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What Foreclosure Means to Your Homeowners Association

Foreclosure is a bit of a dirty word. Nobody wants to see anyone thrown out of their home – but it happens.  There are basically two different kinds of foreclosure homeowners association need to worry about: Foreclosure by the bank

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Appeals court rules Capella Park HOA must accommodate disabled residents (TX)

The Court of Appeals for the 5th District of Texas has reversed a trial court’s decision that was in favor of a homeowners’ association (HOA) trying to enforce its restrictive covenants against a home for disabled residents.  The decision, filed

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What is the Best Practice for Elevator Maintenance?

People who live in tall buildings dread broken elevators. They cause delays – and repeatedly broken elevators can even cost you, residents, as people move out. Some residents, of course, are unable to use the stairs at all.  Condominium owners

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Hold a Board Meeting in Under 1 Hour

Sixty minutes is generally a reasonable goal for the length of any board meeting, but you have a lot of ground to cover and need to make progress! This week, we want to offer some tips to maximize meeting time

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Don’t Be an HOA Scrooge with Holiday Decor

Most HOAs have rules about what people can and can’t put in their yards and this can range from signage to holiday decorations. Whether an HOA should be able to limit decorations isn’t what we want to discuss. Instead, we

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Cleaning Up Mold in Your Community

While the damaging weather seems to be behind us, the water damage can continue to plague communities for months. Don’t let your community be lured into a false sense of security just because the floodwaters have receded. Previously wet flooring,

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Cleaning Up Fall Lawns

With winter right around the corner, it’s time to clean up as fall winds down. While the changing of leaves is beautiful, those vibrant leaves are likely scattered across your lawn, in your gutters, flowerbeds, or the street drains. The

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What bond investors weren’t told about a threat facing Cinco Ranch (TX)

The special purpose districts that have powered development in the Cinco Ranch area west of Houston repeatedly failed to disclose to bond investors the risk of severe flooding from the adjacent Barker Reservoir, a Houston Chronicle investigation found.  Hundreds of

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Home Business in your Association (TX)

With improved technologies and the ability to work from anywhere in the world, more and more neighborhoods are finding residents who work from home. From business professionals who work from home one or two days a week, to small business

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What is a condo?

Maybe you’ve been thinking of living in a condo, but not sure what’s all involved, especially if you’re coming from a more traditional home.  Condos aren’t apartments, and they’re not townhomes. They’re unique to themselves with specialty floor plans, amenities

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Helpful City Services

Many board members receive homeowner requests for community events, complaints about violations, and questions about trash collection or stray animals. With only a limited budget and limited authority, what are board members to do when these requests go beyond the

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Managing Conflicts in Your HOA Community

Let’s be honest, there is no way to avoid conflict entirely. Which means at some point your HOA will deal with some sort of disagreement. There are many types of conflict, and just as many dos and don’ts for how

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Adding Solar Panels in an HOA Community

Many homeowners are beginning to see the appeal of installing solar panels to their home. As an HOA it is important to consider the benefits and identify ways to work with homeowners so everyone is happy. What your board doesn’t

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HOA Governance: The Pros and Cons of an HOA Rental Cap

The policies of any HOA are sometimes a touchy subject because, at any one time, homeowners are simultaneously responsible for and subject to the rules set out by their home owner’s association. There are a number of perfectly normal policies

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How Enhancement Matching Grant Programs can Benefit Your HOA

There are always improvements that need to be made around the property covered by your homeowner’s association. In some cases, however, low-income areas or a lack of attention to those improvements over several years can lead to big needs that

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Emotional Support Animal scams – good news from the Eastern District of Texas

The October 17, 2017 decision by Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas in Houston v. DTN Operating Company et al., 2017 WL 4653246 (E.D.Tex 2017) is good news for landlords confronted by bogus internet diagnoses of disability.

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The Complete Story of the River Oaks Tank

The tactical withdrawal of Tony Buzbee’s World War II-era Sherman M4A4 tank earlier this month brought the month-long Battle of River Oaks Boulevard to a close.  After Buzbee—a trial lawyer, Marine veteran, and proud Aggie alum (and current A&M regent)—parked

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HOA Landscape – Consult Experts Before Making a Decision

When running a HOA, you often have to make a lot of decisions about how to upkeep the neighborhood – without building the kind of resentment that gives HOAs a bad name.  Overall landscaping of the neighborhood is something everyone

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Improving Indoor Air Quality

As the heat continues to bear down, most people find themselves retreating indoors to beat the heat. But what most people don’t realize is that air quality indoors can be just as bad as it is outdoors. If your HOA

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Pros and Cons of Gated and Non-Gated Community Associations: Thoughts and Considerations

A safe neighborhood is a top priority of home buyers. For many of these home buyers, a gated community is an attractive option. The gate represents protection from the outside world by the careful monitoring of those entering the community.

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Handling Construction in the Community

Summer is the most popular season for construction work. With lower chances of rain and poor weather conditions, work can be completed with minimum rescheduling. However, despite these quicker completion times, many community construction projects can cause inconveniences to homeowners

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Top Amenity Trends in New HOA Communities

Home buyers are searching for more than a new home; they are searching for a place that offers a sense of community. Walking trails, resort-style pools, and quaint shopping and cafes top the list of amenities today’s home buyers desire.

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Halloween is upon us

It is officially fall and that means Halloween is right around the corner. Doorsteps will soon be adorned with pumpkins, autumn wreaths, and spooky figures, but what does your HOA actually allow? Since some people get really excited for the

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Handling Special Assessments in Your HOA

Special assessments happen. No matter how well managed an association is, things happen and money reserves can be exhausted, making special assessments necessary. Since it won’t do your community any good to pretend your HOA is above special assessments, we

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Reading Your CC&Rs

Show of hands: Who has actually read their community’s CC&Rs cover to cover and word for word? Statistically speaking, not many have. And while it may feel unnecessary to read them, we assure you it’s better to familiarize yourself with

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How to Have Successful HOA Elections

One of the centerpieces of a successful HOA is a well-organized election process. However, in order to ensure that your HOA elections succeed every year, it’s important to take heed of a few key rules: follow your governing documents; send

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Weeding Out Your Yard

Nothing ruins a beautiful, well-manicured summer lawn like weeds. From those ugly ones that have thorn-like leaves to the tall, unsightly ones that demand to be seen, weeds are an equal opportunity annoyance. As an HOA board, it’s important to

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In Heavily Flooded West Houston, a Neighborhood Comes Together to Save Itself (TX)

One of the first rescues was 120 pounds of wet, terrified Rhodesian ridgeback, wide-eyed and shaking on top of a kitchen counter. It was Sunday, August 27. A neighbor kid had been pet-sitting for the dog’s out-of-town owners, when he

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5th Cir. Holds Threat of Lawsuit to Collect Partially Time-Barred Debt Did Not Violate FDCPA (TX)

In a split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided that attorneys representing a condominium association did not violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by threatening non-judicial foreclosure on debt that was partially

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Twin Creeks v. Sunset Ridge, 03-16-00653-CV (TexApp Dist 08/25/2017)

In this case of first impression, appellee sued appellant seeking a declaration that an amended restrictive covenant filed by appellant that required club membership was invalid as to condominium owners under the Uniform Condominium Act §82.0675(a) due to appellant’s failure

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Rule Skirting and How to Avoid it in Your HOA

Let’s be honest – every HOA struggles with residents who skirt the rules. Sometimes it’s a one-time thing, and other times it’s chronic. No matter what rules are being broken, every HOA needs to address the issues without coming across

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Guidance for Working With FEMA for Debris Removal Following Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

As storm victims struggle to survive after the devastation and loss caused by Hurricane Harvey, the first thing individuals and community associations should do is register for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Community association residents are most

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Four Ways Active Adult Communities Are Changing to Emphasize Lifestyle

Developers are taking note of the new demands placed by buyers in adult communities. Ten years ago the average buyer age was 72 years-old; now it is 62 years-old. With the younger age comes an expectation of services and amenities

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What Happened When a Texas Homeowner Association Opted to Sign with a Single Hauler

Ever think that your homeowners or condo association is plowing ahead with an ill-considered project? Ignoring its own rules? Now and then, here and there, many people feel this way, but at the same time they are daunted by the

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Avoid Misunderstandings about Dues

Across the country people are wondering how and where their HOA dues are being used. It’s a good question to ask, but it also one that an HOA board should be able to answer quickly and easily.  To reduce miscommunication

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Social Media Best Practices for HOA’s

With the growing use of social media and its unique ability to bring people together, most businesses, including HOAs, are using various platforms to more effectively do business. As an HOA, your board should explore the use of social media

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5 Tips to Keep Homeowner Association Fees Down

If you’re a Board member looking at how to keep fees in a homeowner association down, we have five things you can do to help reduce expenses. Without further delay, here they are:    Read the article…………….

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lightning and Your HOA Community

When most of us think of summer, we think of hot sunny days by the water, but the summer months in Texas are also known for their wild storms. It can be hot one minute, and the next second the

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Appreciating Volunteers in your HOA Community

Most HOAs we work with rely on the help of volunteers to keep their community running smoothly, and while a job well down is something to be proud of, a little recognition goes a long way. Since volunteers can save

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Five Paths to Reducing Your HOAs Carbon Footprint

It’s one thing to want to reduce your carbon footprint in an HOA, but how do you actually go about doing that? Here are five pathways that might help.   Read the article………………

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Why Hire Insured and Certified Vendors for your HOA?

To us, it’s clear why it is important to hire insured and certified vendors for your HOA, but sometimes members of the HOA Board might need some convincing. Here are five reasons to consider doing so.    Read the article……………

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Collections and HOA Dues

In a perfect world, everyone would pay his or her fair share and everything would be just. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, and your HOA likely won’t be either. In most cases homeowners are generally good about paying their

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A Quick Guide to Encouraging HOA Volunteerism

Sometimes people who buy a home in an HOA neighborhood may not be used to the core concepts of an HOA. In most places, you take care of your property and keep to yourself. Maybe you get to know one

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