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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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How to Find New HOA Board Members

Many homeowners association boards ask us how they can get more people involved in their community’s HOA management. The inherent issue is that an HOA board is pulling from a group of people who already lead busy lives. Serving on

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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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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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The power of volunteerism (AR)

The latest edition of Village Values covered one of the hallmarks of the Village – volunteerism. Without it, Village governance would be quite different.  Ten Property Owners’ Association standing committees are staffed by volunteers. And the caring goes beyond the

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Volunteers R.O.C.K.!

“Common areas do not automatically create a sense of community. Nurturing the community spirit is probably the greatest challenge facing community associations today.”—CLIFFORD TREESE, CPCU, ARM, CIRMS and community association guru extraordinaire  So, how can an association nurture community spirit?

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Thank your board members – VA: Reston Association marks National Volunteer Week with community service awards

As with just about any other community-based organization, the work done by the Reston Association would not be possible without volunteers, so the homeowners’ association recognized some of their top contributors with an awards ceremony on Apr. 27.  Volunteers congregated

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You Won the Election, Now What?

Congratulations! You threw your hat in the ring, ran a vigorous issues-based campaign promising to shake up the establishment, and ultimately won a seat on your association’s board of directors. Once the champagne stops flowing, consider the following tips to

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Get Involved in Your Community

One of the first steps in making a difference is becoming involved in your community. Because association living is the most noticeable and accessible to most homeowners today, this community involvement will often begin with your association.  So how do

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Ways to Thank a Volunteer in Your Homeowners Association

Doing good may be its own reward, but most homeowners association volunteers would probably agree that it’s also nice to be recognized for the time, effort, and commitment they put into serving others, particularly in what can sometimes seem to

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Serve on the Board – or Pay Up

Here’s a novel way to fill those unfillable vacancies on a co-op board.  Many co-ops struggle mightily to find people willing to take on the thankless job of board service. That’s not surprising. The job comes with some to-die-for perks,

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You Can Make a Difference!

Driving to and from your garage and merely existing in an association is not the only option. Living within an association provides you with many opportunities to become involved in your community. Assuming you meet any qualifications which exist within

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How to be a successful condo board director

In a previous post, I provided a checklist of best practices that successful boards use. Successful boards are made up of successful directors. What makes a successful condo board director? Here are five characteristics I’ve noticed that are common to

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5 Ways an HOA Board Can Encourage Member Involvement in the New Year

Since a new year is about to begin, this may be a good time for the HOA board to communicate with the Association members about several ways they can help make the community an even better place to live in

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Three Great Reasons to Join a Condo Association Board

Making the decision to join a Condo Association Board is a big step. You’ll be responsible for the governance and management of a community – possibly one with hundreds or thousands of people living in it. The job will be

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Fighting Apathy: Identifying Great Condo Board Member Candidates

Condo Association Boards have an extremely challenging job when it comes to running their Associations. They have substantial control over finances and the direction a community goes. The fear of breaking bad – and resulting horror stories – is very

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HOAs: How to make community service fair

If the “books are balanced” and things are fair, then the officers and directors should never be personally at risk for the volunteer service they provide to their neighbors.

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How to make sure volunteer work does not bring risk

If the “books are balanced” and things are fair, then the officers and directors should never be personally at risk for the volunteer service they provide to their neighbors.

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Contending with Apathy Towards Board Member Service in Community Associations

Effective remedies to tackle apathy towards board member service typically stem from implementing and maintaining long-term strategies to encourage serving

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How an HOA Board Can Ask for Member’s Help as Inspectors of Election

To be proactive and try to drum up participation from the membership, the HOA board may want to send out a notice to the members asking for volunteers to assist in this process

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Fighting Apathy #5: Four Reasons Serving on Your Condo Association Board is Good for You

Serving on a Condo Association Board is a tough job – sometimes it’s hard to see why serving on your condo association board is good for you

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The Power of HOA Participation: 10 tips for overcoming apathy in your community

Encouraging participation has to start with some dialog before you can ask for help. Reach out and share information, then request support where needed.

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How Can Residents Be Active in Your Homeowner’s Association?

It is also important for the board to stress the importance of volunteerism from non-board members and try to get owners involved in any number of important endeavors.

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6 Tips for Recruiting Future HOA Leaders

“Have a program in which a board member is assigned to go meet new residents and bring basic information about the association.”

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Volunteer Labor in your HOA: Worth the Risk?

Sometimes, Boards will have the idea to rely on volunteer labor from community members for cleanup or maintenance projects as a way to save some money in the budget

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Resolving Underlying Conflicts Among HOA Volunteers

Diversity is a source of strength for HOA Boards and committees. Different personalities, skills and experience translate to a variety of problem-solving approaches. Yet, this diversity can also create underlying conflicts. Here are some ways to resolve common issues in

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Preparing For an HOA Leadership Position

Have you recently taken a leadership position in your homeowner association (HOA)? Effective leadership requires knowledge, influence and good judgment. Because many HOAs struggle with filling leadership positions, there’s not always a succession plan. So, preparation is up to you.

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The Secret to Being the Best Board Member You Can Be? Think like a Hobbit!

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” This is the opening line to J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic tale, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.  It may seem that there aren’t many things a board member can

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The best board members are reluctant heroes with heart

Bilbo is an everyday hobbit with no intention of being great; yet along the way we find that it’s his simple, calm approach to unimaginable situations and his thoughtful demeanor that make the difference between the success and failure for

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6 Ways to Change the Attitude of Apathy in Your Community

This is the question I’m asked most by our boards and I think we can all agree, if you’re on a community association board apathy is an issue that can affect even the most well-functioning communities.   Read the article……………

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Hosting Volunteering Events

Neighborhood events are one of the great features of living in a community with an HOA. One unique way to come together and give back to the community is to hold a volunteering event.   Read the article………….

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Does Your Association Need a Few More Hands On Deck? Here are Some Suggestions for Recruiting Volunteers!

Provide social opportunities in the association where people get to know each other and have fun! People want to help people that they know personally. The best way to get volunteers is to ASK!      Read the article……….

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Heart of HOA Volunteerism

At the heart of every homeowner association is the principle of “volunteerism”. It is a noble calling which calls for personal sacrifice: giving up self interest for the greater good. Americans, arguably the most self-indulgent citizens of the world, have

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The Buck Stops Here: Four Steps to Lead Change in Your Community

We’ve all done it. We walk through our community and see something that we’d like to change: a rule regarding hours of trash collection or maintenance, or a change to the facilities in a common area like the addition of

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Should You Become a Board Member?

If you live in a community with an HOA, you may be considering joining the board to help improve the neighborhood. However, a lot of work goes into being a board member, and you don’t get paid for it. If

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The Thankless Job of an HOA Board Member

As hated as they are by some, homeowners associations—or HOAs as they’re known—actually do serve a purpose. They allow neighborhoods to have amenities such as small parks and common landscaping that they often wouldn’t have if those communities relied on

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Get involved with your HOA to protect your home’s value

We take so many things for granted as we go about our busy lives. One of them is the routine maintenance of our homes. Another is the effort required to manage our community associations and hold the property owners to

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Tips for community associations to get more residents involved

In order for a homeowner’s association to work to its full potential, it needs to have the help of the entire community. However, that can be very difficult for a large number of the HOAs out there to get residents

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4 Tips for Forming Positive Relationships with Volunteers

As a property manager or community association, you’ve probably had to form and manage relationships with volunteers- and this can either work really well or it can be a struggle. On one side, having volunteers brings extra hands to the

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6 Ideas for an HOA Board to Encourage Involvement in the New Year

Since a new year is about to begin, this may be a good time for you as an HOA Board to communicate with your members about several ways they can help make the community an even better place to live

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Empty seats on the Board? Try these volunteer recruiting methods that actually work

Regardless of the organization or the cause, volunteering is tough. And what’s even more tough is finding great volunteers. So how did I wind up on the board so quickly? Beyond a deplorable lack of willpower, it was because of

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Called to Serve: Volunteers for Board Service Often in Short Supply

Speak to any volunteer-run organization, whether it is a town board, the soccer association, a church’s childcare program or the school PTO, and the same complaint resounds: “We don’t have enough people stepping up to serve.” Condominium homeowners associations (HOAs)

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Called to Serve: Volunteers for Board Service Often in Short Supply

In a dense urban or sprawling suburban environment, people can still feel isolated. While high-rise residential buildings and suburban subdivisions put many people and families in very close proximity to one another, living side-by-side doesn’t automatically transform a group of

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How to Recruit a Homeowner to Become an HOA Board Member

Being a board member in a homeowners association is a difficult job. It takes a commitment of time and resources, but it can also be very rewarding. Sometimes you are asked to deal with tough issues that relate to your

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Raise a Glass to the Community Association Board

President Obama has declared it to be National Volunteer Week, a time when we acknowledge and recognize the efforts of those who give their time to help others. One group of volunteers certainly worthy of recognition that Community Association Management

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Do It Yourself: Can You Save Money with In-House Labor – And Is It Worth It?

A small-scale project is pending, and the management company is considering proposals or bids from several local contractors. The job could be as basic as trimming shrubs, staining decks or wiring some new lighting, so it’s no wonder that the

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6 Lessons from Habitat for Humanity: How to manage, motivate and inspire community volunteers

This week, TOPS employees have joined efforts to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity, a charity that helps provide affordable housing for deserving families (That’s my group above – Crew Two, taking a break from work to immortalize

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How To Get Involved With Your Community Association

The biggest way to have an impact on your community association is to obtain a seat on the board of directors (the “Board”). However, if your association is still under developer control (and the developer appoints the directors) this might not

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How to Know if You Are a Lousy Volunteer

Volunteering your time as a board member on an HOA or any other type of nonprofit organization might seem like a helpful way to selflessly spend your time, but are your contributions really beneficial? If some of these traits look

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Growing HOA Volunteers

A common homeowner association board question is: “How do we get better participation from our members with board and committee work?” Many HOAs experience a large degree of apathy from the membership when it comes to volunteering. On the one

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