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Choosing the Right Property Management Company for Your Texas High-Rise

Posted on Wednesday April 04, 2018

If you’re currently in the market to hire a new company, look for these key signs that you’ll be getting the high-quality service your association deserves.

Collecting Community Association Dues: the Good, the Bad and the Proactive

Posted on Thursday March 29, 2018

As an elected board member, you have certain duties and obligations to the homeowners in your community. One of the most important of these is your commitment to protecting the financial health of the homeowners association (HOA). After all, the entire community depends on you to manage its money and keep its operations running smoothly.

How to Manage Personal Liability as an HOA Board Member

Posted on Thursday March 15, 2018

If you’ve agreed to serve as a board member for your homeowners association (HOA), you may be thinking this is just like any other simple volunteer opportunity.  However, there are certain fiduciary responsibilities and protocols that board members should be aware of to help protect the association and their own personal liability.  Here we’ve compiled a few fundamental principles that every board member should apply.

Five Traits of an Effective Association Board Member

Posted on Monday February 12, 2018

As an active voice in your community, you can help to protect property values, make association improvements and create opportunities to enhance the lives of your neighbors. No matter your reasons, there are several qualities that will help to ensure your success.  Learn the five key traits every HOA board member should bring to the table.

The Most Common Mistakes HOAs Make on Social Media Sites

Posted on Tuesday January 23, 2018

Social media sites, such as Facebook and Nextdoor, are quickly becoming favorite mediums for information sharing amongst neighbors mainly due to their ease of use and mobile accessibility. However, it’s important for your board to establish how these sites will be administered. Here we’ve identified a few of the most common issues frequently made on homeowner-controlled social media sites and some suggestions on how you can keep things aboveboard.

Creating Effective Resident Communications

Posted on Tuesday December 19, 2017

One of the primary responsibilities of a community association board member is to ensure that residents are properly informed about happenings in the community, upcoming meetings & events, policy changes and more. Knowing what information needs to be communicated and how to make sure your announcement reaches everyone possible can be a challenge. Here are a few communication tips that will help keep the residents in your Homeowners Association well informed.

Transitions Made Easy With a Team Approach

Posted on Friday December 15, 2017

Even in the best of times, transitioning from one association management company to another can be a work-intensive and stressful process. There are many important responsibilities and deadlines, and with a straight-line solo approach it’s fairly easy for the process to take too long or for something to fall through the cracks. That's why the most seamless community management transitions are handled with a team approach.

10 Criteria for Choosing a Management Company for Your Master-Planned HOA

Posted on Friday November 17, 2017

As the state with the third most homeowners associations (HOAs) in the U.S., Texas is home to many master-planned communities. The desirability of these communities is understandable, offering a wide variety of housing options, amenities and activities. At the same time, however, communities with more rooftops, common areas and diversity in residents can be challenging to operate. Not to worry! We’ve provided a list of 10 criteria you can use to assess the qualifications of prospective management companies.

Three Ways to Know That a Vendor Won't Put Your HOA at Risk

Posted on Friday October 27, 2017

No matter what kind of vendor your HOA needs – a caterer for your onsite party, a roofer to repair post-hurricane damage or a painter to spiff up your lobby – your board should never take a casual approach to the hiring process.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Levying HOA Special Assessments

Posted on Sunday October 08, 2017

Imposing a special assessment is a move that your board should not undertake lightly. Before you go forward with it, make sure that you have a thorough understanding of when these added fees are appropriate and how to go about collecting them. The following “do’s” and “don’ts” are a good place to start.

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