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For the People, By the Homeowners: HOA Board Governance in a Nutshell

Community associations have a lot in common with municipal governments. As members of a governing body — and typically also members of the homeowner’s association — HOA board members should meet regularly to discuss and vote on important community issues,

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For the People, By the Homeowners: HOA Board Governance in a Nutshell

Community associations have a lot in common with municipal governments. As members of a governing body — and typically also members of the homeowner’s association — HOA board members should meet regularly to discuss and vote on important community issues,

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Governing by Representation

Community associations are a representative form of government founded on the principle of elected individuals representing the people. Much of our country is based on the principles of representative democracy. It starts with organizations like community associations and progresses through

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Board Owner Do’s and Don’ts: What Makes a Board Successful

It only takes a few minutes of a web search to uncover the traits that make a successful person or business owner. For example, Entrepreneur magazine’s Steven Key wrote the article, “5 Qualities of Successful Persons,” which included such traits

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Banning Lawns

Recognizing their role in sustainability efforts, many local governments are enacting climate change plans, mandatory green building ordinances, and sustainable procurement policies. But thus far, local governments have largely ignored one of the most pervasive threats to sustainability — lawns.

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8 Points of HOA Governance 101

HOA governance isn’t simple or easy and, unfortunately, board members are just volunteers doing their best with too little time and too little money. I think that’s why even basic principles of HOA governance are often misunderstood by board members

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When Homeowners Attack

I spoke at a “board member boot camp” Tuesday night to give legal tips to new homeowners association board members, and briefly touched on security and safety issues for board members. Luckily, I said, homeowner violence against HOA board members

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HOA ADVISER: ‘Corporate process’ actually protects you

In community association governance, corporate formalities seem to get in the way of “good old common sense.” If someone is doing a good job, and is making good decisions, why allow procedural technicalities to interfere?  Read More……

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Governance Guidelines

There are basic expectations that apply to virtually any common-interest community. With this in mind, the Center for Community Association Volunteers developed the Community Association Governance Guidelines – 12 principles that can help association board members increase harmony, reduce conflict

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So Now You’re On the Board

The first steps to superior board performance are clarifying your board’s job and then following through with appropriate plans, actions and evaluation of results. The checklists presented here are intended to assist you in those tasks. They cover a significant

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