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10 Essential HOA Board Member Qualifications

Posted by Mary Arnold, CMCA®, AMS® on Feb 24, 2021 9:15:00 AM

While it may be technically true that any homeowner who is a member of the community can run for a spot on the HOA board, it's just as true that not just anyone can thrive in the role. When electing officers to help lead your community, keep your eye on those who share some of these ten essential HOA board member qualifications. 

Present and Accounted For

Seasonal residents are always fun to have in the social mix. Throughout the year, they blow in and out of town, bringing stories and adventures in their wake. These folks make great friends and neighbors, but they're less helpful as board members. You're looking for folks who stay connected to the needs of the community year-round. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Management Services, HOA | Condo Planning and Projects, HOA | Condo Community Events and Programs, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Rules & Regulations and Enforcement, HOA | Condo Developing Communities

Considering Mask Enforcement in Your Community Association? 4 Key Takeaways

Posted by Annette Byrd, CMCA®, PCAM® on Feb 10, 2021 9:45:00 AM

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We've reached an exciting stage in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With the vaccine program now rolling out, citizens are more than ready to heave a collective sigh of relief and start getting back to normal. Simultaneously, however, the vaccine program will be incremental, meaning it could be months before enough people can be vaccinated to make a dent in the infection rates. If your community association is considering instituting a mask mandate over and above your local ordinances, please consider these four takeaways. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Planning and Projects, HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Rules & Regulations and Enforcement

3 Considerations When Using Group Text for Your Community Association

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jan 27, 2021 9:45:00 AM

Group or Mass Texting features have existed for a while, but the service hasn't always been popular. Many people recall a 2018 news story about residents in Hawaii getting a false Emergency Alert Text that showed just how integral this service is but also how important it is to get it right.

There are plenty of single-service providers out there who offer a group text platform, but if you're interested in using this technology for your community, talk to your community manager to see if your community management software offers texting capabilities. It's also important to discuss any state and local laws that may affect how group texting can be used for your association.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Planning and Projects, HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Communication

The Value of High Membership Dues in a Luxury Condominium

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jan 13, 2021 9:30:00 AM

If you're in the market to purchase a luxury condominium and are wondering whether the high membership fees associated with ownership are actually worth it, we're here to tell you... well that depends on what you value as a homeowner. We wish it were more concise but the truth is that every owner has to decide for themselves if the investment in their lifestyle is worth the value presented by the community. Some luxury communities may have more moderate dues and fees, while other community fees may run in the thousands per month.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas

New Year? New You!

Posted by Amanda Causey on Dec 30, 2020 9:47:00 AM

2020 has been a difficult year with some unique challenges, and tomorrow will surely bring on a change for many of us. The new year is a time to take a look at the goals and objectives you have for the upcoming year and figure out exactly what it is you want and how you are going to make it happen. GrandManors knows that you will face challenges both personally and in your community and we want to support our communities and employees as best as possible. In addition to discussing some goal setting tactics with your community staff, we've also create a simple template for anyone wanting to set some personal goals for the new year.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

The Right Way to Raise Assessments

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Dec 16, 2020 8:45:00 AM

The cost of living continues to skyrocket across the World. In this case, the financial burden incurred in operations across various sectors remains a thorny issue. Your HOA is no exception. The association has to maintain a delicate balancing act between increasing assessments and keeping the fee to a nominal amount that homeowners are comfortable with but will pay the bills.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Management Services, HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education

Water Damage In Your Condo? Who is Responsible?

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 2, 2020 8:26:00 AM

Condo repair laws tend to define a line between resident and building maintenance. Everything inside one owner's unit, from the walls out, is resident territory. Every home asset outside the unit walls is the HOA's responsibility. But water damage blurs that line in an unpleasant and sometimes multiple unit-spanning way.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Maintenance

5 Unique Ways To Thank Your Board Members

Posted by Kimberly Sutherland on Nov 18, 2020 8:30:00 AM

For sure, board members play a crucial role in keeping the community they protect secure and orderly. The fact that most of them work for free for a term of up to four years proves their dedication and commitment to protect our homes, and more importantly, make our investment worth the while. For this reason, appreciating them for their time and effort should not only be something we do annually but as often as it is possible. 

Just like any other association, disagreements among owners and board members are common. However, we should always keep in mind that despite our perspective of them, their sole objective is to preserve our homes and investments. As Thanksgiving week approaches, let us remember to thank the volunteers who dedicate their time to safeguard us and our resources at all times. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Community Events and Programs, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

Giving Back: How to Organize a Food Drive in Your Community

Posted by Amanda Causey on Nov 4, 2020 8:17:00 AM

We are gearing up for the holiday season; that time of the year when we join our loved ones in celebration and thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the less fortunate may not have the privilege of celebrating like most of us. They may hardly have enough food, or any at all, to share with their loved ones during the holidays. Their only hope may be well-wishers, whose help is not certain.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

Benefits and Setbacks of Hiring A Security Service for Your Community Association

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Oct 21, 2020 8:16:00 AM

Security is a priority for individuals living in a community. For that reason, community associations or HOAs adopt various approaches when it comes to securing their properties, including the use of intercom systems and video surveillance. Other community associations opt to hire security personnel. The process of hiring security staff is no mean task.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Emergency and Safety

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