Governing a homeowners association is no easy task. There are budgets make, reserve studies to do, laws to understand, meetings to prepare for, and day-to-day tasks to tackle. Below are some helpful resources every HOA board member should know are available to reference.
1. Community Associations Institute (CAI) – CAI is an international membership organization with more than 33,500 members. It provides homeowner volunteers, board members, managers, and other professionals with information, education, resources, seminars, workshops, and online content.
2. The Educational Community for Homeowners (ECHO) – ECHO is a nonprofit membership corporation that assists homeowners associations in California. HOA board members can find information about finances, legal issues, insurance, maintenance, and management.
3. HOATalk.com – This is an online discussion forum for HOA leaders and volunteers to discuss issues and share ideas. There’s over 35,000 members, thousands of discussion topics and news articles.
4. Davis-Stirling.com – This site provides everything you need to know about the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act, which is a portion of the California Civil Code that governs condominium, cooperative, and planned unit development communities in California.
5. HOAleader.com – This site will help HOA board members stay up-to-date with HOA laws, out of legal trouble, prevent and resolve conflicts in the community, and even save you money, time, and headaches.
6. California Association of Community Managers (CACM) – This is the leading resource for California-specific education, events, activities, products, services, and networking opportunities to help community managers.
7. The Hignell Companies – Hignell has been helping HOA and Condominium boards manage their properties effectively for over 30 years. It provides helpful resources for HOA board members and volunteers, such as eBooks, weekly blog articles, and a free evaluation.
The above resources are easily accessible, but they still require time and knowledge. This is where hiring a manager to help can be exactly what your board needs. Even if there are some pushbacks from your fellow board members, a management company can also offer individual services or even do an audit.
If your HOA board would like to learn more about hiring a manager to help, consider contacting The Hignell Companies for a free evaluation.
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