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Hurricane Preparadeness

 

Preparation is key to surviving hurricane season which runs from June 1 – November 30th.  Below are a few ways to to ensure your family is protected.   (more…)

Establishing an Effective Landscape Committee

 

Across the country more than 68 million Americans now live in subdivisions controlled by restrictive covenants.  Subdivisions subject to Covenants and Restrictions have grown out of the  need to maintain property values.  One way to maintain property values in your community is through uniformity.  Covenants and Restrictions give homeowners uniformity in the rules affecting the aesthetics and feel of your community.

Most homeowners are satisfied with the job that their association does to maintain their home’s value. However, you do not have to look far to find a disgruntled neighbor complaining about line items in the association’s budget.

Any guesses about the topic most likely to be at the center of that argument?

If you guessed “landscaping”, you’re 100% correct. (more…)

SUCCESS BY COMMITTEES!

Success by committee – you may have heard the expression, but do you know how homeowners association committees can help Board members achieve success?  Let’s start with the basics, a committee definition:  an HOA committee is comprised of homeowners who analyze issues and help make recommendations to help reduce Board members’ responsibilities.

While some Board members are elected to their roles with the professional knowledge and/or previous HOA experience they need to perform successfully, others have little or no knowledge or training in community association governance.  But no matter their prior experience, they must juggle their HOA responsibilities with obligations to their families, jobs, hobbies, civic involvement and other personal interests and responsibilities.  Read more about Board Member stress and how to deal with it here.

Associations sometimes hire property management companies to handle all of their community’s day-to-day community operations and management responsibilities, under their direction.  But even when communities are professionally managed, Board members may have ongoing community issues that need to be addressed, as well as one-off issues that arise over during the year.  That’s where Advisory Committees come in – helping Board members by providing a good perspective and understanding of the topic at hand.

In addition to providing valuable assistance to the Board, committees also involve more shareholders with personal experience in the governance process, resulting in in a stronger, more involved community.  As a bonus, they provide committee members with valuable association governance, making them a hands-on training ground for new community leaders.

Effective committees can be your community’s lifeline, so if you need a helping hand, consult with a seasoned Board member or a good property management company for guidance.  We’ve also put together some basic facts and guidelines on committees to help.  Ready to position your Board for success by committee? Read on… (more…)

Improvements to Keep Association Members Happy


One way to keep homeowners happy is to let them see where their HOA dues are being spent. Transparency is the key to success in this regard. Another easy way to do this is making improvements visible to the homeowners.

Easier said than done, right? Sometimes there are hidden lighting or plumbing issues that need to be addressed by the Board of Directors, the benefit of which is not always visible to homeowners. One way to ensure homeowners know where their money is being spent throughout the year is by publishing periodic newsletters highlighting the improvements being made by the Board of Directors.

The easiest way to keep homeowners happy is to make improvements to common areas that are visible to all. These types of improvements usually include landscape improvements, increased lighting or signage or installations such as new street signs.  If you are looking to increase neighborhood satisfaction take a look at these common renovations to help your Association look its best. (more…)

Hiring the Right Property Management Company

As Summer approaches many HOA’s are enjoying fresh landscape and preparing for fun neighborhood events.  This time of year also brings discussion over the quality of management services received and how the community can be improved.

Whether you are planning to switch from your current property management company, or considering a management company for the first time, changes in management are not always easy. Weighing your options carefully is especially important when your Association has not had the best experience with an existing relationship.  Below are a few considerations to keep in mind when looking into management services for your HOA.
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Five Ways Hiring the Right Property Management Company Can Save Your Association Time and Money

 

At first glance, self-managing your Homeowner’s Association may sound like a good idea.

After all your neighbors share a common goal and are in this together, right?
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Board Member Stress Getting You Down?

Being an HOA board member can come with a lot of stress. In addition to managing personal obligations, HOA Board members volunteer their time to preserve and maintain the aesthetics of their neighborhood, often with little to no thanks.

Stress can build when balancing family and friend obligations, work commitments, and free time. Not to mention, association related tasks such as dues collections, routine inspections, maintenance and repair requests, vendor issues, and so much more.

Talk about a lot of things to handle at once!

If you are an HOA board member, and feel you may be falling victim to the stress that comes with being on a board, keep reading to find out how to recognize and handle this issue. (more…)

Five Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

There are a ton of inexpensive ways to add curb appeal to your home.  Before getting started be sure to check with your neighborhood association or your property management company to ensure that your improvements are in conformity with any covenants and restrictions that may be in place in your subdivision.  Common restrictions include paint colors, dimension and placement of gardens and removal/addition of trees.

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National Good Neighbor Day!

In 1978 President Carter issued a Proclamation declaring September 28th National Good Neighbor Day.  National Good Neighbor Day was created as a way to celebrate and acknowledge the importance of a good neighbor.  Read more here on the history of how this day was created.

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Hurricane Preparation

“BY FAILING TO PREPARE YOU ARE PREPARING TO FAIL”

Benjamin Franklin said it best – “By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail.”  This is true in many aspects of our lives but especially when it comes to preparing for a major hurricane.

Below are tips to help you family stay safe during a hurricane.

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