Community Association Violations September 24, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Associations are small governments that are responsible for keeping their communities and buildings safe, while always trying to maintain and increase the value of the homes in the community. The association’s Declaration and/or Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&R) are put into place for the benefit of the majority of the residents and should be respected […]

Developing The Annual Calendar September 22, 2021 Bookmark and Share

One of the most important roles of the Board of Directors for a community association is to establish the direction of the association and allocate the necessary resources.  Most of this work is done through the approval of your annual budget, which many of you just completed for 2013. The resources you have available to […]

How to Pick HOA Vendors the Right Way September 20, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Pick HOA vendors that best fit the needs of your community. Sounds simple written like that, but selecting HOA contractors is not that straightforward. So, before you bring out the HOA vendor contracts, take a look at our tips on how to pick the best independent contractors for the job. PICK HOA VENDORS THAT GET […]

HOA Dog Rules And Policies Every Dog Owner Should Know About September 13, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Pets are now considered an integral part of the family. It’s only right for homeowners associations to welcome pets into their communities. If you’re a pet-friendly association, you likely already know the importance of having rules for homeowners with furry companions. For those who have yet to develop a clear policy, here are HOA dog […]

What Is Condo Rental Insurance? What Does It Cover? September 9, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Navigating rentals in a condo association is already hard enough; adding insurance on top of it can be maddening. Yet, condo rental insurance is a significant asset that every condo rental owner should get.   In this article: What Is Condo Rental Insurance? What Does Condo Rental Insurance Cover? Can You Airbnb Condos? State and […]

6 Typical Rules For an HOA September 6, 2021 Bookmark and Share

If you haven’t dealt with a homeowners association before, you should prepare for rules. HOA rules govern many of the activities of daily residents. HOA’s aren’t for everyone, so before you make an offer on a home and move-in, you should understand how one may affect your living experience.   HOA’s are more commonplace in […]

Investing HOA Reserve Funds The Right Way September 3, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Investing HOA reserve funds is an interesting decision that could set up an association for financial growth. However, any HOA reserve funds investment policy carries its share of risks.   Investing HOA Reserve Funds: Yay or Nay? Any investment decisions should be made carefully and with proper authority. This is especially important when making decisions […]

How To Make An HOA Emergency Plan For The Community September 1, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Every community must prepare a plan in the event of a disaster or emergency. But, what should an HOA emergency plan even include? And what types of emergencies can an HOA even expect?   The Purpose of an HOA Emergency Plan While there are devices that can predict certain natural disasters, emergencies are generally erratic. […]

HOA Management Issues Caused By Poor Communication In HOA August 30, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Proper communication is vital to the success of an HOA community. When HOA board members talk to each other, they’re able to work harmoniously and accomplish essential tasks. On the other hand, poor communication can lead to negative consequences such as misunderstandings and low productivity. Here are the top management issues caused by poor communication […]

Handling Short-Term Rentals in an HOA August 27, 2021 Bookmark and Share

HOA board members have many decisions to make that impact the association and those within it. As services offering short-term rentals have become more popular in recent years, HOAs have to be prepared for deciding how they’re going to handle these types of services. Make sure you are taking proper safety measures such as installing gates […]

11 Things To Know Before Moving Into An HOA Community August 25, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Buying a home is one of the most significant investments you can make, so it only makes sense to look into every aspect of the process. This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a home in an HOA community.   What You Should Know About Living in an HOA Community Homeowners associations are […]

5 HOA Terms Every Board Member Needs to Know August 23, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Whether you just got elected to the community association board or you’ve served for years, you want to make a good impression. Knowing these common HOA terms will help you sound like you know what you’re doing while you get up to speed or serve as the refresher you need to keep growing as a […]

How To Collect Unpaid HOA Fees At Closing August 20, 2021 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 […]

COA, POA vs HOA: Breaking Down Each August 18, 2021 Bookmark and Share

As a first-time homebuyer, the terms COA, POA vs HOA may sound confusing or unfamiliar to you. There are numerous terminologies and acronyms that exist in the world of real estate. So, it will be helpful to understand the meaning of these three terms, as well as recognize the differences between them and how they […]

HOA Electric Car Charging Policy: Why Have One? August 16, 2021 Bookmark and Share

With the rise of electric cars in society, chances are you’ve probably seen a few of them in your homeowners association. Pretty soon, you will have owners of these vehicles approaching your HOA board to request the installation of charging stations. And, with that, comes the need for an HOA electric car charging policy. In this […]

Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality August 14, 2021 Bookmark and Share

The quality of the air around us can directly impact our health, even though we don’t always recognize it. The presence of various pollutants in the air we breathe are often invisible to the naked eye, which makes it difficult to be alert to any potential threats. The best way to ensure that you’re breathing […]

What Are HOA Assessments? Are Homeowners Obligated To Pay Them? August 13, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Anyone familiar with how a homeowners association works knows that there are certain fees members should pay. Apart from regular dues, homeowners may also need to pay HOA assessments. But, what is an HOA assessment anyway?   In this article: What Are HOA Assessments? HOA Dues vs HOA Assessments The Purpose of an HOA Assessment […]

The Hierarchy Of HOA Documents: Which Takes Precedence? August 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

HOAs are governed by many rules and regulations — to a point where it may get confusing for both board members and homeowners alike. To avoid any kind of misunderstanding, it’s important to have a clear understanding of homeowners association documents, as well as which HOA documents take precedence in your community.   The Hierarchy […]

Why Accrual Accounting For HOAs Is The Best Accounting Method August 7, 2021 Bookmark and Share

HOA accounting is perhaps one of the most demanding facets of managing a homeowners association. Yet, it also remains integral to the smooth operations of any community.   In this article: Understanding HOA Accounting Methods What Are HOA Financial Statements? What Is an HOA Audit? Tax Accounting for Homeowners Associations Finding Help With Accounting A […]

HOA Management Issues Caused By Poor Communication In HOA August 5, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Proper communication is vital to the success of an HOA community. When HOA board members talk to each other, they’re able to work harmoniously and accomplish essential tasks. On the other hand, poor communication can lead to negative consequences such as misunderstandings and low productivity. Here are the top management issues caused by poor communication […]

20 HOA Board Member Mistakes To Be Wary Of August 3, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Rookie HOA board members are more prone to making mistakes, but that does not mean veteran board members are perfect. One of the best ways to become a good leader in your community is to know the most common HOA board member mistakes.   Avoid These HOA Board Member Mistakes at All Costs To err […]

Filing 1099’s For HOA Contractors: What You Should Know July 30, 2021 Bookmark and Share

1099’s for HOA contractors should be near the top of your end of the year to-do list. For one, 1099’s for HOAs are often overlooked on the mad dash to wrap up the fiscal year. This can come and bite you hard later, so make sure you have your 1099-MISC tax forms in view as […]

Are You Asking Enough Questions Before Hiring an HOA Contractor? July 29, 2021 Bookmark and Share

The HOA board is responsible for making decisions when the community is in need of maintenance or repair. Different skill sets are required based on the area of need, so it’s important to be mindful of the contractor you use to get the job done. It’s easy to go with anyone and assume they’re able […]

11 Important Features And Design Elements Of A Good HOA Website July 24, 2021 Bookmark and Share

A well-made homeowners association website does more than just present information. A great HOA website consists of thoroughly crafted, related modules that make HOA management easier.   What Characteristics Define a Good HOA Website? When shopping for a website for your association, it is important to consider its features and characteristics. What will make managing […]

9 Ways The HOA Make Extra Money July 21, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Income is paramount to the successful running of any organization, HOAs included. While the HOA primarily relies on dues or assessments for HOA revenue, it can turn to other modes of earning cash, too. So, how can the HOA make extra money?   In this article: How Can Your HOA Make Extra Money? 1. Rent […]

HOA Landscaping: Benefits, Budget, Cost, Requirements, and Restrictions July 19, 2021 Bookmark and Share

HOA landscaping plays a critical role in improving curb appeal and has a direct impact on property values. As such, it is imperative for every homeowners association to invest in quality landscaping.   In this article: The Importance of HOA Landscaping HOA Landscaping Committee Guidelines 1. Budgeting 2. Sending Out RFPs 3. Choosing a Winner […]

Have Bad Neighbors? What To Do Legally July 16, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners can choose the best HOA community for their needs and lifestyles, but they cannot choose their neighbors. Some homeowners may find themselves annoyed by the people living next door, and may even end up in conflict with them. Learn about bad neighbors, what to do legally here.   In this article: Bad Neighbors: What […]

Can Your HOA Require COVID-19 Vaccination For All Residents? July 14, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Vaccinations for COVID-19 are underway, but homeowners associations all have the same concern. Can an HOA require the COVID-19 vaccine for residents? Find out below.   Can Your HOA Require COVID-19 Vaccine? The coronavirus outbreak affected homeowners associations nationwide, making them temporarily shut down common areas and move meetings to digital mediums. As government-imposed restrictions continue to […]

How To Create An Awesome HOA Welcome Packet For New Residents July 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

HOAs should strive to make a good first impression with their new residents. A warm welcome can go a long way in cultivating a strong, harmonious relationship with your new homeowners. Here’s how to create an HOA welcome packet that your new residents will appreciate.   What Is the Purpose of an HOA Welcome Packet? […]

10 Effective Ways Your HOA Saves Money July 9, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many HOAs have issues covering their operational expenses and as a result, end up charging homeowners with additional fees. In the interest of maintaining resident morale, association boards need to look carefully at their budget. You need to look for ways to reduce costs in HOA, while still providing exceptional service to the community. If […]