HOA Electric Car Charging Policy: Why Have One? April 5, 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 […]

Why Is A HOA Management Contract So Important? April 2, 2021 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 […]

Building Trust With Condo Association Goodwill March 31, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Condo association goodwill is an intangible but crucial part of keeping a managed community together. HOA goodwill is not simple to measure, yet it’s something that you can instantly see as soon as you spend time in a community. Let’s look at a few different things you can try to spread goodwill in community associations. […]

7 Wonderful Ideas To Have An Eco-Friendly HOA March 29, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many homeowners associations are moving towards sustainable practices and eco-friendly solutions in their communities. If you want to be an environmentally conscious HOA, there are several ways to do so. For starters, here are seven wonderful ideas that will transform your community into an eco-friendly HOA. In this article: How to Become an Eco-Friendly HOA […]

Are You Asking Enough Questions Before Hiring an HOA Contractor? March 26, 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 […]

Six Tips to Ensure Your HOA Hires the Right Landscaping Company March 24, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Landscaping is probably one of the biggest line items on your HOA budget. Oftentimes, board members are expected to know how to manage the landscaping for their HOA, but rarely given tools to do so. Or, if you work with a property management company, you are one more step removed from process. For us, communication […]

Everything You Should Know About Condo Maintenance March 22, 2021 Bookmark and Share

As anybody who’s ever had his air conditioner go out in the middle of summer can tell you, buildings don’t maintain themselves. This is where condo maintenance comes in.   In this article: Who Is Responsible for Condo Maintenance? Who Is Responsible for Plumbing in a Condo? Who Pays for Roof Repairs in a Condo? […]

HOA Insurance 101: Why Does Your HOA Need It? March 19, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many HOA board members and residents question the importance of proper homeowners association insurance. Maintaining the correct types and limits of HOA insurance, though, offers a safety net that shields your association from unexpected and possibly disastrous losses.   In this article: What Is HOA Insurance? Does a Homeowners Association Need Insurance? What Does HOA […]

How To Tell If You Have A Successful HOA Management Running The Community? March 17, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many homeowners associations rely on the services of an HOA management company to function smoothly. Unfortunately, there are some communities that experience bad management. So, how can you know if you have a successful HOA management in your community? In this article: Identifiers of Successful HOA Management 1. Delivers on Promised Services 2. Stays Updated […]

HOA Board Election Rules: Ensuring A Fair And Successful Election March 15, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Every homeowners association requires a set of rules to serve as a guide for their board elections. But, coming up with these exact HOA board election rules can come as a challenge. In this article: Creating Your Own HOA Board Election Rules What to Include in Your HOA Board Election Rules Candidate Qualifications Nomination Procedures Equal […]

What Are HOA Disputes? How To Practice Dispute Resolution? March 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners association disputes are very common. Given the diversity within a community, there’s no guarantee that the members will get along with each other all the time. Nevertheless, HOA board members need to have an effective strategy for dealing with neighbor disputes. Here’s what you need to know about resolving HOA disputes fairly.   In […]

How To Create An Awesome HOA Welcome Packet For New Residents March 10, 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? […]

A Community’s Last Resort: Foreclosing On A Home March 8, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Nobody wants to foreclose on a home—not a mortgage banker and certainly not a community association. Countless Americans lose their homes when lending institutions are unable to collect mortgage payments. In a perfect world, no one would ever face foreclosure—for any reason. That’s why foreclosure should always be used as a last resort, applied only […]

What to know before you buy in an HOA March 5, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Q. I’m looking for a new home, and about half the communities in my area are governed by a community association. How can I find out if living in an HOA community is for me? People choose to live in community associations for numerous reasons. Many owners value the inherent benefits of community associations, which are […]

HOA Fee Calculator: Setting A Fair Fee For Homeowners March 3, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Part of the HOA board’s job is to prepare the budget and calculate HOA fees for the coming year. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to do this. You don’t need an HOA fee calculator — the process is easy if you know where to begin.   Computing HOA Fees: No HOA Fee Calculator Necessary For […]

How Can An HOA Reduce Delinquencies? March 1, 2021 Bookmark and Share

One of the hardest parts about running a homeowners association is collecting dues, especially when they become delinquent. How can your HOA reduce delinquencies? Let us count the ways.   Helping Your HOA Reduce Delinquencies Using These Methods Homeowners associations face unpaid dues and overdue balances all the time. But, when delinquent HOA dues start piling […]

Should Having Service Animals In An HOA Allowed? February 24, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many homeowners associations have strict “no pets” policies. But emotional animals and service animals are not pets. They are animals that provide crucial assistance to homeowners with disabilities — and as such, are protected by federal laws. To ensure legal compliance, here’s what you need to know about the HOA and emotional support animals or […]

How to Be an Effective Community Manager February 23, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Managing people is no easy task. Whether you manage a small team of professionals or an entire organization, the following tips will help you break down barriers and foster great relationships. Establish trust. Your employees and clients look to you for guidance, so be consistent with your approach to communication and problem-solving. Set and manage expectations—for yourself and […]

Self Management vs Professional HOA Management February 19, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Every community association reaches a point where they need to decide whether to soldier on with self-management or to hire professional help. Such a decision can be difficult to make, especially when you don’t know the difference between self management vs professional HOA management. Learn the pros and cons of each option below.   In […]

How Can An HOA Reduce Delinquencies? February 17, 2021 Bookmark and Share

One of the hardest parts about running a homeowners association is collecting dues, especially when they become delinquent. How can your HOA reduce delinquencies? Let us count the ways.   Helping Your HOA Reduce Delinquencies Using These Methods Homeowners associations face unpaid dues and overdue balances all the time. But, when delinquent HOA dues start piling […]

Keeping The Neighborhood Safe For Aging Residents In An HOA Community February 15, 2021 Bookmark and Share

If your homeowners association has a lot of elderly residents in the neighborhood, it is worth taking that extra step to help ensure their safety. But, how exactly do you keep aging residents in HOA communities safe?   In this article: How to Keep Aging Residents in HOA Communities Safe 1. Stay in the Know 2. […]

What To Do When HOA Is Not Doing Their Job? February 12, 2021 Bookmark and Share

The HOA board has responsibilities to fulfill within the community. If your board is not doing its job, you, as homeowners, can take action. Here’s what to do when HOA is not doing their job.   Do You Know What to Do When HOA Is Not Doing Their Job? As a resident within a homeowners […]

Why Is An HOA Annual Audit Necessary? February 10, 2021 Bookmark and Share

An HOA audit is just about as important to an HOA as annual health checkups are to you. These audits ensure the financial health of the association. A complete audit of HOA books, however, can be a costly activity. What Is an HOA Audit? An audit is a complete study of the financial statements of […]

Self Managed HOA Pros And Cons: Do You Need Help? February 8, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners associations vary greatly, with some requiring more attention than others. Although many find the idea of self-management appealing, it is not always the right call. In fact, when you become a self-managed HOA, you open your community up to certain risks. In this article: Understanding Self Managed HOA Pros And Cons The Pros 1. […]

7 Wonderful Ideas To Have An Eco-Friendly HOA February 6, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Many homeowners associations are moving towards sustainable practices and eco-friendly solutions in their communities. If you want to be an environmentally conscious HOA, there are several ways to do so. For starters, here are seven wonderful ideas that will transform your community into an eco-friendly HOA. In this article: How to Become an Eco-Friendly HOA […]

Managing HOA Politics The Smart Way As A Board Member February 4, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Homeowners association politics can be a confusing subject. But, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the different board member roles, the process of conflict resolution, how to make decisions wisely, and how to deal with resignations or removals. Whether you are considering running for a position on the board or already are a board […]

Everything You Need To Know About Condo Insurance February 2, 2021 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 […]

Constructively Managing Conflict in HOAs January 28, 2021 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 […]

9 Ways The HOA Make Extra Money January 26, 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 Out […]

Crunching Numbers: What Goes Into A Community Association’s Budget? January 21, 2021 Bookmark and Share

Budgets are crucial to a community association’s financial operation. Just like for-profit businesses, association boards should work diligently to develop annual budgets that estimate revenue and expenses for the upcoming fiscal year. A properly drafted budget can help prevent reduced services, deteriorating property, or special assessments. Many state statutes and most governing documents impose a […]