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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.

For the People, By the Homeowners: HOA Board Governance in a Nutshell

October 3, 2016 at 4:14 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Community associations have a lot in common with municipal governments. As members of a governing body -- and typically also members of the homeowner’s association -- HOA board members should meet regularly to discuss and vote on important community issues, like paying the Association’s bills, funding reserves and contracting with vendors to keep community amenities in good repair. The Board makes decisions about these and other important topics using a democratic process.


9 Tasks of an HOA Board Treasurer

June 3, 2016 at 11:23 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Accounting

All members of the HOA board are responsible for the Association’s overall financial health; but the treasurer has specific duties to protect the Association’s assets. These duties—and the authority to exercise them—are found in the homeowners association’s governing documents and also in state laws. It’s a big responsibility, but fortunately an HOA manager can help with many of the details.


Questions & Answers Your HOA Board May Relate to Now or Later [Part 2]

May 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

This is the second post in a three-post series. Read the first post Real Questions from Members with Answers from an HOA Manager.

We get quite a few questions from many different Association members and members of the HOA board of directors. Each Association is unique, but more often than not your Association has at some point in the past – or will in the future – experience questions similar to the real-life issues addressed below. Continue reading to see if any of these real-life questions and expert answers from an HOA manager apply to your Association.


Real Questions from Members with Answers from an HOA Manager [Part 1]

May 6, 2016 at 10:56 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA

As an HOA board member you're faced with issues in your homeowner’s association day in and day out. Sometimes you have questions that you don’t know the answer to or scenarios where you aren’t sure how to respond. Odds are, other board members are in the same boat. We’ve compiled some questions we’ve recently received and provided expert answers from an HOA manager. Read them below and maybe you’ll be able to relate.


How to Be the World’s Worst HOA Board Member

April 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board

You don’t want to be that guy (or gal) do you? You know the one – unreliable, uninformed, and unmotivated. It seems like every Association or organization has this type of person that everyone just puts up with or secretly doesn’t like at all. Do yourself a favor: look at the following list and be honest with yourself. If you do any of these things, maybe it’s time to change or step down. If you can think of a fellow HOA board member who does this, maybe you could help them!


Tips to Improve Your Monthly HOA Board Meetings

April 11, 2016 at 9:58 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, HOA Board Meetings

In any organization meetings often seem like a necessary evil. Many people feel like they go to meetings to discuss what they met about at the last meeting or that they simply turn to mayhem and nothing gets resolved. But it doesn’t have to be this way, especially in your homeowner’s association.


How a Reserve Plan Helps an HOA Board Protect Current Homeowners

February 26, 2016 at 10:51 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

Planning for future repairs and maintenance costs of common areas in the homeowner’s association is one of the most important jobs of an HOA board – and also one of the most neglected. Sometimes, boards are just short-sighted, focusing on the essentials that need to be done in the association now. While today is important, tomorrow must not be forgotten.

One issue that makes it difficult for boards to plan for the reserves is the pushback they receive from current homeowners because they have a hard time seeing how assessments for future projects will benefit them now. Learn how a reserve study protects owner value for both future and current homeowners in the association in the article excerpt below.  


How Do You Know Your HOA Manager is Giving You Good Information?

February 19, 2016 at 3:01 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Resources

If you’re a member of an HOA board, one of the reasons you chose to hire a property manager to help your community association is because you can’t keep up with all of the information you need to know. New and updated laws, reserve studies, annual meetings, trends, and resources are all things you need to have in your board member resource bucket, but can be very overwhelming. You trust your HOA manager to give you good and accurate information, but how do you know it really is legit?


How HOA Board Members Can Tune in to Meetings Online

February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

Whether you’re out of town or out of commission, you can still attend the homeowners association board meetings by tuning in online. This is not to be confused with a meeting via email, this is not allowed.


How an HOA Board Can Tackle Hosting a Super Bowl Party for Residents

February 6, 2016 at 10:30 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Board, Member of HOA, HOA Rules and Regulations

Building community among residents in your homeowners association can be a challenge. People have busy schedules, won’t commit to attending events, or simply don’t want to be bothered. However, if you host a gathering and nail it, then they’ll be more apt to attend next time, start getting to know their neighbors, and maybe even start to show interest in getting involved on a committee.