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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.

Rebuilding Your Community After a Major Storm

Posted on Wednesday September 13, 2017

As homeowners associations (HOAs) in south Texas recently discovered first hand, it doesn’t always matter what kind of preparation your community makes before a powerful hurricane strikes. The effects can still be devastating – even after the storm loses strength. Learn more about the steps your HOA board should take to expedite the recovery process and how your management company can make a difference in helping to rebuild your community.

Seven Ways to Stretch Your Community Landscaping Dollars

Posted on Thursday August 24, 2017

What can you do to reduce landscaping costs and use your dollars more effectively? Fortunately, a lot! Here we provide seven simple ideas to help preserve the green around your grounds – and in your budget.

Four Ways to Get More From Your HOA Budget

Posted on Friday August 11, 2017

Finding ways to maximize savings for your association is an important role of an HOA board member. If you’re not sure where to begin looking for opportunities to save money and increase value for your community, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve identified four areas of your budget you may be able to significantly impact – if you plan ahead.

The Big Deal about Short-Term Rentals in Texas Communities

Posted on Friday July 28, 2017

Online rental businesses like Airbnb and VRBO have been actively supporting the shared economy and petitioning for standardized regulation of short-term rentals in Texas and across the US. Learn how this trend can impact your community.

Weather a Texas-Sized Storm with the Right HOA Insurance

Posted on Thursday July 27, 2017

As we say in Texas, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait; it will change soon enough.” Yes, the weather can be fickle in our state, and we Texans do enjoy discussing its variable nature. For members of a homeowners association (HOA) near the Gulf Coast, the conversation this time of year probably turns to the likelihood of a major storm, hurricane or “gully-washer.” And if you are on your HOA’s board of directors, you may also be posing the question, “Is our community prepared to weather a big storm?” 

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