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Crunching Numbers: What Goes Into a Community Association’s Budget?
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Budgets are crucial to a community association’s financial operation. Just like for-profit businesses, association boards should work diligently to develop annual budgets that estimate revenue and expenses for the upcoming fiscal year. A properly drafted budget can help prevent reduced services, deteriorating property, or special as...
What to do if There are Insufficient Reserve Funds
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What are reserve funds and what are they used for? Reserve funds are broken down into capital and non-capital expenses; capital would be replacing a roof; non-capital would be painting. These are IRS terms really, but for HOAs reserves are in general a savings account saving up to take care of long-term repairs and replacement &mdash...
How to Increase Homeowner Participation in Your Community
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Homeowners can often have differing views of their community associations — some positive, some negative —  depending on their source of information and experiences in the community. New homeowners that buy a home that has an HOA may not fully understand the positive impact the association can have on their experience liv...
New Appellate Case: Is Your Architectural Process Fair and Reasonable? (Hint: It Better Be!)
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In a decision issued today (December 17, 2019), the North Carolina Court of Appeals examined the authority of an association to review and deny submitted architectural plans. This is the second architectural committee decision from the Court of Appeals this year. (See “Don’t Screw Up Your Architectural Committee and Approval P...
When And How To Make Changes To Your Association's Governing Documents
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At CAMS, we’ve seen through the years how positive — and necessary — change can be for homeowner’s associations (HOAs). Generally, we recommend every association do what we would call a governing document audit every 7 to 10 years just as a general rule because laws change, and it’s nice to have things clear ...
Tax Season: What Your HOA Should Know
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Tax season isn’t just a fun time for residents and businesses in North Carolina, it’s also a big piece of the financial puzzle for homeowners associations (HOAs). As complicated as federal and state income taxes may seem to everybody else, they can also provide some twists and turns for HOA board members and are something that...
Community Management Leaders SCS and CAMS Announce Official Alliance
Firms join forces after years of working together in the Carolinas, expanding reach to more than 600 associations South Carolina-based community association management firm Southern Community Services (SCS) has joined forces with North and South Carolina-based Community Association Management Services (CAMS), expanding reach and offe...
What are Your Association's Holiday Decorating Guidelines?
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As we enter into the fall and winter seasons, many of your friends and neighbors will soon begin decorating their homes for the holidays. Though the holiday season is intended to be a joyous time of family, friends and togetherness, it can also bring along some headaches for your community if your HOA doesn't have any preestablished h...
HOA Meetings are for More Than Board Members
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If you live in a community with a homeowner’s association (HOA), you no doubt have seen signs, received emails, or even had people knocking on your door to alert you about HOA meetings. There are many of different types of meetings — annual membership meetings, board meetings, committee meetings, executive sessions and special...
Recent HOA Case a Good Reminder in North Carolina & South Carolina
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At Black, Slaughter & Black we keep track of legal trends and recent case law that impacts our HOA and condo clients.  Although it is a case out of Virginia, the decision in Sainani v. Belmont Glen Homeowners Association, Inc. highlights three important themes that HOAs in North Carolina and South Carolina should be aware of: &nb...

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