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6 Essential Skills Board Members Should Master

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you’ve chosen to dedicate valuable time to serving as a board member, giving the job your best effort may require you to refine certain skills or learn new ones. But between your limited time, big buzzwords and best practices, it can be hard to figure out exactly which skills you should cultivate to make an impact in your community. To find out which ones are most important to master, we reached out to our leaders from across globe to identify the most essential skills board members need in order to be successful. Read their responses below.


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Topics: board members, Community Living, board member skills

Important Board Member Tips

Posted by Staff Writer on Feb 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Want to be a great board member? Following the tips below will help you not only meet, but exceed that goal!

  • Read and Understand the Governing Documents
    While some of the content can be a bit dry, the governing documents are your guidelines for the operation of your association, which most often is a corporation. You need to know your purpose, your duties and your obligations before you 

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Topics: board members, HOA board of directors, governance, budgets, community association budget, board meeting, budget, board, budget preparation, HOA board, board of directors, boards, budget planning, board orientation, board rules, governing documents, education

Community Association Violations

Posted by Staff Writer on Mar 3, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Associations are small governments that are responsible for keeping their communities and buildings safe, while always trying to maintain and increase the value of the homes in the community.


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Topics: board members, community manager, community management, hoa, homeowners' association, community association, HOA management, homeowner association, homeowners, community managers, community associations, HOA board, board of directors, communication, community association management, education, Industry

Dealing With Difficult Residents

Posted by Staff Writer on Mar 3, 2014 11:07:00 AM

One issue that is not unfamiliar for community managers and board members is dealing with the difficult resident. You know, the one whose conversation or emails are laced with terminology that would make sailors blush or perhaps have a conspiratorial view of a board decision that is on par with the plot twists of an Oliver Stone movie. It’s easy to dismiss such residents as beyond reach, or to write them off as cranks, but doing so may miss an opportunity to address a critical issue, turning a critic into a champion and expanding the sense of community within the association. Success is not always guaranteed, but a few helpful tips will go a long way into addressing the concerns of difficult residents.


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Topics: board members, HOA board of directors, community manager, community management, hoa, homeowners' association, community association, HOA management, homeowner association, homeowners, community managers, community associations, hoa boards, HOA board, board of directors, communication, community association management, education, Industry

The Ins and Outs of a Service Contract

Posted by Staff Writer on Jul 31, 2013 11:00:00 PM

Most Community Associations have contracts in place for all sorts of goods, services and repairs. Due to the large amount of contracts involved with every Association, contract disputes are a very common occurrence for Boards and Managers.


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Topics: board members, Association Services of Florida, community association, community managers, contract, service contract, community association management, education, Industry

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