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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.

Tips to Help HOA Board Members Manage Homeowner Forums

December 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

All meetings of the HOA board, excluding executive sessions, are open meetings. A required part of every homeowners association Board meeting is the homeowners forum (also referred to as “open forum” or “open comments to the Board”). Homeowner forums are typically held at the beginning or end of meetings, and any owner attending a meeting has the opportunity to address the Board and may do so during the homeowner forum portion of the meeting.

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The Clock is Ticking! California Homeowners Association Budget Help

November 4, 2014 at 2:37 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Accounting

If you are part of a California Homeowners Association, the time to send out your budget and disclosure package is 30 to 90 days before your new fiscal year begins. For those who have a January to December fiscal year, now is the time! Please see the following suggestions to get you over the hump.

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3 Crucial Responsibilities of a New HOA Board Member

November 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

You have tossed your hat into the ring to become an HOA board Member for your Association. After all the ballots are counted, you are now a new board member. What are the responsibilities of a new board member to their community? You owe a duty of good faith and fidelity to the homeowners association. Make yourself familiar with the governing documents of the Association, the Association’s Reserve Study, if applicable, and the Community Association Status Book (Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act) to assist you in making educated decisions for your community.

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Common Maintenance Issues in a Homeowners Association

October 29, 2014 at 8:21 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Maintenance

One of the benefits of living in a homeowners association is having access to common areas and certain maintenance responsibilities covered for you as part of the HOA fees you pay to live in the Association. Do homeowners in your Association know the maintenance items they’re responsible for and the items the Association is responsible for?

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3 Things to Do if Crime is a Problem in Your Homeowners Association

September 12, 2014 at 11:45 AM / by HOA Manager

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

As an HOA property manager you never want to see a rise in crime at a homeowners association you oversee, and that is exactly what I am experiencing at one of the properties I manage.

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The Difference Between Maintaining & Enhancing the Homeowners Association

May 1, 2014 at 1:41 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Maintenance

An HOA board has three significant roles: to protect, maintain and enhance the Association. Everything the board is responsible for in a homeowners association can be placed into at least one of these three categories.

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Why Residents Should Be Committee Members in a Homeowners Association

March 26, 2014 at 4:04 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board

As a homeowners association member, it’s important to understand that committees are an integral part of the operations of your community. Committee members help keep a community vibrant; and by augmenting paid staff, they can save an association hundreds or even thousands of dollars each year.

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What a First Time HOA Board Member Should Know

July 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

If you are a new homeowners association Board member there are a number of things you need to know about the position. This role means you will be making decisions for your Association. As an HOA board member you will be expected to act in the best interests of the Association.

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What an HOA Board Can Do to Ensure Notices are Received

May 20, 2013 at 8:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Rules and Regulations

As an HOA Board member, how many times have you heard the excuse “I never got a letter” from a homeowner when attempting to collect fines or notify them about a rule violation? This is a common excuse that homeowners make, and while sometimes it does happen, HOA Board members should know about the Mailbox Rule and best practices they can do to increase the open-rate of letters.

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Why You Can't Afford To Not Have an HOA Reserve Fund

February 25, 2013 at 8:53 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, Reserve Funds

An HOA Reserve Fund is one of the most important things a Board can plan for its association, however, many Board members misunderstand what it is, why it’s needed, or how to get it implemented. Knowing the basics about an HOA reserve fund and the reasons it’s crucial you have one will help set your community up for success.

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