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Essential Board Member Skills: Objectivity is Key

Posted by Jesse Dubuque, CMCA® on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

I believe the most important skill for a board member to possess is objectivity. You need to look at all positions and possibilities and then select the path that provides the greatest good for all members of the association. This may not be the path that benefits yourself the most, but benefits the group. We call this the “no personal agenda” approach to being a board member.


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These are the Five People You’ll Meet at the Annual HOA Board Meeting. Which One Are You?

Posted by Jesse Dubuque, CMCA® on Oct 25, 2016 7:04:00 AM

You’ve received your annual meeting notice and you may be wondering, should I go and what is this about? The answer to the first question is a resounding YES! The answer to the second question takes more than one word. The annual meeting is a meeting of the members of your association where you elect the Board of Directors, get a report on the financial status, and sometimes even vote on document amendments or special assessments affecting your home and community.


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The Truth about HOAs: Involved Homeowners are Happier Homeowners

Posted by Jesse Dubuque, CMCA® on Sep 8, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This is the final post in a three-part series debunking common myths about living in community associations. Click here to read part one and part two.

Myth: homeowners don't need to attend community association board meetings.

Board members are community leaders. They volunteer their time to make decisions on the well-being and financial health of their association. Every homeowner has a right to know what’s going on in the community and the board should embrace that.


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The Truth about HOAs: Low Assessments Can Come at a High Price

Posted by Jesse Dubuque, CMCA® on Sep 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

This is part two of a three-part series debunking common myths about living in community associations. Click here to read part one.

Myth: it's best to live in an association with the lowest assessments.

Another area of effective governance includes setting realistic budgets and funding the reserves. While no one likes


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The Truth about HOAs: Don’t Blame Governing Documents, Blame Inconsistent Enforcement

Posted by Jesse Dubuque, CMCA® on Sep 1, 2016 11:58:18 AM

This is part one of a three-part series debunking common myths about living in community associations. Click here to read part two.


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