Take care of a barking dog before it violates code – Article by AZCentral.com

Question: How can you resolve a barking-dog incident before it becomes a code violation? Answer: Spring’s mild temperaturess lure many to crack open their windows and doors to let the cool breeze inside. This season is also a favorite time for four-legged pals to lounge around our backyards. While this welcome weather is a pleasure, … Continue reading

FCC Satellite and Antenna Regulations-the OTARD Rule – Article by neighborhoodlink.com

Community associations were once free to adopt and enforce restrictions and regulations on satellite dishes and other types of antennas. Following the enactment of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, federal law preempted all state, local and other non-governmental restrictions regulating satellites and antennas, thus, the landscape for community and condominium associations was significantly changed. In … Continue reading

The Association Calendar: Guide to Important Dates – Article by Neighborhoodlink.com

As board members change from year to year, it can be difficult to keep track of due dates for various association responsibilities . . . such as when the association audit should be completed, when the sprinklers were last checked, when the annual meeting should be held according to the governing documents, or when legal … Continue reading

How Foreclosures Work – Article’s by Charles W. Bryant & Foreclosurequestionsguru.com

 You made smart decisions on the path to realizing your dream of homeownership. You prioritized your spending and saved enough money for a small down payment. Your mortgage broker was creative, accommodating and worked out a loan that fit your budget. You signed the closing papers, got the keys, moved in and settled into what … Continue reading

HOA Reserve Study Tutorial – Article by Richard Thompson

Every homeowner association should exercise a plan to repair and replace major common area components like roofs, siding, and decks. Healthy reserves are critical to a healthy association because: Buyers examine the Reserves before buying  Lenders examine the Reserves before approving a loan  The board has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the association from financial … Continue reading

Short Sales Explained – Article by StockMarketsReview.com

Definition: Simply put, a Short Sale occurs when a homes market value is less then the outstanding mortgage debt plus sales costs (sometimes called an upside down Mortgage. The mortgage bank(s) must agree to write-off a portion of the outstanding loan debt resulting in a short payoff. Short Sale Example: For example, if a home … Continue reading

Condo Association or HOA Collection Policies for Fees and Assessments – Article by CondoAssociation.com

Assessments are the life-blood of condo associations and HOAs.  Yet only in a very fortunate few condo associations can collection of assessments be left to a laissez faire process.  Most condo associations need to have a cohesive and consistent collection process to thrive and not merely survive. This article deals not only with the process … Continue reading

Can HOA or Condo Boards or Managers Count Ballots? – Article by Beth Grimm, P.L.C.

“Is there any legal requirements that HOA elections be handled by someone other than the Management Company and Board of Director?”  There is a law on elections in California and it is very comprehensive (long, complicated and in ways difficult to interpret). But what it says on the subject of who can act as an … Continue reading

Delinquent Assessment Collections by Homeowner Association Boards: Why Small Claims Court May Offer a Most Efficient Means to Collect – Article by R. Bruce Crowe, Esq.

            It is likely not news to most homeowner association boards of directors that the economic downturn over the past couple of years has resulted in a substantial increase in the number of delinquent assessment payments made by individual members of many associations. The necessity for the boards to collect assessments is mandated because the … Continue reading

The Controlling Director – Article by Neighborhood Link

  How many of us have experienced the board member who wants to control all aspects of his or her community association’s operation from finances to personnel to housekeeping? This controlling person just doesn’t want to accept that there is a division of responsibility in the operation of an association. How do you handle such … Continue reading

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