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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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HOAs and Bidding: Don't Let the Process Backfire
July 3, 2015
In this week's tip, we expand on an interesting discussion that took place during a recent HOAleader.com webinar about condominium and homeowner associations and their use of requests for proposal (RFPs) when bidding out the HOA manager's contract. During the webinar on how to choose and work with your HOA's manager, the expert panelists offered cautions when using RFPs, particularly when seeking bids from management companies. keep reading

HOAs and RFPs: How to Pair Them Wisely
July 2015
At a recent HOAleader.com webinar, our panelists had an interesting discussion about condominium and homeowner associations and their use of requests for proposal (RFPs) when bidding out the HOA manager's contract. Here's what they had to say, along with additional thoughts from our experts on using RFPs for management and other HOA contracts. keep reading

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

Is the HOA in the Business of Selling Itself?
June 2015
An HOAleader.com reader asks, "Several new board members are real estate agents or owners with many lots they want to sell. The board has authorized 'advertising' monies not in our budget. The focus is quickly becoming sales of lots. Our documents state our primary focus is 1) Maintaining common areas and 2) Maintaining building and architectural requirements. Our documents do not say anything about 'advertising.' Anyone else dealing with this issue?" keep reading

HOA Extermination 101: What to Know
June 2015
A small six-unit condo association in urban Chicago has a rat problem in its common yard. Gross! (Bright side: At least they're not in the building!) They're calling an exterminator, and that has triggered them to begin thinking about the broad issues that typically arise with such services. When should the association hire an exterminator to enter owners' units to spray? Can owners decline access? How can boards work around owners if they have a right to and do decline? Here are answers. keep reading

New HOA Board Members? Here's How to Run a Successful Board Orientation
Upcoming Live Webinar
Want your condo or homeowner association board to operate effectively, no matter how many members come and go over time? It's not a pipe dream. It's an achievable reality if you create and implement a new-board orientation to help just-elected or just-appointed members hit the ground running. Join us for a July 16 webinar to hear from two experienced community association lawyers everything you need to know to craft an effective and timeless new-board orientation program. keep reading

How One Arizona HOA Battled Criminals
June 19, 2015
Our experts hesitate to advise their clients to take on the responsibility for crime fighting. In this week's tip, we highlight an Arizona HOA that's doing just the opposite. The Circle Tree Owners Association in Mesa is made up of 250 condos, and it used to be a mess, says homeowner and manager David Russell. keep reading


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