HOA Architectural Control Freaks

HOA Architectural Control Freaks

Peter Harrison Architectural Control is one of the key reasons people either choose to live in or run from an HOA. Some people appreciate the HOA’s ability to enforce architectural controls via an Architectural Control Committee (“ACC”); whereas, others resent the thought of another organization telling them how they can modify or decorate their home. Read More... [et_social_share]
The Revenue Roller Coaster

The Revenue Roller Coaster

Burke Nielsen The problem with increasing dues every 6 years, is that the amount is usually so large that it becomes a big financial hit for most homeowners. When dues don't increase for a long time, many homeowners start to believe that dues should never increase. The way they see it, “the HOA was just fine up until now, so this 30% increase seems like an outrage” — and quite frankly they're right! Read More... [et_social_share]
Getting Rid of a Common Amenity

Getting Rid of a Common Amenity

John Richards Even thought the most logical decision may be to close the amenity, the moment you do, many will argue “ …I bought here because of the pool (or whatever amenity is at issue).” The fact is, they’re right! The ultimate goal of a Homeowners or Condominium Owners Association is to maintain a beautiful and safe community. In order to achieve that goal, the board may ask if they can “close” or “abandon” an original amenity such as the pool, clubhouse, hot tub, weight room, or tennis court. It may appear that no one is using it, or that the cost of upkeep is too high. Sometimes the most logical solution is to permanently close the amenity or replace it with something that is far less costly to maintain. Read More... [et_social_share]
Changing the Direction of Your Association

Changing the Direction of Your Association

Burke Nielsen Changing the direction of your HOA is kinda like turning the Titanic. Whether it's a change in policy or the change to the whole system, it takes time and you're going to hit some bumps along the way. Okay, maybe the Titanic is a bad example since it's sitting on the bottom of the ocean. But if you plan ahead and make the right moves the experience can be a positive one. As a manager I've had the opportunity to implement many kinds of change. Some went very well and some didn't. Hopefully this example of a change that took place a few years ago can help you in your next big change. Read More... [et_social_share]
Leading Change in Your Community

Leading Change in Your Community

Chelle O'Keefe We've all done it. We walk through our community and see something that we'd like to change: a rule regarding hours of trash collection or maintenance, or a change to the facilities in a common area like the addition of a playground or swimming pool. As Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” So, how do we make change happen? Read More... [et_social_share]

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