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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.

How an HOA Board Can Still Govern When the Board President Passes Away

April 28, 2017 at 12:56 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Finding members in your homeowners association who want to volunteer on the HOA board can be hard – finding a member to step up and become the board president is even harder. So, what do you do when the current president passes away, you don’t have a lot people in your community involved with the board, and your current board members are concerned that hiring an HOA manager will only cause the company to take over the Association?

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3 Common Questions About an HOA Board of Directors

April 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board

The Board of Directions of an Association is responsible for protecting, maintaining and enhancing the community. Knowing who the members of the Board are and having a basic understanding of what they do is a good way for all members of the Association to stay informed.

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How Healthy is Your Homeowners Association?

February 20, 2017 at 2:22 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management

From time to time it’s a good idea for the HOA board to evaluate the homeowners association by giving it a check-up so to speak. Consider using the performance measures below to be filled out among board members. Take it a step further and send it out to the membership, requesting their anonymous participation. It may give your Board some great insight!

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7 Reasons to Hire an HOA Manager This Year

January 9, 2017 at 10:53 AM / by HOA Manager

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

How is your homeowner's association doing? Is everything running easily and smoothly? Do you have interested members at each HOA board meeting? Is your reserve fund fully funded? What would you do if you were faced with a lawsuit or an unexpected project? If you answered no to any of these questions or don’t know the answer at all, below are 5 reasons you should consider hiring an HOA manager this year. 

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Tips if You're Planning HOA Board Elections at Your Annual Meeting

December 2, 2016 at 3:46 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Elections

Is your HOA board ready for the association’s annual meeting? Typically, most homeowner’s association hold their annual meetings at the end or beginning of the year. Not only is it a great way to keep members informed, but it’s also the time for many HOAs to hold board elections – in fact, it’s also the law in many states, such as California.

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Questions About How an HOA Board Uses the Reserve Fund

October 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

Each and every homeowner’s association should have a reserve fund as part of its budget to plan and prepare for future repairs and maintenance, as well as unanticipated expenses and needs. HOA board members are responsible to make sure a reserve plan is in place for the Association, or at least ask the question about how the Board is planning for the reserves. If the Board is ignoring the reserves altogether, then it needs to actively seek out assistance to make this happen.

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What is a Reserve Study and Why Should an HOA Board Care?

October 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

As a homeowner or renter in a homeowners association, you know the importance of setting aside a little bit of money each month in case of an emergency. After all, you never know when you might have to replace an appliance or take your car to the mechanic. In order to effectively do this you’ve probably analyzed your budget and determined an amount that you can comfortably set aside each month so it’s there when you really need it.

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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.

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Is Your HOA Board Saving Enough for the Reserves?

August 8, 2016 at 4:34 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Reserve Funds

How does the reserve fund in your homeowners association look? If your fellow HOA board members tend to look the other way, not want to deal with the reserves, or simply refuse to fund them, you’re not alone. Many Associations across the country aren’t saving enough in their reserves to make major repairs which can cause a multitude of problems. The community can fall into disrepair, you may be faced with having to enforce a special assessment on homeowners, or eventually losing control of the entire Association.

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How Your HOA Board Can Make the Annual Meeting Worth Attending

July 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Does your HOA board dread the annual meeting because it’s boring, no one shows up, and it seems completely and utterly pointless? If so, your Board is not alone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, the annual meeting in your homeowners association can actually be – dare we suggest – fun?!

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