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Wild Pig Problem: California Community P...

The wild pig problem in a South Bay community continues — and has even worsened. Now, residents understandably feel frustrated. It Began With a Lake Wild pigs were never an issue in the hills of Morgan Hill and Santa Clara County. But, in October, after…

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Washington Red Cross Volunteers Install ...

A group of volunteers from the Clallam County Red Cross have installed smoke alarms in HOA homes. The smoke alarms as well as the installation were all free of charge.   An Organized Effort Clallam County Red Cross volunteers and their friends recently installed smoke…

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Can Homeowners Run A Home Business In HO...

As more and more people start to work out of their homes, homeowners associations are facing an avalanche of problems. Should associations allow residents to operate a home business in HOA communities?   Is Running a Home Business in HOA Homes Allowed? The COVID-19 pandemic forced…

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Residents Fight Plans to Convert Condos ...

Residents of an Illinois village are up in arms about a plan to convert condos into apartments. But, a proposal may just derail those plans.   An Investor’s Plans There are three towers in the Optima Old Orchard condo complex in the village of Skokie….

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Homeowners Face Issues With HOA Builder ...

In North Carolina, homeowners are frustrated over issues with their HOA builder. The builder had promised pools, mailboxes, and lawn service but has yet to make good on it.   Escalating Problems at Sherrills Ford Eight new homeowners in the Magnolia Cove neighborhood are growing…

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Residents Upset Over Forced Tree Removal...

Homeowners associations have long been known for regulating the appearance of communities. For one Gwinnett County neighborhood, though, that means following the HOA’s forced tree removal order.   Out With the Old, In With the New For nearly two decades, the trees in Webb Gin…

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Residents Angered Over Lack Of Mailbox R...

A group of homeowners in a Copperfield community is feeling frustrated over getting the back-and-forth when it comes to mailbox repair. Neither the United States Postal Service (USPS) nor their homeowners association claims responsibility for the mailboxes.   The Cause of the Damage Last week,…

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Board Members Arrested For Theft In Flor...

Five current and former board members have been arrested for theft and racketeering in a Florida community. On Tuesday afternoon, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced the arrests at a press conference. According to Fernandez Rundle, the arrested individuals had been financially benefitting from…

HOA Trends For 2023

6 HOA Trends For 2023

If you’re connected to the real estate industry in any way, please take a minute to catch your breath. The past few years have been absolutely volatile, and it looks like things are about to take another sharp turn in 2023. HOAs have not been…

Why HOAs Should Add Software To The Budg...

New year, new costs. 2023 is looking expensive, and HOA communities are going to have to make some tough decisions in order to keep up. The combination of labor shortages, supply chain issues, and inflation has created instability for individuals and entire community associations. Experts are…

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9 Delicious Thanksgiving Recipes For Eve...

Thanksgiving recipes are one of the most popular search queries this time of the year. If you’re looking for a complete dinner, these recipes are sure to impress.   Delectable Thanksgiving Recipes for the Holiday Thanksgiving is here! And for a lot of people, that…

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What Is The HOA Initiation Fee? Do Homeo...

There are several closing costs associated with buying a home. When you buy into a homeowners association, though, you might come across a unique cost called the HOA initiation fee. But, what is this fee and why does it exist?   What Is An HOA Initiation…

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Developer Controlled Communities: How Mu...

People are more used to the idea of a resident-controlled homeowners association that they often forget about the role of the developer. But, it is still quite common to see developer-controlled communities.   What Is a Developer-Controlled Community? A homeowners association does not always start…

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5 Wonderful Ways To Honor Veterans In Yo...

Veterans Day holds a significant meaning in the United States. During this day, Americans take part in activities that support and celebrate veterans and military personnel. Here are some of the best ways to honor veterans in HOA communities.   How to Honor Veterans in HOA…

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The OTARD Rule: Are Satellite Dishes In ...

When it comes to satellite dishes in HOA communities, there are certain regulations that apply. Whether you’re a homeowner or a board member, it is important to understand these regulations.   The Laws on Satellite Dishes in HOA Although the age of streaming services is…

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The Importance Of Communication Through ...

If you’re on the board of a homeowners condo association, you know the importance of communication. Whether you need to announce common-area maintenance, road repairs, a community yard sale, or advertise an upcoming election, you need a tool that can communicate important happenings to your…

EEE Advisor Preps Residents For The SB72...

December 31, 2024, is the deadline for compliance with both SB721 and SB326 for multi-family houses, condominiums, and buildings with more than 3 dwelling units. Residential property owners and HOAs across California have other seemingly more important things to consider. Consequently, EEE Advisor aims to help property…

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7 Fun HOA Halloween Activities For The F...

Homeowners associations are no strangers to social events. In fact, it is one of the best things about living in an HOA community. This October, plan for some fun HOA Halloween activities for families in your neighborhood.   HOA Halloween Ideas for Your Community For a…

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HOA Secret Ballot: When Should This Proc...

Homeowners associations are led by a set of board members who are elected into office. When it comes to elections, members typically have a few options, one of them being an HOA secret ballot.   What Is an HOA Secret Ballot? A secret ballot is exactly…

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What Is Columbus Day?

What is Columbus Day? As the federal holiday approaches, it is important that all Americans know the history behind Columbus Day. Here are the answers to your most commonly asked questions about the holiday.   What Is Columbus Day? Born in 1451, Christopher Columbus was…

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HOA Violation Notice: What To Do And Hom...

Every now and then, you may receive an HOA violation notice. While it is the last thing you might want to see in the mail, it’s not the end of the world. Knowing what happens next and what your options are can put your mind…

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HOA Alligator Attack Hospitalizes Woman ...

An HOA alligator attack has recently occurred in a gated retirement community in Bradenton, Florida. The attack resulted in the hospitalization of a resident.   A Dangerous Stroll Kathleen Marder, 77, was on an evening stroll through the Del Webb retirement community when, suddenly, an…

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Owners Fighting Chicago City Hall Over M...

A massive condo water bill has sparked outrage among a group of condo owners in Chicago, Illinois. Although the owners suspect it’s due to a faulty water meter, City Hall has remained unresponsive.   750,000 Gallons Worth of Water In June 2020, a group of…

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What Is The HOA Finance Committee?

The HOA finance committee fulfills many important responsibilities, especially in a self-managed community. With a capable finance committee, the HOA board will find it easier to manage its financial duties.   What Is an HOA Finance Committee? Homeowners associations don’t manage themselves. They require a…

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How To Use Facebook Group For Community ...

Social media is a great tool that can help bolster communication in your HOA. One of the most popular platforms out there today is Facebook. Keep reading to learn how to use a Facebook Group for community communication.   How to Use Facebook Group for…

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How To Use Mailchimp For HOA Communicati...

Resident communication often requires third-party programs. While traditional email is the most basic tool in an association’s arsenal, it’s worth considering upgrading to something a bit more sophisticated. Here, you’ll learn how to use Mailchimp for HOA communication.   The Benefits of Using Mailchimp for HOA…

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Non-Grass Alternatives For HOAs

One of the things that make homeowners associations beautiful is grass. Grass instantly adds a fresh and inviting feel to any common space, but it’s not always easy to manage. Fortunately, there are plenty of non-grass alternatives for HOAs.   The Best Non-Grass Alternatives for HOAs…

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HOA Architectural Committee: Function, R...

Every homeowners association needs a group of members to inspect and review architectural changes to ensure that the community retains its aesthetic appeal. This is where the HOA architectural committee comes in.   What Is an HOA Architectural Committee? An HOA architectural committee is a…

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9 Landscaping Ideas For HOAs

It is hard to come up with landscaping ideas for HOAs, especially if you’re not the creative type. While most self-managed associations outsource the design to a third party, there is no harm in crafting your own plans since you know your community the best.  …

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Want To Switch To Artificial Grass? Here...

One thing that makes HOA communities look beautiful is the presence of lush greenery in common areas, particularly large grassy spaces. But, maintaining real grass can be a headache, not to mention expensive. As such, many self-managed associations are making the switch to artificial grass….

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How To Enforce Pool Rules In A Self-Mana...

It is not uncommon to have pool rules in a self-managed HOA community. But, having rules isn’t enough. An HOA board must also know how to enforce the association’s pool rules.   Managing Pool Rules in a Self-Managed HOA A homeowners association has a responsibility to…

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How To Deal With Vendors In Your HOA

It is not always easy to deal with vendors in HOA communities, particularly if you have a self-managed association. But, with the right foundation, you can effectively hire and maintain good relationships with the best vendors in your area.   How to Deal With Vendors…

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HOA Bad Debt: How Does This Affect Your ...

Like many other organizations, homeowners associations can also encounter a bad debt. But, what is HOA bad debt anyway? And how can associations prepare for this?   What Is HOA Bad Debt? Debt is a monetary amount owed by a debtor to a creditor. A…

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Robert’s Rules Of Order: Everythin...

Robert’s Rules of Order can be a helpful guide for homeowners associations that are having trouble following a standard for meetings. But, what are these rules anyway?   What Is Robert’s Rules of Order? Robert’s Rules of Order is a parliamentary procedure authored by U.S….

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No Condo Occupancy Permit Leaves Residen...

The city government has rescinded the condo occupancy permit of a high-rise building. Now, residents of the building are unsure of what lies ahead as they wait for the damages to be fixed.   A Break in the Water Line On the night of August 11,…

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HOA Fire Evacuation Plan In Place For Ar...

For one Arizona cabin community, forest fires are a huge risk. This is why one resident has come up with an HOA fire evacuation plan.   An Increased Risk of Forest Fires The Kohl’s Tonto Creek Subdivision has been a Firewise community for 16 years now….

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HOA President’s Abuse Of Power Lea...

A Florida president’s abuse of power and use of a deadly weapon has resulted in his arrest. According to residents, this was years in the making.   Arrested for Aggravated Assault Joseph Steckler has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The 77-year-old president…

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Residents Accuse Colorado HOA Board Memb...

A case of HOA board member harassment is sweeping across one community in Colorado, where residents have grown unsatisfied.   Joining Hands More than 10 homeowners at Pelican Lake Ranch in Platteville have banded together to address issues with harassment by a board member. The…

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The History Of Labor Day: What It Truly ...

Labor Day is just around the corner. And while this holiday allows Americans to enjoy a long weekend in September, it is important to know why we even celebrate it in the first place. To better appreciate the meaning behind it, you must understand the history…

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Florida HOA President Arrested For Grand...

A homeowners association president arrested for grand theft managed to steal $44,000 from his HOA. And residents understandably feel dumbfounded by the turn of events.   The Duty to Collect Fees Anyone who has ever been a part of a homeowners association knows that paying…

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Mom Petitions For Change After Son Drown...

It has been more than 2 months since the drowning of her 3-year-old son in an HOA pond. Now, Natasha Coletrane wants the association to make some changes.   A Tragic Incident On June 4, Borne Coletrane, the 3-year-old son of Natasha Coletrane, drowned in…

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HOA Sues Insurance Company For Refusing ...

An HOA sues an insurance company after the latter refused to give the former a payout for their claim. And it all started with a virus.   Dead Lawns Everywhere Valencia Reserve Homeowners Association, an active adult community located in Boynton Beach, Florida, represents 1060…

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HOA And Resident Relationship Getting Wo...

The HOA and resident relationship have apparently soured in recent years, with horror stories more frequently making headlines across the country. But, what is causing this tension in the first place?   Homeowners Associations at a Glance The popularity of homeowners associations has certainly spiked over…

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What Are The HOA Common Areas?

One of the perks of living in an HOA community is gaining access to its common areas. But, what are HOA common areas anyway? And who is responsible for maintaining them?   What Are HOA Common Areas? The definition of common in HOA communities can change…

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Is It Legal To Reinstate An HOA That Has...

Homeowners associations can become dormant over time, pausing all activities and responsibilities. After years of dormancy, though, is it possible to reinstate an HOA and resume operations?   The Need to Reinstate an HOA Forming a new homeowners association is rather easy. While state laws can…

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California Condo Raises Fire Insurance B...

A California condo raises fire insurance rates by approximately 1000%, thereby angering and confusing multiple residents. The increase happened in just three years, making it even more puzzling for condo owners.   Prone to Wildfires Cimmaron Oaks is a condominium complex located in a wildfire-prone…

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Condo Door Sparks Dispute in Florida Com...

A couple in Margate installed a new condo door to prepare for hurricane season. However, the change quickly triggered a dispute between the two owners and their association.   Secured Approval Frank and Nicole Torres are residents of Viewpointe of Margate, a condominium in Florida….

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Vandalized HOA Cluster Mailboxes Could L...

Residents have grown frustrated at the lack of action from police and their HOA as their mailboxes continue to be vandalized. Worse yet, the vandalized HOA cluster mailboxes may even cause owners to pay fines.   Recurring Incidents of Theft Chalcombe Court, a condominium complex…

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HOA Dispute Resolution In The U.S. Per S...

Homeowners can get into disagreements with HOA board members — it’s only natural. All sorts of issues can result in a dispute, from violation objections to simple instances of yard maintenance. One of the most common reasons for disputes between homeowners and board members, though,…

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Dog Owners Sue HOA After Their Dog Is Ki...

An 11-year-old Maltese dog has allegedly been killed by other dogs in the neighborhood of Charlee Estates. Now, the owners are suing the HOA.   Owners Sue HOA Over Dog Attack Gloria Cabrera is the owner of Toby, an 11-year-old Maltese dog. On January 13,…

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Residents Not Pleased With HOA Flooding ...

A community in Beaufort, North Carolina, has been experiencing an HOA flooding issue, and homeowners are not pleased.   Flood Traps Residents in Their Homes The Town of Beaufort is certainly beautiful, but one particular neighborhood is experiencing problems with standing water. Residents living in…

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Owners Still Paying HOA Fees on Homes Th...

In a community in Punta Gorda, Florida, owners are still paying HOA fees on homes that burned down months ago.   No Homes, Yet Obligation to Pay Persists Four months ago, a number of homes in Emerald Pointe Community burned down. And while the owners…

Florida HB403

Florida HB403: Can HOAs Stop You From Wo...

The introduction of Florida HB403 has given homeowners more freedom when it comes to working from home. But, the bill has also resulted in concerns among citizens and homeowners alike.   What Is Florida HB403? Florida House Bill 403 was first filed in January 2021….

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HOA License Plate Readers In Bay County ...

Homeowners associations have started installing HOA license plate readers in Bay County, Florida. But, some organizations are raising concerns over privacy.   A Big Help to Local Police The police typically use license plate readers to catch car thieves, identify drivers, and recover missing persons….

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Squatters In HOA Communities: A Real Pro...

Squatters in HOA communities are becoming a real problem, as one Orlando neighborhood has found. In fact, the problem became so bad that it took the association months to get rid of the squatters in its community.   How It Started Residents of Kingswood Manor,…

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Nevada HOA Seeks $11,000 Assessment To R...

A homeowners association in Nevada is seeking a hefty HOA special assessment to remove grass and trees. This is a problem for the community’s residents, most of whom are operating on fixed incomes.   An $11,000 HOA Special Assessment Henderson-based Sun City Anthem HOA plans…

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Court Rules On HOA Dispute Over Golf Cou...

An appeals court rules on an HOA dispute concerning the redevelopment of a golf course. The ruling has partially come out in favor of the homeowners association.   The Aftermath of Hurricane Florence In 2018, Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina and devastated the Cape Fear…

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Court Rules To Remove HOA Board Members ...

Following a years-long legal battle, a district court has ruled to remove HOA board members from the La Bota Homeowners Association. The members have been barred from serving on the association’s board now and in the future.   Homeowners Advocate for the Removal of Board…

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Arizona HOA Faces Bankruptcy Over Man-Ma...

While a man-made lake may sound like a good idea from a theoretical standpoint, one homeowners association in Arizona quickly learned the truth. Now, the HOA faces bankruptcy if it can’t come up with $2.5 million.   Promising Beginnings The Continental Country Club constructed Lake Elaine…

hoa renovation

Homeowners Challenge Hefty Assessment Fo...

One condo association in Panama City Beach is charging a hefty sum for an HOA renovation. But, unit owners are pushing back. Now, a legal battle begins.   Condo Owners File Motion Unit owners in the Shores of Panama condo have filed a motion asking…

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Texas HOA Sues Homeowner For Feeding Duc...

Homeowners associations are known for enforcing strict nuisance rules within their communities. And while “nuisance,” within the context of HOAs, more commonly involves noise and smoking, one HOA in Texas relates it to duck-feeding as well. Now, a retired couple faces the possibility of foreclosure…

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Can I Install Cameras In My Condo? This ...

Can I install cameras in my condo? This is a question asked by many condo unit owners. But, one condominium in Florida has asked a resident to remove their doorbell camera after an incident of theft.   Theft Caught on Camera Back in June, a…

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New Florida Condo Safety Law Spells Big ...

In Florida, condo safety has become a top concern after the collapse of the Surfside condominiums. In response, Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed the new Florida condo safety law, which aims to minimize the risks associated with the structural engineering of condo buildings.   The…

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HOA Solar Installation: Does The HOA Hav...

Solar panels have always been a point of contention among homeowners and their HOAs. And although there is no federal law protecting the rights of homeowners to go solar, several states have enacted their own. Indiana is only the latest to pass an HOA solar…

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Why Are HOA Section 8 Tenants Becoming A...

A homeowners association in North Texas has recently come under fire for forcing the eviction of HOA Section 8 tenants. Now, the HOA says it will allow the tenants to stay until the end of their lease. Earlier this month, the Providence Village HOA announced…

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Can An HOA Profit From Foreclosures And ...

HOAs are generally regarded as nonprofit corporations, but can an HOA profit from foreclosures and fines? What are the legal implications of keeping surplus funds?   HOA Profit: Is It Legal? In the eyes of the law, homeowners associations are considered nonprofit corporations. These associations’…

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Colorado New HOA Laws: How Will This Imp...

In Colorado, new HOA laws were recently passed. These new laws will significantly affect how homeowners associations in the state operate. As such, every HOA board should make an effort to familiarize themselves with these laws.   The Passing of Colorado New HOA Laws In…

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9 HOA Fourth Of July Celebration Ideas T...

Holidays only come every once in a while. So, when they do, homeowners associations should take the opportunity to plan social events designed to foster a sense of community among residents. Here are the best HOA Fourth of July celebration ideas to get you started.  …

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Bidens Housing Plan: What Is It About?

The housing market is abuzz about the recent unveiling of Bidens housing plan. But, what does this plan even entail? And how will it affect homeowners associations?   What Is Bidens Housing Plan? It is no secret that the housing market in the United States…

HOA alternative dispute resolution

How Can The HOA Board Apply The Alternat...

Homeowners associations are not immune to the occasional dispute. During these times, it is necessary for HOA boards to know how to proceed. This is where HOA alternative dispute resolution comes in.   HOA Alternative Dispute Resolution Definition What is ADR? Short for Alternative Dispute Resolution,…

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9 Special Ways To Celebrate Memorial Day...

For a lot of people, Memorial Day is a time to get together with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. With the last Monday of May just around the corner, here are the best ways to celebrate Memorial Day with family.   How to…

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Is Homeowner Insurance Covered Under HOA...

Insurance can be a tricky subject to navigate, especially when you own a home in a community operated by an HOA. As a homeowner, do you need homeowner insurance if your HOA already has a master policy? Let’s find out.   What Is the Difference Between…

hoas in 2022

Growth Of HOAs In 2022 And What Does Thi...

There are thousands of homeowners associations in the United States alone. These HOAs in 2022 are poised to increase in number, as a handful of factors influence their growth.   HOAs in 2022: A Look-Back Community associations come in several forms, including homeowners associations, condominiums, and…

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9 Common Homeowners Association Lawsuits

As with any other type of organization, homeowners associations are vulnerable to legal action. More often than not, it is the community members who challenge the association. It is important that HOAs familiarize themselves with the most common homeowners association lawsuits to better prepare for…

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7 Easter Community Service Ideas

Easter is a great time to come together and give back to the community. If your homeowners association is looking for some Easter community service ideas, then you’ve come to the right place.   The Best HOA Easter Community Service Ideas Easter is a primarily Christian…

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Should Your HOA Hire a Management Compan...

If your association is considering a management company, there are many variables that need to be considered before making the decision. In this article, we will review some of these factors and how to weigh them during the decision-making process for your homeowners association, condo…

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Can A Homeowner Benefit From Property An...

Property and casualty insurance is an essential form of insurance that all homeowners should get. Learn what this insurance is and what it covers by reading on.   What Is Property and Casualty Insurance? Property and casualty insurance is an umbrella term, with many types…

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day In Y...

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and homeowners associations are gearing up for another festive occasion. If your association wants to commemorate the day with some fun events, here are the best ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in HOA communities.   Ideas…

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What Is The Homeowner Assistance Fund?

The Homeowner Assistance Fund was launched by the federal government in an effort to help homeowners across the United States. In addition to mortgage payments, the HAF may also apply to homeowners association dues in some states.   What Is the Homeowner Assistance Fund? The…

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Does Your Association Need HOA Workers&#...

Homeowners associations face a lot of potential liability, and the best way to protect themselves is to purchase the proper insurance policies. One of these is HOA workers’ comp insurance.   HOA Workers’ Comp Insurance: What It Is and Why It’s Important Workers’ compensation insurance,…

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9 HOA Valentine’s Day Party Ideas ...

Hosting a party begins with planning, and planning can only be done once you have a party concept in mind. If you want to throw a great HOA Valentine’s Day party, here are some ideas to get you started.   Fun HOA Valentine’s Day Party Ideas…

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HOA Religious Discrimination: What The B...

HOA religious discrimination is a real issue that can affect communities nationwide. Boards should learn how to protect the association from discrimination claims, while homeowners should know their rights.   What Is HOA Religious Discrimination? Discrimination exists in many forms. In the case of housing…

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Preparing Your HOA For Inflation

This article is provided by Arch Capital Solutions. Arch Capital Solutions specializes in arranging HOA loans for community associations throughout the country.   Inflation Is Here Virtually, all economists agree that the economy is humming. The country’s unemployment rate is at the lowest level in…

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How To Address A HOA Mold Problem

An HOA mold problem is often a point of contention since there is usually a debate on which party is liable for it. Does it fall under the association’s responsibility or should the homeowner answer to the charges?   Who Is Responsible for an HOA…

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Can An HOA Ban Fireworks?

Fireworks are a common way to celebrate several holidays in the United States. But, apart from providing a spectacular visual display, fireworks can also be dangerous. This leads us to the question — can an HOA ban fireworks?   Is It Normal for an HOA…

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Virginia Property Owners Association Act...

The Virginia Property Owners Association Act recently underwent changes and updates, impacting some of the ways HOAs operate. What are these amendments? Let’s find out.   What Are the Changes to the Virginia Property Owners Association Act? In Virginia, homeowners associations are governed by the…

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HOA Popularity In 2021: Do Homebuyers Li...

More and more buyers are choosing to live in communities managed by homeowners associations nowadays. But, what exactly are the factors that continue to contribute to HOA popularity? Is this popularity here to stay?   The State of HOA Popularity in 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic crippled…

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How Does Real Estate Season Affect Marke...

The real estate industry can be a tricky path to navigate, especially if you fail to factor in timing. As with anything in life, timing can affect the outcome of any given endeavor. Learn how the real estate season influences the market value of properties…

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HOA Noise Rules: Can Homeowners Complain...

Homeowners living in an HOA community must abide by the many regulations that exist within the association. For many communities, that includes HOA noise rules.   Do You Have HOA Noise Rules in Your Community? Nowadays, it is nearly impossible to find a homeowners association…

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What Does The HOA Vice President Do?

HOA boards are typically led by the president, with the vice president next in line. But, what exactly are the duties of an HOA vice president?   The Duties of HOA Vice President Every homeowners association is governed by a set of board members. While…

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HOA Parking Rules: Resolving Common HOA ...

HOA parking rules are a common point of contention in homeowners associations. The key to resolving issues related to parking, though, lies in understanding what rules the HOA can and can’t enforce.   Creating and Enforcing HOA Parking Rules Living in an HOA community means…

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What Are HOA Restrictive Covenants?

Anyone who has ever belonged to a homeowners association knows what restrictive covenants are. If you are thinking about purchasing a home within an HOA community, you must understand what these covenants are and how they affect you.   Understanding the Definition of Restrictive Covenants…

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What Are Unenforceable HOA Rules? What T...

Homeowners association rules are man-made, so it makes sense that they are not perfect. You might like to believe that all the rules in your HOA are good and enforceable. But, the fact of the matter is, unenforceable HOA rules do exist in many communities…

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California Accessory Dwelling Unit Law: ...

The state of California has passed six bills. This makes it easier for homeowners to construct accessory dwelling units on their property. Here’s what you need to know about the Accessory Dwelling Unit law in California.   Why Is There a Need for California’s Accessory…

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Early Christmas Display In HOA Community...

It is not uncommon for homeowners to put up an early Christmas display in HOA communities. What many of these homeowners don’t know, though, is that associations typically have rules concerning holiday decoration schedules. And violating such a rule can result in a monetary fine….

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Text Messaging for HOAs: 4 Reasons Your ...

How is communication between HOA management and homeowners? Make use of text messaging for HOAs to make sure messages are read and replied to. Email VS SMS The day-to-day experience of an HOA board is largely composed of coordinating, communicating, and delegating. It requires connecting…

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HOA And Deliveries In The Covid-19 Pande...

The COVID-19 outbreak changed the way people around the world live their lives. Homeowners associations are no exception, with the pandemic influencing the way meetings and operations go. But, how has the pandemic affected HOA and deliveries?   HOA and Deliveries: A Rise in Online Shopping…

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5 Ideas To Celebrate Thanksgiving In You...

Thanksgiving marks the official start of the holiday season, which means families and friends will start gathering to celebrate. In the same way, your homeowners association can organize events that will help bring people together. But, what events can you hold to properly celebrate Thanksgiving…

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Legal Obligations Of HOAs

For the 74 million people living in more than 347,000 communities governed by homeowners associations, their HOA boards may have as much or more of an impact on their daily lives than their state, county, or local governments. HOAs do more than maintain common areas,…

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New California HOA Laws Passed In 2021

The California legislative season for 2021 has officially closed, and new bills have been signed into law. Some of these bills — five, to be exact — have certain effects on homeowners associations. What are these new California HOA laws?   Understanding the New California…

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HOA Rental Policy: Setting Clear Rules F...

An HOA rental policy is every homeowners association’s first line of defense against out-of-control rentals. That is why it is important to come up with yours early on.   The Importance of an HOA Rental Policy A rental policy clearly defines what restrictions your homeowners…

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What Is A HOA Board Member Holdover?

An HOA board member holdover does not often happen. But, when it does, community members typically don’t know how to proceed. What exactly should you do when a board member’s term extends?   What Is an HOA Board Member Holdover? Within the context of an…

5 Financial Tips For HOA Managers

Homeowners associations are, in many ways, business organizations. They collect dues from members and, in return, provide amenities and services as well as help preserve property values. While it may seem like a simple operation, managing an HOA comes with its own set of challenges…

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Spouses On The HOA Board: Is That Legal?

Homeowners association boards are made up of different members of the community. But, what if there are spouses on the HOA board? Is that even allowed?   Is It Legal to Have Spouses on the HOA Board? It is common for homeowners and fellow board members…

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HOA Attorney Contract: What’s Acce...

Contracts are essential to any two parties that enter an agreement, homeowners associations and attorneys included. But, what should an HOA attorney contract even consist of in the first place?   What Should an HOA Attorney Contract Include? When a homeowners association hires an attorney —…

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What Is A HOA Board Resolution And How T...

An HOA board resolution is an essential tool used in managing any community association. As such, every board member should know what it is and how to make it.   What Is an HOA Board Resolution? Within the context of a homeowners association, a resolution…

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HOA Rules And Regulations 101

Whether you are just moving into an HOA-run community or have already lived in one for years, it is important for you to get to know your HOA rules and regulations. But, what are these rules anyway? And who decides what rules to make?   What…

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HOA Annual Report: How To Make One For H...

Some associations must submit an HOA annual report to homeowners. But, what is the purpose of this report? And what should it include?   Is an HOA Annual Report Mandatory? For a large chunk of homeowners associations, filing an annual report with the Secretary of…

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Property Management Fees vs HOA Manageme...

Are property management fees the same as HOA management fees? If not, what is the difference between the two? Understanding these two fee types is imperative for every homeowner.   The Difference Between Property Management Fees and HOA Management Fees Many people confuse property management…

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13 Common Homeowners Association Problem...

Running an HOA community is no walk in the park. As a member serving on your HOA board, homeowners association problems just come with the territory. But, that doesn’t mean you should leave these problems to fester.   How to Solve the Most Common Homeowners…

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7 Reasons Why HOA Board Training Is Fund...

Without sufficient knowledge of how to do your job, it is nearly impossible to do it well. The same principle applies to board members of a homeowners association. HOA board training, while often overlooked, is an essential aspect of successful association management.   Why Is HOA…

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7 Ways to Minimize Risk in a Self Manage...

Self-management is a common choice for homeowners associations that want to reduce their expenses and retain control of their operations. However, there are some risks that come with running a self managed HOA. For the success of your community, consider these seven best practices.  …

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5 Important Questions To Ask A Self-Mana...

Running a self-managed association can be difficult — but not impossible. To make sure that your community is on the right track, here are five important questions you should be asking.   Important Questions That a Self-Managed Association Must Ask Themselves Self-management is a popular…

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Should You Become A Self-Managed Homeown...

Is becoming a self-managed homeowners association the right decision for your HOA? Before you make a choice, you must first consider what self-management entails.   What Does It Mean to Become a Self-Managed Homeowners Association? Homeowners associations come in two general kinds — professionally managed…

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7 Tips For Successful Self-Managed Assoc...

Many homeowners associations choose not to hire a professional HOA management company. But, self-managed associations can face many struggles along the way.   How to Effectively Run Self-Managed Associations Community management can come as a challenge, so much so that many associations employ a professional…

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11 Financial Mistakes A Self-Managed HOA...

A self-managed HOA is more vulnerable to certain financial pitfalls compared to a professionally managed one. And the key to avoiding these pitfalls is to familiarize yourself with what they are.   Financial Errors That Can Ruin a Self-Managed HOA A self-managed homeowners association relies…

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What Are The Changes In The HOA Board...

There are some changes to the operations of an HOA board and the pandemic has definitely had its effects. Learn how boards have been forced to adapt and what the future likely has in store for homeowners associations.   The HOA Board and the Pandemic…

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What Does An HOA Secretary Do For The As...

A homeowners association operates in much the same way as a corporation. And, just like a corporation, the HOA board also has a secretary. But, what does an HOA secretary do exactly?   What Are the Responsibilities of HOA Secretary? If you are familiar with…

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Make Your Roof Last Longer With Regular ...

The roof is the one part of our home that takes quite a beating from the harshest elements day in and day out. While roofs are designed to last, the time will come when you have to replace them eventually. However, you can delay that…

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Everything You Need To Know About HOA Fe...

If you are moving into a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association, then you need to know about HOA fees. What exactly are these fees? And is there a way you can avoid paying them?   What Are HOA Fees? HOA Fees Meaning Explained Before…

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The Duties Of An HOA President

As with any organization, homeowners associations have a set of board members that run the community. And, at the helm of every HOA board, there sits an HOA president.   What Are the HOA President Responsibilities? Homeowners associations are governed by a board of directors….

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When Is The Right Time For Reopening HOA...

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the world to adapt, and homeowners associations are no exception. As the country slowly starts to reopen, HOAs are left with the problem of whether or not to follow suit. Is reopening HOA amenities now the right decision?   Reopening HOA…

Halloween COVID 19 Activities: How to Sa...

Halloween is just a stone’s throw away, but many HOA communities are finding it hard to come up with activities to do during the holiday. With the coronavirus pandemic keeping everyone indoors and anxious, calm yourself down and enjoy some spooky fun with these Halloween…

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What Exactly Are The Code Of Ethics For ...

Board members should serve their homeowners association in an honest and steadfast manner. Not everyone has the same idea of how to do this, though, especially when conflicts and ethical dilemmas come up. This is why it is important to craft your own code of ethics…

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5 HOA Maintenance Plans You Must Have

Contrary to the popular adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” homeowners associations must be proactive when it comes to maintaining common areas. It’s important to have maintenance plans so the community can run efficiently. By anticipating repairs and replacements, board members can also…

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How To Make An HOA Violation Letter

In every homeowners association, there will be homeowners who break the rules accidentally or intentionally. That’s why HOA boards must take non-compliance seriously. At the first sign of offense, they must send an HOA violation letter to remind a homeowner of his obligations to the…

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HOA Political Flags: Should They Be Allo...

Members of a homeowners association must follow all the rules and regulations set forth by their governing body. The main purpose of these restrictions is to protect property values and the interests of the entire community. However, is it legal for the HOA to regulate…

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Should You Live In A Deed Restricted Com...

There are a number of critical steps you must take before buying a home, and one of those is to find out whether the property belongs in a deed-restricted neighborhood. But, what is a deed-restricted community anyway? And how does it affect you as a…

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Renovating a Home in an HOA: What You Sh...

Living in residences that are part of the homeowner association has its perks. The associations help maintain an organized and cohesive atmosphere in the neighborhood and spare homeowners from some responsibilities. However, homeowners have to adhere to the strict regulations usually spelled out in HOA’s…

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What Is An HOA Tax Return? What’s ...

Tax season is always stressful, especially for homeowners associations with no experience on the subject. But, filing your HOA tax return does not have to be an uphill battle.   HOA Tax Return: Is It Necessary? Does an HOA have to file a tax return?…

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What Does An HOA Architectural Control C...

Many homeowners associations have an Architectural Control Committee that reviews architectural modifications within the community. As a homeowner in a planned community, it is important that you know what such a committee does and how it can affect you.   What Is an Architectural Control…

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13 Legal Rights Of Homeowners In HOA Com...

Most, if not all, homeowners associations are legal entities. As such, both board members and homeowners are afforded legal rights — all of which should be clearly outlined in your community’s governing documents. If you need further guidance, here are the homeowners rights against HOA…

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Should You Provide HOA Online Support?

Homeowners often have questions or concerns they would like to raise but have no medium to do so in an instant. This is why some HOAs are considering online support. But, is HOA online support even a good idea?   Is HOA Online Support Necessary?…

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Should HOAs Close Community Pools During...

HOAs are now implementing measures that will lessen or prevent the transmission of the coronavirus in their communities. One common question that many HOA boards face is whether to close community pools during COVID-19. Before you decide, here are important things to consider.   Community…

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Making And Wearing Face Masks In The COV...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommends the use of face masks in public to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus disease or COVID-19, in the United States. HOAs should take note of these guidelines to further prevent coronavirus transmission in…

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7 Ways To Help HOA Aging Residents

When an HOA board is made up of younger residents, it can be easy to forget about the senior members of the community. But, every community member matters, including HOA aging residents. As such, it is important to make the necessary adjustments to accommodate more…

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A Guide On How To Write HOA Board Meetin...

In homeowners associations, the board regularly convenes meetings to discuss agenda items and vote. To record what transpires at these meetings, it is imperative to take HOA board meeting minutes. But, what is the process for doing so?   What Are HOA Board Meeting Minutes?…

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Water Damage Behind Brick Walls: How Do ...

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.   What Causes Water Damage Behind…

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25 Important HOA Policies The Board Shou...

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…

Clearly Defining Violations and ARC Requ...

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…

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What Are HOA Assessments? Are Homeowners...

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…

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How To Prevent Crime In Your Neighborhoo...

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

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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…

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How To Make An HOA Emergency Plan For Th...

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…

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HOA Board Qualifications: Can You Become...

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…

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How To Change HOA Bylaws, Covenants, And...

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…

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11 Important Features And Design Element...

A well-made homeowners association website does more than just present information. A great HOA website consists of thoroughly crafted, related modules that make HOA management easier.   What Characteristics Define a Good HOA Website? When shopping for a website for your association, it is important…

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How Much Are HOA Management Fees? What A...

Associations can greatly benefit from the services of an HOA management company. Since board members don’t always have the time or expertise, it’s good to have a professional handling essential managerial functions on a full-time basis. But, how much do property management companies charge to…

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7 Property Management Advertising Ideas ...

What is the best way to advertise property management services? Though there are many strategies to implement, going digital is something that you should strongly consider. Here are seven property management advertising ideas to help you get started.   How to Advertise Property Management Services Online…

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How To Choose Pressure Washing Services ...

This post from Washh, a pressure cleaning Company based in Charlotte, NC. One of the most essential duties of a homeowners association is to maintain certain standards within the community. Often, this means keeping common areas clean to ensure residents’ safety. A neighborhood facility is…

HOA rules

6 Typical Rules For an HOA

If you haven’t dealt with a homeowners association before, you should prepare for rules. HOA rules govern many of the activities of daily residents. HOA’s aren’t for everyone, so before you make an offer on a home and move-in, you should understand how one may…

HOA Pool

Easily Manage your HOA Pool with Task(an...

Pools managed by HOAs are easily susceptible to losing revenue channels and offering freedom that is often taken advantage of. Without the ability to constantly overlook the pools management elements, it is difficult to control important aspects such as access control for members and guests,…

No Condo or HOA Management Company Near ...

A lot of towns around the country may not have a company that provides management services that cater to condo communities and homeowner associations.  Maybe an experienced manager hasn’t moved to town or the market is not large enough to support a company that specializes…

Are You An HOA Board Member? Here’...

Proper insurance coverage is one of the best ways to protect your community from natural disasters and emergencies. But, many associations tend to overlook insurance that protects board members from liability. Here’s everything you need to know about HOA Directors and Officers insurance and why…

Why And How To Set Up An HOA Community G...

Summertime is the time for planting, nurturing, and harvesting delicious fruits and vegetables. And when it comes to your community, warmer weather encourages neighbors to get out of doors, meet one another, have picnics and barbecues, and socialize in ways that they cannot during the…

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Top 10 Ways The HOA Make Extra Money

Income is paramount to the successful running of any organization, HOAs included. While the HOA primarily relies on dues or assessments for HOA revenue, it can turn to other modes of earning cash, too. So, how can the HOA make extra money?   How Can…

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How To Write An HOA Board Member Recruit...

One of the best ways to invite homeowners to volunteer for the community is to send them an HOA board member recruitment letter. Writing this letter, though, takes more than just a few simple words.   What to Include in Your HOA Board Member Recruitment…

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COA, POA vs HOA: Breaking Down Each

As a first-time homebuyer, the terms COA, POA vs HOA may sound confusing or unfamiliar to you. There are numerous terminologies and acronyms that exist in the world of real estate. So, it will be helpful to understand the meaning of these three terms, as…

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Enforcing A 1 Hour HOA Board Meeting

With disagreeing residents, unending topics to discuss, and chatty board members, the idea of a short HOA board meeting seems almost impossible. However, it is entirely possible to have a 1 hour HOA board meeting by following a few simple steps. Here’s what you need…

The Hierarchy Of HOA Documents: Which Ta...

HOAs are governed by many rules and regulations — to a point where it may get confusing for both board members and homeowners alike. To avoid any kind of misunderstanding, it’s important to have a clear understanding of homeowners association documents, as well as which…

Eight Golden Rules for Boards of Directo...

This article originally appeared on Associaonline.com’s Living Better Blog. By Mike Packard at Associa Board members must interface with their membership, management team, association vendors and other members of the public pragmatically at all times. Following are my personal “Eight Golden Rules” to assist you…

5 HOA Terms Every Board Member Needs to Know

5 HOA Terms Every Board Member Needs to ...

Whether you just got elected to the community association board or you’ve served for years, you want to make a good impression. Knowing these common HOA terms will help you sound like you know what you’re doing while you get up to speed or serve…

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20 HOA Board Member Mistakes To Be Wary ...

Rookie HOA board members are more prone to making mistakes, but that does not mean veteran board members are perfect. One of the best ways to become a good leader in your community is to know the most common HOA board member mistakes.   Avoid…

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality

The quality of the air around us can directly impact our health, even though we don’t always recognize it. The presence of various pollutants in the air we breathe are often invisible to the naked eye, which makes it difficult to be alert to any…

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Building Trust With Condo Association Go...

Condo association goodwill is an intangible but crucial part of keeping a managed community together. HOA goodwill is not simple to measure, yet it’s something that you can instantly see as soon as you spend time in a community. Let’s look at a few different…

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How to Increase Annual HOA Meeting Atten...

One of the most difficult aspects of the HOA annual meeting is getting homeowners to attend it. A lot of homeowners just don’t seem concerned about association matters, leading to bad attendance numbers. But, believe it or not, there are ways you can adopt to…

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Handling Short-Term Rentals in an HOA

HOA board members have many decisions to make that impact the association and those within it. As services offering short-term rentals have become more popular in recent years, HOAs have to be prepared for deciding how they’re going to handle these types of services. Make…

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Why Is A HOA Management Contract So Impo...

The Board of Directors is used to dealing with homeowner association contracts for any type of goods or services needed by the association. Contracts are a standard practice so that both parties understand their specific roles and duties. That’s why a legitimate contract between you…

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HOA Budget Best Practices Every Board Me...

Planning an HOA budget can be difficult work, especially if you’ve never done it before. With so many things to consider, it’s easy to lose track of the details. Luckily, adopting these HOA budget best practices can ensure a smooth preparation.   HOA Budget Best…

HOA contractor

Are You Asking Enough Questions Before H...

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….

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HOA Board Election Rules: Ensuring A Fai...

Every homeowners association requires a set of rules to serve as a guide for their board elections. But, coming up with these exact HOA board election rules can come as a challenge.   Creating Your Own HOA Board Election Rules The law requires homeowners associations to…

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HOA Fee Calculator: Setting A Fair Fee F...

Part of the HOA board’s job is to prepare the budget and calculate HOA fees for the coming year. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to do this. You don’t need an HOA fee calculator — the process is easy if you know where to begin….

Happy Homeowners

The Truth about HOAs: Involved Homeowner...

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…

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The Truth about HOAs: Low Assessments Ca...

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…

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The Truth about HOAs:Don’t Blame Governi...

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…

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Are You Listening To The Homeowners? Pro...

Listening to homeowners is one of the most important roles of the HOA board. When homeowners are heard, it’s when the HOA and the residents can really work together. Although homeowner’s opinions can differ at times, the HOA needs to closely listen to homeowners every…

What To Do When HOA Is Not Doing Their J...

The HOA board has responsibilities to fulfill within the community. If your board is not doing its job, you, as homeowners, can take action. Here’s what to do when HOA is not doing their job.   Do You Know What to Do When HOA Is…

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Are Your HOA Fees Too High? Here’s...

Lower HOA fees would be the dream for both residents and the HOA board. HOA fees too high for comfort can make a community difficult to manage. Thus, managers often look for ways on how to lower HOA fees and other homeowners association payments. Let’s…

HOA reserves

Should Homeowners Contribute to HOA Rese...

Sufficient HOA reserves not only help your community thrive in good times. In times of disaster, your reserve fund contribution can also help the HOA get things back to normal.   What Are HOA Reserves? Homeowners association reserve funds are the money (or some other…

7 Night Driving Tips for Your HOA Commun...

Even if your homeowners association is generally well lit at night, the chances of risks are still increased after dusk as visibility decreases. For that reason, it’s important to make sure your community has some guidelines and warnings for living or arriving home at night. Here are…

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How To Prevent Squatters In Foreclosed H...

Foreclosed homes are nothing new to homeowners associations, but they can become a real problem when squatters start making these homes their own. If that sounds all too familiar to you, read on to learn how to prevent squatters and how to remove them legally….

Managing HOA Politics The Smart Way As A...

Homeowners association politics can be a confusing subject. But, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the different board member roles, the process of conflict resolution, how to make decisions wisely, and how to deal with resignations or removals. Whether you are considering running for…

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HOA Management Issues Caused By Poor Com...

Proper communication is vital to the success of an HOA community. When HOA board members talk to each other, they’re able to work harmoniously and accomplish essential tasks. On the other hand, poor communication can lead to negative consequences such as misunderstandings and low productivity….

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7 Wonderful Ideas To Have An Eco-Friendl...

Many homeowners associations are moving towards sustainable practices and eco-friendly solutions in their communities. If you want to be an environmentally conscious HOA, there are several ways to do so. For starters, here are seven wonderful ideas that will transform your community into an eco-friendly…

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HOA Summer Safety: Protecting Homeowners...

HOA summer safety tips are all about staying healthy and sunburn-free as you enjoy your HOA summer activities. However, you also have to look out for the security of your association and residents. Safe summer tips likewise apply to the maintenance crew that will be…

HOA treasurer

The Main Duties Of Your HOA Treasurer

The HOA board as a whole is responsible for the financial health of your homeowners association. However, there are specific duties of the HOA treasurer that must happen to protect the HOA’s assets. Your governing documents—as well as state laws—will specify these exact duties. They…

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HOA Electric Car Charging Policy: Why Ha...

With the rise of electric cars in society, chances are you’ve probably seen a few of them in your homeowners association. Pretty soon, you will have owners of these vehicles approaching your HOA board to request the installation of charging stations. And, with that, comes…

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What Is Condo Rental Insurance? What Doe...

Navigating rentals in a condo association is already hard enough; adding insurance on top of it can be maddening. Yet, condo rental insurance is a significant asset that every condo rental owner should get.   What Is Condo Rental Insurance? Condo rental insurance is a…

HOA Social Media Policy: What Rules To E...

Social media can be a valuable communication tool for HOAs. But, you need to adopt a strict HOA social media policy to keep members in check and avoid potential liability.   Steps for Determining Your HOA Social Media Policy Technology has certainly come a long…

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Maintaining Gyms In An HOA During COVID-...

One of the most common homeowners association problems this pandemic is whether or not to reopen amenities — specifically gyms. But, maintaining gyms in an HOA during these trying times can be tricky without proper preparation.   Should You Open Gyms in an HOA During…

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An Overview of HOA Officers Job Descript...

If you’ve just been elected to your HOA’s board of directors, it can be an exciting and overwhelming experience. You might be slightly familiar with what happens, but you still worry about carrying out all of your HOA roles and responsibilities. The road to success,…

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An HOA Accounting Guide For HOA Board Me...

Accounting is arguably one of the most challenging aspects of managing an HOA community. Yet, HOA accounting remains an integral part of your job as an HOA board member.   The Importance of Proper HOA Accounting A homeowners association functions in very much the same way…

hoa reserve study

Investing HOA Reserve Funds The Right Wa...

Investing HOA reserve funds is an interesting decision that could set up an association for financial growth. However, any HOA reserve funds investment policy carries its share of risks.   Investing HOA Reserve Funds: Yay or Nay? Any investment decisions should be made carefully and…

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What Makes A Good HOA Board Member? Secr...

Homeowners associations should have good board members sitting at the helm. After all, board members are the ones who make decisions for the community. But, what makes a good HOA board member exactly?   Want to Know What Makes a Good HOA Board Member? Board members…

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HOA Dog Rules And Policies Every Dog Own...

Pets are now considered an integral part of the family. It’s only right for homeowners associations to welcome pets into their communities. If you’re a pet-friendly association, you likely already know the importance of having rules for homeowners with furry companions. For those who have…

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Just Say No to Night HOA Board Meetings

Night HOA board meeting sessions are often the last resort for board members that have work during the day. Most HOA volunteers keep regular business hours, this the night HOA meetings. At this point, most associations are resigned to having evening HOA board meetings. But,…

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Safety Measures for Your HOA Wi-Fi Conne...

Free Wi-Fi internet is a common amenity in a lot of businesses, so it makes sense that your homeowners association might want to offer it for your residents. But there are some risks involved with offering the option of free internet if you don’t have…

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HOA Elections: A Guide For The Entire Co...

All homeowners associations require a set of board members to run the community. These board members, while volunteers, don’t just assume their position without going through a voting process. Here’s your guide to understanding and carrying out smooth HOA elections.   The Laws Presiding HOA…

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Condo Frozen Pipes: Who Should Take Care...

Condo frozen pipes are a common problem among many condo associations, particularly those located in colder states. But, is it your job to fix these pipes? Or, is someone else accountable for them?   Dealing With Condo Frozen Pipes Every season has its range of…

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5 Common Communication Problems In HOAs ...

Self-management can put a lot of pressure on the HOA board. Without an HOA manager or management company to help them, board members can only rely on each other when managing the community. But when tasks pile up and board members become overwhelmed, communication breakdowns…

aging residents in hoa

Keeping The Neighborhood Safe For Aging ...

If your homeowners association has a lot of elderly residents in the neighborhood, it is worth taking that extra step to help ensure their safety. But, how exactly do you keep aging residents in HOA communities safe?   How to Keep Aging Residents in HOA Communities…

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The Most Important HOA Checklists You Sh...

Running a homeowners association can be tough, especially if you don’t know where to start. As a board member, you often need a guide of sorts to keep up with all your tasks. Luckily, these HOA checklists are designed to help you stay on track….

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Self Managed HOA Pros And Cons: Do You N...

Homeowners associations vary greatly, with some requiring more attention than others. Although many find the idea of self-management appealing, it is not always the right call. In fact, when you become a self-managed HOA, you open your community up to certain risks.   Understanding Self…

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HOA Snow Removal: Policies, Contracts, A...

For many homeowners associations, the approach of the winter season means having to prepare for snowfall and its removal. But, crafting your HOA snow removal policy and hiring the best company for it is not always easy.   Defining Your HOA Snow Removal Policy When…

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A Risk Management For HOA Guide

Running a homeowners association is just like running a business. And if you want your HOA to succeed, it’s important to have a proper risk management plan in place. Here’s a helpful risk management for HOA guide to get you started.   Importance of Risk…

hoa accounting

Why Accrual Accounting For HOAs Is The B...

HOA accounting is perhaps one of the most demanding facets of managing a homeowners association. Yet, it also remains integral to the smooth operations of any community.   Understanding HOA Accounting Methods Also known as the basis of accounting, the accounting methods dictate the timing…

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What’s The Right HOA Board Meeting...

HOA board meetings can dictate the pace of your community management. Knowing how to run an HOA board meeting, and run it well, can make such a huge impact on your HOA decisions. So, take the time and prep up your HOA board meeting agenda…

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9 Steps On How To Change HOA Management ...

Are you having problems with your HOA management company? If the board has decided that your current management is not cutting it, you might be wondering about the next step. Learn how to change HOA management company below.   A Guide on How to Change…

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HOA Online Voting 101: Why HOA Communiti...

In the digital age, many HOAs have turned to online voting for convenience. If you’re skeptical, weigh the pros and cons of HOA online voting before making your decision.   Why Even Consider HOA Online Voting? How many people are showing up regularly to your…

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How To Welcome New Board Members In The ...

Every newcomer will feel a little shy or out of place when faced with a strange environment, and that applies to new HOA board members as well. If you want to learn how to welcome new board members the right way, you have come to…

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HOA Social Committee Ideas For Your Comm...

HOA social committee ideas may lie somewhere between mid to low priority in the things your HOA board needs to do. That does not mean that you can just neglect your HOA social committee responsibilities either – if you have one in the first place….

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7 Problems With HOA Management Companies...

Problems with HOA management companies can range from minor inconveniences to impending signs of management failure. When you start seeing a pattern with HOA management complaints, it’s time to take a closer look. Here’s how to tell if HOA management problems are fixable, or if…

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Hiring The Best HOA Landscaping Companie...

Proper landscaping can be integral to the success of your homeowners association. It helps boost property values and keep homeowners satisfied, but it also brings in more potential homeowners. Maintaining landscaping, though, is often tough without the help of the right HOA landscaping companies.  …

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Should Having Service Animals In An HOA ...

Many homeowners associations have strict “no pets” policies. But emotional animals and service animals are not pets. They are animals that provide crucial assistance to homeowners with disabilities — and as such, are protected by federal laws. To ensure legal compliance, here’s what you need…

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5 Things The HOA Board Should Prepare Fo...

Transferring to new HOA management company services can bring about big changes for your community. So take these steps to prepare for a new team and help them hit the ground running. Hiring new management company services doesn’t just end with the contract. You also…

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7 Qualities Of The Best HOA Management C...

Is your association planning to hire professional management? Whatever the reason for this may be, it’s important to choose a company that’s right for your community. But what to look for in an HOA management company? Here are the qualities of the best HOA management…

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How Can HOA Financial Management Help Yo...

Dealing with HOA finances is part of the board’s duties. Sometimes, though, problems and tasks can pile up, and the board can start feeling overwhelmed. This is where professional HOA financial management comes in.   The Benefits of HOA Financial Management Ideally, the board of…

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Will An HOA Neighborhood Watch Benefit Y...

One of the most important things potential homeowners consider prior to choosing a new home is the level of safety. In a homeowners association, one way to make residents feel safer is to start an HOA neighborhood watch.   The Benefits of an HOA Neighborhood…

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12 Qualities And Skills You Need In A Gr...

A homeowners association manager must be able to wear many hats to be successful. The HOA manager often serves as a pillar for your HOA and offers critical assistance to the board. As such, it’s important to choose an HOA manager that demonstrates specific qualities…

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What Are The Fiduciary Responsibilities ...

As an HOA board member, your actions can have a significant impact on the community’s wellbeing. And so, you want to be sure that you are serving your role and association as responsibly as possible. You can ensure this by understanding the fiduciary responsibility of…

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11 Ways To Ensure Effective Security In ...

Most residents of HOA communities have the benefit of feeling safer and more secure than those in a public community. To ensure HOA security remains in tiptop shape, it’s crucial for HOAs to get the most out of their security measures.   How to Improve…

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Filing 1099’s For HOA Contractors: What ...

1099’s for HOA contractors should be near the top of your end-of-the-year to-do list. For one, 1099’s for HOAs are often overlooked on the mad dash to wrap up the fiscal year. This can come and bite you hard later, so make sure you have…

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HOA Attorneys – Why They Are Important A...

An HOA attorney is paramount to any homeowners association. They perform tasks and consult on issues that an HOA would otherwise have no way of doing. Here’s why your association needs one.   The Case for an HOA Attorney Retaining the services of an attorney…

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Can An HOA Collection Agency Be The Solu...

Homeowners association dues collection poses many challenges, the most difficult of which is getting homeowners to settle their late fees. In these instances, it is usually more reasonable to outsource the task to an HOA collection agency.   What Is an HOA Collection Agency? Simply put,…

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HOA Management: Playground Safety Tips

For children across the U.S., school is almost out for the summer. This means that the playground equipment in parks and recreational areas of HOA communities will be full of children having fun in the sun. Before the playground equipment in your homeowners association fills…

Community Association Violations

Community Association Violations

Associations are small governments that are responsible for keeping their communities and buildings safe, while always trying to maintain and increase the value of the homes in the community. The association’s Declaration and/or Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R) are put into place for the benefit…

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10 HOA Tips For Better Community Associa...

While many are highly efficient and effective, there are other homeowners associations that are unable to properly manage basic tasks such as critical maintenance and resident conflicts. Most often than not, HOAs that cannot operate properly will have to deal with resident dissatisfaction. If you…

HOA Annual Calendar

Developing The Annual Calendar

One of the most important roles of the Board of Directors for a community association is to establish the direction of the association and allocate the necessary resources.  Most of this work is done through the approval of your annual budget, which many of you…

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Board of Directors: Do You Qualify?

There’s something rewarding about being on the Board of Directors of an HOA, especially if you fit the criteria. Like that one time when you you were spending time at the pool on a sunny summer day and you noticed one of the umbrellas was…

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What Goes On In An HOA Annual Meeting? T...

Although homeowners associations have varying rules and traditions, one thing that many have in common is the HOA annual meeting. But, what exactly happens in the annual meeting? And how can you improve yours?   What Is an HOA Annual Meeting? The HOA annual meeting is…

Small HOA Management For A Small Communi...

Homeowners associations come in all shapes and sizes, though the ones with fewer units are usually the ones that opt for self-management. But, contrary to popular belief, small HOA management isn’t as easy as you might think.   Small HOA Management: How to Self-Manage Your…

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How To Plan For Your HOA Budget

The annual budget is a cornerstone of every homeowners association. Yet, HOA budget planning is a task many HOA boards find daunting because it takes a lot of work. Simplify the process by following a few easy steps.   What Is an HOA Budget? A…

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6 Benefits Of HOA Living

HOA living is becoming the norm in many communities. But, is moving to an HOA community all that it’s made out to be? What is an HOA neighborhood association and are HOA fees worth it to move into one?   HOA Living: Breaking Down the…

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Have Bad Neighbors? What To Do Legally

Homeowners can choose the best HOA community for their needs and lifestyles, but they cannot choose their neighbors. Some homeowners may find themselves annoyed by the people living next door, and may even end up in conflict with them. Learn about bad neighbors, what to…

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What Is An HOA Or Homeowners Association...

What does HOA mean? HOA stands for homeowners association. But, what is a homeowners association and why do communities have them? Here is a guide to help you better understand the purpose of an HOA in a community.   What Is HOA? What Does HOA…

Conducting Neighborhood Watches: Tips Fo...

In the wake of recent news reports about the safety of neighborhood watch programs, many association-governed communities are reviewing their policies for neighborhood watches. In many communities, the reviews are taking place to help prevent what no community wants to happen during a neighborhood watch:…

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Recording HOA Meeting Minutes? This HOA ...

For any meeting the HOA board holds, the secretary should record HOA meeting minutes. It’s important to keep in mind, though, that there’s a proper way to go about this. Here, we discuss just that and provide you with a helpful HOA meeting minutes template….

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Pool Safety: How To Keep Your Community&...

Community pools are a great place for residents of managed communities to cool off in the summer, but they can also be dangerous if the right safety measures are not taken. In addition to protecting residents from potential dangers, pool safety precautions help to protect…

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7 Reasons And Ways To Serve In An HOA

Whether you play a small but essential role or run for a position on the board, serving in your HOA comes with plenty of rewards. It may not involve financial gain, but there are some intangible benefits of giving back to your community. Here’s why…

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What Is HOA Management? Frequently Asked...

If you’re finding it difficult to understand HOA management, you’re not alone. Learn the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the subject below.   What Is HOA Management? To understand HOA management, you must first know the meaning of HOA. HOA stands for…

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Self Management vs Professional HOA Mana...

Every community association reaches a point where they need to decide whether to soldier on with self-management or to hire professional help. Such a decision can be difficult to make, especially when you don’t know the difference between self management vs professional HOA management. Learn…

hoa reserve funds

What Are HOA Reserve Funds For?

HOA reserve funds are integral to any homeowners association. Without them, your HOA may be forced to make unpopular financial decisions or delay crucial repairs.   What Are HOA Reserve Funds? What does reserve funds mean? A reserve fund functions as the association’s savings account….

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How To Create An Awesome HOA Welcome Pac...

HOAs should strive to make a good first impression with their new residents. A warm welcome can go a long way in cultivating a strong, harmonious relationship with your new homeowners. Here’s how to create an HOA welcome packet that your new residents will appreciate….

Helpful Tips When Preparing To Attend Bo...

Every association has board meetings, and every resident of that association is allowed and welcome to attend these meetings, if there has been public notice (usually with a postcard or noted on the HOA’s website). All residents are not only encouraged to read the prior…

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How Can An HOA Reduce Delinquencies?

One of the hardest parts about running a homeowners association is collecting dues, especially when they become delinquent. How can your HOA reduce delinquencies? Let us count the ways.   Helping Your HOA Reduce Delinquencies Using These Methods Homeowners associations face unpaid dues and overdue balances…

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How to Set the Right Funding Goals for Y...

Reserve studies are intended to help financially prepare an association for the inevitable necessity of major repairs or replacement of facilities, equipment and other assets in a community association’s common areas. Since the association is required to maintain these items, it is critical that the…

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HOA Political Signs– What About the 1st ...

HOA political signs are a bold display of support for a cause that a resident believes in. However, do these political sign displays have a place in a managed community? Political signs in your HOA is a good thing. It can be a healthy display…

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What Are HOA Disputes? How To Practice D...

Homeowners association disputes are very common. Given the diversity within a community, there’s no guarantee that the members will get along with each other all the time. Nevertheless, HOA board members need to have an effective strategy for dealing with neighbor disputes. Here’s what you…

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How FHA Action Could Boost Condo Market

The still struggling condominium market may get a boost due to actions taken by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA issued new mortgage guidance for FHA insured condominium loans that could significantly affect condo financing and boost the housing recovery. Since the housing crisis began,…

How to Pick the Right HOA Vendors

Pick HOA vendors that best fit the needs of your community. Sounds simple written like that, but selecting HOA contractors is not that straightforward. So, before you bring out the HOA vendor contracts, take a look at our tips on how to pick the best…

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Who Pays HOA Fees at Closing?

Who pays HOA fees at closing? Does the buyer take on the responsibility or does it remain with the seller? Find out below.   Who Pays HOA Fees at Closing? If you’re thinking about buying a home and moving into a homeowners association, you need…

How To Tell If You Have A Successful HOA...

Many homeowners associations rely on the services of an HOA management company to function smoothly. Unfortunately, there are some communities that experience bad management. So, how can you know if you have a successful HOA management in your community?   Identifiers of Successful HOA Management…

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How Can The HOA Save On Water Costs?

There are various ways the HOA can save water while still keeping up with maintenance. HOA water conservation, while often done to reduce water costs, is also just a matter of smart community management. Here are a few ways to boost HOA water savings while…

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HOA Reserve Study 101: Does Your Communi...

An HOA reserve study is an essential tool in examining and maintaining the financial health of your association. Yet, many boards remain in the dark about the importance of these studies and choose to forgo them altogether. But, what is a reserve fund study exactly…

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11 Things To Know Before Moving Into An ...

Buying a home is one of the most significant investments you can make, so it only makes sense to look into every aspect of the process. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a home in an HOA community.   What You Should…

6 Tips On How Can HOA Enforce Rules And ...

Homeowners association rules and regulations exist in a community to keep everything in order and help maintain property values. But, how can HOA enforce rules effectively? Read on to find out.   How Can HOA Enforce Rules Properly “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” “You…

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5 Valuable Tips When Hiring HOA Maintena...

HOA maintenance is an integral part of running a community. But, understanding the association’s responsibilities when it comes to maintenance and repairs can be confusing at times. What you need is a detailed guide on navigating maintenance in your HOA.   Understanding HOA Maintenance Responsibilities…

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How The HOA Board Should Review HOA Fina...

Review HOA finances with the same care that you check your own. That’s how personally you need to take HOA financial reviews. If you’re part of an HOA financial committee, then reviewing HOA finances is not just a responsibility. It’s a habit that will save…

Creative Project Management Techniques

Recently, an association I manage undertook a roof replacement project and addition of roller shutters adelaide.  After careful consideration of their financial position and the results of a roofing survey, we were able to have the work commence one year in advance of the outlined reserve…

California AB 2273 Bill Has Passed, What...

A down economy often leads to high HOA delinquency rates. Associations definitely feel the brunt of this as it also becomes harder to pay for operating expenses — which are crucial to the community’s operations. HOA foreclosures can help communities recover unpaid assessments, but this…

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How To Have Solar Panels In An HOA Commu...

Solar panels pose a lot of benefits, which is why more and more homeowners are installing them on their property. But, for those who live in an HOA community, there is the question of whether or not solar panels are allowed. Here’s everything homeowners and…

How To Run An HOA Community With Great S...

“How can I have a successful HOA community?” As an HOA board member, you have most likely asked this question — regardless if you’re newly-elected or tenured. Admittedly, running a community is hard and very challenging. However, if you have a solid foundation, it’s possible…

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Making The Most Out Of Your HOA Board Or...

HOA board orientation sessions can go much more smoothly when you prepare for them. Thus, it really pays to put in some prep work for your HOA board member orientation meetings. Here are a few steps on how to really maximize the benefits of your…

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The Immense Importance Of Natural Disast...

Disaster can strike without warning — especially in a country that is extremely vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, and so on. Is your community capable of handling the damage that these natural disasters might bring? If not, securing natural disaster insurance should be of…

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Who Can Attend HOA Meetings?

Who can attend HOA meetings? When it comes to annual meetings and board meetings, are all homeowners allowed to attend? Let’s find out.   Understanding Who Can Attend HOA Meetings Homeowners association meetings are an important part of HOA living. They allow members to stay…

hoa insurance

HOA Insurance 101: Why Does Your HOA Nee...

Many HOA board members and residents question the importance of proper homeowners association insurance. Maintaining the correct types and limits of HOA insurance, though, offers a safety net that shields your association from unexpected and possibly disastrous losses.   What Is HOA Insurance? No matter…

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The Ins And Outs Of Covenant Enforcement...

Covenant enforcement is paramount to smooth association living. But, many HOA boards fall between the cracks when it comes to implementing rules and punishing violators. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way.   Getting a Handle on Proper Covenant Enforcement Enforcing covenants might seem…

Everything You Should Know About Condo M...

As anybody who’s ever had his air conditioner go out in the middle of summer can tell you, buildings don’t maintain themselves. This is where condo maintenance comes in.   Who Is Responsible for Condo Maintenance? A common misconception about living in a condo building…

Why Is An HOA Annual Audit Necessary?

An HOA audit is just about as important to an HOA as annual health checkups are to you. These audits ensure the financial health of the association. A complete audit of HOA books, however, can be a costly activity.   What Is an HOA Audit?…

What Are HOA Covenants Anyway? Why Is It...

Members of a homeowners association are bound by agreements known as HOA covenants. As such, before you buy a home in an HOA community, it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the covenants that you must follow. This will prevent any future conflicts between you and…

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HOA Landscaping: Benefits, Budget, Cost,...

HOA landscaping plays a critical role in improving curb appeal and has a direct impact on property values. As such, it is imperative for every homeowners association to invest in quality landscaping.   The Importance of HOA Landscaping The goal of every homeowners association is…

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Can Homeowners Sue HOA Board Members Or ...

HOA board members are always concerned about getting sued. A lawsuit is a very serious matter; it can be quite a drain on one’s time, energy, finances, resources, and emotions. Many of us ask, “Why volunteer as a board member if it will only bankrupt…

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Can Homeowners Get A Traffic Ticket In A...

Can your homeowners association issue an HOA traffic ticket? The answer may not be so simple. Still, it is worth diving into the subject to provide both HOAs and their members some insight.   HOA Traffic Ticket: Many Sides to the Debate People seem to…

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Open Meeting Act vs Open Forum In HOA Bo...

If you’ve had experience with homeowners associations, you’ve probably heard about the Open Meeting Act. As an HOA board member, it’s important for you to understand what this act entails, how it differs from an open forum meeting, and how it should inform your HOA…

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The Different Types Of HOA Committees An...

Every HOA has a board of directors that is in charge of maintaining the community. However, community management often comes with a never-ending list of tasks and responsibilities, which can be overwhelming. To get things done, the association can call on its homeowners to volunteer…

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Do HOA Pay Taxes?

Does an HOA pay taxes? It’s a common question a lot of homeowners associations ask. While an HOA does not technically operate to gain profit, it is still bound by tax laws. But, how exactly does it all work? Do HOAs have to file tax…

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Everything You Need To Know About Condo ...

Unlike insurance for single-family homes — which is pretty much cut and dry — condominium homeowners insurance can be quite complicated. Why? Because as a condo owner, you need to think about insurance coverage for your unit as well as the insurance covered by your…

HOA software

How Important Is Using An HOA Software f...

HOA software is becoming more common nowadays. The industry-specific software for HOAs helps the HOA board navigate the complex responsibilities of running an HOA. Generic software also has its place, as well, such as using Quickbooks for HOA management. HOA accounting software for free can…

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Top HOA Interview Questions To Ask And T...

Interviewing HOA management company representatives for the position of HOA manager is no easy job. To determine whether a candidate is right for your community, here are the top HOA interview questions that you should ask. As a bonus, we’ll also take you through the…

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Is It Time To Switch Community Property ...

Given the many benefits of community property management, it’s always a complex decision to fire community property managers. When it comes to HOA property management, however, it’s best to stick to standards. When you encounter these warning signs, then perhaps it’s time to ask the…

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Are Your Association’s Funds Protected?...

By: Craig Koss, AMS®, PCAM® Regional Vice President, Associa – Ann Arbor, MI Many of us use our computer to order products from Amazon, to pay our electric bill and to manage our bank accounts. Online commerce has grown exponentially over the past few years,…

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At what point do you need industry speci...

Immediately.  No matter what the size of your community or type of community (condo, townhome, single family), using software that speaks to your needs is essential.  Generally it will only cost you a fraction of the money that custom software would cost.  It’s also important…

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