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Seven Essential Steps to Change Your HOA's CC&R Agreements

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Mar 14, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions are rulesets established by a neighborhood, homeowners association, builder, or developer. These legal documents explain the responsibilities of the Homeowner Association and its property owners.

 

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Topics: Board Education, HOA Governance

An Easy Guide to Understanding Board Member Term Limits: Pros & Cons

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Mar 7, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Having a great board of directors for an HOA or condo association is vitally important to an association's success. Responsible for governing the association's budget and needs, members who are willing to serve and to work together is invaluable: just how long they serve is a matter for discussion. Are term limits good or bad for association board members? Is it better to bring in new ideas or is it better to keep those with experience. Several states have specific laws regarding term limits and whether they are allowed. Not all states have laws regarding this so when in doubt, consult your state's laws regarding associations and boards. Here's an easy guide to understanding the pros and cons of board member term limits:

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Topics: Board Education, HOA Governance

Condominium Association - When Does a Home Business Become An Issue?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 28, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Thoughtful young programmer coding on computer in the evening at home.jpegMore and more people these days are either telecommuting or engaged in the "gig economy" - freelancing out of their homes. Many of these home businesses are not an issue for the association - but some are. With more owners not wanting to buy in developments that disallow home-based businesses, condominium associations need to address the issue in a way that is fair to all of their residents.

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Topics: Condominium Association, Condominium Management

Guide to Understanding Satellite Dish Placement in Condos and HOAs

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 21, 2018 8:06:00 AM

Satellite dishes used to be a major cause for contention - to the point where, in 1996, the FCC adopted the OTARD rule. This was amended to include rental property in 1999.

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Topics: HOA Governance, Condominium Management

HOA Community: Are Your Trash Cans Compliant?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 14, 2018 8:02:00 AM

Row of Trash CansSometimes it can seem like your HOA community has ridiculous rules. For example, many have rules about the placement of trash cans and how long they can be out at the curb. They may also have rules about the kind of trash and recycling bins you can have (in some cases, the HOA or their waste management company may provide them).

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Topics: Community Living, HOA Management

HOA Architectural Review: Can an HOA Reject Your Request?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 9, 2018 8:06:00 AM

The short answer is: Yes, an HOA can reject your request for modifications that fall outside of the covenant restrictions.

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Topics: Community Living, HOA Governance

How to Create an Effective Community Association Committee

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM on Feb 7, 2018 8:08:00 AM

Community association committees are a great tool in easing the workload of association boards. There's a world of talent, skills, and knowledge within your association community. Here are a few quick tips on how to create an effective community association committee:

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Topics: Board Education, Community Management, HOA Governance

Buying in a Golf Course Community Association - What to Consider

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 31, 2018 8:00:00 AM

You are thinking about purchasing a property that is in a golf course community association, what a great idea. You know the obvious perks. The beauty of a meticulously manicured fairway and of course the golf, are some of the biggest motivations for such a decision. What you do not know, however, is what you need to find out.

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Topics: Community Management, Community Living

Roles and Responsibilities of a Board for a Condo Association

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 24, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Serving on the board of a condo association is a great way to become involved with your condo community. Your election by fellow association members means you've received their vote of trust to oversee association matters in a responsible manner. Let's look at several roles and responsibilities of a board that accompany a board position:

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Topics: Board Education, HOA Management, HOA Governance

Going Solar? What Should Community Associations Consider

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Solar power is becoming more and more popular - but can have issues for community associations. The primary issues are, of course, aesthetic. Solar panels can be ugly and ground-mounted solar panels may cause safety and access issues. So, can homeowners' associations ban solar panels? The answer is: It depends.

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Topics: Board Education, Community Management, HOA Governance

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