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Understanding HOA Reserve Funds

Posted by Jennifer Harvey on Aug 25, 2021 9:40:00 AM

A homeowner' association board has a role in ensuring its community runs flawlessly and with financial stability. However, the association may encounter a huge or unanticipated expense, such as a leak in the clubhouse roofing. If that happens, and the regular dues are not adequate to cover the unexpected expenses, the HOA's reserve fund comes in very handy.

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

Can Pay Rates Impact the Community Security?

Posted by Geoffe Browne on Aug 11, 2021 9:40:00 AM

Security is a paramount concern of every homeowner's association (HOA) / Condo community board. Such boards will change to protect their communities by ensuring the security is top-notch. They thus source for the best security companies to ensure that every homeowner feels secure in their community and ensures the safety of their hard-earned wealth.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Management Services, HOA | Condo Committees, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education

Best Practices to Prevent Package Theft in Your Community

Posted by Geoffe Browne on Jul 14, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Package theft has become the scourge of modern neighborhoods. With online orders at an all-time high, receiving packages has become normal for families and professionals. But porch piracy also makes the neighborhood feel unsafe. It's not just annoying to lose a package, it's also costly and frightening. This is exactly the kind of thing that community associations work to prevent. Of course, you want to protect your residents from package thieves and the other crimes that successful theft might invite.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education

Should Your Community Association Enforce Board Member Term Limits?

Posted by Holly Bunch on May 26, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Should Your Community Association Enforce Board Member Term Limits?:

Deciding whether our HOA should enforce term limits on board members is not always an easy decision to make. Moreover, many states have laws in place that either requires board members to have a term limit on their services or prohibit HOA/community organizations from setting term limits on board members. Knowing the laws in your state is a very important first step to understanding what term limits you can enact on your board members. You also want to know if the term limits that you are setting are against the laws in your state.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Rules & Regulations and Enforcement

HOA Board Member Recalls: What You Need to Know

Posted by Mary Arnold, CMCA®, AMS® on Mar 24, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Homeowners Association (HOA) board recalls are rare, and when they do happen, it is crucial to ensure they proceed according to the association's bylaws and state laws. These laws provide the basis to determine whether a recall is necessary and how to conduct it.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Management Services, HOA | Condo Planning and Projects, HOA | Condo Committees, HOA | Condo Board Responsibilities and Education, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Rules & Regulations and Enforcement

Homeowners’ Association (HOA) Annual Meetings: Why They Matter and How to Prepare 

Posted by Guest Blogger on Mar 10, 2021 9:45:00 AM

A lot unfolds during HOA board meetings, and every member should invest time attending. They are vital to an association's success. At these meetings, the board holds elections, provides a big picture of budget, goals, upcoming projects, governance, and more.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Committees, HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Board and Annual Meetings

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

Is Your Community Prepared for Snowbird Season?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Sep 9, 2020 8:16:00 AM

It's a classic, long understood joke... When the weather gets cooler many northern residents "fly south" for the winter. Some people call them Snowbirds, which is a term colloquially used to refer to those who spend the chilly months in temperate climates like those of California or Florida. The impact of these travelling residents can be difficult to measure but we know that they can cause complications for some HOA or COA communities so it's important to be prepared in the event that your community experiences a "Snowbird Season."

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Topics: HOA | Condo Communication, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Seasonal and Holiday

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