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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

Does your Condominium Association have a Fire-Safety Plan?

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you are running a high-rise condo, then fire safety may well be on your mind - especially after the high-profile apartment block fire in London. The fire involved a number of failures, some of which are not the responsibility of anyone but the builder or contractor doing updates.

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Topics: Condominium Association, Condominium Management

HOA Legal Landscape - Consulting Experts Before Making Key Decisions

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Although your HOA board of directors certainly embodies a broad spectrum of knowledge and expertise, it's unlikely that it will cover every critical aspect of association decision-making. Many community association's are aware of this, but are nonetheless tempted to save the money otherwise spent on hiring outside expertise. Be wary of making this mistake. The modest cost of hiring a few hours of outside expertise that fills a blind spot in your board's knowledge base could save you tens of thousands of dollars in corresponding issues down the road. To expand on this point, let's explore a few domains where outside expertise often proves essential in HOA decision-making: legal decisions, financial decisions, and decisions surrounding construction and landscaping projects.

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Topics: Board Education, HOA Governance

5 Tips for Improving Communication with HOA Associations

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A lack of communication leads to conflict and upset in any situation. People like to be kept aware of what is happening but are inundated with messages every day. Cut through the clutter and improve communication with your HOA members by implementing the following five tools and tips:

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Topics: Board Education, Communication

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