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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 Terry Bascher 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

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

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

Are Political Rallies and Signs Legal in Your Community Association?

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Aug 19, 2020 8:41:00 AM

During an election year, it's not unusual for community associations to grapple with issues related to the legality of displaying political signs. Yet, these are unusual times. The nation is experiencing a time of increased interest in political activism. Not long ago a video of dueling protesters at a political rally in a Florida community association went viral and made national news. That video made many homeowners and boards aware of the necessity of knowing what political activities are legal in their community association.

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

Top 7 Qualities of Good Neighbors

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Jun 17, 2020 8:24:00 AM

Good neighbors are important. Even the most beautiful house can feel like a prison when the homeowners next to you are loud, obnoxious, and disrespectful. On the other hand, decent and helpful neighbors can make a community feel warm and inviting, even for its newest members. Here are 7 qualities of good neighbors that can help make home ownership a delight, instead of a chore:

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Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education

Why Your HOA Cannot Restrict Access to the 2020 Census

Posted by Annette Byrd, CMCA®, PCAM® on Apr 1, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Many HOA and Condo associations implement restricted access measures to help ensure the safety and security of their homeowners and community property. These measures, such as gated entries, closed-circuit cameras, and even security officers, are all in place to prohibit unwanted solicitors or intruders from disturbing your community's residents. It's important to know however, that the 2020 Census is currently underway and although your members may feel that they would rather not be bothered by Census representatives, denying entry to these representatives is actually illegal and can put your community at a disadvantage.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Legal, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Home in a Community Association (HOA)

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Mar 18, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Whether you're buying your first home or your fifth, you've probably run into some homes that are a part of a community or homeowner's association. You may be familiar with the monthly fees, some benefits, and restrictions of living in a home with an HOA, but it can often be more complicated than what you imagined.

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Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

Possible Effects of Reverse Mortgages in Active-Adult Communities

Posted by Amanda Causey on Feb 19, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Television commercials promote reverse mortgages as an easy financial solution for seniors. If a senior is struggling financially during their retirement years, a reverse mortgage appeals to them because it lets them remain at home and draw money. The final outcome of a reverse mortgage isn't as glamorous as the commercials portray. Understanding the implications for your active-adult community is important for preventing misconceptions about reverse mortgages and HOAs. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Financial

What You Need to Know About Resort-Style Living

Posted by Duane McPherson, CMCA, PCAM® on Feb 5, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Have you ever wanted to stay in your own home while feeling as if you're on vacation 365 days of the year? If so, then you need to know about resort-style living, also known as a Country Club lifestyle. On the other hand, not everyone is suited for this type of lifestyle or can afford it. Here's what you need to know about resort-style living, regarding the basic pros and cons. 

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Topics: HOA | Condo Amenity and Common Areas, HOA | Condo Homeowner Responsibilities & Education, HOA | Condo Other

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