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How to Know if Your Volunteer Board is Overstressed

HOA board members work hard: it’s common knowledge. From scheduling community event to collecting payments on time, their days are filled with chaos, and they don’t even get paid for it! While it’s wonderful to be hardworking, there can come a time wherein an HOA board bites off a little more than it can chew—a time in which a volunteer board becomes overwrought with responsibilities and could definitely use the help of property management services.

Dealing with an Opinionated HOA Member

You hate seeing them at board meetings. They always drag their neighborhood concerns into non-regulated-related events like cookouts. It’s the local hardheaded HOA member, and dealing with them is just like herding cats.

Co-Ops, Condos, and Townhomes: A Comparison

If you’re new to living underneath HOA management, you may hear a ton of foreign terms thrown around by board members and fellow residents alike. It can leave you feeling quite confused, left behind, and altogether alienated—the exact opposite of how any HOA should make you feel.

Building Community in HOA Neighborhoods Through Winterization

Fall is here! While many of us love basking in the picturesque colors of a Minnesotan autumn, for others, the season means picking up the slack to prepare for colder weather. HOA neighborhoods have a lot on their plates; winters here are long, frigid, and damaging to property values all across the state. Not to mention that below-zero temperatures can put a damper on community morale.

So Your Rulebook Didn’t Fix Your HOA Dispute. Now What?

In any homeowners association (HOA), no matter how great the HOA management is, spats between members are bound to happen. When there are strong feelings about the community’s well-being, it sometimes can be difficult to mitigate the resulting tempers! Luckily, a well-written rulebook can quickly and judiciously resolve these arguments and keep your HOA running smoothly.

How to Help a Struggling Family in Your HOA Neighborhood

Homeowners associations (HOAs) are wonderful community-building organizations. They create bonds over the universal sense of pride that comes from working together to maintain a beautiful neighborhood. However, despite the high sense of morale a good HOA management instills in its community, there undoubtedly will be times when individual families struggle with their personal lives—that is, their lives outside of HOA activities that the rest of the community might not fully see.

Dealing with an HOA member whose House Violates Protocol

Homeowners associations (HOAs) often pride themselves on their ability to keep property values in their neighborhoods high. However, they also are important community-building organizations. Through the planning of events and letting everyone have a voice, they foster tight bonds between community members.

A Property Management Company Defined

If you’re a new member of an HOA or are just familiarizing yourself with the industry in general, you may have seen the term “property management services” appear quite a bit. What, you may wonder, does this even mean? The term can suggest anything from real estate management to online property management. Furthermore, some property management companies use the term to mean many of these things at once—and then they won’t tell you exactly what they mean. No wonder you may be confused!

Who’s Who in an HOA?

If you’re a new homeowner in an HOA, we at Gassen understand that it all can be a little overwhelming; you might feel like a child starting a new school: a little excited, a little lonely, and most of all, lost. There are quite a few new rules you need to keep up with—rules your old neighborhood didn’t have in place.

Summertime Landscaping Guidance for Your HOA

Whether you hire a contractor or make it a volunteer affair, summertime landscaping should always be a priority for your HOA. Colorful flowers and manicured lawns make property values soar—not to mention leave the air smelling fresh and sweet.

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