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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.

What is a Reserve Study and Why Should an HOA Board Care?

October 5, 2016 at 11:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Member of HOA, Reserve Funds

As a homeowner or renter in a homeowners association, you know the importance of setting aside a little bit of money each month in case of an emergency. After all, you never know when you might have to replace an appliance or take your car to the mechanic. In order to effectively do this you’ve probably analyzed your budget and determined an amount that you can comfortably set aside each month so it’s there when you really need it.

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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.

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Is Your HOA Board Saving Enough for the Reserves?

August 8, 2016 at 4:34 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Reserve Funds

How does the reserve fund in your homeowners association look? If your fellow HOA board members tend to look the other way, not want to deal with the reserves, or simply refuse to fund them, you’re not alone. Many Associations across the country aren’t saving enough in their reserves to make major repairs which can cause a multitude of problems. The community can fall into disrepair, you may be faced with having to enforce a special assessment on homeowners, or eventually losing control of the entire Association.

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How Your HOA Board Can Make the Annual Meeting Worth Attending

July 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

Does your HOA board dread the annual meeting because it’s boring, no one shows up, and it seems completely and utterly pointless? If so, your Board is not alone. But it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, the annual meeting in your homeowners association can actually be – dare we suggest – fun?!

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What an HOA Board Should Know About Calling a Special Meeting

May 25, 2016 at 5:05 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board Meetings

Have you, as a member of a Board of Directors for a homeowners association, ever had a special meeting called for your Association? Special meetings are unscheduled meetings called from time to time by the HOA board or others for a specific purpose. Special meetings usually address issues that need immediate attention or that need more time and discussion than can be handled in routine meetings.

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3 Important Qualities of an HOA Management Company

March 17, 2016 at 8:54 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Hire an HOA Management Company

When an HOA board is hiring or evaluating an HOA management company it’s important to look at the big picture. The skillset that your homeowner’s association is looking for or may need will differ from others, but in general an HOA manager should possess leadership skills, communication skills, and administration skills and also be backed by a company who offers support in these areas.

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Why a Strategic Plan is Crucial for Your Homeowners Association

March 9, 2016 at 5:04 PM / by HOA Manager

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

Are you reviewing and updating your homeowner’s association’s strategic plan?

A strategic plan outlines priorities and projects for the immediate future and for years to come. It can accommodate revisions as changing circumstances dictate—without conflicting with the vision behind its creation. It also helps determine what the year’s budget will include and suggests what future ones might feature.

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Why a Loan is (Sometimes) a Good Idea for Your Homeowners Association

March 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, Reserve Funds, HOA Fees

Your association board is planning for the big project on the horizon, and is currently reviewing how to finance it. For several reasons, you don’t believe you’ll have enough funds in the association’s operating budget or reserves to cover the project’s entire bill. What should you do? Split the project up over several years, levy a special assessment, or maybe get a loan?

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Tips to Minimize HOA Board Meeting Mayhem

February 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM / by HOA Manager

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

For many people, meetings are a fact of life. Whether it’s an HOA board or member meeting in your homeowner’s association, a volunteer meeting at your child’s school or a department meeting at work, being adept at participating effectively and managing meetings is a useful skill.

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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?

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