted flight vehicles have come under scrutiny because of safety and privacy concerns. Is there a way your HOA can manage the use of drones in your community?
  • Effective HOA Communication Tools: Why the Right Technology Matters

    Be honest: How good are your association’s HOA communication tools? Can residents and board members readily contact each other and your management company? Does your method of exchanging information ensure safety, privacy, and compliance with Nevada HOA laws?
  • Financial Statements 101 – the What, Why and How

    Your board took the time to create a solid budget your association can stick to. Now how do you regularly measure your success at doing so? Regularly generated financial statements are the best tool for keeping an eye on the fiscal fitness of your association.
  • React, Outsource, or Prevent? Find Your Association’s Maintenance Style

    How does your Nevada association handle maintenance? Discover your association's unique maintenance style.
  • 5 Tips for Managing Your HOA Parking Rules Nevada Boards Should Know

    As a Nevada community association, how do you address HOA parking violations? Here are five tips to help you manage your policy.
  • Four Elements of Great Community Landscaping

    Without a doubt, beautiful landscaping makes life in your community more enjoyable. But did you also know that it can play a crucial role in boosting your community’s reputation in the marketplace, and consequently enhancing property values?
  • HOA Reserve Funds: 6 Tips to Improve Your Returns

    Are you really getting the best returns on your reserve funds? Most Nevada board members aren’t sure. Learn six ways to improve your reserve fund returns.
  • Reserve Fund, Assessment or Loan: How to Pay for Capital Improvements

    Great capital improvements improve property values. Read on to see the three ways to pay for them and the pros and cons.
  • Maintenance, Capital Improvements, Useful Life: Is Your HOA Prepared?

    Is your maintenance job turning into a capital improvement? Is it possible to extend the “useful life” of a component? Learn more about maintenance, capital improvements and useful life.
  • How to Transform From Board Volunteer to Community Leader

    What steps do you need to take to go from volunteer to community leader? Start with these five tactics, which can make a big impact on how you fulfill your duties and affect how residents and other board members perceive you.
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