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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...
The Role of the Community Manager
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Those living in communities with homeowners’ associations may sometimes wonder what exactly is the role of the community manager versus the role of the board of directors. Put simply, an HOA's board of directors is akin to a municipality's board of aldermen or commissioners and a community manager's role is something lik...
What to do About HOA/Condo Finances & Assessments During the Coronavirus
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Content provided by Jim Slaughter of Black Slaughter & Black, PA. Original article can be found here.Questions to our firm about how homeowner and condominium associations should respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic have come in waves.  When news of the virus broke, we were asked by HOAs and condos how to keep homeowner...
Annual Budget Preparations for Your Association
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Those serving on HOA boards need to have a keen understanding of how essential a balanced budget is to the success of their associations. Drafting and ratifying a budget can often seem like a daunting task for board members. However, if the proper steps are followed and all prudent information is taken into consideration, budgeting for yo...
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...
Making Meetings Count: How to Reach a Quorum Through Proxies
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Annual and special meetings require homeowner votes for new board members, assessment increases, capital improvement projects, and amendments to the association’s governing documents. The goal is to reach a quorum—a minimum number of members who must be present for business to be validly transacted.Some community associations ...
When Your Association Should Consider a Buydown Policy
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Insurance coverage is one of the many important aspects of managing and protecting community assets that HOA boards of directors must keep in mind. If associations are faced with large deductibles, one option to consider is a buydown deductible policy. Buydown insurance policies can sometimes prove to be a great benefit to homeowner&rsquo...

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