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The Online Payment Trend

adobestock_60726565In the past, payments were made with checks and sent through the mail to reach their destinations. This old method is slow and costs additional money to pay for the stamp and envelope. Luckily, more and more businesses are accepting online payments, and HOAs are no different. Check out the benefits of paying HOA association dues online. Continue reading

Considering Selling? Here are 5 Free Tips for Staging Your Home

shutterstock_108401306A quick look around any home makes it clear that it is covered in style and décor that is personal to the family who lives there. Unfortunately, when selling a home, this is a huge pitfall. Homebuyers want to be able to see themselves living in the home, not the current homeowners. This is why properly staging a home to sell is a must. Check out these five complementary tips for staging a home.

Clean it Up

The first thing to do before staging a home is to give it a good clean. This doesn’t just mean a quick sweep. This means a good deep cleaning to make the house sparkle from corner to corner. One of the first things people look at when considering buying a home is if it looks clean, and a clean home looks more cared for than one that is dirty. Plus, giving the house a good clean allows buyers to see the good qualities instead of just the house.

Put it Away

Most homeowners aren’t hoarders, but over the years, they do collect items. Most of these items are unnecessary and just add clutter to the home. If it’s something the homeowner can live without for a while, put it away. Much like giving the house a deep clean, getting rid of the clutter makes the house look better, larger and it allows buyers to see the house and not all the stuff inside the house.

Eliminate Personalization

No potential buyer can imagine living in a home if it is plastered with personal items, such as photos and keepsakes. While these items may mean a lot to the homeowner, they mean nothing to the buyer, and they only make it harder to sell the home. Pack away all personalized items, so the house looks like just about anyone lives there.

Add Some More Light

When showing off the house, make sure to include as much light as possible. Open curtains, blinds and turn on every light in the house. This allows buyers to actually see the house. On the flip side, a house that is dark has negative feelings that are dreary and depressing, making homebuyers want to flee.

Do Some Landscaping

Homeowners don’t have to buy a bunch of plants for their yard, but a good manicure can go a long way, even if the yard is simple. Keep the grass trimmed and neat. Cut around walkways and make sure foliage is neat and shaped.

Staging a home is the best thing a homeowner can do to gain interest from potential buyers. These five tips go a long way in boosting interest in any home, and the best part is they are absolutely free.

5 Popular Tax Deductions for Landlords

Owning a property or a community association is a great investment. The best part is thatshutterstock_313474802 it comes with a huge variety of tax deductions, so that much of what the landlord spends on the property can be recouped. Check out these five popular tax deductions for landlords.

Interest

Interest related to the property is one of the largest tax deductions for HOA landlords. Not only can they Continue reading

Which HOA or Board Meetings can Residents Attend?

HOA and board meetings aren’t the most exciting things in the world, and board members may assume residents want nothing to do with them. However, many residents are interested in understanding how the HOA runs. Unfortunately, however, allowing residents to attend may make it difficult to actually conduct the meeting, which is why many HOAs prohibit residents from attending certain meetings.

Annual MeetingWho can attend HOA meetings?

The annual meeting is the big one. It’s held once a year, and it’s when many major decisions take place. For example, this is when the new officers are elected. This is also when the board discusses the current state of the community, the goals for the current year and the budget. This is important for residents to hear because they have a right see the big picture of their neighborhood. It’s also important for them to attend because they can discuss their suggestions, comments and concerns. Continue reading

Marijuana Use in Your Community: What to Prepare for

More and more states are approving legal recreational use of marijuana. However, that doesn’t mean every neighborhood wants it around. If it’s already legal in your state, or if it becomes legal in your state, there are some steps you should take to prepare your residents for it.

The HOA May Be Able to Prohibit ItLegalization of Marijuana in Communities

Even if using and growing marijuana becomes legal in a state, that doesn’t mean HOAs have to allow their residents to smoke or grow marijuana. The change in law is designed to protect marijuana use from government regulation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be privately regulated by a homeowner’s association. However, if the governing documents don’t already prohibit marijuana use, the board should think long and hard before adding it as it may upset many homeowners and be seen as the HOA trying to control the homeowners’ private lives. Continue reading

Getting an HOA Approval for House Color

Some homeowners associations have strict rules regarding what color you can paint the exterior of your home. In other communities, they may require you to get an approval before you paint your house a different color. Check out these tips for how to get HOA approval for a new house color.

Be ProactiveHOA Paint Color Approval for your Home

You definitely don’t want to start painting your house before you get approval from the HOA. Not only may this be a complete waste of time and money if the colors are denied, but it’s just annoying for the HOA. Board members and property management companies are people too, so if you go out of your way to break a rule and then ask if it’s okay, they may get annoyed, which can influence their decision, especially if you are choosing colors that aren’t pre-approved. It’s best to be polite and ask before you start. Continue reading

Types of Fundraising Techniques

Generally, communities with HOAs require homeowners to pay monthly dues. These dues are used to pay for neighborhood upkeep and many other factors. However, in some cases, an optional cost may appear. For example, the community may decide it wants a community garden, but it isn’t in the budget. In these cases, holding a neighborhood fundraising event is the perfect solution. Check out these great ways to raise money.

Hold Hobby LessonsCommunity Fundraising Techniques

Everyone has a hobby they love, so why not let them share that hobby with the neighborhood. Residents can teach others how to do something, such as cooking, knitting or automotive care. The residents can volunteer to teach, and the HOA can charge a fee to attend, and the money can be used for whatever special project they are working on. Continue reading