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HOA Board Liability

As a board member you obviously care about your community and its well-being – good for you! Your community will benefit from your dedication and personal investment. But something you and your fellow board members should consider is personal liability

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Fundamentals of Good Condo Association Management

Running a Condo Association is no simple task. You must manage a budget, keep a building in good repair, fix issues for Owners, deal with unexpected disasters, manage crazy Board members, and more. Although this can be daunting, there are

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The Top 3 Solutions To Help Aging Residents In Your Community

According to the AARP, 87 percent of adults who are 65 and older would choose to age in their current home or community. This new trend is called aging in place, and it can have its benefits like avoiding high

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HOA Bylaws by the Book

As an HOA manager, you know one thing for sure. Getting things in writing (translation: iron-clad legalese) is essential. Since your HOA bylaws serve as your governing course of action — and your go-to procedure manual — it’s pretty important

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7 Simple Steps for Preserving Curb Appeal in Homeowner Associations

Anyone who has ever served on the Board of Directors of a Homeowner Association has experienced the frustration of homeowners who fail to mow their lawn regularly or properly maintain their home. “How can they do that?” you may ask,

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Consumption Metrics, Chew Rate

How fun last year seeing a lovable herd of goats chewing their way through overgrown weeds and other vegetation growing wild along scenic trails surrounding a California community association. Surely the herd would be back again this year. But no.

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How to Get the Most Value From Your HOA

The goal of living in an area with community association management in place is to maintain high property values and make sure that your community is an enjoyable place to live. Don’t take your homeowners association for granted. Your HOA

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What You Should Know about Why Homeowner Associations Have Fee Increases

Why homeowner associations have fee increases is not mysterious; here are a few things that everyone should know about it.  The short answer to fee increases is that the cost of goods and services in general increase so naturally the

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5 Tips to Improve Communication with HOA Communities

Communication is key in any relationship, and Condo and HOA communities are no exception. In order to foster a more peaceful environment, curb violations, and reduce misunderstandings, the board should strive to keep community members in the loop.    Read

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Rental Caps: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

A rental cap is a mechanism put in place to limit the number or percentage of units which may be rented at any one time in a community. While not every community needs, wants, or should have a rental cap

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Budgeting Best Practices

Preparing the annual budget is one of the Association’s most important responsibilities. The Board has the fiduciary role in establishing a well prepared budget that’s main purpose is to determine what the assessments will be for the upcoming year. Preparing

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Indemnity Clauses: What Your Board Needs to Know

Whether a small service contract for something like snow removal, or a larger initiative like replacing all the windows in a building or HOA, boards and property managers have to exercise extreme due diligence before signing on the dotted line.

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The Secret to a Well-Maintained Condo Association

Everyone wants to live in a well-maintained Condo Association – the kind where things are well-kept, orderly, and picturesque. There is no denying that money plays a part in this process. You need to ensure your Condo is properly funding

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Encouraging Board Participation How to Attract Talent

With so many people leading busy, sometimes hectic, lives that revolve around work, kids, social functions, and other obligations, it’s often very difficult for co-op/condo/HOA administrators to find residents willing and able to serve their community as board members (or

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Improving Quorum for Your Meetings

Most board members, and even homeowners, have heard the word “quorum”. However, many don’t understand it or its importance for doing HOA business. In case you’re not familiar with the definition, a quorum is a minimum number of board members

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When Should You Audit Your Association’s Documents?

My mother is an accountant, so I grew up learning to budget my allowance in one of those big bound ledger books with the green grid lines. My mother had shelves full of the big ledger books, along with an

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Real Estate Your condo association prohibits pets, but you need a ‘comfort’ animal. What do you do?

Your condominium rules prohibit pets of any kind except fish and birds. A unit owner asks the board of directors to allow them to keep a dog because they need the comfort the animal gives them. What should the board

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Indemnity Clauses and Liability: Protection Runs in More Than One Direction

One of the unique aspects of community living, whether that community is a co-op, condo, or HOA, is the collective responsibility shareholders or association members take upon themselves when they offer to serve on their community’s board of directors. With

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Insurance Basics: Know the ABCs

For many people, insurance seems like its own mysterious realm, filled with terminologies that sound formidable and enigmatic. At the same time, people also understand the profound importance of insurance and what it can mean for the safety and security

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How You Can Help Aging Residents Fight Social Isolation

Social interaction is highly important to the mental and physical well-being of your residents, but what happens when they begin to age, leaving you to find a solution to combat social isolation.   As your residents progress through life, going

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Choosing Condo Association Social Media Platforms

Social Media can play a powerful role in expanding your communications strategy for your Condo Association. While there are certain well known sites, like Facebook and Twitter, there are also many others which could add value. However, your time is

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Creating an HOA Board Member Code of Ethics

As you create your HOA board, your goal is to create a solid platform for providing the best possible living experience for all of the members of your community. Unfortunately, there will be times when there is conflict within the

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When Differences turn into Dysfunction: Why Your Board of Directors Needs a Code of Conduct

The role of board members in a community association is fairly straightforward: keep informed on the association’s business operations; be familiar with and come prepared to discuss the agenda items for upcoming board meetings; encourage and participate in constructive, businesslike

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Mediation, Mitigation or Meditation, Which Works Best For An HOA Dispute?

The 3 “M”s. Each has value in and of itself in finding solutions. I published an E-newsletter a few months ago (archived at californiacondoguru.com) on mitigation that was fun. The concept in my mind was triggered by an art teacher

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Condos and HOAs (CA)

Below is an article written by a client of mine. It is his perspective on a difficult and arduous process on trying to get an EVCS plugin in his condominium. The article is very informative. Since he felt he had

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5 Things That Make an Exceptional Community Association Manager

Community association managers who have been in the business for a few years know what is takes to be a good manager. Problem solving, analytical thinking, good communication skills are the foundation, perhaps even having an “A” type personality.  

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Why Enforcing the Rules Must Be a Priority of the HOA Board

One of the most important jobs a homeowners association Board has to do is to enforce the rules of the Association. As a Board member it is part of your duty to make sure all the regulations are followed by

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Preparing Your HOA Community For Fall

As August progresses and summer draws to a close, many communities are entering into a crucial time of transition for their properties and residents. While temperatures may still be still be hovering comfortably in the 80s, August is a perfect

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What’s Covered By A Condo Association’s Insurance Policy?

Part of the appeal of owning a condominium is that, unlike a home, the condo owner is likely not solely responsible for maintaining everything inside and out. Typically, the condo association oversees the management of the day-to-day maintenance of the

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Buying a Home in a Community Association: Part Two – Evaluating an HOA’s Health

So your diligent search for that home of your dreams has finally led you to one that fits all your criteria. However, it is in an association, and you have known people who belonged to condo or homeowners associations (HOAs)

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HOA Living: Homeowner Rights and Responsibilities

If you are looking at buying an HOA property, or if you already live in one, then you want to know what your homeowner rights and responsibilities are. Well, we can help you with that. Read on for the list

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Tips for Preparing HOA Landscaping for Fall

As we move towards fall, many HOAs are starting to consider how to prepare their HOA landscaping and common areas for autumn and winter months. You want your landscaping to look its best, both throughout the fall and winter and

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The Condo Association Board Engineer Profile

This week’s Condo Association Board personality profile is the Condo Association Board Engineer. The Condo Association Board Engineer may not ACTUALLY be an engineer – but they think like one. Everything can be broken down into a solvable puzzle –

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Millennials and New HOA Demographics

As millennials begin families and start to settle down, they are becoming one of the largest groups of home-buyers. From 2010-2015 the percentage of millennials moving into San Antonio homes went up 14.4%. That makes San Antonio the second most

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What Are FHA-Approved Condos?

Federal Housing Administration condominiums are properties that can be purchased using FHA loans—or loans that are insured by the FHA. What requirements must these condos meet to be approved by the FHA? And where should you go to search for

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Five Best Practices for Improving Condo Board Communication

Funny, isn’t it, how a flock of geese can manage to communicate well enough to prevent mid-air collisions but people find this task very difficult. Communication is always one of those things that get forgotten. Who has time to be

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New Survey Exposes Payment Technology Surge in the CAM Industry

Technology fun fact: Have you ever wondered why QWERTY keyboards are laid out the way they are?  When typewriters were the primary “word processor,” the QWERTY keyboard was implemented because it spaces out the most commonly used letters, slowing down

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What HOAs Should Really Know About Aging Residents

Every HOA community faces challenges with aging-in-place residents. The “Baby Boomer” generation is, on average, 65 years old and would rather stay in their home than move to a senior care center or in with another family member.   For

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How to Create a HOA Maintenance Chart for Your Community

Most people choose to live in HOA neighborhoods for the sense of community, the benefit of shared facilities, and assurance that if anything goes truly wrong there is a system to take care of it. The most common disruption of

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6 Ways To “Go Green” in Your HOA or Condo Association

There are more than 7 billion people on the Earth. We take up a lot of space and use a lot of resources. That makes implementing eco-friendly practices even more critical to preserve the environment and the resources that we

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Five Financial Mistakes That Can Be Devastating to Your Community

Being part of an HOA board is a job that comes with a lot of difficult responsibilities. When it comes to the financial side on an HOA, there are so many moving parts that it can get overwhelming. Avoiding these

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Duties of Your HOA Board

If you live in a planned community, you or various of you neighbors may decide to join the board of your homeowners’ association (HOA). It’s a way to get involved and to have a say in how your community maintains

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HOA Super Lien — What is it and Why Should I Care?

In an HOA, owners who fail to pay assessments and other charges owed to the condo or homeowner’s association, will likely have a lien placed on the home by the association. A lien is a legal tool used to protect

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Got Conflict? Get Mediation!

Understanding what mediation is, how it works, the benefits for all parties, and the types of disputes that can be resolved with mediation, demonstrates how mediation can be an effective alternative to litigation.     Read the article………….

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Rehabilitating the HOA Image One Person, One Deed, and One Community at a Time

So last month I was at the doctor’s office, and as I was making small talk with the nurse she asked “So what do you do?” I responded “I’m an HOA attorney.”  She actually grimaced. It was a clear knee-jerk

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Managing Your Vendors in an HOA Community

As a board member, you are responsible for many aspects of your association. One of these tasks is selecting projects to complete and the vendors who will work on these projects. Whether it’s scheduling routine pool maintenance or arranging for

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Is Your Dog a Good Citizen? You’d Better Hope So, for Insurance’s Sake

This seems to be particularly favorable with homeowners association, co-op, and condo boards, according to Loretta Worters, vice president of communications for the Insurance Information Institute. “Many insurance agents will accept certificates from AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program and other

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What is an HOA Reserve Specialist?

An HOA reserve specialist conducts a study of the major capital systems within an homeowners association. The specialist evaluates the condition of major items, estimates when the item will need replacing, and projects the cost of replacement. The purpose of

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6 Tips on Preparing HOA Vendor Bids and Evaluating Responses

HOAs exist for the benefit of all the HOA’s homeowner members. The elected Board takes care of the day-to-day business of the HOA. Of course, the Board cannot complete every maintenance job or other work that the HOA needs. So,

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Homeowners Associations

When you finally buy your own home after years of renting, you might think you’re done following someone else’s rules (bye-bye, landlord!). But if you’re considering a house or condo within a planned development, you may find yourself answering to

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