How to Run a Successful HOA Board Meeting

In order to run a successful and effective Board Meeting, board members should be well-organized and prepared. One of the most important things a board can do is to hold an effective board meeting that makes the best use of everyone’s time. Because Board Members are volunteers, it is also important for Board Members to draw the line between private and association business time. If you have a management company, request that homeowners submit questions to them via email in …

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Is it Better to Rent a Home, Own a Home, or Buy a Home in an HOA?

Choosing between renting a home, owning a home, and buying a home in an HOA is completely dependent upon on your needs – there are benefits to each. For generations, buying a home was considered the cornerstone of the American dream. However, in recent years, people have been debating whether buying a home is better than renting. Adheesh Sharma, vice president of financial solutions at Fidelity says, “a lot of financially savvy people are starting to question whether it’s economically …

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4 Tips to Board Members For Drawing the Private vs Public Persona Line

Are you struggling to separate your role as a Board Member vs. simply being a homeowner from your community neighbors while living in your association community? If so, then this guideline is a must-read. We are sharing 4 easy tips to help you get started on the path to living in your community instead of only being defined by your role in running it.   Does this scenario ring a bell? You are making a quick exit to attend a …

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How to Handle Airbnb in Your Community Association

Many association homeowners are jumping on board the Airbnb phenomenon. Especially those folks who want to capitalize on sporting events, spring break, tourism or just plain bringing in some extra cash into the budget. To Allow, or Not to Allow Short-term Rentals Some community associations allow exceptions for special events and choose to turn a blind eye in order to keep the folks happy. But, problems arise when documents are already in force or have never been addressed and abuse …

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Quorum – Proxy – Motion, Oh My!

HOA Meeting Terminology Explained Homeowner meetings can be confusing so we are taking a few moments of your time to explain common HOA meeting terminology to help you understand how things work. What is a Quorum? A quorum is the minimum number of owners who must be at a meeting before business can be transacted. State law tells us what that minimum number is for our association. It’s relatively low, but we still have a tough time getting to it. …

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When Everything Isn’t FINE in Your Homeowner’s Association

How successful is your fining structure at your community? Is your association fining structure causing more strife than compliance? Are you chasing the same offender on a regular basis? Sometimes enforcing fines becomes a no-win cycle that takes up way to much of directors time and consumes far too much energy. Being a Board Member is already a thankless position, there’s no need to add to it. Today were are going to share some very easy ways to turn that …

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10 Tips to Take the Stress out of the Holiday Season

  ‘Tis the season to enjoy festivities, but with all of that fun comes a lot a work. Someone is doing all of the planning and hopefully, you have set aside some “down-time” planning as well. So, in support of relaxation, reflection, and your enjoyment of the people and pursuits you love most Acri is sharing 10 simple tips to help take the stress out of the holidays. [bctt tweet=”Have more energy to spend on cheer and save your cash.” …

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3 HOA Holiday Decoration Tips that make Homeowners Happy

Do you have a homeowner who tends to go overboard with their holiday or other decorations? And though “tis the season”, we’re not just referring to holiday decorations here – what about those major team sports enthusiasts, or the garden lovers and their myriad of gnomes or fairies? Does your HOA have some reasonable and easy to follow rules? And just what does “reasonable” mean anyway? When developing rule policies, it is best to work backward. For instance, focus on …

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What do homeowner associations do with HOA fees?

Regardless of whether the HOA governs a building, such as a condo or a townhome structure, or a neighborhood of individual houses, HOA fees help maintain the quality of life for the community’s residents and protect property values for all owners. Each Association has present and future obligations defined by its governing documents. With brand new properties, Declarants may have the objective to keep capital contributions and dues low and to tout maintenance free living to sell units. New, volunteer boards don’t …

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The Secrets to Successful Homeowner Association Websites

With mobile and internet use rocketing past expectations, it is no surprise that the demand for Homeowner Association Websites is rising. Many states have already implemented legislation requiring communities to implement websites. If you already have an Association Website or are thinking about implementing one, the following tips are for you. Top 4 Homeowner Association Website Questions & Answers 1. What Content Should Homeowners Association Websites Contain? A Welcome page that describes your community, not so much for you but …

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