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  • Advertising, reviewing applications, and interviewing prospective candidates is a long process. For volunteer boards, retaining good employees is vital to avoiding the hiring process altogether. If your board finds that there is too much turnover, it may be time to review your hiring procedures. Analyzing the best way to streamline…

    The new year seems like the perfect time to start something new, and creating New Year's Resolutions is a popular way to establish new routines and eliminate bad habits. Unfortunately, many of us end up breaking our resolutions before they can become permanent changes. This year we wanted to give…

      Undocked electric scooters are popping up in cities all over the US as more and more companies such as Lime, Uber, and Lyft jump on the growing trend. These devices aren't just appearing in major metropolitan areas but can be found in cities all across America. Lime alone has…

  • Winter is a harsh time for any building or structure. Between the ice, extreme cold, and the variable moisture penetration, almost anything degrades over the course of a snowy winter. As a community association, your job is to help make sure that both homes and common areas are safe as…

    The holidays are here and we wanted to share a quick, easy and scrumptious treat with you. We hope you and your family have a happy and healthy holiday and a prosperous new year filled with sprinkles... or at least sprinkle cookies!  

    The holidays are a wonderful time of year full of decorations that will eventually need to be put away as January rolls around.  For many families, a regular challenge is what to do with a natural Christmas Tree after the holiday is over.  If you have a natural tree for…

  • Amenities like clubhouses, tennis courts, basketball courts, and recreation centers bring value to your neighborhood. Since each HOA member chips in, everyone gets to enjoy these perks without breaking the bank. However, such perks are not without their risks. When your Homeowners Association provides such amenities, it's open to a…

    HOAs and COAs have long struggled with the issue of limited parking and strict parking policies. Especially as the average number of vehicles per household rises through the decades. Once, an allotment of two cars was enough for families but now, each child has a car, visiting relatives and caregivers…

  • Holiday decorations are part of what makes the season so magical. Driving past houses that give the impression of gingerbread cottages and warm holiday cabins is a special sight. Of course, there are always a few houses that go overboard. When decorations become gaudy or distracting hazards, many HOAs feel…

    According to a 2019 study in the Journal of Urban Economics, “nearly 60% of recently built single-family houses in the US, and 80% of homes in new subdivisions, are part of a homeowners association.” Many homeowners choose to live in Home Owners Association (HOA) or Condominium Owner Association (COA) neighborhoods…

    One of the most important things you can do when buying in an association-run community is get orientated. You know, at least in passing, that the CC&Rs of your HOA or COA govern everything about the homes and communities, but you might be surprised just how few homeowners have actually…