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How to Handle Neighbor Disputes in Your Homeowners Association

September 7, 2017 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations, Neighbor Disputes

You have two residents in your community who for whatever reason do not get along. Unfortunately they live right across the street from one another!

Your homeowners association manager receives phone calls and emails from these two weekly. Bill calls to complain about the lights on in Dan’s home. Dan calls to complain about cars parked on the street when Bill’s wife threw him a birthday party (and didn’t invite Dan). 

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Should Your HOA Board File an Annual Report with the State?

September 5, 2017 at 4:57 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Annual Disclosures

Most HOA boards know that there are annual disclosures that have to be completed and sent out to the membership each year. But did you know that nearly all states also require that a homeowners association organized as non-profit corporations has the responsibility to file an annual report with the Secretary of State? Failure to do so could result in the Association losing its “Good Standing” status.

Many Boards overlook this step when completing their annual disclosures, either because there is a change in management or board governance or the HOA board is just ignorant – but ignorance is not an excuse!

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What Items Are Homeowners Associations Supposed to Maintain?

September 1, 2017 at 3:58 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Maintenance

Many times, I will get asked the question,” What Does the HOA maintain in our Community?” Usually, this comes with a bit of anger behind the question. Unless the CC&Rs provide otherwise, the homeowners association is responsible for repairing, replacing, or maintaining the common areas, and owners are responsible for maintaining their separate interests and any exclusive use common area.

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Frequently Used Terms You’ll Hear at an HOA Board Meeting

August 30, 2017 at 11:59 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board Meetings

Have you ever attended a meeting and had no clue what was going on? It’s an awkward position to be in, especially if you're trying to understand and contribute to the conversation. Be in the know and wow your board members when you attend your next HOA board meeting by reviewing these common terms that are sure to come up.

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How to Save on Home & Renters Insurance in Your Homeowners Association

August 25, 2017 at 3:30 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Resident Tips, Insurance Coverage

Whether you own or rent your home within a homeowners association, insurance is essential to protect your property and household goods. Comparison shopping for the best rates will certainly save you some money, but you also can save by following these tips:

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Is it Okay for an HOA Board to Run Its Own Construction Projects?

August 15, 2017 at 2:10 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Contractors, Construction Projects

Do you live in a community where the HOA board is running its own projects? Are you feeling as if you’re not getting the proper information and updates about the project?

HOA managers are often the face of all projects and correspondence to the owners. This helps the membership to feel secure and helps ensure the projects are run in a professional and accurate manor.

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Why Enforcing the Rules Must Be a Priority of the HOA Board

August 9, 2017 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

One of the most important jobs a homeowners association Board has to do is to enforce the rules of the Association. As a Board member it is part of your duty to make sure all the regulations are followed by homeowners and the Board itself. Failure to do so can lead to chaos and confusion in your community.

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What an HOA Board Should Do Now at the Start of the New Fiscal Year

July 31, 2017 at 2:38 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management

If your homeowners association operates on the fiscal year, then you’re already a month into the new year – Happy New Fiscal Year! Have your fellow HOA board members asked this question: how did we do last year? If not, then now’s the time to re-evaluate and ask the following questions so your Board sets the Association up for success.

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What Can an HOA Board Do About Barking Dog Complaints?

July 21, 2017 at 3:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Rules and Regulations

dog barking in a backyardSo you moved into a beautiful new luxury homeowners association. Your home is on a quiet street in an established neighborhood. Every evening you sit on your newly purchased adirondack chairs in your shady backyard, sipping on a bottle of wine -- while your roommate is lapping his water from an old beat up water bowl -- your "roommate" in this case happens to be a 120 pound fur baby named Rex and he is not on good terms with your neighbors.

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7 Risks of Being a Self-Managed Homeowners Association

July 10, 2017 at 4:29 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management

Many HOA boards think they have it all together and can easily manage the homeowners association on their own. But can they really? While there are various factors involved when it comes to whether or not a homeowners association can successfully be self-managed – such as how involved the board members are, the size of the Association, etc. – ultimately an HOA puts itself at risk if it tries to self-manage all the components that are part of the Association. Instead of rolling the dice on hoping for the best for your Association, learn what seven of those risks are and then consider where your Association stands.

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