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6 Elements of a Successful Monthly Meeting

When I joined the Roundtree Homeowners Association, I did so for the usual reason of wanting a say in maintaining and improving the complex. But when I became president a year later, I had another goal in mind: to make the monthly homeowners meetings less scattered and more productive.  And the results? I’d love to say every meeting now is quick, efficient, and fun—but it’s not. We as a board still go off on tangents, get bogged down in one or more issues, and even have tempers flare occasionally.      Read the article………………

6 Red Flags for Difficult HOA Board Members

A well-focused board of directors is efficient, productive, and in most cases, a pleasure to work with. The board of directors sets the tone for how things get accomplished and how the HOA is maintained overall. But what happens when one, or more, of your directors has personality issues with the rest, or even worse, what if he/she has a hidden agenda and is self-serving? Bogged down in disagreements, nothing really ever gets accomplished. Sound familiar? Read on.    Read the article……………

What Your HOA Governing Documents Mean

Every Homeowner’s Association is governed by a set of documents and laws (which vary from state to state). These governing documents guide how an HOA is run and “what owners must abide by.” As the governing body of an association, the HOA board of directors is ultimately responsible for the direction of how the HOA is run — its implementation of policies and day-to-day management.    Read the article………………

Common Mistakes of HOA Board Members

When it comes to keeping the residents of an HOA happy, it’s up to the board members to uphold its delegated responsibilities and treat everyone with respect. Failing to do so can lead to internal problems and may end up causing legal issues. In order to keep an HOA running smoothly, residents must trust that their board members have their best interests at heart at all times.     Read the article……………….

Building Community in Your HOA

Community living is the pinnacle of comfort and warmth for many people. With uniformity, amenities, and a neighborhood of likeminded peers, residing in an HOA provides you with all the building blocks needed for a top-notch, high-quality lifestyle. When board members take care of their residents by drawing up concrete rules, enforcing those rules fairly, and using their leadership position as a way to improve lives, residents certainly feel all of the positive effects of their efforts.   Read the article……………….

HOA Myths and How To Debunk Them

There are many reasons why potential homebuyers choose to reside in an HOA. From high standards of appearance, to maintenance carried out by the association and other amenities, HOA residents receive several incredible benefits that translate to a rewarding way of living. Still, common myths and misconceptions about how HOAs are run oftentimes taint a resident’s view of their board members.  The HOA’s governing documents lay out the ground rules for what board members are responsible for as well as what residents can and cannot do with their homes and surrounding property. It’s no surprise that antagonism between residents and board members occurs. When homeowners feel as though they’re being slighted by those in charge of the HOA, a crack in the foundation of the community forms.     Read the article………………..

HOA Management Companies and Their Contracts

When it comes to the operations of an HOA, there’s much that has to be done on a daily basis. Oftentimes, an HOA board may opt to hire a property management company to assist with these day-to-day tasks, such as collecting dues and paying invoices. In addition, management companies can also take on financials, maintenance and contractors, creation of an annual budget, and more, which takes a lot of weight off the shoulders of the board members.     Read the article……………….

Steps for Crime Prevention in Your HOA

We all want our homes and communities to be safe. A high pressure is placed upon the shoulders of the HOA board to promote the security and safety of the neighborhood. Although the level to which the board is responsible for the safety of the community is outlined in the governing documents, there are a few steps that can be taken to ensure you are doing your utmost to prevent crime from occurring.   Read the article…………….

Do HOAs Need to File a Tax Return?

If you own a home in a planned community or development, there is a good chance you are a member of a homeowners’ association (HOA). One perplexing aspect of HOA management is following the tax reporting requirements of the IRS. Some common questions our office receives are “Must our HOA file a tax return?” “What return must it file?” and “What happens if we haven’t filed for a number of years?” In today’s article, I will address some of these fundamental questions. My goal is to clarify some of the confusion associated with HOA tax reporting and help your HOA avoid the frustration and additional expense that often accompany noncompliance.    Read the article……………