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Considering HOA Board Candidacy

February 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board Meetings, HOA

Are you considering running for your California Homeowner Association board? If yes, ask yourself the following questions:


Why We Recommend Professional HOA Landscape Maintenance Services

February 12, 2013 at 2:19 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Contractors, HOA Maintenance

Maintaining the common area in your California Homeowner Association is one of the board's most important responsibilities. Some maintenance requires consistent upkeep. Landscape maintenance falls into that category and it is usually in the board's best interest to contract with a professional company to provide HOA landscape maintenance services in order to save on cost, and have consistency within the look of the community. While some homeowners might complain that the cost of professional landscaping is unnecessary, we would like to offer you several reasons why we believe that it is worth every penny.


California Homeowners Association Documents, Part 2: By-Laws

February 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

As I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, my chosen 'foreign' language of study in High School was Latin. Honestly, I had enough trouble with English at the time, yet Latin did become more interesting when I discovered that many of our English words came from Latin. When we consider California Homeowners Association governing documents and legal issues related to them, Latin terms can actually help give us some needed understanding. More on this later.


Five Guidelines for Dealing with Contractors in California

February 12, 2013 at 12:20 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Contractors, Property Maintenance, HOA Maintenance

Is your California Homeowners Association thinking of embarking on a maintenance or construction project that will require the services of a contractor? If the project needs association approval, the first thing before you get to the place of interviewing Contractors in California is to make sure you follow the steps of your design review process.


Homes in Foreclosure Provide Scam Artists New Territory

February 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Safety in an HOA

All you have to do is drive around many neighborhoods to see that the number of homes in foreclosure has been on the rise over the past several years. These rising foreclosure rates have led to an increase in scam artists offering to aid homeowners in financial straits. They typically promise to show you how to save your home if you have a home or homes in foreclosure, but will strip away the value of the home with no benefit for you, the homeowner.

Pool Rules and Procedures at Your Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:17 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

With summer days right around the corner, I have been thinking about swimming pools and summer sun. When I was young, every summer my friends and I would look for a pool in the local area to swim in during hot days. We would jump the fence of the local high school until someone kicked us out or we would sneak into one of many apartment complexes until we were escorted out. I know, you are completely shocked that I would number myself among those wild fencehopping, rule breaking boys of summer (or maybe not if you know me well) but now you know. Many of the pools we raided were packed with families swimming so we were able to enjoy them for quite a while before they figured out that we did not belong.


Sidestepping Solicitors in Your Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA

Do you find yourself annoyed by the persistence of solicitors' unwelcome knocks on your door? It seems like no matter what they are selling or promoting they always manage to show up on your porch. They come with fliers, door hangers, a rehearsed speech and the distinct ability to ignore the polite decline of the products they are peddling to every person they can reach in your homeowners association - cleaning supplies, appliances, cosmetics, magazine subscriptions, home improvement products, coupons for local businesses and other unwanted items - sometimes even making you feel trapped in your own home.


Individual Homeowner Residential Insurance Coverage

February 12, 2013 at 12:10 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Insurance Coverage

Some homeowners associations who carry property/general liability insurance extend their coverage to include residential insurance in a portion of homeowner's association fees. If you are in a situation where you have HOA insurance coverage, does that mean you as an individual homeowner don't need an additional insurance policy on your residence? The answer is a resounding NO.


Finding and Keeping Good Vendors at your Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management

A new member has been elected to your Homeowners Association Board. Suddenly, you learn that they seem to have a general mistrust of any current vendors of the association, perhaps because they did not choose them. They call for at least three bids on every project, no matter how small. This person seems to be trying to fix something that may not have been broken in the first place. I'll confess, as a property manager for California Homeowner Associations, we have had our share of challenges with new board members automatically calling for new vendors, even when the ones they are working with are really solid. You may not be aware that many contractors simply do not want the headaches of working with Homeowner Associations because of the challenges of working for a "committee" and the politics involved. Those of you who have been Board members for any length of time most likely understand that good vendors are hard to find, and when you do find them you want to keep them. I want to share a few thoughts based on experience.


Proven Tips for Helping Owners Manage the People Who Rent

February 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management

You're a member of a homeowners association as a nonresident owner who leases some units to renters. How many times have you been at a community homeowners association board of directors meeting and heard, "It's the people who rent that don't follow the homeowners association rules" or "Our homeowners association fees are increasing because the people who rent don't care about our buildings and rules."