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Working With Managers and Management Firms

  • 5 Things That Make an Exceptional Community Association Manager August 9, 2017 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.    Read the article……………
  • 5 Tips For Hiring A Good HOA Community Manager July 19, 2017 Choosing a community manager is one of the most important decisions that a HOA and condo board will make. Talk about pressure! You need to be careful in your selection because the people who work on your community’s management team—especially those on-site—will affect quality of life for residents. So it’s important to make a smart choice.    Read the article…………….
  • 4 Things to Expect From Your Property Manager May 26, 2017 Much of a property management company’s success with your HOA is influenced by the relationship between the manager and your board of directors. We often hear from prospective clients who want to know if the service they are receiving from their current property management company is standard practice or if they can expect more from their manager.  Keep in mind that your property manager’s goal is always to increase your property values and help your HOA board run your association ...
  • Community Management: Myths Dispelled May 11, 2017 There are quite a few myths and misconceptions about community management that we must dispel. If your association is larger than a handful of units, there is a better than average chance that your community is managed by a community management company. Some of the frustrations faced by owners and board members in associations are based on the lack of understanding of the role and functions of the management company.  The first thing to understand is that the management company ...

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Working With Attorneys

  • Consider This Before You Hire An HOA Attorney July 12, 2017 Just look at any HOA forum and you can see that HOAs face a wide range of issues. Some are pretty common, while others are simply dumbfounding. While reading and participating in these online forums, I often see questions that should be directed to HOA attorneys. The responses to these questions will often encourage them to seek legal counsel. But… as you probably know, many HOA don’t have a huge legal budget so hiring an attorney for every question can ...
  • How to Avoid Condo Association Lawsuits June 12, 2017 Every Condo Owner – and Board – seeks to live in a harmonious community – one where people have great parties and other events, special assessments don’t happen, and things are great. Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in. Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, things go south. In today’s litigious society, when things go south, lawyers get involved.    Read the article……………..
  • Consider the Source June 10, 2017 The internet can be a wonderful resource but BEWARE: Not everything you read on the internet is true or accurate. It is also not a substitute for professional advice.  Sometimes, bad internet “advice” is easy to spot. For example, hopefully none of us will fall for headlines like: “How spending $162,301.42 on Clothes Made Me $692,500”, “African Billionaire Will Give $1 Million to Anyone Who Wants to Leave America if Trump is Elected” or “How to Make a Million Dollars ...
  • Condo Boards Beware: Risks Outweigh Advantages of Using E-mail to Discuss Association Business May 29, 2017 It is a sign of technology’s fast and firm grip that few of us can remember a time when we communicated by mail (letters inserted in envelopes, affixed with stamps and delivered by the post office) rather than e-mail, delivered instantly to one recipient or dozens of them by pressing the “send” button on a computer.  E-mail has become the communication standard, used to communicate just about everything to just about everyone. It is easy, efficient, expected – and fraught ...

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Working With Accountants

  • The Condo Association Board Accountant Profile July 20, 2017 This week’s Condo Association Board personality is on the Condo Association Board Accountant. The Accountant loves numbers and money, specifically making sure your Association has plenty of it. This is an important consideration for most Associations, as money makes the world go ‘round! Having an Accountant will make sure you’ve got the green, but don’t let them forget about the human element of your community.    Read the article……………….
  • What is the role of a CPA in a Homeowners Association (HOA) ? July 6, 2017 Both board members and homeowners have an interest in the money end of an HOA’s business. After all, it’s the owners who have to pay higher fees when the homeowners association goes over budget. And it’s the Board who is responsible for hiring the right people to run the HOA’s financial business. The good news is that when to understanding the role of an HOA CPA, you don’t have to go it alone. Read on for tips for handling it. ...
  • Tips for Understanding the Role of an HOA CPA May 31, 2017 Both Board members and homeowners have an interest in the money end of an HOA’s business. After all, it’s the owners who have to pay higher fees when the homeowners association goes over budget. And it’s the Board who is responsible for hiring the right people to run the HOA’s financial business. The good news is that when it comes to understanding the role of an HOA CPA, you don’t have to go it alone. Read on for tips for ...
  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...

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Working With Insurance Agents

  • The Importance of Condo Association Good Will April 4, 2017 Much of Condo Association planning and strategizing is based on maximizing resources. How do you make the most of Condo Association assessments? Does your community budget well? How do you maintain reserves? The answers to these questions are vital to a Condo Association’s survival. But there is another resource that’s important – one that is not given nearly the same level of respect or planning – good will. The importance of Condo Association good will often goes unnoticed and unappreciated, ...
  • The Need for Professional Liability Insurance for Architects, Engineers and Construction Managers April 7, 2016 There are numerous insurance risks associated with every construction project, however, one of the most important policies is all too often overlooked by architects, engineers and construction managers. While many construction firms will do what they can to ensure they have coverage for builders risk, general and excess liability and workers compensation, owners fail to take into account professional liability insurance.   Read the article………….
  • When To Call In The Professionals To Advise Your Board February 9, 2016 Common areas of a community are vitally important. Not only do they ensure a better quality of life for residents, they also help the resale value of properties. So it makes sense that two of the most important duties of any community’s volunteer board of directors are to manage the affairs of the association and maintain the common areas. For some condominium and community associations, this also applies to the limited common elements.   Read the article……….
  • Does your community’s relationship with your insurance agent qualify as a “special relationship”? August 24, 2015 Does your board consider itself “special” in the eyes of your insurance agent? Do you believe your agent has a duty to advise you whether or not the coverage you are purchasing and the limits you are seeking are sufficient?    Read the article……….

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Working With Vendors

  • Managing Your Vendors in an HOA Community August 1, 2017 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 new trees to be planted in the community park. Below are some step-by-step tips for managing vendors. Some of these steps might be new to you due to a community manager handling them. However, we want you to be aware ...
  • 6 Tips on Preparing HOA Vendor Bids and Evaluating Responses August 1, 2017 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, one of the Board’s duties is to hire the best people (or company) for the job at the best price available. One way that the Board can winnow out the wheat from the chaff is by putting projects out to ...
  • Hide & Seek – Finding the Right Experts for Your Association July 25, 2017 When looking for the right experts for your community association there are many places that you will have to search, much like the game of Hide & Seek you might have played as a child. To help avoid wasting time and energy, the Association should develop a strategy to help find the professionals that are best suited to its needs.     Read the article……………
  • Should You Hire A Landscaping Company To Help Your Community? July 20, 2017 No one wants to be surrounded by boring or unappealing green areas, especially not homeowners. According to REALTOR® Magazine, quality landscaping can increase the value of your home by 12 percent.  One of the perks of living in a HOA community is knowing that you’ll never have to worry about your neighborhood’s appearance because your board has it covered.    Read the article…………..

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Working With the Media

  • Rehabilitating the HOA Image One Person, One Deed, and One Community at a Time August 1, 2017 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 reaction. And then she laughed, said sorry, and made some comment about her friend’s trash can being left out for too long.    Read the article……………
  • Speed Busters: Group wants action taken on speeding problem in Seminole Heights neighborhood (FL) March 16, 2017 The Hampton Terrace Community Association is nestled in the Seminole Heights area. They believe there is power in numbers. 65 people showed up when the city of Tampa and the Tampa Police Department joined them in support of their speeding concerns. But without solid answers to the problem, they decided to form their own Traffic Calming Committee and contacted Leslee Lacey to Speed Bust in Seminole Heights.    Read the article…………..
  • Local flag fight gets national attention (FL) June 25, 2014 Despite Mr. Murphree’s claims to the contrary, the Tides Condominium Association is not pursuing legal action against him for his disrespectful flag display. We seek the monies due to the Association from Mr. Murphree and other owners whose accounts are delinquent. The Board of Directors has a fiduciary responsibility to the Association and all its residents. This includes ensuring that all monies due to the Association are collected. We prefer such payments to be made voluntarily, but when they are ...
  • Fact book an eye-opener on community associations June 20, 2014 A community association is a popular lifestyle choice for many people, but it has been difficult to determine just how many — until now.  A new body of research, the “Community Association Fact Book,” tallies the numbers of associations, housing units, residents and property values for the country and each state. It was published by the Community Association Research Foundation, the research arm of the trade group Community Associations Institute in Falls Church, Va.    Read more……..

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Dealing With Governments

  • Millville now requiring HOA OK for permits (DE) August 10, 2017 In other news from Tuesday’s council meeting, Millville building permits will require a little extra paperwork now, after the town council unanimously approved Ordinance 18-01, which amends the zoning code (Chapter 155, Article XII, Section 155-68).  Under the amended code, in addition to the plans and regular paperwork, all applications for building permits in Millville must now include a letter of approval from the applicant’s homeowners’ association, if any association exists, as well as a copy of the applicant’s Sussex ...
  • No clear resolution to dispute in Wallingford between neighbors, Thurston Foods (CT) August 3, 2017 The Town Council asked the mayor in February to facilitate a meeting between the company and two homeowners’ associations to discuss a plan in which the company and associations would each pay a portion of the cost to build a sound barrier wall between Thurston’s facility and Padens Court, a nearby residential development.    Read the article……………
  • Remedy sought for stormwater issue in Macedonia’s Preserves subdivision (OH) July 28, 2017 City officials and homeowners hope a stormwater issue in the Preserves at Valley View off Valley View Road will be remedied in the near future.  Martin Flask, who represents the subdivision’s homeowners association, emailed Mayor Joseph Migliorini after a July 22 heavy rain caused an avalanche of silt to pour out of an adjacent new subdivision’s retention pond into the Preserves’ storm sewers, streets and lake, claiming the new development “is causing irreparable harm” to the residents of the Preserves. ...
  • No Trespassing sign posted at waterfront Longborough Park upsets downtown Charleston residents (SC) July 27, 2017 The Longborough Park has a small dock often used by upper peninsula residents who don’t live in the private, upscale neighborhood. But the Longborough Owners Association made it clear this week that outsiders aren’t welcome with a new sign that reads: “Private Property; Homeowners Only, No Trespassing.”  Many Wagener Terrace residents are questioning whether the sign is legitimate because the city of Charleston appeared to have won the last round of the long-running ownership dispute between the city and the ...

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