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Thunderstorm Safety – Avoiding a Lightning Strike

7.3.17

Warm weather usually means fun in the sun, but summer heat also can bring severe weather.

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E-mail Professionalism

4.13.17

EMAIL PROFESSIONALISM! MAKE SURE YOUR BOARD HAS IT!

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Conducting The Perfect Board Meeting

1.13.17

Can there really be such thing as a perfect Board Meeting? We think so and it might just be easier than you think.

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What Are Governing Documents?

12.16.16

We’re always talking about the association’s governing documents, but what are they?

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What Is A Quorum and Why Is It Needed

8.31.16

A quorum is the minimum number of owners who must be at a meeting before business can be transacted. State law tells us what that minimum number is for our association.

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Fully Funded Reserve Budgets Are A Must

7.18.16

While we are all enjoying a brief and unexpected reprieve on gasoline prices this holiday season, as a general rule you can bank on the fact that as each year passes, things usually get more expensive. You may not know it but there are actually two categories of inflation: the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the Producer Price Index (PPI).

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Governance in Your HOA

5.26.16

Community associations like yours have a lot in common with municipal governments.

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Making Exceptions to Rules

4.4.16

You know we have rules to preserve the appearance of the community, protect the value of our common property and our individual homes, and make our neighborhood more harmonious for all. What you may not know is that in some rare instances, the association will waive some rules and regulations.

 

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What’s the Board Treasurer’s Role?

3.31.16

All members of the board are responsible for the association’s overall financial health; but the treasurer has specific duties to protect the association’s assets. These duties—and the authority to exercise them—are found in the association’s governing documents and also in various state laws. It’s a big responsibility, but fortunately the manager helps with many of the details.

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Community Association Living - Your Commitment as a Homeowner

10.25.15

The association is glad you’ve found a home in our community. We presume it has all the amenities you were seeking and you’re settling in nicely.

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Emergency Procedures

8.14.15

Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year, and with the increased risk of severe thunderstorms, flash flooding and tornadoes in the summer months, it’s a good idea to think about having an emergency plan in place.

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The Value of Landscaping

6.28.15

Landscaping is a significant expense for many associations. It is also a major factor in curb appeal.

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Why HOAs Need Professional Management

5.25.15

There’s a lot more to managing a community association effectively than you may realize. It’s much more than property management; it’s also about governance—enforcing rules, conducting elections and more. Your home and your ownership interest in the common elements represent a huge asset—possibly your largest asset.

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Get Involved - Volunteer

4.1.15

All residents—long-time homeowners, new residents and even renters—can contribute to making our community a great place to live by volunteering a few hours a month on any one of several association projects.

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We Are Having What Kind Of Meeting?

2.4.15

What’s the difference in a board meeting and a special meeting, or an annual meeting and a town meeting? Confused? Here’s some clarification.

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What Gives The Association The Right To Me What I Can Do?

12.22.14

In a nutshell: the association declaration and state law gives the association the authority to regulate some of what you can do in our community.

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Design Review

11.26.14

Whether first-time homeowners or long-time residents, we all have a hefty investment in where we live. So it’s important to preserve the value of our residences

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The Key to Community Success

10.13.14

Community associations today are much more prevalent than in the past. You've seen them, you probably live in them or have lived in them, know someone who lives in them or will live in one in the future. So why do community associations survive? Why do they succeed? Why do they continue to be developed?

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Conflict Resolution At Work

8.11.14

If you’ve ever served on the board of a home owner’s association then you’ve experienced how dicey conflict resolution can be. Now imagine overseeing more than 100 of those boards and you’ll get a glimpse into my world. When you manage home owners associations, condominium and townhome associations, and commercial owners associations for a living like I do, you’d better learn to resolve conflicts quickly or you’re not going to last long. Here are a few tips I’ve discovered over my years that may help you soothe the savage beast when conflict rears its ugly head in the workplace.

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What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

5.12.14

Community associations and their members disagree from time to time. When they do, the association board attempts to resolve problems by using a three-step, problem-solving approach called alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

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Directors and Officers Insurance Part 3

3.24.14

What homeowner associations need to know about Directors' & Officers' liability - Part 3

In Parts 1 and 2 of this article, we discussed how the majority of Directors' & Officers' (D&O) Liability Insurance policies on the market today exclude the most common lawsuits facing homeowners associations, and the value of having a policy tailored to an HOA.

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Directors and Officers Insurance Part 2

2.10.14

Directors and Officer's Insurance - Part 2 of 3

What homeowner associations need to know about Directors' & Officers' liability - Part 2

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Directors and Officers Insurnance - Part 1

1.2.14

What is Directors' & Officers' Liability Insurance?

One of the most important insurance policies in any homeowner association’s financial portfolio is also one of the most overlooked and misunderstood: Directors’ & Officers’ (D&O) Liability Insurance.

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Knowing The Rules - CC&R's

11.4.13

 

Have you checked out the HOA’s covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) lately? If not, now’s a great time to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of the community.

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Seven Benefits of Hiring a Management Company

9.16.13

Over the years, I have worked with several associations as an interim manager, or on a consulting basis, with the understanding being that the goal was to eventually hire a professional management company to provide ongoing management services for the Association.

 

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CC&R Enforcement - Five Important Dont's

8.1.13

Association directors have many responsibilities.  

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Buyer Beware: Home Inspections

6.18.13

A home is typically the most expensive purchase a person will ever make

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Taking Out The Trash

5.9.13

When it comes to getting rid of garbage, many condo dwellers are apt to simply toss their waste

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Preventing Violence in Homeowners Associations

4.9.13

Unfortunately, violence is an issue that has become a consideration for most of us in our own assessments of personal and family safety. Violence occurs in our schools, universities, theatres, shopping malls, workplaces and our neighborhoods. It has become a focus of study for law enforcement, educators and public health professionals. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) even has a Division of Violence Protection.

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Clarifying the Manager’s Role

2.4.13

Community Associations employ highly-qualified professional community managers, and we think residents should know what the manager has—and has not—been hired to do. Although the list below is not a comprehensive list, the general idea of the role of your Community Manager is presented. The manager has two primary responsibilities: to carry out policies set by the board and to manage the association's daily operations.

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The Efficient BOD Meeting

9.6.12

Board of Director's Meetings can be a very powerful way to communicate and resolve issues. An association's Board of Directors is confronted with an array of issues that must be resolved in a timely manner. Thus a Board is charged with what can be a problematical task of obtaining a majority consensus from the other Board members. The following are points for obtaining a productive and successful Board meeting.

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