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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

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

Developing the annual calendar

Posted by Staff Writer on Nov 30, 2012 11:11:00 PM

One of the most important roles of the Board of Directors for a community association is to establish the direction of the association and allocate the necessary resources. Most of this work is done through the approval of your annual budget, which many of you just completed for 2013. The resources you have available to allocate in this process include both dollars and human resources. Dollars take the form of the assessments you collect for operations and reserves, and human resources are the time required of your community management team, the board and other volunteers. One way to assure that you use these resources wisely is to create an annual plan also referred to as an Annual Calendar.


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Topics: routine preventative maintenance, community management, annual calendar, election materials, hoa, newsletter publication, gutter cleaning, community volunteers, annual calendars, Debra Warren, hoa boards, community functions, annual budget, budget preparation, swimming pools, calendar of events, renewal dates, education, Industry

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