Budget? Yeah… I Think We Have a Budget. September 14, 2022 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 […]

How to Choose the Right Vendor September 7, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Here at mem Property Management Corporation, we understand that selecting a vendor to work on your Association can be stressful. As a Board Member, it is your job to approve this vendor and sign off on contracts, warranties, and invoices. That’s a ton of pressure! We’re here to take the load off of your shoulders…  […]

Tips from HOA Board: Are You Unknowingly a Noisy Neighbor? August 24, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Does your HOA board deal with noise disturbance complaints from members? Noise is an inevitable reality in a condominium homeowners association. Condominium dwellers live in such close proximity, it’s essential that all residents consider the effect that noise will have on their neighbors – especially when it comes to long-term considerations, such as deciding on […]

Who Can Attend HOA Meetings? August 15, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Who can attend HOA meetings? When it comes to annual meetings and board meetings, are all homeowners allowed to attend? Let’s find out. In this article: Understanding Who Can Attend HOA Meetings Of Spouses, Tenants, and Attorneys Open Meetings and Executive Sessions Restricting Attendance at HOA Meetings Can Homeowners Speak at HOA Board Meetings? About […]

Why Is A HOA Management Contract So Important? August 7, 2022 Bookmark and Share

The Board of Directors is used to dealing with homeowner association contracts for any type of goods or services needed by the association. Contracts are a standard practice so that both parties understand their specific roles and duties. That’s why a legitimate contract between you and your HOA management company is important too. From daily […]

mem Files for Trademark Renewal With USPTO August 1, 2022 Bookmark and Share

mem property management, recently filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) a Combined Declaration of Use and Incontestability Under Sections 8 and 15 to further strengthen the company’s intellectual property rights. “We are very proud of our brand and our company logo strongly demonstrates our commitment to servicing New Jersey Associations for over […]

HOA 101: Understanding the HOA Board of Directors & Its Role July 27, 2022 Bookmark and Share

To function correctly, an HOA must have a board authorized to act on the community’s behalf. Board members are volunteers who are elected to the position by other association members to handle a variety of tasks, including creating and enforcing guidelines, overseeing finances, and maintaining shared spaces. —and required—aspect of any homeowners’ association (HOA). Comprised of elected […]

CAN AN HOA PROFIT FROM FORECLOSURES AND FINES? July 20, 2022 Bookmark and Share

HOA PROFIT: IS IT LEGAL? In the eyes of the law, homeowners associations are considered nonprofit corporations. These associations’ primary function is to preserve the curb appeal and property values in the communities they handle. In the pursuit of this, HOAs will naturally require revenue to fund the various expenses associated with maintaining the community. […]

7 Night Driving Tips for Your HOA Community July 13, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Even if your homeowners association is generally well lit at night, the chances of risks are still increased after dusk as visibility decreases. For that reason, it’s important to make sure your community has some guidelines and warnings for living or arriving home at night. Here are some tips you can share with your HOA members: #1 […]

Pool’s Open! July 5, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Swim season is here. While your residents are excited about getting wet, it means more stress for you and your staff, especially if you don’t have good pool rules. For everybody’s health and safety, community association board members and managers need to make sure their pool rules are comprehensive, covering everything from guests, children, swimwear, […]

Happy Independence Day……. June 27, 2022 Bookmark and Share

“I always have the most fun on the Fourth of July. You don’t have to exchange any gifts. You just go to the beach and watch fireworks.”

How To Collect Unpaid HOA Fees At Closing June 15, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Who pays HOA fees at closing? Does the buyer take on the responsibility or does it remain with the seller? Find out below. In this article: Who Pays HOA Fees at Closing? What Are HOA Fees? What Happens If You Don’t Pay HOA Fees? Pro-Rated HOA Dues at Closing Who Pays for the HOA Transfer […]

Hiring The Best HOA Landscaping Companies May 28, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Proper landscaping can be integral to the success of your homeowners association. It helps boost property values and keep homeowners satisfied, but it also brings in more potential homeowners. Maintaining landscaping, though, is often tough without the help of the right HOA landscaping companies.   Looking for the Best HOA Landscaping Companies? Here’s How As […]

Get Ready for Pool Season! May 23, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Swim season is here. While your residents are excited about getting wet, it means more stress for you and your staff, especially if you don’t have good pool rules. For everybody’s health and safety, community association board members and managers need to make sure their pool rules are comprehensive, covering everything from guests, children, swimwear, […]

Everything You Need To Know About Condo Insurance May 18, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Unlike insurance for single-family homes — which is pretty much cut and dry — condominium homeowners insurance can be quite complicated. Why? Because as a condo owner, you need to think about insurance coverage for your unit as well as the insurance covered by your HOA. To provide clarity, here’s everything you need to know […]

How a Property Manager Can Help Moms This Mother’s Day May 6, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to take a few minutes to honor all the Moms who work so hard to keep everything running smoothly. Whether their children are in diapers, college, or even grown adults, mothers continually put their children first, and help or guide them in any way they […]

Happy Cinco de Mayo! May 5, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Cinco de Mayo — Spanish for May 5 — celebrates the Mexican army’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The holiday is just a day off from work in Mexico, but it’s a day of celebrations in the United States.   Happy Cinco de Mayo! We hope your Cinco de […]

6 GREEN INITIATIVES FOR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS April 27, 2022 Bookmark and Share

We have been given the gift of life on Earth. In order to keep our wonderful gift, we need to take good care of the environment. To do their part, many companies and organizations are “Going Green” to help preserve and sustain life on Earth. As a Homeowners Association, you have many opportunities to introduce sustainability […]

How Some Communities Slow Drivers April 8, 2022 Bookmark and Share

When CAI’s Common Ground magazine asked readers whether they have problems with drivers speeding in their communities, a staggering 98% of respondents reported that they do, and nearly all (95%) use at least some form of speed control measures—from signs and speed humps to ticketing and cameras. The most effective solution to slowing drivers is probably unique to […]

Steps for Effective Community Association Leadership April 8, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Some volunteers who have served on a community association board have realized that much of what works for them in their day job doesn’t work as well in the context of board governance. That’s because, in an association, no single person is in charge. Decisions are made by the consensus of board members, so the chain […]

How Your HOA Should Be Planning For The Spring Season March 18, 2022 Bookmark and Share

With longer daylight hours, warmer weather, and planting season just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping your HOA community for spring. By going through a spring to-do list for HOA’s, you are helping to boost curb appeal, provide an inviting environment, and ensuring the safety of the members in your community. If you […]

Are Our Rules Reasonable? March 11, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Rules and regulations help community associations maintain property values and protect a quality of life. These standards are typically described in detail in an association’s governing documents, which all homeowners should have an opportunity to review before purchasing a home in a common-interest community. Association rules and regulations should be reasonable. When board members—along with their […]

A Good Board Member Make Up March 4, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Board members who strive to serve the best interests of their residents regardless of their personal interests are critical to leading a community. These are a few of the must-have traits and skills that make board members successful: Be respectful. Board members should lead by consensus, not by command. It’s their job to keep discussions […]

5 Strategies To Recruit and Retain Young Professionals February 25, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Finding talented young professionals to recruit, develop, and retain has become increasingly more challenging for numerous industries, including community association management. Mentorship and career development have become critical components to cultivate loyal, knowledgeable, and effective community managers. Community association management companies and associations need to adjust their hiring strategies to attract and motivate young professionals in a highly […]

The One Question Every Board Member Should Be Asking February 23, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners associations are representative democracies where powers are delegated to elected officials (the board of directors) and limited powers are reserved to the membership. In this governing model, the answer to a simple question can serve as a board member’s North Star: What is best for the community? EFFECTIVE DECISION-MAKING If board members focus on […]

Be Heard at Your Next HOA or Board Meeting February 11, 2022 Bookmark and Share

Residents are encouraged to attend and observe community association board meetings. If you’d like to bring an issue to your community association governing board’s attention, you’re welcome to speak during the homeowner forum—a time set aside just for you. So that everyone who attends has an opportunity for a meaningful exchange with the board, typically […]

What Community Associations Can Do To Maintain Pavement February 4, 2022 Bookmark and Share

It’s that time of year again, when rain, snow, and changing temperatures cause potholes to form, wreaking havoc on roadways, parking lots, and driveways. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), pothole damages cost U.S. motorists roughly $3 billion per year. On a per-pothole-incident basis that comes out to about $300 per driver. Additionally, AAA reports […]

Precautions to Keep Pipes from Freezing January 27, 2022 Bookmark and Share

A lot of damage can be sustained if you have frozen pipes in condos, houses, and other properties in your homeowners association (HOA). If you don’t want to deal with issues like burst pipes and serious flooding, you need to follow precautions to keep pipes from freezing in the winter. In this article: Follow These […]

FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC REQUIREMENTS January 18, 2022 Bookmark and Share

FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC NEW LENDER REQUIREMENTS FOR CONDOMINIUM AND COOPERATIVE PROJECTS. On June 24, 2021, tragically the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, FL, collapsed. Investigation revealed that construction defects, long-term water infiltration, and years of deferred maintenance may have all led to the collapse and the death of 98 people. In response, Fannie […]