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6 Red Flags for Difficult HOA Board Members

February 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Board

A well-focused board of directors is efficient, productive, and in most cases, a pleasure to work with.  The board of directors sets the tone for how things get accomplished and how the HOA is maintained overall.  But what happens when one, or more, of your directors has personality issues with the rest, or even worse, what if he/she has a hidden agenda and is self-serving?  Bogged down in disagreements, nothing really ever gets accomplished.  Sound familiar?  Read on.

Here are 6 Signs your board member(s) may be a problem:


HOA Tips: Taking Out the Trash

February 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Property Values

When it comes to getting rid of garbage, many Homeowner Association members are apt to simply toss their waste in the trash or into the dumpster and call it a day. But improper dumping can lead to stronger garbage smells and more mess in our trash facilities. So before you haul out the trash, here are few simple tips on how to help the community keep its trash area and dumpsters cleaner longer:


California Homeowners Association: How to Pick a Management Company

February 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, Hire an HOA Management Company, HOA

So perhaps you are on the board of a California Homeowners Association and you are tired of the same old same old management company that you've had for the past ten years. You call them and you don't get calls back. They don't give updates nor seem energetic about their job, when their job is supposed to be to serve and help you. It is possible that the Homeowner Association management company you have was inherited from past board members. They hired the management company because they liked a specific manager, but that manager no longer works for the management company.


Homeowners Association Documents Part 1: Articles of Incorporation and CC&R's

February 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

When I was in High School, I took two years of Latin.I am not sure why. Even at that time, it was a language that was no longer used. Neither my family nor friends were ever impressed with 18 or even 80 conjugated forms of the verb 'porto'.


Considering HOA Board Candidacy

February 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board Meetings, HOA

Are you considering running for your California Homeowner Association board? If yes, ask yourself the following questions:


Why We Recommend Professional HOA Landscape Maintenance Services

February 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors, HOA Maintenance

Maintaining the common area in your California Homeowner Association is one of the board's most important responsibilities. Some maintenance requires consistent upkeep. Landscape maintenance falls into that category and it is usually in the board's best interest to contract with a professional company to provide HOA landscape maintenance services in order to save on cost, and have consistency within the look of the community. While some homeowners might complain that the cost of professional landscaping is unnecessary, we would like to offer you several reasons why we believe that it is worth every penny.


California Homeowners Association Documents, Part 2: By-Laws

February 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, my chosen 'foreign' language of study in High School was Latin. Honestly, I had enough trouble with English at the time, yet Latin did become more interesting when I discovered that many of our English words came from Latin. When we consider California Homeowners Association governing documents and legal issues related to them, Latin terms can actually help give us some needed understanding. More on this later.


Five Guidelines for Dealing with Contractors in California

February 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Contractors, Property Maintenance, HOA Maintenance

Is your California Homeowners Association thinking of embarking on a maintenance or construction project that will require the services of a contractor? If the project needs association approval, the first thing before you get to the place of interviewing Contractors in California is to make sure you follow the steps of your design review process.


Why Collect for Reserves Regularly at your Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Reserve Funds

Equipment and major components within a homeowners association (like the roofs) must be replaced from time to time, regardless of whether we plan for the expense. By having a plan, the association can be much more prepared for these large expenses when they come. The plan provided by your reserve fund specialist will help you in this process. It is much more preferable that homeowners associations have a plan to set the funds aside now, on a year-by-year basis. By doing this, the association can spread out the collection of assessments for these expenses more evenly over the years. Remember, reserve funds are not an extra expense. They are part of the ongoing expenses of the homeowners association which just occur at various points in time.


Homes in Foreclosure Provide Scam Artists New Territory

February 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Safety in an HOA

All you have to do is drive around many neighborhoods to see that the number of homes in foreclosure has been on the rise over the past several years. These rising foreclosure rates have led to an increase in scam artists offering to aid homeowners in financial straits. They typically promise to show you how to save your home if you have a home or homes in foreclosure, but will strip away the value of the home with no benefit for you, the homeowner.