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March 19, 2019

Commercial Vehicles Within the HOA

In most HOA governing documents there is probably no more unclear topic than the section addressing commercial vehicles. Usually, the language is sparse and broad at […]
March 19, 2019

Six Insurance Terms for HOA Board Members

Below are six common insurance terms that routinely come up while serving on a HOA board of directors.   Indemnity – the insurance company indemnifies, or […]
March 19, 2019

Robert’s Rules & the HOA – Part 2  

Unfinished Business, Yes; Old Business, Never!   “Old Business” means that you are reconsidering issues already disposed of. “Unfinished Business” means that you are continuing with […]
March 5, 2019

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 […]
February 26, 2019

Delinquencies and the Desire to be Neighborly

The HOA’s collection process has been reviewed and structured by attorneys who specialize in HOA collections. Because of the harsh consequences for violating one of the […]
February 14, 2019

Eliminating or Adding Amenities

Eliminating or taking on additional HOA responsibilities may appear to be a straightforward undertaking, but there are a number of considerations. The primary considerations are the […]
February 7, 2019

The Reverse Mortgage & HOA Collection Efforts

In recent years HOA boards have been faced with a “new” type of collection issue, the reverse mortgage. Even though reverse mortgages have been around since […]
January 30, 2019

Delinquencies and the Desire to be Neighborly

The HOA’s collection process has been reviewed and structured by attorneys who specialize in HOA collections. Because of the harsh consequences for violating one of the […]
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

Robert’s Rules 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. […]
December 4, 2018

What is a Retaining Wall?

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 […]
December 4, 2018

Five Signs of a Deteriorating Roof

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

What Are the Different Types of Lawn Drainage?

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 […]
November 6, 2018

What are Weep Holes

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 […]
October 30, 2018

Why Do We Need a HOA Anyway?

Why Do We Need a HOA Anyway? Why do we need a HOA anyway? Why does the HOA have so many rules? What are we getting […]
October 30, 2018

Preventing Water Damage

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 […]
October 16, 2018

The HOA’s Insurance Agent

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. […]
October 16, 2018

Commercial Activities Within the HOA

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 […]
October 16, 2018

10 Conflict Resolution Strategies for HOA Board Members

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 […]
October 16, 2018

Guest Speakers at the HOA Annual Meeting

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 […]
September 18, 2018

Common Foundation Problems & the HOA

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 […]
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 […]
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