7 Answers to the Most Frequently Asked HOA Questions

A growing number of homes in the United States belong to a homeowner’s association (HOA). Neighborhood HOAs provide upkeep for shared spaces, and in most planned communities, they will give you access to amenities like swimming pools, gyms, and clubhouses. Belonging to an association can help increase your home’s value, and in general, HOAs help maintain home prices across the community. Read on to discover the answers to the most frequently asked questions about HOAs. 1. What is a homeowner’s association? An HOA is usually set up as a non-profit organization by a developer or builder when a planned community is first established to help support the sales and marketability… Read More

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Community Association Emergency Preparedness

We all hope that our home, community, coworkers, and friends never need to implement an emergency action plan. However, it makes more sense to be completely prepared for the possibility rather than try to figure out what to do in the middle of confusion and fear. Unfortunately, most communities do not have any plan in place for its residents. We invite every community association to take the time to plan and create a unique emergency management plan to help keep their communities and residents safe when disaster strikes. What Is an emergency? First, let’s define an emergency. It can be something relatively common such as household fire, flooding, or even… Read More

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Earth Day 2019: 7 Ways Your Community Can Go Green

At Associa, we are committed to helping communities become more sustainable and decrease their environmental impact. We work hard every day to understand the needs of our partners, then look for environmentally-friendly solutions to accomplish their goals. We even started a special program, Associa Green, to help promote practical solutions that have a positive impact on the people and places we serve. Every year, Associa Green recognizes communities that go above and beyond with their green initiatives. We have gathered the best ideas from these Associa Green awards, and from our service partners, to give you the top 7 ways your community can go green this earth day. 1. Upgrade… Read More

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5 Things Your HOA Board Must Do When the Media Calls

From time to time your board may receive requests to speak to the media about things happening in or around your community. While we encourage boards to work with their professional management company and their qualified legal counsel during any media crisis, here are some best practices to help your community prepare for media inquiries. 1.  Develop a robust media plan. Don’t wait for that first call from a reporter to do your prep work. Boards should be proactive and develop a crisis communication plan before a situation occurs. Have a clear action plan that includes who needs to be contacted when a request occurs, and the steps your board… Read More

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Turning Over a New Leaf: Fixing Previous Board Mistakes

  A board’s role is to govern and set the policies, procedures, standards, budgets and programs for an association. Some decisions boards make are extremely beneficial, while some don’t have a substantial impact, and others fail miserably. Unfortunately, when a board makes a bad decision, it isn’t immediately obvious, and a future board of directors may be left to deal with the repercussions. Here are seven tips to keep in mind when fixing previous board mistakes. 1. Remember to uphold your fiduciary duty. As an elected official of the community, you’re required to uphold and fulfill your fiduciary duty. Your fellow community members have chosen you to act on their behalf… Read More

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