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.

A Self-Serving Board Member Might Look Something Like This

August 10, 2018 at 8:38 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board

You ran for the board on the platform of remodeling the clubhouse that has become outdated. What you haven’t shared with the members of the association is that your daughter is getting married next year and the clubhouse would be the perfect place for a reception.

The association has never charged for members to use the clubhouse for gatherings and you know that this will be a great way to save some money on the reception, but the brown plaid furniture will never go with your daughter’s theme for her reception.

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What Are the Qualities of an Invested HOA Manager?

June 8, 2018 at 1:31 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Board

You’re the President of the HOA board in your community and you’re wise enough to know that you’re in way over your head - but you like a challenge and you’re ready to meet it head on. You’ve read your governing documents and know how to keep a basic balance sheet, but that doesn’t mean you understand the CC&Rs or know the difference between the operating and reserve budgets.

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Best Practices to Protect Your HOA Data

May 30, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Law, HOA Resources

Homeowner associations (HOAs), like most organizations, have adopted information technology for everything from accounting and bookkeeping to email and other forms of communication to preparation of documents and presentations, etc.  However, HOA board members and their management staff must recognize and address the risks inherent in modern electronic technology, especially data breaches & server hacks that compromise information the HOA is responsible for keeping private.

 

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Why Your HOA Board Should Use a Reserve Specialist

April 4, 2018 at 9:04 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Reserve Funds

As an HOA board member you probably know what a reserve study is and the importance of doing one. If you don’t, take a couple of minutes to read this blog to familiarize yourself with frequently asked questions about doing a reserve study in your homeowners association.

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What Can an HOA Board Do if Owners Refuse to Pay Special Assessments?

March 21, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA

Homeowner associations are sometimes faced with special circumstances that arise even when they’ve done an excellent job of planning for replacement costs. Large-scale repairs, emergency situations,  or capital improvement projects may occur that put their reserves dangerously low. Special HOA assessments, in addition to monthly HOA fees, could then be the best option.

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Can an HOA Board Make Important Decisions without Homeowners?

March 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

More precisely, does an HOA’s Board of Directors have authority to make important decisions for the community without seeking input from their homeowners – either informal consultation, a survey or a formal vote?

The short answer to the question is “Yes.”  The HOA board is established to oversee the governance of the association on behalf of the homeowners/members.  While HOAs are quasi-governmental in nature, they are not pure democracies in which members vote on every issue. The long answer to the question is more complicated.

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How to Find and Recruit Great HOA Board Members for Your Community

February 28, 2018 at 2:14 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board

When your community is recruiting new HOA board members, there are certain qualities to look for in prospective members and good strategies for getting these individuals involved.

Good Attention to Detail and the Big Picture

Good candidates for your HOA board are people who can delve into the details while keeping an eye on the big issues. Board members must be willing to spend time reviewing and understanding the details of their governing documents. They also should be people who commit to frequently evaluating and refining their HOA's big picture plans for the community.

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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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6 Questions to Ask About How the HOA Board Manages Its Finances

February 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Hire an HOA Management Company

The Board of Directors (BOD) for your homeowners association has an immense financial obligation to the community. One of the BOD’s most important jobs is to keep legible and accurate financial reports and records. These reports and records provide an overview of your community’s revenue and expenses against its financial projections or budget.

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Reasons Your HOA Board Should Consider Hiring an HOA Manager

January 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board

An HOA functions like a mini-city, collecting funds, managing finances, maintaining facilities and adopting and enforcing rules.  An elected board of directors oversees these activities.  Board members have fiduciary responsibilities, defined in law and HOA documents.  All these activities and responsibilities apply to an HOA whether it has 1,000 units or only 25.

Thus, HOAs are complex, requiring professional expertise to manage properly.  The question is, who will be the HOA manager to do this? Before assuming that members of the board can manage all of the HOA’s affairs, let’s look at what’s involved in more detail.

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