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HOA Elections: A Guide to Managing the Election Process at Condo and Homeowner Associations HOA Elections: A Guide to Managing the Election Process at Condo and Homeowner Associations
In this report you'll discover tips from our editorial team and experts on HOA governance and management from across the country on how to plan, properly notice, and execute an HOA election. These are tips you can begin implementing immediately to make your elections run more smoothly and withstand challenges from disgruntled homeowners.  keep reading

50 Tips for HOA and Condo Boards, Volume 2: Homeowners Association Management Best Practices 50 Tips for HOA and Condo Boards, Volume 2: Homeowners Association Management Best Practices
This report is a follow-up to our earlier special report, 50 HOA Management Tips: Best Practices for Homeowners Association Boards. It is filled with new and cutting-edge advice from our editorial team and experts on HOA governance and management from across the country. You'll find tips to minimize your legal risk, tips to improve your collections, tips to manage the human side of HOA leadership, tips to streamline rule enforcement, tips to save your association money, and much more. keep reading

HOA Reserves, Special Assessments, Loans & More:
A Homeowners Association Board Member's Guide to
HOA Funding Options HOA Reserves, Special Assessments, Loans & More: A Homeowners Association Board Member's Guide to HOA Funding Options
The best-run HOAs have boards that are smart with money. Those boards manage their owners' money with care, and when they have unplanned projects that require additional funding, they're equally methodical and thoughtful. What do those boards do that's so smart? They explore every funding option, starting with well-known ideas like drawing on reserves, taking out a loan, or passing a special assessment. Then they unearth funding options that few HOA board members know about. In this special report, you'll discover tips and guidance on funding options from HOAleader.com's expert contributors. keep reading

HOA Management Companies: A Practical Guide for Homeowners Association Boards HOA Management Companies: A Practical Guide for Homeowners Association Boards
In this exclusive HOA management special report, we offer insight and guidance on finding a good HOA manager and determining whether you need an onsite manager, must-have and must-not-have contract language, and tips for responding when your management company isn't doing its job, including guidance on when to cut ties or work toward a better relationship. We also educate going-it-alone boards on best practices for self-managed homeowners associations, and much, much more. keep reading

HOA Policies: 17 Sample Policies Every Homeowners Association Board of Directors Should Consider HOA Policies: 17 Sample Policies Every Homeowners Association Board of Directors Should Consider
In this special report, we lay the groundwork for your HOA board to draft policies and procedures governing a broad scope of condo or homeowners association life by providing you with 17 sample policies released exclusively to you by HOAleader.com's expert contributors. keep reading

 
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HOA Boards: Four Ways to Prevent and Ease Board Burnout
October 2009
Let's face it. In many condo and homeowners associations, a handful of people carry the load for the rest of the community. Those heavy lifters can sometimes become burned out. What can you do to prevent burnout? And what can you do to ease the burden when HOA board members are feeling drained? Here are four suggestions. keep reading


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The Flaws You'll Find in Fundraising for Your HOA
August 28, 2015
In this week's tip, we weigh whether you should consider fundraisers to cover HOA expenses. Short answer: Our experts have concerns. But it's not out of the question. The idea comes from a blogger who advocates holding fundraising events like holiday display tours; knitting, gardening, or car maintenance seminars with owners who have a particular expertise serving as instructors; neighborhood sales; and hosted dinners after which guests can leave donations. keep reading

HOA Need Repairs? Have a Fundraiser! Or Not.
August 2015
Trying to avoid spending money or raising assessments? One blogger advocates hosting fundraising events to help pay for HOA expenses. Examples: Holiday display tours; knitting, gardening, or car maintenance seminars with owners who have a particular expertise serving as instructors; neighborhood sales; and hosted dinners after which guests can leave donations. keep reading

This HOA May Cut Its Water Bill in Half. Could Your HOA Do the Same?
August 21, 2015
In this week's tip, we reveal how an Arizona HOA has racked up tens of thousands in savings on its water bill. Crystal Gardens is an Avondale, Ariz., association with more than 900 homes on 72 acres. Its board and manager declined to comment for this article, referring questions to its vendor, Chris Husband, the owner of Phoenix-based Liquid Technologies LLC, which focuses on water conservation for commercial properties, HOAs, and other clients. keep reading

How One Arizona HOA Cut Its Water Bills Big Time
August 2015
To lend our California readers a hand and give readers throughout the country a jump on how to shave their water costs, here we dig into the details of how an Arizona HOA is dramatically cutting its $120,000 annual water budget. keep reading

Is This HOA Board's Insurance Policy Fair to Owners?
August 2015
A Colorado lawyer recently blogged about a condo association that has a $50,000 per-unit deductible on its insurance for water-related incidents, and its policy is to require owners to cover those deductibles. Here we weigh many questions, including whether this is smart in the first place and whether it actually saves the condo much on its insurance premiums. keep reading

California Court Hands HOAs a Big Win on Rule Enforcement
August 14, 2015
In this week's tip, we discuss a California court case that our experts are universally calling really, really good news for HOAs. In The Villas in Whispering Palms v. Tempkin, an appellate court OK'd a board's "resetting" of its enforcement of a pet rule. keep reading

How an HOA Board Got Back on Track in Enforcing Rules
August 2015
A recent California appellate case provides a nice roadmap for HOAs that have slacked in enforcing their rules but want to get back on track. In The Villas in Whispering Palms v. Tempkin, the court OK'd a board's "resetting" of its enforcement of a pet rule. Here we explain the case and offer lessons if your board wants to fix its inconsistent enforcement of rules. keep reading


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