Fairfield condominium community is ‘going green’ (IA)

The Heartland Park Condominiums in Fairfield is a community undergoing innovative changes to improve both the environment and the lives of their residents.  The community values the economic, spiritual, and physical well-being of its members and encourages members to help each other. The goal is to create a safe, healthy, and supportive community of all […]

HOA potlucks can be so complicated (NV)

Q: Are there any requirements for a potluck that would be held at the community clubhouse? I received three conflicting opinions. One individual stated that no homemade food is permitted in the clubhouse. Another individual said that a food handler’s license is required. A third indicated that a stove is required in the clubhouse. I’m […]

Creative Ways to Use HOA Amenities for Community Events

Your homeowners association (HOA) plays a vital role in cultivating a strong sense of community in your neighborhood. While their primary responsibility is overseeing and enforcing neighborhood regulations, association benefits typically include community amenities.  Community amenities provide more than just recreational spaces – they offer a canvas for fostering connections among residents. Beyond the traditional […]

‘Heartbeat of this HOA:’ Ocoee woman helps make neighborhood a community (FL)

Here at News 6, we get a lot of emails about neighborhood homeowners associations.  Most are complaints that go to our investigative or consumer units.  But residents of one Ocoee neighborhood felt so strongly about someone on their board, they nominated her for the News 6 Getting Results award.    Read the article…………………………….

How to Get Homeowners Excited About Your Community for the New Year!

Membership enthusiasm plays a key role in the success of every community. When homeowners are engaged and excited, the whole community can feel it. It makes the HOA a vibrant, bustling place to live. Not only does an engaged membership support high property values, but close-knit homeowners are integral to creating a true sense of […]

Civility in Community Associations: Does it Even Exist Anymore?

It seems the growing trend is that tempers flare so much faster than in days gone by. One of the more difficult situations to deal with is when a cantankerous member of the association goes out of their way to make life miserable for their neighbors and/or their board.  Read the article…………………………….

‘Heartbeat of this HOA:’ Ocoee woman helps make neighborhood a community (FL)

Here at News 6, we get a lot of emails about neighborhood homeowners associations. Most are complaints that go to our investigative or consumer units. But residents of one Ocoee neighborhood felt so strongly about someone on their board, they nominated her for the News 6 Getting Results award. Read the article…………………………….

HOA Homefront: Could holiday charity include your HOA? (CA)

Regardless of one’s religious leanings, most agree that the holiday season is a time of generosity. Here are several ways those involved with the HOA can through generosity promote community, peace, and harmony throughout the year.    Read the article………………………….

Celebrating Kwanzaa in Your Community: Embracing Unity and Tradition

In the tapestry of cultural celebrations, Kwanzaa stands as a vibrant and meaningful observance that honors African heritage and unity. As residents of a community association, there’s a unique opportunity to come together and celebrate this rich tradition.   Read the article……………………………….

Seven Strategies for Building a Stronger Sense of Community in Your HOA

The desire for a sense of belonging and connection with neighbors is universal. Homeowners Association (HOA) living provides a perfect ecosystem for creating an environment that can generate a sense of community, enhance the quality of life, and, by extension, improve property values within the association by making it a sought-after place to call home.  […]

Let it snow: Texas community creates winter wonderland

While nestled in the heart of Spring, Texas, where snowfall is a rare sight, the Windrose Community Association has found a creative way to bring the joy of winter to its residents. For years now, this close-knit community has been making cherished memories by building an annual winter wonderland and snow hill for the children. […]

Creating a Safe and Festive Holiday Season in Your Community

Homeowner’s associations (HOAs) are crucial in fostering a sense of community and maintaining property values. As the holiday season approaches, board members must strike a balance between promoting festive cheer and upholding the guidelines in the governing documents. This article will go over tips to make your community’s holiday season a great one.    Read the […]

Understanding the Uniqueness of HOAs: Why One Size Doesn’t Fit All (CA)

A common misconception in community management is the belief that one-size-fits-all HOAs. When HOA boards attempt to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, they risk overlooking critical aspects of their community’s management. For instance, implementing a strict set of rules without considering the cultural and social dynamics of the community can lead to unrest and dissatisfaction among […]

Tidewater Landing Veterans Club installs flagpole at clubhouse (DE)

A welcome home can mean a lot of different things to different people, but comfort is one feeling most people seek from their home.  Several veterans are residing in Tidewater Landing, a development that recently upgraded the cosmetics and durability of its sign, and felt something else was missing at the entrance to the development: […]

How to Effectively Work with Your HOA to Improve Your Community

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are an integral part of many residential communities, providing a framework for maintaining property values, enforcing community rules, and supporting neighborhood improvements. However, working with your HOA to improve your community can sometimes be a challenging endeavor. Building positive relationships with your HOA board members is essential to effectively collaborate and achieve […]

Hot Springs Village MOAA honors veterans with memorial bricks (AR)

New bricks were recently installed at the Hot Springs Village Veterans Memorial, located at the Ponce de Leon Center, 1101 DeSoto Blvd., which is the focal point for Veterans Day celebrations in Hot Springs Village along with military reunions and remembrance ceremonies.   Read the article…………………………………….

Giving Thanks to the Unsung Heroes of Your HOA

When you stroll the perfectly groomed grounds of your neighborhood or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your community’s pool, it’s easy to overlook the amount of attention and maintenance required to keep your community looking spectacular.   Read the article…………………………

Is It Okay for Our Association to Have a Social Budget?

For many community associations, it is either the middle of budgeting season, or they have just completed this financial review period for the coming year. Budgets include many categories, including maintenance, landscaping, legal, accounting, and management expenses. But what about a line item for social? Is a social budget appropriate or even allowed under the […]

5 Tips for Planning a Successful Community Event

The heart of any thriving homeowners association is its sense of community. One fantastic way to foster this sense of togetherness is by organizing community events. Whether it’s a summer picnic, a holiday celebration, or a neighborhood cleanup, these events bring neighbors closer and strengthen the bonds that make your HOA feel like home. To […]

From Tragedy Comes Opportunities to Give Back

Sometimes, a small gesture of kindness and community can mean a lot to those affected by natural disasters. Following the deadly wildfires that tore through the historic town of Lahaina, Hawaii, in early August, many in the community association industry wanted to show their support to Maui homeowners displaced by the fires. The wildfires are […]

Debunking Common Misconceptions About Living in a Community Association

Community associations are often the subject of various misconceptions. Some may perceive them as bureaucratic and overbearing. However, these perceptions disregard the underlying reasons for associations and overlook living in a community association’s many benefits and positive aspects. This article will debunk some common misconceptions about community associations and highlight their advantages for a harmonious, […]

Making the Holidays Better for All: A Community Effort

The holiday season is a time when communities come alive with lights, decorations, and a spirit of celebration. Or, at least, it’s meant to be. Unfortunately, holidays can sometimes lead to conflicts and misunderstandings that can create tensions throughout the year.   Read the article…………………………….

Five Things an Association Should Consider to Enhance Halloween

Over the past decade, Halloween has become an increasingly popular holiday. Costumes have become more elaborate, communities are hosting more events centered around the holiday, and more people are decorating their homes with creative decorations. While all of this is in good fun and spirit, the occasion can be stressful for an association.    Read the […]

Unlocking the Vibrancy of Your Community with Lifestyle Programming

In the realm of community association living, a growing trend is transforming residential landscapes, making neighborhoods more vibrant and connected than ever before. It’s called lifestyle programming and is not exclusively for 55+ communities anymore.   Read the article…………………………….

Halloween Celebration and Safety Tips for Your Community

Halloween, with its spooky decorations, creative costumes, and a dash of frightful fun, is a much-anticipated holiday in many communities. It’s a time when residents come together to celebrate, decorate their homes, and create lasting memories. However, as board members, it’s crucial to balance the excitement of the holiday with the safety and well-being of […]

Local lakes association donates to first responders (IN)

Lake Gage and Lime Lake Association made their annual donations to a few local entities and organizations, including Orland Fire and Rescue and Police departments; Steuben County Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team; Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and Lakes Council, said President of Lake Gage and Lime Lake Association Paul Longville.   Read the article…………………………………

Resolving Conflict – How One HOA Board Changed the Direction of a Building

Built as one of the tallest and most luxurious residential high-rise buildings in the country, Millennium Tower in San Francisco has gained fame for something far less flattering. The 58-story building is the site of one of the most expensive construction retrofits in history.   Read the article………………………..

Homeowners say HOA is doing things right (NV)

Q: We read your column regularly on Sundays. Nearly all of your responses seem to be to complaints about real or perceived homeowners association board member abuses, unfair charges or fees, covenants, conditions and restrictions questions or infractions, legality of board decisions and the like. Some seem to be very valid concerns, others not so […]

Neighborhood bands together to revamp greenspace, honor veterans (IN)

To those living in the Ashwood neighborhood, the dot of land is known simply as “Gilligan’s Island.”  And it had been in rough shape. A patch of grass, shrubs and half-dead trees, most considered it to be an eyesore. The more residents started talking, the more a plan to transform the space took shape.   Read […]

Living in Harmony: The Art of Being a Good Neighbor

While a house can help homeowners create a certain lifestyle, the people you live near can also have an impact on your quality of life. Many say that their neighbors have become a major part of their lives.    Read the article………………………..

TradeMark Condominium: Cohesion and community at Charlotte high-rise (NC)

Nestled among the tall, brilliant, and imposing skyscrapers of Charlotte, N.C., sits the TradeMark Condominium. Built in 2006, this 28-story, high-rise community evokes a warm, inviting, and family-like atmosphere in this major financial center in the Southeastern U.S.   Read the article………………………..

How an HOA Can Promote Community Engagement and a Better Quality of Life (TX)

Residing in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA) presents a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond mere property value maintenance. Notably, the prospect of enriched community engagement and an elevated quality of life for all residents stands as a paramount advantage.   Read the article………………………..

How Your Board Can Foster a Sense of Community Among Residents

Building a community where everyone feels welcome is not always easy, but there are several steps your association can take to create a community that goes beyond the appearance of homes and further enhances the lives of your members.   Read the article………………………..

9 Ways To Honor Fallen Veterans In The Community This Memorial Day

It is important to honor fallen veterans in the community this Memorial Day. By celebrating the contributions of veterans, you can help instill a feeling of patriotism and gratitude in your HOA. Not many communities, though, know where to begin. If you’re looking for ways to honor fallen veterans this holiday, you’ve come to the […]

Community Memorial Day Events to Honor and Celebrate Freedom

During May, many communities across the country are preparing to honor and celebrate Memorial Day. This special day serves as a time to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in service to our country and to reflect on the freedoms that we enjoy as a result of […]

York Co. Family Of 7 Displaced By Fire Gets Surge Of Support Thanks To Their HOA (PA)

Homeowner’s associations get a bad reputation. HOAs are known for rules about house color, where to place your basketball hoop, and when you should bring up your trash cans, but one York County HOA is quickly building a good rep. by helping a family in their neighborhood after a devasting house fire.   Read the article………………………..

Backyard Event Rentals: Problems Posed for Homeowner Associations

Homeowners may wish to engage in backyard event rentals to earn supplemental income. For example, some homeowners may rent out their pool and backyard space for parties. While this might seem like a clever opportunity for homeowners to make an extra buck, such backyard event rentals will likely cause tension between homeowners and their HOA […]

Tips For Starting A Community Garden

Industry-wide, green standards—like responsible use of renewable resources, a focus on indoor and outdoor air quality, and sustainable living practices—are now prioritized in homeowners’ associations (HOAs). By implementing environmental initiatives, HOAs have the opportunity to beautify their communities, save money, and even raise the value of homes.   Read the article………………………..

How to Keep Owners Engaged in the HOA

Owners make up the heart of any HOA. They elect the board of directors. Their HOA fees fund community projects. They provide a volunteer workforce for the community.  The owners in your HOA are extremely important. The following are some tips to keep them engaged and active in the community.     Read the article………………………..