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Water Damage Behind Brick Walls: How Do You Deal With It?

Brick walls are a lovely addition to any community. Although brick improves the overall aesthetic of your HOA, underlying water damage behind brick walls is not uncommon. Here are ways to deal with water infiltration in your brick surface.   In this article: What Causes Water Damage Behind Brick Walls? What Is the Lifespan of…

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25 Important HOA Policies The Board Should Think About

Behind every successful homeowners association are effective HOA policies that govern them. HOA policies keep the community in order and residents secure. While HOA policies vary from community to community, there are some that should come as a given.   HOA Policies to Include in Your Community Even though HOA policies are typically created when…

Clearly Defining Violations and ARC Requirements through Board Resolutions

Clearly Defining Violations and ARC Requirements through Board Resolutions

If you’ve served on a board or managed community associations then you know how difficult it can be to handle violations or ARC requests. This is especially the case when the governing documents are not crystal clear. In some cases, HOAs have an extremely detailed section of the governing documents that lays out exactly what…

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The Top 41 HOA Software Solutions In 2021

If you’re on the board of an HOA or condo you know how hard it is to manage both the property and the people, at the same time. You may even have a property manager to help you out, but it still feels like a full-time job, doesn’t it? HOA software can make your life…

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What Are HOA Assessments? Are Homeowners Obliged To Pay Them?

Anyone familiar with how a homeowners association works know that there are certain fees members should pay. Apart from regular dues, homeowners may also need to pay HOA assessments. But, what is an HOA assessment anyway?   What Are HOA Assessments? HOA assessments are also referred to as a special assessment. What is a special…

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How To Prevent Crime In Your Neighborhood & Increase Resident Safety

Resident safety and crime prevention in HOA communities shouldn’t be left to chance. The perception of homeowners’ safety and the security in HOA neighborhoods directly affect property values. Thus, it’s on the HOA board to directly act to ensure resident safety in an HOA community. Let’s look at the top tips to prevent crime and…

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10 Effective Ways Your HOA Saves Money

Many HOAs have issues covering their operational expenses and as a result, end up charging homeowners with additional fees. In the interest of maintaining resident morale, association boards need to look carefully at their budget. You need to look for ways to reduce costs in HOA, while still providing exceptional service to the community. If…

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How To Make An HOA Emergency Plan For The Community

Every community must prepare a plan in the event of a disaster or emergency. But, what should an HOA emergency plan even include? And what types of emergencies can an HOA even expect?   The Purpose of an HOA Emergency Plan While there are devices that can predict certain natural disasters, emergencies are generally erratic….

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HOA Board Qualifications: Can You Become A Board Member?

A competent HOA board is integral to the success of any homeowners association. Thus, it is imperative to establish certain HOA board of directors qualifications in communities. But, what qualifications should you consider?   The Law on HOA Board of Directors Qualifications Every homeowners association must look at state laws and their governing documents to…

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How To Change HOA Bylaws, Covenants, And Rules

Homeowners associations are governed by a set of documents, among which are the bylaws and the CC&Rs. There will come a time, though, when you will need to amend those documents. Continue reading to learn how to change HOA bylaws and CC&Rs.   How to Change HOA Bylaws and CC&Rs: Is It Even Possible? A homeowners…

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