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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.

What an HOA Board Should Know About Calling a Special Meeting

May 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board Meetings

Have you, as a member of a Board of Directors for a homeowners association, ever had a special meeting called for your Association? Special meetings are unscheduled meetings called from time to time by the HOA board or others for a specific purpose. Special meetings usually address issues that need immediate attention or that need more time and discussion than can be handled in routine meetings.

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3 Important Qualities of an HOA Management Company

March 17, 2016 at 8:54 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Hire an HOA Management Company

When an HOA board is hiring or evaluating an HOA management company it’s important to look at the big picture. The skillset that your homeowner’s association is looking for or may need will differ from others, but in general an HOA manager should possess leadership skills, communication skills, and administration skills and also be backed by a company who offers support in these areas.

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Why a Strategic Plan is Crucial for Your Homeowners Association

March 9, 2016 at 5:04 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Are you reviewing and updating your homeowner’s association’s strategic plan?

A strategic plan outlines priorities and projects for the immediate future and for years to come. It can accommodate revisions as changing circumstances dictate—without conflicting with the vision behind its creation. It also helps determine what the year’s budget will include and suggests what future ones might feature.

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Why a Loan is (Sometimes) a Good Idea for Your Homeowners Association

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

posted in HOA Management, Reserve Funds, HOA Fees

Your association board is planning for the big project on the horizon, and is currently reviewing how to finance it. For several reasons, you don’t believe you’ll have enough funds in the association’s operating budget or reserves to cover the project’s entire bill. What should you do? Split the project up over several years, levy a special assessment, or maybe get a loan?

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Tips to Minimize HOA Board Meeting Mayhem

February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

For many people, meetings are a fact of life. Whether it’s an HOA board or member meeting in your homeowner’s association, a volunteer meeting at your child’s school or a department meeting at work, being adept at participating effectively and managing meetings is a useful skill.

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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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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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