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Your Homeowners Association Can Offer Ways to Relieve Stress

February 12, 2013 at 12:05 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA

Burnout is more than just stress - it is how your mind and your body tell you a change is needed. Whether you are a homeowners association property manager, board member or a homeowner who is part of a homeowners association, the pressure to work harder to the point of exhaustion can be a reality. Do you find yourself often working mechanically or just going through the motions? Then try these ways to relieve stress before it turns into burnout.


The Importance of Homeowners Association Reserve Funds

February 12, 2013 at 12:03 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Reserve Funds, HOA Fees

Reserve funds of a homeowners association are often misunderstood by homeowners association members and sometimes Board members as well. Some see it as a slush fund that is to be used on a "rainy day"' when the homeowners association gets low on cash in the operating account. Others, although they may understand the need to have some measure of reserve cash, do not make the connection that reserve funds are being reserved for the particular components within the community that the homeowners association is responsible for, such as roads, roofing, siding, fencing, painting, and equipment replacement.


Five Ways to Keep Your Homeowners Association Green and Help Lower HOA Fees by Kassie Ulen

February 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Maintenance

We all know how important it is to try and consider taking a green approach in our daily routines. What if we could go green while also helping the community in our homeowners association? Residents can help their homeowners association minimize its maintenance expenses, which can also avoid HOA fees from increasing, by observing a few simple green considerations.


Dealing with Graffiti in a Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Maintenance

Many people would argue that graffiti is art, but when it is defacing property within the community of your homeowners association, it's considered vandalism. A homeowners association monitors and immediately removes graffiti from common areas and encourages residents to do the same with their property. If you've had several incidents of graffiti in your neighborhood recently, or just want to be prepared if you ever do, the homeowners association recommends these steps for dealing with graffiti.


The Purpose and Fundamentals of a Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 11:56 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management, HOA

The Hignell Companies values community and what it means to a part of a homeowners association. Even though you live in a homeowners association, you might be surprised how many of your neighbors -- owners and renters alike -- do not really understand the fundamental nature of common-interest communities. The media and government officials also lack a true understanding of the community homeowners association (or condominium) concept.


The Value of Providing a Homeowners Association Welcome Letter to Renters

February 12, 2013 at 11:54 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Documents and Contracts

A homeowners association often struggles with obtaining renter information. The Hignell Companies recommends providing a welcome letter to renters when they become a part of a homeowners association because it begins a warm relationship that will help to build trust with renters. An example of a welcome letter is outlined below:


Getting Along with Your Neighbors in the Homeowners Association

February 12, 2013 at 11:52 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA

After 16 years of being a homeowners association property manager, I have heard every type of neighbor to neighbor complaint.  For example, the dog barks all day, the smoke from my neighbors barbecue stinks, the neighbor cooks fish and reeks up the place, my neighbor smokes and it comes into my home, my neighbor plays his music all night or the TV is on all day.  Two of my favorites are "I can hear my neighbor walking at night" and "I can hear them use the bathroom!"


The Importance of Setting Up a Homeowners Association Maintenance Plan

February 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Management, HOA Maintenance

Have you ever driven through a homeowners association and wondered how on earth the HOA management has neglected to see that buildings are about to crumble to the ground and blow away with the wind? Well, Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" didn't see it coming either.


What's So Great About Living in a Homeowners Assocation?

February 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA

by Paula Docherty


Homeowners Association Misconceptions About Property Values

February 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM / by HOA Expert

posted in HOA Property Values

Like almost every community in the country, your homeowners association is probably feeling the pinch in the housing market. We’d like to dispel a few common misconceptions about what contributes to the rise and fall of property values.