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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?  

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.

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