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At The Hignell Companies we have been providing professional management services for California Homeowner Association Boards for nearly 30 years. We love sharing our knowledge and perspective. Give us a call at 530-419-6032 if you have any questions.

When Can an HOA Board Call an Executive Session?

January 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board

As a member of an HOA board you have many responsibilities. One of the most important and least understood by many Board members is the Executive Session. A good understanding of this matter may save headaches in the long run and keep the Board out of thorny situations. 


5 Ways an HOA Board Can Encourage Member Involvement in the New Year

December 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Since a new year is about to begin, this may be a good time for the HOA board to communicate with the Association members about several ways they can help make the community an even better place to live in the next year and beyond. See the list below for ideas to get you started.


8 Things to Be Thankful for in Your Homeowners Association

November 21, 2016 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, Member of HOA

As Thanksgiving approaches many of us have many things to be grateful for. Volunteering as an HOA board member of your homeowners association is sometimes a thankless job -- but there are a few things you can be grateful for. Your HOA does good things for the community and makes it a better place to live.


What Your HOA Board Needs to Know About Maintaining Playgrounds

November 2, 2016 at 3:13 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Safety in an HOA

Some associations have extra space for various amenities. Some have parks, tennis courts, or even lakes and water features. One amenity that’s a feature in some associations is playgrounds for children. There are many different types of playgrounds and play apparatus for associations to choose from. Whether your association has had a playground from the beginning or it’s considering the addition as a capital expenditure, there are certain things an HOA board should keep in mind.


Help for HOA Boards Sorting Out Secret Ballots, Quorums and Elections

October 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Elections

As a volunteer HOA board member or homeowner within an association, elections, quorums, secret ballots and things related can be very confusing. They can even be confusing to those trained to work in this industry. If nothing else, you should understand that not all elections are equal. 


What an HOA Board Should Do About Bullying in a Homeowners Association

October 12, 2016 at 5:07 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

There’s a lot of talk, along with articles and commentary these days about online bullying. This can take place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. It can take the form of inappropriate pictures that someone secretly takes of others and then posts on the internet or just in the mean and inappropriate communications that seem to be an all too often occurrence. But this is not the only place that bullying is taking place. Bullying can and is happening in the realm of homeowner associations as well. In fact, it seems to have escalated greatly in recent years. In what forms can we see it manifested? 


For the People, By the Homeowners: HOA Board Governance in a Nutshell

October 3, 2016 at 4:14 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Community associations have a lot in common with municipal governments. As members of a governing body -- and typically also members of the homeowner’s association -- HOA board members should meet regularly to discuss and vote on important community issues, like paying the Association’s bills, funding reserves and contracting with vendors to keep community amenities in good repair. The Board makes decisions about these and other important topics using a democratic process.


9 Tasks of an HOA Board Treasurer

June 3, 2016 at 11:23 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Accounting

All members of the HOA board are responsible for the Association’s overall financial health; but the treasurer has specific duties to protect the Association’s assets. These duties—and the authority to exercise them—are found in the homeowners association’s governing documents and also in state laws. It’s a big responsibility, but fortunately an HOA manager can help with many of the details.


Questions & Answers Your HOA Board May Relate to Now or Later [Part 2]

May 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

This is the second post in a three-post series. Read the first post Real Questions from Members with Answers from an HOA Manager.

We get quite a few questions from many different Association members and members of the HOA board of directors. Each Association is unique, but more often than not your Association has at some point in the past – or will in the future – experience questions similar to the real-life issues addressed below. Continue reading to see if any of these real-life questions and expert answers from an HOA manager apply to your Association.


Real Questions from Members with Answers from an HOA Manager [Part 1]

May 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

As an HOA board member you're faced with issues in your homeowner’s association day in and day out. Sometimes you have questions that you don’t know the answer to or scenarios where you aren’t sure how to respond. Odds are, other board members are in the same boat. We’ve compiled some questions we’ve recently received and provided expert answers from an HOA manager. Read them below and maybe you’ll be able to relate.