Monthly Archives: July 2014

Use Surveys to Improve Your Community Association

shutterstock_140456059Ask yourself if your residents are happy with the board, the guidelines and the HOA as a whole. If you are unable to determine the answer, it’s time to get in touch with your community association residents. Surveys are one of the best tools for measuring satisfaction and improving your HOA. Continue reading

Why Your Amex Is No Good Here

Anyone who has an American Express or Discover credit card has surely had one of those aggravating moments where they try to pay with their card, only to be told their card type isn’t accepted there. Why are American Express and Discover the apparent redheaded stepchildren of the credit card world? What makes them different from Visa and Mastercard, which are accepted as a form of payment pretty much everywhere? Continue reading

The Secure Communities Program

shutterstock_112086017What is the federal Secure Communities Program, and how could it affect your community? The controversial program, initiated by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), requires law enforcement in some jurisdictions to compare people’s records against federal databases to check their immigration status, and is the cause of a current conflict between the federal government and several states. Continue reading

Dinner From Anywhere – A Smartphone Controlled Crock-Pot

shutterstock_81704944In a fast paced world, it can be hard to find time to cook a nice meal. Between the job, family, kids, and everything else that demands our attention, it’s no wonder that so many people only find time for takeout and microwavable meals; not the time-consuming alternatives that they’d prefer. Thanks to Belkin’s new smartphone-controlled Crock-Pot, technology has just opened up a new opportunity for members of your community to enjoy slow cooked meals as conveniently as they can order a pizza.  Continue reading

The Pros and Cons of Term Limits

shutterstock_188881994Should the community set term limits for board members? While most associations have given up on the idea these days, some states do still allow for communities to amend their bylaws to limit the number of consecutive terms a board member can serve. What are the pros and cons of adopting term limits? Are term limits something that your HOA should consider adopting?  Continue reading

How to Avoid Common HOA Lawsuits

shutterstock_56415409Lawsuits are an unfortunate and inevitable feature of modern business. That goes for institutions and incorporated entities like HOAs as well. While it’s unlikely that an HOA will be able to avoid all lawsuits entirely, there are steps they can take that will at least eliminate some of the possible lawsuits from ever happening.  Continue reading

The Extra Car

shutterstock_789993Many communities are dealing with a shortage of parking spaces. Finding a solution to the issue of where to fit residents’ cars can be a huge headache, and when it’s not handled properly it can cause even bigger ones. What can an HOA do to accommodate homeowners’ needs and regulate offenses without opening themselves up to even more trouble?  Continue reading

Summer Fun – Planning Community Events for the Summer

Independence-DaySummer is just around the corner, and that means it’s the perfect time to start planning outdoor activities for your community. While the season’s warmer weather means many opportunities for outdoor activities, the holidays are the perfect time for an HOA to plan community events on days that residents will likely be staying home from work. We’ve put together a helpful guide for planning some summer fun in your community.  Continue reading

Revoking Amenities for Delinquent Dues

shutterstock_88399096Collecting dues from residents who are behind on payment can be a constant struggle for HOAs, especially in tough economic times. While residents who plead financial hardship are often telling the truth (though the weak economy and a soft job market also provide a perfect excuse for residents who could pay, but have chosen not to), non-payment of dues still costs HOAs money that needs to be spent on the upkeep of the community. Because of that, residents often need to be made to feel pressure that gets them to become current with their payments. One of the most common measures an HOA can take in these instances is revoking the use of amenities. If used effectively, taking away amenities is a great way to encourage residents who are behind on their payments to get back in the association’s good graces.  Continue reading