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QUICK ADVICE TO HOA PEOPLE ON “LISTENING”

This is a very short post. I harp all the time on the importance of active listening and learning people skills. I heard a good reminder today of one of Stephen Covey’s points in talking about successful people (and not

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Can Owners By Petition Call Special Meetings in an HOA?

Here is a question that just keeps coming up, from readers, and from boards. What does it mean when 5% of the members of an HOA petition the board to call a meeting? Many California HOA documents have a provision

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Clotheslines Are On the HOA Radar!

Clotheslines – Don’t Get in a Bind About Them Clotheslines are becoming a big issue in HOAs (this I perceived 3 years ago when I first wrote this blog). Many CC&Rs prohibit any kind of clotheslines in HOAs. Big surprise.

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Be Part of the Solution, Not Part of the Problem

I did 6 telephone consultations with owners the past 3 days. They all paid my fee, and felt better after talking with me. 3 were able to resolve their issues with their associations/managers -once they understood their options and the

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How to Create a “Seismic Shift” in Your HOA.

Just a short blog today with a long reach! (Hopefully) We live in earthquake country and can certainly understand the difference between a slight seismic shift that alleviates some of the pressure between the tectonic plates in the earth, and

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FOR EVERY PROBLEM IN AN HOA THERE IS A SOLUTION

I have been absent awhile from writing. Once October comes the end of the year seems to loom up and I get busier than ever too, especially with the new Davis Stirling Act coming and 40 Primers and Guides and

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Using Yelp As A Source Of Referrals. Is it Always Accurate?

Many satisfied clients have asked me if I would like them to write a Yelp review. I say, ”Thanks, I appreciate it, but it is not necessary.” I use Yelp to find a good restaurant, but referrals for business come

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Take Some Time Today To Pray for the Families and the Jurors

The public, and family and friends are all bombarded with media attention focused on the Zimmerman case and death of Trayvon Martin. Many feel the need to tag the situation as racism and argue that it has to become a

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