Budget? Yeah… I Think We Have a Budget. September 15, 2019 Bookmark and Share

As a HOA manager I was often approached by potential clients, at their wit’s end with HOA issues. Often these issues were about financial issues. I would usually ask them about their budget. Far too often I would get a response like. “Budget? Yeahhh… I think we have a budget.” In most of these cases […]

Constructively Managing Conflict in HOAs August 13, 2019 Bookmark and Share

I’m convinced that if homeowners, board members and managers keep this tip in mind, it will give everyone involved a real chance at resolving conflict before things get out of hand.  Listen, Listen, Listen!  Something I see over and over in HOA conflict, is that the folks involved in the disputes are so wrapped up […]

Tools of the Trade June 24, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Tools of the Trade: HOA Board Project Planning and Hiring a Professional Vendor The first responsibility of the HOA board when beginning any project in a non-profit corporation such as a homeowners association is to avoid any conflicts of interest while planning the project. In community associations, each board member is considered a fiduciary and […]

6 Community Reminders to Share with our Residents this Spring May 7, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Springs has sprung, which means residents will be out and about in your community enjoying the warm weather. That means it’s a good time to send out reminders to residents on community rules and procedures. We know it can be hard to think of everything, so use the list below to start sharing reminders on […]

What Should Be Done About HOA Security? April 16, 2019 Bookmark and Share

When considering HOA security, there’s a question that usually comes up and perhaps you’ve come across it on the neighborhood website.  Is it the board’s obligation to provide adequate security measures like cameras for protecting homes in the community?  And, is the board responsible for security breaches? It’s common for HOA boards to contract with […]

5 Secrets to Shorter Association Board Meetings March 7, 2019 Bookmark and Share

Real talk: No board member has ever wished that association board meetings could last longer. After all, every board member is a volunteer who’s sacrificing their free time to make your community a better place to live. The less time they have to spend in meetings, the happier they’ll be–and the easier it’ll be to […]

The Right Approach to Violation Disputes February 26, 2019 Bookmark and Share

As an HOA, it is your duty to uphold the rules of the community. These rules were written to ensure the health, happiness, and property values of everyone in the neighborhood. When enforced correctly, it ensures that every homeowner is held to the same standards for the good of the community. Including Board members. Of […]

How Board’s Can Make the Association a Better Place in 2019 December 28, 2018 Bookmark and Share

How often do you communicate with your residents? Does your homeowners association have a website or newsletter? Let’s assume you do! (If you don’t, you should make a resolution to start one this January). As another year begins HOA board members should consider offering some thoughts about how the Association can make the community an […]

HOAs, CC&Rs, ….. Making sense of community’s alphabet soup December 7, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Today, 70 million Americans live in 344,500 common-interest communities. Even if you haven’t lived in a condo, co-op, or HOA, chances are you’ve at least heard of these communities. Admittedly, those who live in, volunteer in, and work for common-interest communities tend to throw around terms like “ARC,” “CC&Rs,” “D&O” or “CMCA” that make things […]

Helping Homeowners Follow the Rules in Your HOA November 15, 2018 Bookmark and Share

It can be difficult to strike a balance between making sure homeowners follow the rules, and breeding ill will in the community because the board is seen as controlling and harsh. Whenever you have a problem with homeowners consistently breaking the association rules and regulations, it may be time to examine yourself and see what […]

Moving? Choosing the Right Boxes Will Help October 11, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Getting ready to move means you (or your property managers) will probably spend more time thinking about boxes than at any other time in your life. Most residents spend the weeks leading to their move hunting for anything and everything cardboard. Yet because you have to fit practically everything you own into boxes to make […]

Top 10 List of Worst HOA Bylaws August 29, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Many people who own condos or single family residences in communal locations confess to having a love/hate relationship with their homeowners association. Sure, the HOA is great when it comes to shoveling snow off the sidewalk and keeping the pool maintained. Sometimes, though, they can seem either a little power hungry or totally insane when […]

Perks of Living in an Active Adult Community August 14, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Many people don’t understand or appreciate the benefits of an active adult community until they have experienced it. In fact, there are some who aren’t even aware of such communities. Active Adult Communities When do we stop becoming active? What we’ve learned is that this station in life comes at different times for everyone. We also know […]

Setting the Ground Rules for Neighbor Disputes July 16, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Neighbor vs neighbor disputes aren’t new, and they definitely aren’t unique to homeowner associations, but, when these confrontations arise in a common interest community, the HOA can get stuck in the middle. In many cases, it’s difficult to determine when, or if, the HOA should get involved. You’ve probably heard the stories or even experienced it […]

Celebrate a Fun & Safe July 4th in Your Homeowners Association June 25, 2018 Bookmark and Share

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July? If you’re traveling to visit friends and family or taking a vacation, bon voyage! If you’re sticking close to home and celebrating with barbecues, bathing suits, and bright fireworks in your homeowners association, there are some important things to consider. If you’re an HOA board member, remind residents of […]

16 Discounts Seniors Did Not Know They Could Get June 12, 2018 Bookmark and Share

There are many special discounts that are available to all seniors. Retirees are offered discounts at most retailers, restaurants, parks, on public transport and at hotels. But you won’t get these discounts unless YOU ASK for them. Simply ask the question, “Do you offer a senior discount?” and see how much you can save. For […]

Choosing an Attorney for Your Association June 9, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Not every condominium or homeowners’ association is going to run afoul of the law—the happy truth is that litigation and legal trouble are relatively rare occurrences…. But even the most upstanding board of trustees in New Jersey must navigate a labyrinth of community association rules in order to best serve its ownership, and the odds […]

Dealing With HOA Noise Issues May 14, 2018 Bookmark and Share

A community association’s board has multiple duties—among them deciding when to make repairs, improvements, and additions, and establishing rules and regulations to control aesthetics and unwelcome behavior. Nine times out of ten, repair projects go off without a hitch, and rules are followed. Unfortunately however, those rules and reason sometimes collide, pitting neighbor against neighbor.  […]

Train-Wreck Alert: Hallway Project Over Budget Before It Even Begins February 23, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Have we learned nothing from our chronic track record of cost overruns? Good Lord, just weeks after our Board voted to approve its take-it-or-leave-it, no other option, strongly-opposed hallway design, we learn the cost has skyrocketed. At the Board meeting last Thursday, our Treasurer Jane Santogrossi revealed that the hallway budget is already about a quarter million bucks […]

Why Low HOA Fees Are Not A Good Idea February 7, 2018 Bookmark and Share

Whether you are buying your first home or relocating to a different community, one area that should be a focus is how well the homeowners association is doing financially.  The HOA is responsible for certain areas and there are associations that neglect to repair what is wearing out due to insufficient funds. In those homeowners […]

Here’s What Active Adults, 55+ Want in an Condominium January 15, 2018 Bookmark and Share

What Do Senior’s Want in an Condominium? #1: Accessibility Older Americans, Active Adults and 55+ are looking for homes that will be easy to navigate as they age. Homes with long driveways or multi-level entrances can be difficult for older adults to traverse, states Matthew Laderman, Vice President of mem property management To increase the […]

The Impossible Task Improving HOA Meeting Attendance January 12, 2018 Bookmark and Share

If you’re a community manager or board member you’ve probably heard the tired old joke about annual HOA meeting attendance.  You know that one, about doubling the HOA dues or announcing a major policy change to get the attention of homeowners in hopes that they will come to the annual meeting.  Like any good joke, […]

10 Questions HOA Boards Should Ask Before the End of the Year December 5, 2017 Bookmark and Share

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 […]

Your HOA Should Be in the Movies! Promoting It Through Video November 9, 2017 Bookmark and Share

we talk about a small trend, but one that’s growing: HOAs creating a video to showcase their community. Is it a smart idea? Or does it go beyond the scope of an association’s mission? This idea gets a good reception from community association insiders—mostly. “I think it’s actually a good thing,” says Matthew K. Laderman, a […]

Guide For Members To Enjoy Living In Your Association September 12, 2017 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners associations and NJ Property Manager offer many advantages to residents but the level at which you enjoying living there is usually determined by how active you are in the community. There are also other aspects to consider that play a role in maximizing the experience you have such as the homeowners association website and […]

How to Increase Annual HOA Meeting Attendance July 7, 2017 Bookmark and Share

One of the biggest problems HOA boards have with annual meetings is keeping a decent attendance. No matter what you do to try and reach quorum, it can be really difficult to get people to come. Most community members see the annual meeting as a necessary evil or they really just aren’t interested in hearing […]

How to meet quorum at Annual meetings June 14, 2017 Bookmark and Share

Annual meeting quorum requirements can be difficult at times. What is a quorum?  It is the minimum number of required owners to be present at an annual meeting to make it official.  If the association does meet quorum, they are able to conduct regular association business including elections, presenting of  budgets and other community voting […]

5 Common HOA Board Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them) May 9, 2017 Bookmark and Share

Many condo and HOA board members have never served on a board before. However, they find themselves responsible for the value of the most important personal asset that their association members own: Their homes.  Amateurs usually mean well, but they make amateur mistakes, too–mistakes that can lead to poor accounting practices, inefficiency, increased liability, and […]

Qualities and Habits of Great Property Managers April 13, 2017 Bookmark and Share

life is what happens while we’re making other plans. Other times life feels like it’s in the palm of our hands waiting for our decisions about what we want to make happen next. Maybe that’s the way our lives are supposed to feel. One of the things I know for sure is that you can […]

Owners Time To Speak At Board Meetings February 24, 2017 Bookmark and Share

In community associations, owners are permitted to speak on topics related to the agenda. It is not unusual for owners to wander off topic and air a grievance they have with management, board members, projects, landscaping, pest control and a number of other association matters with which they are dissatisfied.   It is their time […]