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What do you do if one of your HOA’s governing documents conflicts with another document or with your state or national rights? Do your board members and HOA manager know how to handle this situation if a homeowner or member notices a conflict in the writing? As an HOA board member, while it’s important to review and…

Between disagreeing residents, unending topics to discuss, and chatty board members, the idea of a short board meeting can seem like something out of myths and legends. However, far from being impossible, a board meeting that is under one hour can be achievable by taking a few simple steps. Here are a few tips to…

If you are looking to purchase a home you may be confused by the overwhelming multitude of terminology and acronyms that exist in the world of real estate. When it comes to HOAs, POAs, and COAs, it is important to understand the difference. Although they are sometimes used interchangeably, this is actually a mistake as…

One of the best ways to enhance your community and make it the best that it can be is to volunteer as a member of the HOA board. Becoming a board member can take up a lot of valuable time, but it is well worth the investment of energy and passion. At times, filling positions…

At times, the expenses of an HOA can exceed the amount that is brought in by monthly HOA fees. As a result, residents can be hit with special assessments which can be a shock to homeowners and a large blow to community moral. However, if your HOA board is hardworking and creative, it can find many…

It can be difficult to strike a balance between making sure homeowners follow the rules, and breeding ill will in the community because the board is seen as controlling and harsh. Whenever you have a problem with homeowners consistently breaking the association rules and regulations, it may be time to examine yourself and see what…

Summertime is the time for planting, nurturing, and harvesting, both when it comes to delicious fruits and vegetables, and when it comes to your community. Warmer weather encourages neighbors to get out of doors, meet one another, have picnics and barbeques, and socialize in ways that they cannot during the winter months. One of the…

It is likely that your board has adequately prepared your homeowners association for fires, flood, severe weather, or other similar emergencies by obtaining proper insurance coverage. However, many associations overlook an important facet of insurance called D&O Insurance, or Directors and Officers Insurance. Here is everything your board needs to know about D&O insurance so that…

You know what? Becoming a self-managed community may not be right for you. It may be more work and you may have to learn a lot of new ways of doing things in an unfamiliar industry. But if you are looking for a low cost alternative to full property management, have a core group of…

A lot of towns around the country may not have a company that provides management services that cater to condo communities and homeowner associations.  Maybe an experienced manager hasn’t moved to town or the market is not large enough to support a company that specializes in community association management.  Or there is someone but their…