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The Legacy of Your HOA Board: Passing the Torch

April 20, 2018 at 2:47 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Reserve Funds

When a new HOA board is transitioning into power, having solid foundations for the new members is important to the homeowners association’s success. The first step in a successful HOA board’s transition process is to set expectations, particularly if you have many board members (along with their experience) leaving the board. To do so, a comprehensive transition plan document should be in place. If there isn’t one, meet with current and new board members to document a plan. It’s a worthwhile investment, because the document can be used for future HOA board transitions.

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How To Interpret Your HOA Reserve Study

April 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in Reserve Funds

More often than not, sitting down to review your HOA Reserve Study can be about as easy-to-understand and enjoyable as sitting down to review the U.S. Tax Code. And just reviewing your HOA Reserve Study is not enough.  As an HOA Board member, you’re responsible for using that HOA Reserve Study to plan for, allocate, adjust, and collect reserve funds accordingly. 

Here are some ideas to help you interpret your HOA Reserve Study and put it to good use so that your HOA can pay for what your community needs to keep it in good repair, easy on the wallet, and lovely to live in...today and in the future.

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What Makes a Good Property Manager?

March 16, 2018 at 10:31 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management

There are a lot of property managers out there.  They have different backgrounds, styles and strengths.  It is important for the board of directors of your homeowner’s association to look for a management company that will best serve your community.  Do they have the expertise that your association needs?

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What to Do About HOA Security

March 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in Safety in an HOA, Safety, HOA Resources

Does providing security measures, such as cameras, security guards or security companies, make the association liable for security breaches that cause harm to others? Is there a price for your safety? Many homeowner’s associations hire private security patrol or contract with the city they live in.

Having security or patrols present in a community can help promote a sense of safety and a common feeling of unity. We all have families, loved ones and priceless possessions to protect. To what extent is the association responsible for providing HOA security?

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Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Your HOA

March 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Maintenance

Homeowner Associations with common area buildings and structures are required to stay up to code and should schedule their local fire inspector to assess buildings on an annual basis. One item on that inspection will be an assessment of the HOA smoke detectors. One major safety concern to consider is carbon monoxide, or CO. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can be particularly dangerous because it is colorless and odorless. Headache, nausea, dizziness and even permanent brain damage or death can occur. Hundreds of people die each year from accidental CO poisoning, many of them while using portable generators during severe weather.

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Why You Need Professional HOA Management

February 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management

There’s a lot more to managing a community association effectively than you may realize. It’s much more than property management; it’s also about governance—enforcing rules, conducting elections and more. Your home and your ownership interest in the common elements represent a huge asset—possibly your largest asset. Doesn’t it make sense to have a knowledgeable, trained, professional community association manager watching out for your interests? Consider all they have to offer.

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6 Red Flags for Difficult HOA Board Members

February 16, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Board

A well-focused board of directors is efficient, productive, and in most cases, a pleasure to work with.  The board of directors sets the tone for how things get accomplished and how the HOA is maintained overall.  But what happens when one, or more, of your directors has personality issues with the rest, or even worse, what if he/she has a hidden agenda and is self-serving?  Bogged down in disagreements, nothing really ever gets accomplished.  Sound familiar?  Read on.

Here are 6 Signs your board member(s) may be a problem:


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HOA Tips: Taking Out the Trash

February 9, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Property Values

When it comes to getting rid of garbage, many Homeowner Association members are apt to simply toss their waste in the trash or into the dumpster and call it a day. But improper dumping can lead to stronger garbage smells and more mess in our trash facilities. So before you haul out the trash, here are few simple tips on how to help the community keep its trash area and dumpsters cleaner longer:

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California Homeowners Association: How to Pick a Management Company

February 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM / by HOA Expert

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

So perhaps you are on the board of a California Homeowners Association and you are tired of the same old same old management company that you've had for the past ten years. You call them and you don't get calls back. They don't give updates nor seem energetic about their job, when their job is supposed to be to serve and help you. It is possible that the Homeowner Association management company you have was inherited from past board members. They hired the management company because they liked a specific manager, but that manager no longer works for the management company.

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Homeowners Association Documents Part 1: Articles of Incorporation and CC&R's

February 12, 2013 at 2:25 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

When I was in High School, I took two years of Latin.I am not sure why. Even at that time, it was a language that was no longer used. Neither my family nor friends were ever impressed with 18 or even 80 conjugated forms of the verb 'porto'.

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