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How Emotions Infect Healthy Association Board Meetings

What causes otherwise polite people to lose their cool in community associations.   A rather unfortunate product of today’s news media fed culture is that – from talk radio hosts, to the nightly news – emotions in conflicts are held in

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Three Ways to Annoy Condo Association Boards

Most people want a to live a simple Condo life and generally be left alone.  Sometimes, however, life gets in the way, and there can be complications.  While Condo Boards have a bad reputation, the reality is that most are

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HOA Homefront: What to do when you get a notice for a board hearing

A notice of a disciplinary hearing is not the best kind of mail to open, but in common interest communities that is how associations compel owners to be good neighbors.  How one responds to a hearing notice can greatly affect

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Crystal Vision: Why Communication Between a Board and Management Company Matters

As a board member, you want your community to grow and thrive. Having a vision for your community—the aesthetics of it, its reputation, the kinds of programming it offers and amenities it provides—is critical to its long-term well-being. A well-crafted

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How Healthy Is Your Condo Board? How to Conduct a Thorough Checkup

As uncomfortable as it might be to get poked and prodded while you’re clothed in a paper gown, medical checkups are essential to maintaining your health. Well, guess what? That same wisdom applies to buying a home—particularly if that home

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Effectively Working with Master Associations

Having captured what Master Associations are, the challenge is for Condo Boards to find ways to effectively work with them. While there is a tendency to ignore them to a certain degree, that path is the path to failure. The

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HOA Model Remodeling

Owning your own home is an American dream. In urban settings, homeowner associations have become a dominant form of new construction, often representing over two thirds of new homes. While HOA homeowners have many rights and privileges, they often concede

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The Rogue One: Directors Gone Bad

A condo director unilaterally fires the property manager, hires himself in her place, enters into several other contracts without discussing it with the other directors, bullies the other owners, sues the corporation, and causes thousands of dollars in damages. It

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Workplace Communication

When most teams within an organization discuss communications, we tend to focus on communication with our customers or for recruiters and HR, that’s communication with our candidates. While this is essential for successful sales as well as recruitment and hiring

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Your Professionals Should Stay Out of Board Politics

There are ways to tame managers who meddle in co-op board elections.

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Whose job is it anyway? The difference between the roles of Property Managers and the Board of Directors

For most members of the condo community, the Property Manager is the face of the condo corporation. They are responsible for day-to-day running of the condo corporation, and I find that people can get confused about the difference between the

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8 Things Your Homeowners Association Wishes You Knew

Here’s what your HOA wishes you knew — and how to find out if they’re out to get you

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Who’s the Bully in your HOA? Could it Be You?

October is National Anti- Bullying Month, officially. It doesn’t just apply to bullying in the schools or in relationships between family members or friends. It applies to what happens in the boardroom, and in meetings in a homeowners association. It

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Tips to take on your HOA head on

Problems with your HOA can be hard to handle, but knowing your rights and being actively involved can help.

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When a Board Breaks Bad: Righting the Ship at Your Co-op or Condo

Owners and shareholders trust their elected boards with their very lives. Okay… it’s probably not a life-or-death scenario, but residents of co-ops and condos do put a great deal of faith in their association’s representatives to have their best interests

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How to Prepare for Presenting Your Great Idea to the HOA Board

A good idea needs a spokesperson. If you’ve come up with the idea, that spokesperson is you. If you can imagine the concept and how it will benefit your community, paint that picture in your presentation

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Fighting Apathy #4: Leading a Condo Association Resistance Movement Part 1

“How can we Owners engage with the Board effectively, efficiently, and get to a resolution that works for the Association?

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Rules: You May Be Surprised What Your HOA Board Can Do

Here are a few examples of powers an HOA Board may have over owners:

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10 Things Homeowners Wish Your HOA Board Knew

Homeowners have high expectations of their HOA Boards. How does your Board rate among the ten things homeowners wish you knew?

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Why Condo Association Boards Act Slowly

One universal complaint about Condo Association Boards is that they are slow to act.

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How to Help a Condo Association Board Make Decisions

Manager can’t solve all of a Board’s problems, what you can do is present actionable information in a crisp, concise way that will support decision making

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Bah Humbug! What to Do if an HOA Board Member is a Scrooge

There seems to be one in every homeowners association. That one HOA board member that consistently disagrees, goes against the majority, or at the very least enjoys playing devil’s advocate. Do you have a scrooge – a mean spirited, miserly

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Taming Your Fear of Speaking Up in HOA Board Meetings: 4 Tips

The fear of public speaking is one of the most common fears. And when you’re a member of an HOA board that often requires speaking up as part of your duties, overcoming this fear to can be scary and daunting.

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Battling Bully Board Members and Homeowners

You’ve seen them (and felt your anxiety level rising).  The homeowner who takes four “guest only” parking spots for his cars. The board president who goes on a vendetta by holding secret meetings, making unapproved purchases and breaking confidentiality rules.

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I Really Don’t Like My Neighbor’s Tenants

It is an all too common situation, especially in coastal communities, mountain retreats, and college towns: You bought a home in a planned community that has a homeowners’ association with thoughts of being able to enjoy a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood.

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Solve homeowners association problems with politics

An attorney who specializes in condominium- and homeowner-association law said electing a new board of directors is often the best and cheapest solution to problems with an ineffective or incompetent association.     Read the article………..

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Confessions of a Manager: What Every HOA Board Should Know

Do you want to be the best Board you can be? Then you’ve found a goldmine because we asked a seasoned and experienced HOA manager what he hoped all HOA board members would learn early on to help them run

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Getting an HOA Approval for House Color

Some homeowners associations have strict rules regarding what color you can paint the exterior of your home. In other communities, they may require you to get an approval before you paint your house a different color. Check out these tips

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We Don’t Hear You: Handling Board Complaints

Communication is vital to running a successful condo complex or co-op building. So what happens when dwellers complain that board members are not listening and—even worse —ignoring their problems?  Well, you can bet it will not foster warm, fuzzy open

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The Secrets to Handling Negative People in Your Board of Directors

All-in-all, many board members are people who simply care about the community in which they live and who sincerely want to do what is right for the condominium residents. They are often fairly well organized and willing to help out

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Roles and responsibilities of a community association board

To uphold their fiduciary duty, boards must run their community associations according to governing documents, applicable law and good business sense. Some responsibilities are given to all board members, while others are assigned to specific officers.     Read the article……..

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5 Reasons There’s a Disconnect Between the HOA Board and Homeowners

The success of a homeowners association is based on the members and Board working together. If the community is not taken care of, it will catch up with Association, affect property values, decrease the quality of living, and create a

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Is your condo association run by a ‘bully board?’

“Bully boards” are so prevalent in the world of condominiums that the term is commonplace among community association property managers and real estate attorneys.  It’s a moniker used to describe condo and homeowner association boards that are so drunk with

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Dealing with a rogue condo board

Most boards in condominium associations are filled with well-meaning, pleasant men and women who willingly give up free time. They do this, strangely enough, to volunteer at odd hours to help run their association, including setting budgets, interviewing contractors, answering

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5 Ways to Get ‘Sticky’ with Award-Winning Community Associations

For a Community Association Management Company, there is one metric that is especially important to your success, but hard to quantify. Let’s call it Stickiness. Stickiness is the ability of your management company to retain communities, but it’s more than

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“We want to remove the board because we want to fire the manager”

So, this won’t be like my usual posts where I share a recent case or discuss a section of the Condominium Act, 1998. Today I’m going on a rant about the relationships between owners, directors, and managers.     Read more……….

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Your Board’s Presence Is Present Enough: Don’t forget to say “Thank you” this holiday season

We’ve all received the party invitation with a note letting us know that gifts are not requested–Your presence is present enough. Some of us take the cue, while others go above and beyond and bring a gift despite the note.

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How to Work with All the Members of the Board

Some people are just negative, making it hard to work with them. While you may simply want to avoid those people, it’s impossible to avoid them when they are part of your board. Learn the importance of handling difficult people

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When Boards Don’t Play by the Rules: Controlling Rogue Board Members

Many if not most boards of trustees get along famously. There are boards that have had the same members for decades and run their communities without a hitch. But sometimes boards don’t get along so well.     Read more………

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How to have a yard sale in a homeowners association

Do you live in a homeowners association (HOA) and want to plan a yard sale to get rid of the stuff your family no longer needs? Don’t post flyers all around town advertising your sale just yet. Before you have

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Frustrated? Stifled? Trying to Get Something on the Agenda of Your HOA?

I commonly receive questions about meeting and committee agendas. Owners want to get something on the agenda for an upcoming meeting. Sometimes the owner is also a board member.  And somehow the item never gets on the agenda, or is

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The Board and Homeowner Struggle

One of the most often asked questions we hear from disgruntled homeowners is “who gave the board the right to tell me how to live my life?” This is a question we hear almost every day, and it is one

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When HOA boards behave badly

Q: Your June 7 column addressed the rights of the HOA board or the board members when they believe an association member’s conduct is bothersome. What about the converse – where an HOA board acts contrary to the clear mandate

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Courting a new association? How to impress the board

In a highly competitive market it’s hard to stand out. One of the ways you can do that is in the sales documents you provide for potential new association clients.  Examples of sales documents might include:      Read more……

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Homeowner Legal Options Against HOA Abuse of Power

Homeowner Associations (“HOAs”) are intended to operate in the community’s best interest, making the community a more pleasant place to live while also maintaining property values. Unfortunately, HOAs sometimes become a source of disputes and disagreement that hinder rather than

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Belong to an HOA? Dude, I Feel Your Pain. How to Cope…….

Since Aaron and I bought our condo last year we’ve been learning quite a bit about what it means to live in a home with an HOA board. An HOA or Homeowners’ Association, is a property owners’ organization that creates

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Tips For Dealing With A Homeowners Association

Knowing how to deal with a homeowners association is probably something that most home buyers don’t think about before buying into an area that has one. In the past 50 years the growth of homeowners associations, or HOA for short,

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Have You Thanked Your HOA Board Member Lately?

While many owners in Common Interest Development (HOA) communities have unflattering opinions about the board members who govern their neighborhoods, the truth is, they’re generally working to protect your home and investment. Let’s walk through what HOA board members do

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

It only takes a few minutes of Googling 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 as open-mindedness,

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Battling Bully Board Members and Homeowners

There are always a couple of television stories year after year about the out of control homeowners’ association board or the homeowner who is battling their HOA over a community parking space, fence or dog. According to the Community Associations

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