5 Ways Community Association Managers Can Thrive in a New Year

Now is the perfect time to align your team to prepare for what’s ahead. You may have aggressive goals in the new year to acquire new associations, expand your team, increase profitability, or all of the above. No matter the goal, you’ve also got the added challenge of staying competitive and, hopefully, a step or two ahead of the pack. Here are five ways to ensure you stay on track and turn your vision into reality. 1.) Keep Yourself and Your Team Informed The community association industry is rapidly evolving – are you keeping tabs on the trends and getting this information to those on your team or in the… Read More

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The Problem with Current HOA Management

HOA Management, like every other industry, has its ups and downs. Successfully managing an association brings people together, connecting homeowners with each other to develop that sense of community. On the other hand, failing to meet that standard can divide a community. Homeowners become angry with their board members and board members become angry with their management company. How do you fix this issue?  There are a few options; give your current management company one more chance, self-manage your HOA, or switch to another company. Unfortunately, one more chance means you are given a little more attention, but only for a short duration. Then it’s back to the old way… Read More

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Free Guide To Florida Condo Collections – Boards and Managers

Click Here to Get Your Free Guide to Florida Condo Collections with Bonus Material – Sample Uniform Collection Policy & Rental Demand Letter Mitch DrimmerMitch Drimmer is a respected thought leader in his field and has led numerous continuing education classes in collections, His articles have been published in key trade journals and newspapers, and he is a speaker at educational seminars. Drimmer is also a former board member of the Florida Community Association Professionals (FCAP) and earned his company the distinguished FCAP Reader’s Choice Award for collections four years in a row. Throughout his career, Drimmer has worked with community associations to help them see their way through tough times, especially… Read More

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Break the Cycle of your HOA or Condo Going Self-Managed to Full-Managed and Back Again

Do you notice at your HOA or Condo Community, or a neighboring property, where they seem to switch from full management to self-management and back again?  Why does this happen, what are the costs of this change, and how can it be stopped?  How do you break the cycle of your HOA or Condo going self-managed to full-managed and back again? A former owner of a large management company and reserve study company as well as the former CAI Connecticut Chapter President Walt Williamsen has seen many trends during his decades in the HOA and Condo Management Industry.    One trend he has spotted is a pattern where boards vacillate between… Read More

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HOA 101: Rules & Regulations

For many people, homeowners’ associations (HOAs) have become synonymous with rules. While it’s true that part of association membership requires abiding by community guidelines, HOA life is about far more than following a long list of rules. Community guidelines and rules can help lay the foundation for a successful neighborhood, and as community association experts, we’re here to help answer the who, what, and why of HOA rules. What are HOA rules and regulations? When you purchase a home that’s part of a community association, you automatically become a member of the association and become responsible for following all its rules and regulations. The primary purpose of having community rules and standards… Read More

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FHA Approval Can Raise Property Values…Don’t let Condo Delinquencies Stand in the Way

FHA Approval Can Raise Property Values…Don’t let Condo Delinquencies Hurt

Despite all the lovely roads and fire trucks we encounter every day, people still like to complain that their taxes aren’t being put to good use. It would seem they’ve never heard of an FHA loan. These aren’t mortgages issued by the Federal Housing Authority, rather ones insured by them. This insurance enables the lender to offer terms with significantly reduced down-payments, sometimes as low as 3.5% of the purchase price. And while the program explicitly exists to aid home buyers and not investors, it can still provide a significant boost to property values.  FHA approval is critical so don’t let condo delinquencies hurt you. If a building has FHA approval, the… Read More

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Tick-Tock: Exploring Your HOA Meeting Minutes

Over the past 40 years, Associa community managers have attended countless board meetings and reviewed many homeowner’s association (HOA) meeting minutes. In this blog, we explore what HOA meeting minutes are, their purpose, and best practices for taking and keeping good HOA minutes.   What are HOA meeting minutes? HOA meeting minutes are an official record of the actions taken by board members at a board meeting. Meeting minutes should be brief, objective, and reflect the actions taken at a meeting–not a complete transcript of what was said and opinions that were expressed.     What should be included in the HOA meeting minutes? If the board secretary isn’t taking minutes, he… Read More

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