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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.

Pros and Cons of Your HOA Being on Social Media

May 2, 2018 at 11:26 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management

Social media, for good or bad, is here to stay and has changed the way we communicate.  By recognizing the pros, cons, and legal issues of using these platforms for HOA communication and professional branding,  you can make these tools work for your HOA rather than against it. 

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Can't Afford a Full-Time HOA Manager? Consulting Services Can Help

March 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management

Whether your homeowners’ association (HOA) is large with a correspondingly large budget, or small with limited financial resources, there are ways to get outside help. Regardless, your board of directors will face the same challenges and responsibilities every board faces. Getting an expert to consult can help the board navigate those challenges. Often, large HOAs can afford a full-time HOA Manager, in smaller HOAs you may not have the budget for that, but you can still afford consulting services to set you on the right path.

HOA management firms like The Hignell Companies can assist a board of directors in preparing for those challenges and responsibilities. These firms provide professional knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of areas, such as:

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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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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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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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5 Ways Your HOA Board May Unknowingly Put the Community at Risk 

January 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Law

As a homeowners association board member, your responsibilities to the community you oversee are many. Homeowners look to their board to keep their community safe, well-maintained and properly managed. Board members are obligated to do everything in their power to meet its members needs while complying with the community’s CC&Rs as well as any state and local regulations. Unfortunately, there are instances where your HOA board may unknowingly be putting the community at risk. Hiring an HOA manager can take the pressure off of your board members. Let’s take a closer look at the pitfalls that can exist and how you can avoid them. 

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HOA Fees: A Clear Collection Policy is Essential for Your HOA Board

January 19, 2018 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Documents and Contracts, HOA Fees, HOA

Every HOA's number one priority is the legal fiduciary responsibility to enhance and maintain their property.  The only way to do that is by collecting HOA fees.  That's why a clear collection policy is a must-have for your HOA board.

Sounds like fun, right?  Maybe not.  But the new year is a great time to communicate a detailed collection plan for HOA fees.  By managing owners’ expectations about HOA fees and the need for timely payment, you can help your board (and especially your treasurer) meet their goals and reduce the need for costly HOA fees collection.

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Bah Humbug! What to Do if an HOA Board Member is a Scrooge

December 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

There seems to be one in every homeowners association. That one HOA board member that consistently disagrees, goes against the majority, or at the very least enjoys playing devil’s advocate. Do you have a Scrooge – a mean spirited, miserly person – on your Board? There are ways you can deal with them.

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10 Questions Your HOA Board Should Ask Before the End of the Year

November 29, 2017 at 12:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Responsibilities, HOA Management, HOA Board

It’s important for an HOA board to work on ending the year well. It doesn’t matter if your homeowners association plans around the fiscal or calendar year, the questions below apply to both. It’s not too late to ask yourself some of these questions and make a resolution to do these things in the New Year to come.

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Why Keeping HOA Fees Low is a Terrible Idea

November 17, 2017 at 11:40 AM / by Brent Silberbauer

posted in HOA Management, HOA Fees

Working for one of the largest HOA management companies in Northern California I get a lot of phone calls from distressed HOA board members. I hear the same story emerging from these different homeowners association. It’s a sad pattern that is all too common. The story goes something like this:

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