• 3 HOA Insurance Terms You Need to Know
    by Bo Bond on October 16, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    With all the carriers, agents and policy options and terminology, HOA insurance can be a confusing subject for many people. Knowing these HOA insurance terms will help you better understand some aspects of the insurance process your association goes through to protect your community’s assets. Broker of Record Letter A Broker of Record Letter (BOR), or Agent of Record Letter (AOR), is a letter that fires the current agent from the carriers used to insure a community and allows another […]

  • Partner Post: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Fall Lawn Care
    by James Witts on October 11, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    There are plenty of ways to care for your lawn while also supporting the local environment. Eco-friendly fall lawn care is easy with just a few tweaks to your normal routine. Consider these tips when choosing to be environmentally friendly with your lawn care this fall season. Ditch the Bag While mowing your lawn this fall season, consider taking the bag off of the mower in order to allow grass clippings to fall back into the soil. Doing so is an easy way to add free mulch to your lawn, as […]

  • 5 Tips for Presenting HOA Budgets
    by Josie Flicek on October 9, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    As a board member, preparing an annual budget and establishing assessments for your association falls squarely within your fiduciary duty. The budgeting process can be long and involved, but it is the board’s responsibility to make sure that sufficient funds are readily available to maintain common areas, pay bills and keep things running smoothly. Residents may view the budgeting process as a time to express their concerns and offer input or comments. Presenting a budget that adequately […]

  • Easy Ways to Conserve Water at Home
    by Mike Holmes on October 4, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    As a contractor, I’m always making the effort to build things that are sustainable and don’t leave a large footprint on Mother Earth. However, it’s just as important that I think about my footprint as a homeowner, too. We’ve had a lot of rain back home lately, and it has got me thinking about water - how we use it, how we build with it, and most importantly, how we waste it. So much of the water we use to power our homes has been treated for human consumption, and often […]

  • Bringing HOAs into the Future: 5 Ways Technology Can Improve your Community
    by Erin Baker on October 2, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Emerging technologies like the internet and cell phones have shifted how we function in most aspects of our lives and created heightened expectations towards effectiveness and efficiency. And although the impact of technological advancement can be felt in pretty much every industry, many community associations are reluctant to leverage it to improve the way they handle community duties like printing statements or paying dues—citing cost and complexity as two of the main deterrents. But, […]

  • Partner Post: New to the Community? Take These Steps to Get Acclimated
    by TownSq . on September 27, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    You’ve finally made the jump and moved into an HOA. From increased home values to a general sense of community, living in an HOA has proven to be a very positive experience for many homeowners. The adjustment can be intimidating, but being the new kid on the block doesn’t have to be so bad. If you’re new to the community, take these steps to get acclimated.   1. Familiarize yourself with your surroundings. Familiarizing yourself with your surroundings is an easy way to […]