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  • Six Essential Tips for New HOA Board Members

    Congratulations are in order – you’ve just been elected to the board. So now the big question: What’s next? “The great thing about associations that are helmed by owners is that they have a vested interest in doing right by their community,” said Kirk Kowieski, CMCA, AMS, vice president of FirstService Residential. “But that also comes with challenges...many board members find themselves in this kind of position for the first time, so there’s a little bit of a learning curve.” Fortunately, FirstService Residential is here to help. Follow these new board member basics and you’ll soon be governing like a pro.
  • Six Stats That Should Make Homeowner Association Board Members Proud

    As a board member, you can measure your success in a lot of different ways. The projects you’ve completed, the financials you’ve strengthened, the long-term plans you’ve put in place – all of these are clear indicators that you’ve done your job, and you’ve done it well.
  • 10 Quick Ways to Transform Difficult Board Members into Positive Forces

    The great thing about community association boards is the variety of people who volunteer their time to serve the association. They bring with them different perspectives, divergent attitudes, and refreshing points of view.
  • The Do's and Don’ts of Community Association Warranties

    When your homeowners association took control of your community from the developer, a lot of paperwork came with that. Some of the paperwork undoubtedly included a number of warranties. Since then, you have probably collected warranties for a range of products and services your association has purchased. But be honest: How familiar are you with them?
  • Make Sure You Have These Five People at Your Board Meetings

    It takes a lot to build a great community: you need committed residents, a dedicated board of directors and a clear understanding of everybody’s roles and responsibilities. This understanding will make the board more effective and cohesive, leading to a more enjoyable community with greater resident satisfaction.
  • Three Tips to Get Your HOA’s Drone Rules Off the Ground

    Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane… no, it’s a drone! And it could cause a potential conflict in your homeowner’s association (HOA). While some HOAs and property management companies use the drones as a tool to conduct property inspections, these unmanned, remote-piloted flying vehicles raise important questions on safety and privacy, especially for those devices equipped with cameras and imaging technology. So what’s the role of your community association management company when it comes to drones? Let’s take a look.
  • Tips for Creating a Timely and Informative Community Newsletter

    Congratulations! You’ve been elected to the Board of your community association. You and your fellow members have some exciting ideas about ways to improve your community. And part of that is keeping your residents informed. It should be easy for you to write and distribute a newsletter, right?
  • How to Get the Board Member Training You Need to Be a Successful Community Leader

    To be an effective board member you need the right training. Learn how to get the training you need to successfully govern your community association.
  • What do HOA Board Members Really Want? 7 Top Service Issues

    Whether you're on the board of a high-rise or community association. you want to hire a property management company that will provide the best service for their community. What does that really mean?
  • What to Consider Through an HOA Board Directors Appointment

    You've gone from a fully functioning homeowners association (HOA) board to a leadership group with a gaping vacancy. This hampers productivity, causes confusion, and at its worst, may create worry amongst your association members. But not to fret. HOA Board turnover happens. And if managed correctly, you can fill the opening and get back to business in short order. Below are some tips to help you through the process of filling an HOA Board vacancy.
  • What You Need to Know about HOA CC&Rs

    As part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), you’ve probably heard the phrase “CC&Rs” tossed around quite a bit. For a lot of us, the term is just a cluster of letters with no concrete meaning. But the truth is that CC&Rs can have a real impact on how you live. Let’s take a look at CC&Rs – what they mean, why they matter, and how they affect you.
  • Why Your Condo or High-Rise Needs a Great Front Desk Team

    Your front desk staff is the “face” of your building – the first point of contact for homeowners and guests. As a result, each members plays a crucial role in creating your building’s image, as well as shaping the perceptions and experiences of everyone who enters. Consequently, when a resident or visitor walks through the front door – whether it’s their first time or hundredth – the reception and greeting they receive and the way they are treated can significantly impact their entire experience.
  • 11 Things About Community Association Management Every Board Should Know

    Choosing the right community association management company is one of the most important decisions a board will make. Know what you should expect from a qualified service provider!
  • 15 Things You’ll Want to Do Before Selecting an Insurance Agent

    Insurance is one of the most important line items on your association's budget, but it is oftentimes the most expensive. Do you know how to select the right agent?
  • 5 Steps to Good Board Succession Planning

    In your community association, it's important to identify people who have leadership potential and train them for the eventuality of being in charge.
  • 6 Tips for Your Property Management Paperwork

    Maintaining good records is critical to the most important functions of your community association. Following a good organizational system will streamline your operations and increase efficiency.
  • 8 Skills You'll Master as a Board President

    You've been elected as the President of the Board for your community association. You're signing up for a very important job! Here are some necessary skills!
  • 9 Guidelines for a Successful Community Association

    Volunteering on the board of a community association is not for the faint of heart and can be a full-time job! Communities come in different shapes and sizes, but serving on a board of directors is similar across the board.
  • What to Know About an HOA Emergency Board Meeting During Trying Times

    It's hurricane season again. As soon as June 1st rolls around, we are assaulted with hurricane preparedness pamphlets and emergency information at every turn.
  • Can You Go After HOA Owners for Their Guests’ Damages?

    Every community can expect to experience negligent or careless guests who will either cause a ruckus, or worse, damage association property. When that happens, deciding who should be held responsible for their actions can create a delicate – and potentially volatile – situation. Oftentimes, Boards may go after the owner, but they shouldn’t forge full-steam ahead without some sort of ammunition.
  • Wondering What to Ask a Property Management Company in Florida? Here's 8 Questions

    Know what questions to ask a prospective property management company in Florida? Check out our list to ensure you have all the right information before making a choice.
  • Keep Things Running Smoothly by Setting Board Meeting Rules

    Your board's strength lies in the diversity of its members and their different points of view, but this can also present challenges. Learn how to establish clear Florida board meeting rules!
  • Duties of Board Secretary - The Essentials

    A board secretary has many responsibilities. Read more on the essential duties that comprise a secretary's scope of obligations.
  • Five HOA Treasurer Duties and Qualities

    A great board treasurer has skills and characteristics to tackle the responsibilities of planning and strategizing the financial livelihood of a community. The right treasurer can make a big difference!
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