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HOA Management Blog

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.

Reasons Your HOA Board Should Consider Hiring an HOA Manager

January 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board

An HOA functions like a mini-city, collecting funds, managing finances, maintaining facilities and adopting and enforcing rules.  An elected board of directors oversees these activities.  Board members have fiduciary responsibilities, defined in law and HOA documents.  All these activities and responsibilities apply to an HOA whether it has 1,000 units or only 25.

Thus, HOAs are complex, requiring professional expertise to manage properly.  The question is, who will be the HOA manager to do this? Before assuming that members of the board can manage all of the HOA’s affairs, let’s look at what’s involved in more detail.

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5 Ways Your HOA Board May Unknowingly Put the Community at Risk 

January 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Law

As a homeowners association board member, your responsibilities to the community you oversee are many. Homeowners look to their board to keep their community safe, well-maintained and properly managed. Board members are obligated to do everything in their power to meet its members needs while complying with the community’s CC&Rs as well as any state and local regulations. Unfortunately, there are instances where your HOA board may unknowingly be putting the community at risk. Hiring an HOA manager can take the pressure off of your board members. Let’s take a closer look at the pitfalls that can exist and how you can avoid them. 

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HOA Fees: A Clear Collection Policy is Essential for Your HOA Board

January 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Documents and Contracts, HOA Fees, HOA

Every HOA's number one priority is the legal fiduciary responsibility to enhance and maintain their property.  The only way to do that is by collecting HOA fees.  That's why a clear collection policy is a must-have for your HOA board.

Sounds like fun, right?  Maybe not.  But the new year is a great time to communicate a detailed collection plan for HOA fees.  By managing owners’ expectations about HOA fees and the need for timely payment, you can help your board (and especially your treasurer) meet their goals and reduce the need for costly HOA fees collection.

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Bah Humbug! What to Do if an HOA Board Member is a Scrooge

December 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

There seems to be one in every homeowners association. That one HOA board member that consistently disagrees, goes against the majority, or at the very least enjoys playing devil’s advocate. Do you have a Scrooge – a mean spirited, miserly person – on your Board? There are ways you can deal with them.

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10 Questions Your HOA Board Should Ask Before the End of the Year

November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

It’s important for an HOA board to work on ending the year well. It doesn’t matter if your homeowners association plans around the fiscal or calendar year, the questions below apply to both. It’s not too late to ask yourself some of these questions and make a resolution to do these things in the New Year to come.

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Why Keeping HOA Fees Low is a Terrible Idea

November 17, 2017 at 11:40 AM / by Brent Silberbauer

posted in HOA Management, HOA Fees

Working for one of the largest HOA management companies in Northern California I get a lot of phone calls from distressed HOA board members. I hear the same story emerging from these different homeowners association. It’s a sad pattern that is all too common. The story goes something like this:

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How an HOA Manager Helps the Board Prepare for Emergency Situations

September 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Emergencies

When people think of an emergency, the first image that usually comes to mind is a natural disaster. But an emergency in your homeowners association isn’t always a flood or fire. There can also be financial or management-related emergencies that an HOA board is faced with. Most Boards aren’t prepared to handle emergencies and can benefit from the expertise of an HOA manager to help them plan for emergency situations. Learn what types of emergencies should be on the radar of your board members.

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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 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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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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