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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.

How to Be the World’s Worst HOA Board Member

April 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board

You don’t want to be that guy (or gal) do you? You know the one – unreliable, uninformed, and unmotivated. It seems like every Association or organization has this type of person that everyone just puts up with or secretly doesn’t like at all. Do yourself a favor: look at the following list and be honest with yourself. If you do any of these things, maybe it’s time to change or step down. If you can think of a fellow HOA board member who does this, maybe you could help them!

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Tips to Improve Your Monthly HOA Board Meetings

April 11, 2016 at 9:58 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings

In any organization meetings often seem like a necessary evil. Many people feel like they go to meetings to discuss what they met about at the last meeting or that they simply turn to mayhem and nothing gets resolved. But it doesn’t have to be this way, especially in your homeowner’s association.

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How a Reserve Plan Helps an HOA Board Protect Current Homeowners

February 26, 2016 at 10:51 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

Planning for future repairs and maintenance costs of common areas in the homeowner’s association is one of the most important jobs of an HOA board – and also one of the most neglected. Sometimes, boards are just short-sighted, focusing on the essentials that need to be done in the association now. While today is important, tomorrow must not be forgotten.

One issue that makes it difficult for boards to plan for the reserves is the pushback they receive from current homeowners because they have a hard time seeing how assessments for future projects will benefit them now. Learn how a reserve study protects owner value for both future and current homeowners in the association in the article excerpt below.  

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How Do You Know Your HOA Manager is Giving You Good Information?

February 19, 2016 at 3:01 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Resources

If you’re a member of an HOA board, one of the reasons you chose to hire a property manager to help your community association is because you can’t keep up with all of the information you need to know. New and updated laws, reserve studies, annual meetings, trends, and resources are all things you need to have in your board member resource bucket, but can be very overwhelming. You trust your HOA manager to give you good and accurate information, but how do you know it really is legit?

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How HOA Board Members Can Tune in to Meetings Online

February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

Whether you’re out of town or out of commission, you can still attend the homeowners association board meetings by tuning in online. This is not to be confused with a meeting via email, this is not allowed.

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How an HOA Board Can Tackle Hosting a Super Bowl Party for Residents

February 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

Building community among residents in your homeowners association can be a challenge. People have busy schedules, won’t commit to attending events, or simply don’t want to be bothered. However, if you host a gathering and nail it, then they’ll be more apt to attend next time, start getting to know their neighbors, and maybe even start to show interest in getting involved on a committee.

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Not-So-Obvious Ways an HOA Management Company Can Help Your Board

February 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

An HOA management company can help homeowners association boards in many ways and work with nearly every budget. Two of the most obvious are assisting with financials and collecting delinquent HOA fees. There are also some ways your board members may not have thought of.

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How Hiring an HOA Management Company Can Work for (Almost) Any Budget

January 22, 2016 at 9:52 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Many HOA boards don’t realize that their homeowners association can benefit from HOA management services without breaking the bank. You don’t always have to hire a full-service management company to provide every service – many services you can choose a la carte to fit the budget you have to work with.  

Two of the most important areas that hiring a management company can help with are assisting with financials and collecting delinquent HOA fees.

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How to Choose the Best HOA Management Company [Infographic]

January 13, 2016 at 9:58 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Being a volunteer board member is a big responsibility. There are decisions to be made, meetings to attend, budgets to build, and concerns to address. If your HOA board is at a place where members are feeling overwhelmed and overcommitted, then it’s time to bring in some help.

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6 Resolutions Your HOA Board Should Make for a Successful Year

January 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Board

The New Year is here. As an HOA Board, this may be a good time to consider making resolutions that will help to make it a great year for your homeowners association. These commitments don't have to be profound and they are generally things you should be doing anyway, but it's always good to go back and review things while keeping an eye out for what might be coming your way. 

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