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  • Almost no one leaves their home without their smartphone, including HOA members attending a board meeting. A smartphone can quickly become a recording device with the tap of an app. Recording meetings and conversations is a slippery slope for many HOA boards. Finding the right balance between what's legal and how…

    Most devices and appliances that you have at home can now be connected to your internet or internal network, thus turning your home into what’s called a smart home.  This is pretty cool, isn't it? This way, you can control everything using voice command, remote control, or smartphone, and your…

    The duty of a homeowner’s association is to provide stability to the community of homeowners you oversee. Traditionally, this has meant creating community rules, managing a budget for maintenance, and providing an overall positive community environment. In the event of a recession, an HOA can provide much needed structure and…

  • Budgeting season is here, and while it might not be the most enjoyable time of year for property managers, your landscaping provider can be a valuable partner when it comes time to take on your biggest yearly expenses. Here are a few best practices to keep in mind when budgeting…

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for a food drive. Not only is everyone thinking about the value of their possessions to be thankful for, but they are also clearing out their pantries for feast ingredients. Associations can share a great deal of Thanksgiving fun by planning for events and charity.…

    Everyone wants to feel safe and secure within their own community. Choosing the right balance of added protection while maintaining a welcoming entrance is often challenging. Local government regulations and added costs for association members can deter efforts aimed at better security. Finding the right balance is possible by learning…

  • There's no doubt that green is hot in terms of helping the environment. When it comes to your HOA, green building initiatives can also help you save money. Achieving LEED certification for a building or neighborhood speaks volumes to potential and current members about the HOA's commitment to going green.…

    Facing litigation from an HOA member is something all board of directors must take seriously. From pet issues to issues involving discrimination, knowing how to handle the situation is best left to a qualified attorney and a professional community association management team. Navigating real estate and other types of associated…

    Nothing is quite as unsettling as water pouring through your ceiling. Where is it coming from? How much is there? And how can you get it to stop? For condo owners and their management teams, plumbing issues are even more complex. Sharing walls and ceilings with other tenants makes the…

  • It won't be long before Halloween decorations will be everywhere. It's a lot of fun to decorate for Halloween, but when you're a part of a community association or HOA, it can make it tricky. You certainly don't want to break any rules, but you should be able to celebrate…

    Author’s Note and Disclaimer:  This article discusses Texas Property Owners Association (“POA”) Law and pertains to single family residential POA’s in Texas only.   Even though a man’s home is his castle, he is still obligated to abide by deed restrictions if that home is in a common interest development encumbered…

    If your Homeowner's Association (HOA) or Condo Association is relatively small, uncomplicated and already well run, you might be able to continue managing its work on your own.  For many HOA's, however, self-management becomes untenable.  They might think they have things well under control, but they could be facing substantial…