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Steps Required To Revise Your HOA’s Rules

For most homeowners associations in Florida, rules are not part of the community’s original governing documents. Instead, rules are often adopted along the way to help homeowners to better understand the HOA’s covenants, restrictions, and conditions. Having more than 25 years of experience in residential......

Understanding Roles Of The HOA Board

You should think of your homeowner’s association as the cornerstone of your Florida residential community. The purpose of having a homeowner’s association is to preserve the architectural integrity of properties within the community and maintain common areas. If association management is handled well, the HOA......

New Year, New Members: How To Attract New Board Meeting Attendees in 2018

Many HOA communities struggle with getting homeowners to attend board meetings. The challenge with this is that HOA board members rely on input from homeowners to run the community and ensure that dues are going towards projects that HOA members support. Do you have big......

First Quarter Budgeting Made Easy

Mentioning the word “budget” to HOA board members is likely to make the hair stand on end. However, as grueling as these financial discussions can be, taking the time now to establish a first quarter budget for your HOA community is crucial. While there are......

Ring In The New Year With The Latest Technology For Your HOA

Are you taking advantage of the latest technology to run your HOA community more efficiently? Amenities management and interactions with homeowners, board members, and vendors can be extremely time consuming. However, thanks to advancements in technology, the task of managing your HOA community is less......

Ways To Create Healthy Habits For Your Community In 2018

With the start of a new year, many residents living in your Florida HOA community are resolving to live a healthier lifestyle in 2018. Did you know that only 8 percent of people actually keep the resolutions that they make at the start of the......

‘Tis The Season To Give: Donation Ideas For Your Community

One of the best ways to strengthen a community is to get neighbors to work towards a common goal. In the spirit of the holiday season, organizing a group donation for those in need is a great way for your HOA to make a positive......

Setting Resolutions (And Goals) For Your Community

In our personal lives, the new year brings a clean slate and a fresh start, and the same could be said for the way that your community approaches homeowner’s association management. Many HOA boards are getting together this time of year to reflect on successes......

HOA Holiday Lighting Rules

Does your HOA have rules or guidelines in place surrounding holiday lighting? To prevent your HOA from getting into a tangle with holiday decorations this season, here are several tips to help residents get into the holiday spirit while also staying in line with the......

Holiday Parties Sure To Please Your Residents

The holidays provide the perfect opportunity to bring your neighbors together to celebrate the season. When you have community amenities such as a clubhouse, there’s no need for a neighbor to go through the hassle of hosting your HOA holiday party at his or her......

Black Friday Deals That Could Bring Value To Your Property

The most anticipated shopping holiday of the year, Black Friday, takes place each year the Friday after Thanksgiving. Last year nearly 102 million consumers braved the crowds on Black Friday to score deep discounts on goods, resulting in 655.8 billion in spending. This year, it’s......

Create Effective And Enforceable Parking Policies During The Holiday Season

The holiday season is right around the corner, and residents in your HOA community will have visiting friends and family. In preparation for the seasonal influx of traffic in your neighborhood, now is the perfect time to create effective and enforceable parking policies. In an......

Fall Tour Of Homes In Your Community: Yay Or Nay?

Want to raise awareness for your community while also benefiting your HOA budget? Consider hosting a fall tour of homes in your community. Both neighbors within your community and admiring locals will appreciate being able to get a glimpse into the featured homes’ interiors and......

How To Get More Homeowners To Attend HOA/Board Meetings

The purpose of having a homeowners association is to manage the community’s common areas, protect property values, and ensure that community dues are going towards projects that they, for the most part, support. Despite the value that an HOA provides, it’s typically the norm for......

Tips For Keeping Trick Or Treaters Safe

For the kids in your HOA community, Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. Not only do they get to dress up, but they get to go door-to-door with their friends to collect more candy than they could ever imagine. While......

Can an HOA Regulate Halloween Decorations Within the Community?

It’s the time of year when neighbors are setting up Halloween decorations. While most of this decor consists of a few pumpkins on doorsteps and scarecrow displays in yards, some residents choose to get more extravagant with their decorations. This may cause some HOA board......

5 Creative Fall Party Ideas for Your Florida HOA Community

The gorgeous fall weather that we experience in Florida this time of year provides the ideal opportunity to get neighbors together to celebrate the season. Since many HOA communities in Florida host fall parties, here are several ideas to help you plan your own: Pre......

What Are The Board’s Options When It Comes To Collecting Unpaid HOA Fees?

A challenge that many HOA communities in Florida encounter is how to deal with delinquent HOA fees. Unfortunately, when homeowners don’t pay their fees, the rest of the neighbors suffer by paying higher fees, receiving special assessments, and less spending on community events. Even if......

HOA Security: How To Build A Strong Relationship With Local Police

We’ve talked about ways to strengthen security within your HOA community, and one of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to establish a neighborhood watch program. In order for your neighborhood watch program to be successful, you need to establish a relationship with......

Regulating Vacation Rentals In Your HOA

Florida experiences an influx of visitors throughout the year, particularly snowbirds wanting to escape the colder temperatures during the fall and winter months. In an effort to capitalize on these visitors, we’ve seen a number of short-term vacation rental companies such as Airbnb, Homeaway, and......

HOA Labor Day Party Tips & Ideas

While it’s hard to believe, summer is quickly coming to a close. Labor Day (Monday, September 4th) marks the official end of the season. While the pool and other community amenities in Florida HOA neighborhoods typically stay open after Labor Day, it’s still fun to......

Ways to Make Your HOA More Energy Efficient and Lower Operation Costs

Many HOA communities are looking to “go green” to promote a healthier lifestyle for residents, conserve energy, and lower operation costs. Fortunately, going green doesn’t mean that your HOA community needs to jump off a cliff and take on a completely different way of living.......

Back to School Safety Tips for Your HOA

While it’s hard to believe, summer is officially coming to a close, and the kids are heading back to school. HOA board members should remind community residents to take extra caution this time of year as pedestrians, bicyclists, buses, and other vehicles are all sharing......

Should My HOA Start A Newsletter?

If you’re looking to enhance the sense of community, consider starting an HOA newsletter. Sending out a monthly or quarterly newsletter will help to spark member involvement in the community and keep all members informed of important news. Keeping members in the loop with any......

Safety Tips For Summer Travelers And Snowbirds

The beaches and warm sunshine in Florida attract travelers throughout the year, whether it’s summer vacationers or snowbirds seeking refuge during the winter months. This cycle creates an attractive market for Florida homeowners to rent out their properties. Does your HOA community allow residents to......

Stars and Stripes: Can An HOA Set Rules On Displaying American Flags?

It’s that time of year again when American flags are displayed all over town in honor of our nation’s birthday. If you live in a planned community, you may be wondering if your homeowner’s association prohibits residents from flying the American flag. Generally speaking, HOA......

How To Work Around Board Member Absences In Summer Months

Summer is officially here, kicking vacation mode into high gear. Even though many HOA board members will be out of town throughout the summer, it’s critical that you continue to hold board meetings as often as outlined in your association bylaws. Larger HOA organizations with......

Summer Safety Tips for Your HOA Community Pool

Summer is officially here, and your HOA community pool is the place to be. While swimming is a popular summer pastime, it can also present a number of risks for your HOA. If your HOA has a community pool, be sure to take note of......

Which Community Amenities Should You Look For When Choosing a Condo?

Today’s master-planned condo communities in Florida offer a wide variety of amenities to provide you with the lifestyle you want for yourself and your family. However, with so many community amenities to choose from, it’s worth your while to narrow down your list of which......

Why Must I Pay HOA Common Area Fees If I’m Not There To Use Them?

One of the most attractive aspects of living in a planned development or condominium is the community amenities that are available to residents. Perks such as a resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, and an onsite clubhouse drive the demand for your community and increase property......

How To Draw Millennials To Your Community

A common goal that HOA board members share is improving property values. Many communities are currently experiencing a shift in Baby Boomers with grown children moving out and a younger demographic with growing families moving in. Much of the Millennial generation (anyone born between 1981......

May Flowers Matter

Spring is in full bloom, and it’s hard not to notice the beautifully landscaped grounds (or lack thereof) in HOA communities around town. While amenities and location are attractive selling points for a community, the aesthetics and the upkeep of common areas are just as......

What Are The HOA’s Responsibility To Disabled And Handicapped Residents?

Several laws have been established over the years to protect the rights of disabled and handicapped individuals, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA). Both public and private facilities must adhere to these rules and make modifications......

Can Visiting Friends And Grandchildren Use The Community Amenities?

When you live in an HOA, the community amenities are some of the most attractive perks of being a resident. Being able to lounge by a resort-style pool or challenge an opponent on the tennis court provide for a more enjoyable lifestyle.   Can Visiting......

Four Ways Your HOA Can Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner with this year’s celebration taking place on Sunday, May 14th. Taking time out of our busy schedules to honor the moms in our lives is important as they do so much for us. Our Florida residential property management......

How To Lead Productive Board Meetings and Keep HOA Board Members On Task

The homeowner’s association (HOA) is responsible for making and enforcing rules for the properties within its planned community or condominium. HOA board members are typically volunteers within the planned community or condominium that aim to maintain a standard appearance for the community in an effort......

Several Ways to Go Green with Spring Cleaning

There’s still plenty of time to get some spring cleaning in before summer comes, and you can freshen up your home by giving it a top-to-bottom buffing. For the environmentally conscious, our residential property management company would like to share several ways to go green with......

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