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  • Biometric technology is steadily growing in popularity in many areas, including many HOAs. This technology offers a number of advantages, including the ability to more tightly control access to common areas in your community. Unfortunately, biometric technology also comes with a number of challenges, including the fact that not every…

    As a board member of a Homeowners or Condo Owners Association, you’re on the front line for making sure that the common areas shared by your residents are maintained well and repaired promptly. One thing you certainly don’t look forward to is a midnight phone call about a breakdown in…

    Before starting on a community association paving project, it is important to understand what the various asphalt services are, as well as when and why you should apply them. Understanding this will save you money and ensure that your homeowners are happy and the curb value of your community remains…

  • A thriving HOA board is one comprised of members focused on doing what is best for the association. All it takes for disruption and sometimes, total chaos, is one board member who exhibits bullying behavior toward others. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines bullying as, "to treat someone in a cruel,…

    Do you know what costs homeowners associations, small communities and government agencies over 120 billion dollars annually? The answer is invasive species. Far beyond the monetary costs, invasive species create unsightly, unbalanced and unhealthy aquatic ecosystems. Unfortunately, human activity is responsible for most infestations. Whether you’re a part of a…

    By statute, an HOA's board of directors has the right to hold private meetings, called executive sessions, to discuss privileged information and private concerns. These meetings are highly rule-governed, and becoming acquainted with those rules will help you navigate this sensitive area of HOAs with poise and confidence. Attendance In…

  • Unfortunately, every day it seems the news reports another episode of gun violence and almost immediately thereafter some form of action is suggested or demanded.  Thoughts and prayers, legislation, gun bans, and other gun control measures come to mind.   However, what should the world of community associations be doing at…

    Does it sometimes seem like your HOA board is on the "Bridge to Nowhere?" One-way communication feels that way. In fact, it isn't really communication at all. True communication has a destination on each end of the bridge and each of those destinations has two lanes: expressing and receiving information.…

    A body of water dotting the landscape in an HOA community can be not only an attractive feature but also serve an important purpose. At first sight, a pond may seem like a part of the natural environment surrounding it. In most cases, a pond located within a community is…

  • Serving on an HOA board is quite different in that the board represents the community in which you live. Making decisions that impact your neighbors can weigh heavily on your mind and affect your relationships with others. The key to serving successfully requires a focus on the big picture and…

    Understanding HOAs, COAs and POAs is already confusing. On top of that, the terms PID and PUD are often bandied about and are sometimes confused with community associations. However, they are not the same thing at all. Here's how and why they exist, and how they differ from community associations.…

    Let's lay it out on the table: nowadays, we're all busy. Whether it's rushing the kids off to school before a long commute to work or sprinting between college classes, everyone has always got something that they need to be doing right now. Today's homeowners are desperate for tools that allow them to…