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    • HOA Tips

    • All over the world, businesses are temporarily shutting down and doing what they can to restrict the spread of the virus. Since COVID-19 is easily passed from person to person, implementing these small but effective strategies can go a long way. HOAs are no exception to this rule. As a board member, you must do your part to help stop the spread of the disease. Here are the HOA board responsibilities you must carry out during the coronavirus outbreak:   1. Disinfect Common Areas [...]

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      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 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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      Association management is very different from managing a business. Find out how it's different and how you can benefit by hiring professionals to manage the organization for you. Association management presents many challenges to managers who are used to working in businesses. Businesses are aimed at maximizing profits. They are organized with a top-down structure. Even though employees may have lots of input into the company's operations, it ultimately comes from above. Other organizations [...]

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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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      Most homeowners go about preparing their home for the winter without keeping one important thing in mind. That is the fact they will need to account for pests trying to enter the home for the winter.  In addition to your normal winterizing tasks you will also need to do a few things to keep pests under control.  Keep reading to learn about some of these things. Most homeowners go about preparing their home for the winter without keeping one important thing in mind. That is the fact they [...]

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