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Fun and Safe End-Of-Summer HOA Activities

Even during the Coronavirus, HOA management or property management services can plan activities to keep neighborhoods close.

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Dealing with an Outdoor Bug Problem in Your HOA

Property management services and general HOA management teams alike know how problematic bugs can be to an HOA neighborhood.

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What to Know Before Moving into an HOA Neighborhood

If you’re one of the families who has taken advantage of the phenomenal real estate market recently, congratulations! We at Gassen would like to commend you, from the bottom of our hearts, on your move. You’re moving up in the world if you’re relocating to a neighborhood overseen by HOA management. We promise you won’t regret your decision. By maintaining high property values and providing a framework for the creation of strong community bonds, neighborhoods with well-run property management services boost the quality of living for each and every one of their residents. Get ready for your community life to drastically improve for the better.

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Ideal Skills for an HOA Board Member

Though anyone who has enough passion and drive can work in HOA management, just like in any other field, certain skills will make one more successful in it. After all, volunteering one’s time for the extensive process of running a neighborhood takes a certain special something. But don’t fret—this isn’t to say that that “certain special something” cannot be cultivated! Again, as is similar to other fields, nobody is born with all the skills they need to be great at this occupation. They are fostered and grown over time through educational opportunities, on-the-job experience, and learning from one’s mistakes.

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How to Improve Your HOA Board

The mark of a truly great HOA management team is that it constantly seeks to improve. No matter how high-quality property management services your team provides, striving to always do better ensure you create a strong community for your residents and that your property values remain as high as they can.

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How to Help Your Residents Learn New Online Property Management Technology

Technology doesn’t come naturally to everybody! As much as it can improve lives and make difficult things easy, it also can render complicated things that used to be simple and create headaches where once none existed. This line of thinking applies to tech of all sorts, of course, but it applies doubly to online property management services. Residents need a straightforward way to pay their HOA dues, and HOA management needs a simple way to collect them. Both parties also need an easy way to keep in contact with community events. While great technology can facilitate these, it’s worse than useless if nobody understands how it works!

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Preparing your HOA For an Uncertain Fall

Though the current global health circumstances are certainly stressful, time stops for nobody. Your HOA must be prepared for the fall season (even if said fall season is an unconventional one, thanks to the Coronavirus). This means financial planning, landscaping, coming up with potential event ideas—all the things that HOA management historically has taken on to keep your community looking good and feeling great. Easier said than done, or so you might think. How are you to plan for things when the future is so uncertain right now? You might be so focused on holding community life together at the moment that working ahead seems impossible.

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Peacefully Collecting HOA Dues: The Basics

Homeowners dues: almost nobody in HOA management likes to talk about them with residents. That said, they remain an integral part of keeping your HOA running, no matter if you use property management services or not. They make HOA life possible—community amenities, high property values, neighborhood bashes and all. Yes, they can be a sticky subject, but let’s not think of dues as a completely negative thing. Without them, everything from the board to the bonds your residents have forged probably wouldn’t exist.

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How to Keep Your Community Close While Social Distancing

Though some form of quarantine for many is necessary to protect themselves and the health of the general public, keeping isolated is a challenge for many HOAs. These communities tend to be focused on forging tight public bonds and hold in the high value and togetherness that community brings. It’s difficult to foster that coveted feeling of neighborhood closeness when meeting in large groups is ill-advised, even if your HOA management is tech-savvy and forward-thinking. Sometimes virtual meetings through apps just aren’t enough. After all, nothing can replace face-to-face contact.

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How to Get Residents Involved in Feedback and Discussions

The very point of HOA management is to give residents a voice regarding what goes on in their neighborhoods, and the board can—and definitely should—take the opinions of those it oversees into account when implementing bylaws or handling disputes. Running an HOA neighborhood is a community effort, and the board relies on the opinions of that community being voiced to make decisions that reflect its wants and needs.

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