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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.

Not-So-Obvious Ways an HOA Management Company Can Help Your Board

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

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Hire an HOA Management Company

An HOA management company can help homeowners association boards in many ways and work with nearly every budget. Two of the most obvious are assisting with financials and collecting delinquent HOA fees. There are also some ways your board members may not have thought of.

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How Hiring an HOA Management Company Can Work for (Almost) Any Budget

January 22, 2016 at 9:52 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Hire an HOA Management Company

Many HOA boards don’t realize that their homeowners association can benefit from HOA management services without breaking the bank. You don’t always have to hire a full-service management company to provide every service – many services you can choose a la carte to fit the budget you have to work with.  

Two of the most important areas that hiring a management company can help with are assisting with financials and collecting delinquent HOA fees.

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How to Choose the Best HOA Management Company [Infographic]

January 13, 2016 at 9:58 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Hire an HOA Management Company

Being a volunteer board member is a big responsibility. There are decisions to be made, meetings to attend, budgets to build, and concerns to address. If your HOA board is at a place where members are feeling overwhelmed and overcommitted, then it’s time to bring in some help.

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6 Resolutions Your HOA Board Should Make for a Successful Year

January 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Board

The New Year is here. As an HOA Board, this may be a good time to consider making resolutions that will help to make it a great year for your homeowners association. These commitments don't have to be profound and they are generally things you should be doing anyway, but it's always good to go back and review things while keeping an eye out for what might be coming your way. 

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3 Basic Association Accounting Concepts HOA Board Members Should Know

December 18, 2015 at 3:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Accounting

Making and sticking to a budget is not a hard concept for someone to understand. You bring in X amount of dollars each month and you have X amount of bills to pay. The amount of your income is spread out to cover your monthly expenses. Theoretically your income determines the expenses you can afford, although in America we tend to take this too far. But your HOA Board doesn’t have to!

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Top 3 Communication Challenges an HOA Board Faces Without a Manager

November 25, 2015 at 1:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, Member of HOA

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best, how well do HOA board members in your homeowners association communicate with members? Take a moment to think about that, or even discuss it with your fellow board members. Be honest. If you’re like many other HOA boards, communication with members can be a challenge, especially without the help of a manager. So what can you do to get your messages read or heard?

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7 Resources Every HOA Board Member Should Bookmark

November 13, 2015 at 3:31 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management

Governing a homeowners association is no easy task. There are budgets make, reserve studies to do, laws to understand, meetings to prepare for, and day-to-day tasks to tackle. Below are some helpful resources every HOA board member should know are available to reference.

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Important Tax Deadlines Your HOA Board Should Put on the Calendar

November 8, 2015 at 3:50 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in HOA Management, HOA Board, HOA Accounting

Your homeowners association has tax reporting and filing requirements it must adhere to. It can be difficult for an HOA board to understand what these are all on its own. It’s important that your HOA board contacts your Association’s accounting professional for details but below is a brief summary of California HOA tax return deadlines.

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Facts About Homeowners Associations Your HOA Board Should Know

November 6, 2015 at 2:22 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Board

How much does your HOA board know about the community associations industry? Learn some basic facts and numbers, and what they mean for the members of your HOA board and Association community.

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The Importance of Committees in a Homeowners Association

October 27, 2015 at 4:12 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, HOA Management, Member of HOA

Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” In order to effectively run a homeowners association, an HOA board, even if it has a manager, can’t do everything. It needs the help of members getting involved and forming committees. While the Board is ultimately responsible for the decisions in the Association, it can give authority and responsibility in some areas. The key is defining clear guidelines for the committees and getting people involved in areas that interest them.

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