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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.

Community Engagement: Attracting and Retaining Volunteers

Posted on Monday May 21, 2018

Everything that your community accomplishes – from making policy changes to throwing a memorable holiday party – depends on the involvement of homeowners who are willing to step up and become volunteers. But enlisting volunteers to work on a community event, a committee or even the board of directors can be a struggle for many communities. Finding the perfect solution to attract and ultimately retain volunteers is often a bit of a mystery. So how do you crack the code?

Condo Reserve Studies : How Solid is Your Plan?

Posted on Wednesday May 09, 2018

If you’re unsure of when your condominium association last conducted a reserve study and want to get a general sense of how solid your reserve study may be, here are a few quick tips to help you assess if your plan is up to par.

 

Simple Rules for Making the Most of Your HOA Board Meetings

Posted on Friday April 27, 2018

Serving on a homeowners association (HOA) board comes with a variety of challenges, but getting the most out of your board meetings doesn’t have to be one of them.  With the right approach, your HOA board can keep meetings efficient, effective and legally compliant.  Here are a few rules of engagement, that if followed, will help everyone align and keep things on track.

Tornados: What to Do and How to Stay Safe in a Storm

Posted on Monday April 23, 2018

Tornados can strike at any time of year and almost any place.  While you can't prevent tornados, you can make sure your residents are prepared in the event of a storm.  As a community association board member, do you understand the warning signs and how to work with your property management company to help keep your residents safe?  

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