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Beyond The Board Meeting

Posted by Staff Writer on Jun 7, 2015 12:12:00 PM

For most, the work-life balancing act leaves little time to build community. Top that off with a ‘reality-based’ pop culture that is obsessed with outrageous behavior (Real Housewives, etc.) and you get an environment that actually makes building community more of a challenge. That said, community associations, with common elements and amenities, have a built in infrastructure to help promote socializing beyond the board meeting.


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Topics: HOA board of directors, HOA management, neighborhood parties, board meeting, neighborhood gatherings, Board Meetings, social meetings, hoa boards, board, HOA board, boards, parties, social media, education, social gatherings, Industry

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

Online Voting

Posted by Staff Writer on May 5, 2014 4:34:47 AM

Many community associations struggle with member involvement. In fact, today’s busy lifestyles make it difficult, even for the most civically minded homeowner, to find time to be engaged in the governance of their community association. This is bad news.


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Topics: voting laws, electronic voting, hoa, member involvement, HOA and condo laws, Quorum, Online voting, online vote, voting technology, HOA board, board involvement, voting, Industry

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

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