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Online Meetings: When & How (Part 1 - Board Meetings)
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In our latest "Ask the Experts" webinar series, we invited attorney Steven Black with Black, Slaughter & Black, P.A., to discuss several options for holding board meetings and conducting association business in this time of social distancing. Though your board must ultimately decide what is best for the association, it is cr...
Covid-19 Webinar: The Next Normal - Lifting Stay-at-Home Orders & The Impact on Community Associatio...
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This live Q&A features attorney Jim Slaughter and community association industry experts Kelly Zibell and Eric Henning. In this video they discuss opening your association’s common elements, when and how to safely do so and what that process might look like. This information, as well as the FAQs they go over, is essential for yo...
How Association Leaders Are Pivoting Their Organizations – Notes From Our Covid19 Executive Leader...
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Content provided by Association Universe. Original article can be found here.Last week we hosted a COVID-19 Roundtable with association executives and asked them what was working, and what was not working, in various areas of their operations. There was a lot of valuable information shared that we compiled into an executive summary a...
Community Association Meetings: What You Need to Know
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For those who own property in homeowners’ associations, it is important to understand the different types of association meetings that take place throughout the year. It is especially important that board members not only understand the different types of meetings but the rules surrounding who can and should attend these meetings, h...
Best Practices for Homeowner Association Directors and Boards
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Approximately 65 million Americans reside in a subdivision, condominium complex, or other planned community which is governed by a community association. The typical community association is governed by a board of directors comprised of volunteers who are elected by their fellow owners.  The directors manage the corporate affair...
How to Handle Increasing Member Assessments
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Having a proper, fiscally responsible budget in place is necessary for the successful operation of any homeowner’s association. Just as with any budget, income and expenses must be considered - for an HOA, this income mainly comes in the form of owner assessments. When projecting yearly expenses for an association, those serving on ...
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 ...

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