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    • HOA Management

    • By Amada Merritt Are you looking to increase the safety and security of your community with security cameras? If so, look no further. Here are a few tips you’ll need before you get started.

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      By Kayleigh Long   Electronic cigarettes or “e-cigarettes” were first introduced into the U.S. market in the mid-2000s but only recently garnered national attention when e-cigarette smokers began developing mysterious lung injuries, some of which have been fatal. As of July 2019, 8% of Americans reported vaping (smoking an e-cigarette) within the past week, with almost 1 out of every 5 adults ranging in age from 18 to 29 years old reporting they [...]

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      By Laura Otto We have read about them in the news: Myths and misconceptions about living in a homeowners association. Myths like, all HOAs are the same and rules are rules and can’t be changed. Misconceptions such as assessments and fees are the same thing and homeowners have no say in decisions; it’s all up to the board. Our series will look to dispel common HOA myths and misconceptions through practical advice from industry experts. A common HOA myth is that resident’s don’t have to [...]

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      This week, we dig into the rise in incivility at community association meetings. Examples abound of inappropriate behavior these days, making it difficult for managers and boards to perform their duties. Rather than ignoring such conduct, though, they need to take a proactive stance, and we’ll explain how. From profane name-calling to fistfights, the behavior at community association meetings has been on the decline. Owners’ anger and anxiety are spilling over, and they’re directing [...]

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      This week, we dig into the significant risks smaller community associations shoulder when they leave the handling of financial matters to only one or two insiders and suggest some steps they can take to control those risks.     Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for under-resourced or overtrusting associations to find themselves the victims of fraud. In April 2019, for example, an Iowa man pleaded guilty to a scheme to defraud his homeowners association out of almost $125,000, [...]

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      Does your board president rule with an iron first? You don’t have to put up with it. Maybe she’s been running the association single-handedly forever. Or perhaps he’s been a big shot in the business world and is certain the community needs his iron fist. Whatever the motivation, the homeowners association president becomes a dictator. In meetings, bullies can intimidate fellow board members, the manager and association members. They insist on doing things their way. They refuse[...]

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      If your community association allows pets--but with restrictions--you need a plan for dealing with scofflaws. Here are five rules for addressing negligent owners in your homeowner association. 1) Enforce the rules. Though you may love pets yourself, people have bought into your HOA in part because they liked the rules that governed owners' behavior. It's your job--and fiduciary duty--as a board member of your homeowners association to enforce those rules. It doesn't matter that Sparky is [...]

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      Just like zoning laws enacted by local governments to preserve and ensure the safety, health, and character of a community, your HOA covenants and by-laws exist to protect your property values, ensure an expected standard of living, and allow for efficient management of HOA resources. Knowing the HOA covenants/by-laws prior to purchasing ensure you have the proper fit to your lifestyle. Why on earth would you move into a community that you know conflicts with your lifestyle? Know that the [...]

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      Residents invest lots of money into their homes and properties and since most residents want to protect this investment, they typically come together to create a homeowners association (HOA). This governing body makes decisions related to care and management of the neighborhood, setting and enforcing community standards while making sure that shared areas within the neighborhood are effectively maintained. An HOA is able to make these decisions by forming an HOA board of leaders that includes [...]

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      Many individuals who are elected to serve on their Association’s Board of Directors quickly discover that they do not have an adequate background for all of the tasks that they must perform as a board member. They realize that they don't have the resources, experience, or knowledge to respond to all of the issues that arise in the management of the Association. As a result, the decision is often made to hire a professional HOA management company. Communities Attract Better Residents As [...]

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