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HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 30, 2019 8:50:23 AM

We all hear the Homeowner Association horror stories, because those are the ones that make catchy headlines. The truth is that at least 4 out of 5 of associations in the US are quietly humming along, keeping community order and preserving local home values. The remaining 20% give us a list of scary stories to celebrate the nightmare of suburbia created by dysfunctional HOA boards, predatory vendors, and petty neighbors alike, here are 3 stories:

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Topics: Property Management, HOA Violations, Community, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance, HOA

Just Follow The Rules

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Sep 19, 2019 9:27:24 AM

Governing bodies are charged with oversight. In order to prevent oversight from becoming overreach, and even downright tyranny, transparency and accountability are key. Homeowners associations, as governing bodies, must work to preserve visibility into the work of Board Members and Managers alike. An overzealous Board Member, disorganized Manager, or belligerent homeowner can do a lot of damage to the community. A simple internet search returns countless “HOA horror stories” with a couple of common themes: 1. Abuse of power by the Manager or Board (or individual Board Member) and 2. Ignorance of or disregard for the rules detailed in the association’s governing documents on the part of Homeowners, Board Members, and/or the Manager. Here is a real-life horror story pulled from the headlines for each of these themes and a summary of how effective use of software may have prevented the drama.

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Topics: HOA Compliance, architectural reviews, portals, architecturals, community link

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 31, 2018 8:11:00 AM

We all hear the Homeowner Association horror stories, because those are the ones that make catchy headlines. The truth is that at least 4 out of 5 of associations in the US are quietly humming along, keeping community order and preserving local home values. The remaining 20% give us a list of scary stories to celebrate the nightmare of suburbia created by dysfunctional HOA boards, predatory vendors, and petty neighbors alike, here are 3 stories:

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Topics: Property Management, HOA Violations, Community, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance, HOA

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 26, 2017 8:15:00 AM

We all hear the Homeowner Association horror stories, because those are the ones that make catchy headlines. The truth is that at least 4 out of 5 of associations in the US are quietly humming along, keeping community order and preserving local home values. The remaining 20% give us a list of scary stories to celebrate the nightmare of suburbia created by dysfunctional HOA boards, predatory vendors, and petty neighbors alike, here are 3 stories:

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Topics: Property Management, HOA Violations, Community, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance, HOA

Is Your Mobile App Smart?

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 25, 2017 8:05:00 AM

Compliance enforcement is a big deal. As a property manager, you probably have 5-10 (or more) associations to take care of and you spend a lot of time and effort on compliance. Boards need your help to crack down on CC&R violations, and laws all over the country are becoming stricter when it comes to notifying homeowners and escalating violations to fines. This requires you to be consistent and precise while driving neighborhoods and visually inspecting hundreds or thousands of homes each week. You need software to help you keep track of it all and a reliable mobile app to capture violations. You have a few software options to choose from, but what really is the smart choice? Here’s a quick list of what we think is smart to look for and some dumb things to avoid in mobile violations apps:

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Topics: Mobile App, uManage, HOA Violations, HOA Compliance

For the Common Good

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the new President takes office and the political chips fall where they may, we have an opportunity to assess what we value personally and for our communities; to focus on what common interests and goals unite us. Our political systems are imperfect and incapable of appeasing every individual, but they operate on the principles of majority rule, checks and balances, common good, and public service. While on a scale that is probably less than “micro” compared to the federal government, our HOAs can be seen as a microcosm of government, operating on these same principles. Let’s explore each of these principles of governance as they pertain to HOAs and their boards of directors: 

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Topics: Community, HOA Compliance, HOA, cloud, eVoting, online voting, elections

3 Things You Need For Mobile Compliance

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Nov 9, 2016 7:33:00 AM

1. Must be truly mobile: 
Some compliance programs run in a mobile web-browser, which means that internet connection must be strong and uninterrupted for the program to function. An application that is “truly mobile” lives locally in the mobile device.  While true mobile applications may require internet connection to download data and synchronize captured violations, they offer the luxury of working even in rural, remote, or developing areas.  With browser-based mobile website applications, you run the risk of losing your work, or being unable to continue working when your connection is weak.  With a true mobile application, you have the stability and versatility of working offline and syncing with the main database later.

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Topics: Property Management, Mobile App, uManage, HOA Compliance

HOA Horror Stories – Happy Halloween!

Posted by Sarah Sukta on Oct 12, 2016 7:35:00 AM

We all hear the Homeowner Association horror stories, because those are the ones that make catchy headlines. The truth is that at least 4 out of 5 of associations in the US are quietly humming along, keeping community order and preserving local home values. The remaining 20% give us a list of scary stories to celebrate the nightmare of suburbia created by dysfunctional HOA boards, predatory vendors, and petty neighbors alike, here are 3 stories:

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Topics: Property Management, HOA Violations, Community, self managed HOA, HOA Compliance, HOA

Signs of the Times – Legal Action Could be The End of Days for HOAs

Posted by Chris Kelsey on Oct 5, 2016 7:35:00 AM

In June of this year, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a small church in Gilbert, AZ in its suit brought against the city for restrictions that limited the display of signs for its services. The Court cited the First Amendment in ruling that city regulations regarding size and display times of signs could not be distinguished by sign content. Whether political propaganda or religious service parking instructions, all signs must adhere to the same sets of regulations.
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Topics: HOA Compliance, HOA

3 Mobile Compliance Must-Haves

Posted by Chris Kelsey on May 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

1. Must be truly mobile: 
Some compliance programs run in a mobile web-browser, which means that internet connection must be strong and uninterrupted for the program to function. An application that is “truly mobile” lives locally in the mobile device.  While true mobile applications may require internet connection to download data and synchronize captured violations, they offer the luxury of working even in rural, remote, or developing areas.  With browser-based mobile website applications, you run the risk of losing your work, or being unable to continue working when your connection is weak.  With a true mobile application, you have the stability and versatility of working offline and syncing with the main database later.

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Topics: Property Management, Mobile App, uManage, HOA Compliance