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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.

5 Reasons There’s a Disconnect Between the HOA Board and Homeowners

March 10, 2015 at 1:15 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, Member of HOA

The success of a homeowners association is based on the members and Board working together. If the community is not taken care of, it will catch up with Association, affect property values, decrease the quality of living, and create a disharmonious environment. If there is a disconnect between the Board and homeowners it takes action by both parties to create a relationship of open communication. Is your Board guilty of one of the 5 reasons below that creates a division with homeowners?


Where Are Your Homeowners Association Documents & What Do They Say?

February 20, 2015 at 2:01 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Documents and Contracts, Resident Tips

As a member of your homeowners association, when you bought a home in your community, you should have received copies of all the Association's governing documents—including the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&RS) and Rules & Regulations—prior to or at the closing of escrow. The CC&Rs explain what the homeowners association is responsible for and what the homeowner is responsible for.


Frequently Asked Questions About HOA Board Executive Sessions

February 13, 2015 at 12:03 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, HOA Board Meetings

The purpose and protocol for executive sessions in a homeowners association are often misunderstood by both homeowners and board members. HOA Board members may call an executive session to discuss important matters and make crucial decisions involving privileged and private information. Below are some frequently asked questions that you might have about executive sessions that will help to increase your knowledge and fulfill your duty to be informed as a member of the Board.


The Importance of Educating Renters in Your Homeowners Association

February 12, 2015 at 1:51 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, Tips for Renters in HOA's

If you have renters in your community, they are an important part of your homeowners association, and welcoming tenants could create a more positive environment. Having HOA board members take time to meet renters at community events, meetings, and social gatherings might be something for your Board to think about.


What’s So Great about Homeowners Associations?

February 4, 2015 at 12:21 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, Member of HOA

Homeowners associations offer one of the best opportunities for Americans to own their own homes. They are for the 21stcentury what land grants were in the 19thcentury, and what the New Deal and GI Bill were in the 20th. Why?


How to Start a Neighborhood Watch in Your Homeowners Association

January 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, Safety

Does your homeowners association have a neighborhood watch in effect? A common concern in any neighborhood is safety. Association members in general tend to look out for each other and there are things you should pay attention to as an HOA board member that signal it’s time to take action. If crime is up in your homeowners association, you’ve noticed more incidences of graffiti, received more requests from members to install a home security system, or have received complaints from members that they don’t feel safe, it may be time to do something about it. It’s time for your community to take it to the next level and implement a neighborhood watch program. The following article explains how to get started.


Why Paying Your HOA Board Members is a BIG Mistake

January 14, 2015 at 3:25 PM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Board, Member of HOA

Does your homeowners association pay or compensate the Board of Directors? I recently learned of an HOA that compensated its board members for “volunteering.” Each month the board members would receive a credit on their accounts for their monthly assessments. The Board collectively felt that it was doing all the work and that it should be compensated for the time.


Top 10 Homeowners Association Topics You’ve Been Reading in 2014

December 31, 2014 at 11:39 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association, HOA Board

As we close out 2014 we start to see top 10 lists, year in review videos, and resolutions being considered. As an HOA board member it’s the perfect time of year for you to sit back and reflect on what’s worked in your Association and what hasn’t. It’s also a good time to look ahead and start thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2015. We’ve made our own top 10 list based on what you and other HOA board members have been reading about in 2014. Take a look back at the most popular topics and give the posts a read if you missed them.


FAQ: Basic Facts You Should Know About a Homeowners Association

December 19, 2014 at 9:59 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in Living in an HOA, homeowners association

There is some basic information about homeowners associations that anyone considering buying a home should know about. How much do you know about homeowners associations? If you’re considering buying a home and you learn its part of a homeowners association, you’ll want to make sure you know what to expect when being part of an HOA community. Each Association community is unique, but they all have similarities such as requiring membership dues, following the Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions (CC&Rs), and a board of directors that governs the Association. You can get answers from some common questions you may have – and that should you know – about homeowners associations in the article excerpt below.


The Value of Your Homeowners Association Attorney

December 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM / by HOA Manager

posted in homeowners association, HOA Management, HOA Law

There are several individuals that bring value to your association. Your volunteer board, your manager, your interested members that may serve in other capacities, and your supportive and assessment-paying membership. Vendors also can bring great value to your association in many ways. Today, we are considering the value that your association attorney brings to your community.

Like your manager, your community’s legal counsel is one of the most important people, other than volunteers and residents, involved in your homeowners association. Not a volunteer, but a paid and crucial member of your association’s professional team, your attorney is one that is called on to give guidance in many aspects of the association’s ongoing business. And because community association law is complex and ever changing, your association’s attorney is likely knowledgeable in a wide variety of practice areas that can affect your association, including some of the areas mentioned below.

Association Attorneys Have a Vast Array of Knowledge in Matters Such As:

  • Construction warranty
  • Directors’ liability
  • Real estate
  • Contracts
  • Architectural and design review
  • Insurance
  • Employment
  • Environmental law
  • Water regulation
  • Collections and foreclosure