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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: HOA Governance, Board Education

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: HOA Governance, Board Education

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: HOA Governance, Board Education, Community Management

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: HOA Governance, Board Education, Community 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: HOA Governance, Board Education

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

HOA Management: Tips for Hiring an OnSite Manager or General Manager

Posted by Staff Writer on Dec 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When a general manager leaves their position, the first instinct is to find a replacement right away. The haste to fill a vacancy can lead to trouble down the road as important considerations are often overlooked. Having a vacancy is an inconvenience and means additional duties for staff, however taking this time to re-evaluate the position is vital to hire the right replacement. Here are some tips for hiring an on-site manager:

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Topics: Board Education, On-Site Community Management

HOA Landscape - Consult Experts Before Making a Decision

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

When running a HOA, you often have to make a lot of decisions about how to upkeep the neighborhood - without building the kind of resentment that gives HOAs a bad name.

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Topics: HOA Governance, Board Education, HOA Management

How to Have Successful HOA Elections

Posted by Staff Writer on Sep 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the centerpieces of a successful HOA is a well-organized election process. However, in order to ensure that your HOA elections succeed every year, it's important to take heed of a few key rules: follow your governing documents; send out proxies; ensure that you have a quorum; document your elections appropriately; know who can vote; and take the time to count votes correctly.

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Topics: HOA Elections, Board Education, HOA Management

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