January 16, 2019

FEMA Assistance Available in HOAs

When HOAs are affected by natural disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is a resource. – State or local government are responsible for removal of […]
January 16, 2019

HOA Roof Replacement

There are many factors when selecting the type and color of a replacement roof for structures within a HOA. It is important to realize that weight, […]
January 4, 2019

Percentage Ownership in a COA

What is Percentage of Ownership? Percentage of ownership is the basis of a member’s ownership, typically in a condominium, COA. This percentage determines dues amounts and […]
December 27, 2018

Why Must the HOA Approve My???

Why Must the HOA Approve My??? Some in the membership may believe the HOA is similar to Big Brother when they wish to alter the exterior […]
December 27, 2018

HOA Message Board Pros & Cons

HOA message boards The topic of HOA message boards comes up from time to time. Usually this arises at a board meeting or during the HOA’s […]
December 27, 2018

5 Items that should not be included in HOA meeting minutes

5 Items that should not be included in HOA meeting minutes HOA boards commonly ask what should be placed into meeting minutes. The answer to this […]
December 27, 2018

Nationally, HOA Members Are Generally Satisfied with Their HOA

Nationally, HOA Members Are Generally Satisfied with Their HOA The Foundation for Community Association Research, an affiliate of Community Associations Institute (CAI), sponsored a national public […]
December 4, 2018

Robert’s Rules & the HOA Meeting – Part 1

The use of Robert’s Rules is not only the best practices for all HOA meetings, it may be a requirement per some state statutes. Even if […]
December 4, 2018

What is a Retaining Wall?

When HOA’s have retaining walls, many times it is a HOA capital item that is given little thought of for long term planning. However, as with […]
December 4, 2018

Five Signs of a Deteriorating Roof

  – Missing, broken, cracked or curling shingles.   – Deteriorating or damaged flashing around chimneys, vents, or roof valleys.   – Deterioration of roof valleys. […]
November 13, 2018

What Are the Different Types of Lawn Drainage?

With all the common areas that many HOAs have, drainage issues can arise. Addressing drainage issues within a HOA can be challenging because of the unpredictable […]
November 6, 2018

What are Weep Holes

HOA structures are faced with water intrusion from time to time. Water intrusion is categorized as roof, wall, and foundation. Weep holes can be found in […]
October 30, 2018

Why Do We Need A HOA Anyway?

Why do we need a HOA anyway? Why does the have so many rules? What are we getting for our dues? These are common mantras with […]
October 30, 2018

Preventing Water Damage

Water damage causes HOAs and individual homeowners many thousands of dollars each year in the United States. Not only are HOA boards faced with limited budgets, […]
October 16, 2018

The HOA’s Insurance Agent

Insurance agents, like doctors, have a broad range of specialties and areas of expertise. Fortunately, community association insurance is one of them. HOAs have unique needs […]
October 16, 2018

Commercial Activities Within the HOA

In William Douglas Management’s 37 year history we have encountered an array of businesses operated within HOAs we manage. Be it single family home HOAs or […]
October 16, 2018

10 Conflict Resolution Strategies for HOA Board Members

Serving on a HOA board of directors can be challenging at times. Resolving conflicts, big and small, can be a part of the board member’s responsibilities. […]
October 16, 2018

Guest Speakers at the HOA Annual Meeting

Guest speakers at annual meetings are common, and possibly much too common. The right guest speaker can add a great deal to the meeting while the […]
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 […]
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