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  • 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…

    Flags are a tough issue for any HOA looking to promote a tidy, unified curb line. Flags tend to make homes stand out from one another and some cross the neighborhoods style-guide into gaudiness or are so large that they overwhelm the rest of the landscaping. But where do you…

    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…