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Avoid 5 Common Texas Association Budget Mistakes

Posted on Tuesday October 02, 2018

We know budget season is stressful and we want to help! Avoid common mistakes & download our budget survey results to discover key areas to consider when planning next year's budget. 

Is your Texas Community Ready for Hurricane Season?

Posted on Tuesday September 18, 2018

Rules are Rules: Covenant Enforcement in Your Community

Posted on Monday August 20, 2018

Managing association covenant enforcement can be difficult in any community. Restrictions for every community can be different, and it can be a challenge to keep the rules fair, reasonable and equally applied to all homeowners. Read on for some basic guidelines that will make navigating through these issues a little easier. 

Is Your Community Prepared?
Communication during Crisis

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2018

Having a solid communication strategy is the only way your emergency preparedness plan can be effective. Find out how your HOA can create one.

Is Your High-Rise Community Prepared? Reducing the High Cost of Water Leaks

Posted on Monday July 23, 2018

A leak in a high-rise condominium can quickly result in expensive water damage. How can you reduce your risk and be better prepared if your building springs a leak?
 

Hurricane Preparedness:
The Five Critical Components of Communication

Posted on Wednesday July 18, 2018

In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused approximately $125 billion in damage and Federal forces also rescued over 10,000 people trapped in their homes or on flooded highways. This wide-scale devastation proves that in the event of a major storm, being prepared is critical.

Does your onsite staff know what to do to protect residents and the community’s property in the event of a hurricane?   What about your vendors? Do they know what your community association expects of them before, during and after an emergency?

Is Your Community Prepared?
Active Shooter Situations

Posted on Monday July 09, 2018

Whether you live in a high-rise condominium in Austin, a gated community in San Antonio or an active adult community near Dallas, emergencies happen. As seen in the media over the past few years, such emergencies all may involve active shooters. Do you or your management team know what to do to protect residents in an active shooter situation?
 

What You Need to Know About Short-Term Rental Liability

Posted on Tuesday June 26, 2018

Online access to user-friendly host platforms like Airbnb & HomeAway have contributed to skyrocketing numbers of short-term rentals.  While a vast majority of rental stays are uneventful, the sheer number of travelers who use these services mean that accidental or even fatal injuries can occur.  Take action to make sure that your homeowners' association is educated on insurance risks and coverage for the unexpected. 

New Ruling on Short-Term Rentals May Impact Your Texas Community

Posted on Monday June 25, 2018

Short-term rentals continue to be a battleground for associations as well as city and state governments. Recently passed Texas state legislation concerning short-term rentals may now impact your community. If your HOA governing documents do not address rentals or minimum lease terms, then now is a good time to work with your community association management company and legal counsel to make amendments.

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