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Smart Trips for Setting Your HOA Budget

Setting a yearly budget is a crucial part of a homeowners association, but the laws about how the process should go are often poorly understood. This can lead to less-than-ideal practices, so we’re providing some best practices for your HOA board as it sets its budget this year.   Look at Your Governing Documents These…

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5 Reasons to Give Thanks for Your HOA

As you’re prepping the turkey and stuffing and planning any travel to see family members this Thanksgiving, don’t forget to use it as an opportunity to give thanks for everything in your life — including your homeowners association! Here are five reasons to give special thanks for your community this year (and every year): The Sense…

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Are You Asking Enough Questions Before Hiring an HOA Contractor?

The HOA board is responsible for making decisions when the community is in need of maintenance or repair. Different skill sets are required based on the area of need, so it’s important to be mindful of the contractor you use to get the job done. It’s easy to go with anyone and assume they’re able…

How to Stay Neutral as an HOA During Election Time

How to Stay Neutral as an HOA During Election Time

Election season is in full swing, and it’s usually expected to see people supporting their political views publicly, often in the form of yard signs, flags, or car stickers. And while it’s of course fine to have members in your HOA with passionate and opposing views, you also want to make sure everyone sticks to your HOA’s rules…

How to Calculate Assessments for Your HOA

How to Calculate Assessments for Your HOA

For most HOAs, October means the beginning of budget season. And that means regular assessments will be increasing — and your board could be facing some less-than-fun questions and upset over the increases. The problem often stems mostly from the board failing to property plan for each year’s budget. They might base the assessments on…

The Truth about HOAs: Involved Homeowners are Happier Homeowners

The Truth about HOAs: Involved Homeowners are Happier Homeowners

Article Link: http://blog.associaonline.com/the-truth-about-hoas-involved-homeowners-are-happier-homeowners MYTH: HOMEOWNERS DON’T NEED TO ATTEND COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD MEETINGS. Board members are community leaders. They volunteer their time to make decisions on the well-being and financial health of their association. Every homeowner has a right to know what’s going on in the community and the board should embrace that. FACT: HOMEOWNERS…

The Truth about HOAs: Low Assessments Can Come at a High Price

The Truth about HOAs: Low Assessments Can Come at a High Price

Article Link: http://blog.associaonline.com/the-truth-about-hoas-low-assessments-can-come-at-a-high-price MYTH: IT’S BEST TO LIVE IN AN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LOWEST ASSESSMENTS. Another area of effective governance includes setting realistic budgets and funding the reserves. While no one likes making the unpopular decision of raising the assessments, as a board member you are elected to make the tough decisions to promote, maintain,…

The Truth about HOAs:Don’t Blame Governing Documents,Blame Inconsistent Enforcement

The Truth about HOAs:Don’t Blame Governing Documents,Blame Inconsistent Enforcement

Article URL: http://blog.associaonline.com/the-truth-about-hoas-dont-blame-governing-documents-blame-inconsistent-enforcement This is part one of a three-part series debunking common myths about living in community associations. Click here to read part two. MYTH: ENFORCING YOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION’S GOVERNING DOCUMENTS LEADS TO UNHAPPY HOMEOWNERS. Most people believe that enforcing the Rules and Regulations and other restrictions in the Declaration leads to unhappy homeowners….

3 Ways HOA Management Can Benefit Your Association

3 Ways HOA Management Can Benefit Your Association

At some point, every HOA will turn to the question, “should we work with a homeowners association management company?” It’s an important question that should take time and consideration based on the association. It can be tempting to do it all yourselves in an attempt to save money on management frees each month, but you…

How to Make Sure Your HOA Homeowners are Heard

How to Make Sure Your HOA Homeowners are Heard

Although board members in an HOA are responsible for making important decisions in the association, it should be noted that decisions affect every homeowner. Thus, it’s important to be sure all homeowners are still given a voice and an opportunity to be heard in the community. Here are the top tips for making sure your…

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