September 18, 2018

Common Foundation Problems & the HOA

Foundation problems for HOA boards are normally a result of drainage or other water related issues. Because of the potential ramifications to the HOA’s annual budget, […]
September 18, 2018

HOA Retention Ponds Definitions

– Wet detention pond: a pond designed to have a remaining permanent pool of water after a storm event.   – Dry detention pond: a pond […]
September 18, 2018

Member Communications With the HOA’s Attorney  

Legal expenses for many HOAs are a significant dollar amount on the annual budget. In most all instances these legal expenses are for attorney opinions or […]
August 27, 2018

What is a Hydrostatic Valve

Swimming pool maintenance can, many times, be one of the largest items on an HOA’s budget. It is beneficial for a board to have an understanding […]
August 24, 2018

Life Expectancy Planning

While HOA boards should rely on professional reserve studies for long term planning, having a general idea of product life cycles can possibly assist with annual […]
August 14, 2018

Why Are Our Dues…?

“Why are our dues higher than the HOA next door?” Or perhaps: “My sister’s HOA dues are less than our dues.” No matter what the one-dimensional […]
August 1, 2018

Net Income/Loss & Retained Earnings

Questions arise from HOA boards about Net Income/Loss and Retained Earnings as found on their monthly financials. Net Income is the total of excess income over […]
August 1, 2018

Delinquencies and the Desire to be Neighborly

William Douglas Management has a collections process that was reviewed and structured by attorneys who specialize in HOA collections. Because of the harsh consequences for violating […]
July 20, 2018

Roberts Rules Basics

This brief overview of Robert’s Rules of Order can be beneficial to new HOA board members for understanding the basic process of how a meeting is […]
July 16, 2018

A Poem Lovely As A Tree

I think that I shall never see. A poem lovely as a tree.   The first part of the wonderful poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer, praising […]
July 11, 2018

HOA Lien for Assessment

Questions arise from members, usually delinquent members, regarding “what authority does the HOA have” in collecting dues. Basically HOA’s are established in two forms, volunteer HOAs […]
July 3, 2018

What Does the HOA Membership Think?

There are more than 60 million Americans who live in HOAs and condominium communities. How do these 60 million residents feel about their own HOA? Are […]
June 26, 2018

Clothes Dryer Safety

Most homes and many HOA clubhouses have clothes dryers. Many people do not realize that clothes dryers are a major cause of fires each year. There […]
June 13, 2018

HOA Retention Ponds

A retention pond is a man-made pond or reservoir that is constructed to catch runoff water from higher elevations or improved surfaces. Retention ponds can be […]
June 13, 2018

Redaction & HOA Board Meeting Minutes

To “redact,” a verb defined by Merriam Webster as: 1) to put in writing: frame, 2) to select or adapt (as by obscuring or removing sensitive […]
May 31, 2018

Water Evaporation or Pool Leak

Water being such a large part of most HOA annual budgets watching for pool leaks is always prudent. However, it is very common for normal every […]
May 24, 2018

Motion – Six Step Process

Properly making motions is crucial to the operation of a HOA board meeting. The motion process has to be followed to take action on board decisions. […]
May 21, 2018

Squatters Rights/ Adverse Possession

Squatters’ rights or adverse possession is an antiquated legal situation that occurs, with regard to HOAs, when someone moves into a vacant home and makes it […]
May 10, 2018

Does the HOA Pool Have A Leak or is it Water Evaporation?

Water being such a large part of a HOA’s annual budget watching for pool leaks is always prudent. However, it is very common for normal every […]
May 7, 2018

HOA Hearings For Covenant Violations

Hearings may or may not be required to levy fines for covenant violations. The HOA’s governing documents may require hearings for this purpose. Or state statutes […]
May 1, 2018

Irrigation Systems

Irrigation system maintenance is many times buried in a HOA’s annual budget in general landscaping and the master water category. But nonetheless an irrigation system is […]
April 23, 2018

Insurable & Non-Insurable

The definition of insurance is to provide financial coverage by contract whereby one party undertakes to guarantee another against loss by a specified contingency or peril. […]
April 16, 2018

What is the Difference between a Director and an Officer?

Individuals may serve on a HOA board of directors for many years and not realize there is a difference between a director and an officer. In […]
April 4, 2018

Basic HOA Homeowner Preventive Maintenance Scheduling

A home being most people’s biggest investment, a basic preventive maintenance schedule for this home is analogous to routinely checking a retirement plan to make sure […]
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