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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

HOA Forecasting For 2015

Posted by Staff Writer on Jan 6, 2015 6:19:00 AM

Ideally your HOA sets attainable goals for itself each year. If not, here are a few things Associa says to consider or recommend to your board when planning for in 2015.

Improve Financial Management.

  • Set a goal to increase the reserve fund by at least 10%.
  • Develop an annual budget report and policy statement that is provided to all residents.

Communicate Efficiently


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Topics: hoa, HOA management, checklist, tips, hoa rules, Tricks, HOA Forecasting, HOA Checklist, HOA industry, 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

5 Tips for Buying into an HOA

Posted by Staff Writer on Aug 30, 2013 12:20:00 AM

Purchasing a home is a serious commitment with long-term implications. The immediate factors that can swing a buyer’s decision are costs, geographic location and amenities. With every major decision there is an underbelly of more important factors. It is no different in what one should look for when purchasing a home within a community association.


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Topics: community management, HOA management, HRW, community associations, education, Industry

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