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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...
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 ...
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...
What’s in Your Board Member Tool Box?
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Serving as a board member of a homeowners association (HOA) can be an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. That said, it is serious business as there are of responsibilities associated with protecting a community's assets and making it a great place to live.   For an HOA board to effectively serve  its members, boar...
New Compliance Inspection Process
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Here at CAMS, we have been working on creating a brand-new inspection and violation notice process in hopes of alleviating some of the stress your Board may have been experiencing in dealing with these items. Our hope is that these new procedures will allow your Board and Community Manager more time to focus on carrying out the important ...
Is It Time to Reorganize Your Association’s Files?
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If your community association has been around a while, it’s probably safe to say it has amassed some paperwork over the years.As warmer weather leads many of us to turn our attention to spring cleaning, it can be tempting for association board members to focus their sights on those dusty old files.Before you toss those folders or sh...
Got Millennials? Embrace Their Association Leadership Potential
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It’s a word sometimes said with disdain – millennial.Millennials are those born anywhere from the early 80s to mid 90s who grew up with cellphones and internet, who understand the terms “screen time” and “YouTube celebrity,” and who may appear to be social media wizards. They’re often referred to ...
HOA's: Follow Your Bylaws & Proper Parliamentary Procedure
We are regularly asked by association clients if it really matters how precisely meeting rules are followed. “Can’t we just vote on this proposal by e-mail?” “What’s the consequence if the meeting notice is not exactly right?” Without exception, our advice is always: FOLLOW THE RULES.As an example of &l...