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Homeowners Association

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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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 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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What To Do When A Resident Actively Harms Community Life

Although HOA neighborhoods are well-known for their harmonious community ecosystems, neighborly disagreements sometimes do happen. We’re all unique individuals with life experiences, political beliefs, and current circumstances that can make our opinions differ. With the help of great HOA management and property management services, though, minor squabbles can easily be sorted out. That’s the beauty of an HOA: through a larger entity that has the welfare of the community as a whole at heart, arguments tend to be resolved more quickly than in non-HOA neighborhoods. Generally speaking, everyone lives in harmony!

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Running a Clean and Sanitized Neighborhood

HOAs are put in place in a neighborhood to create a community with a high standard of living; it’s unarguable. What’s also unarguable is the need for sanitation practices in such a neighborhood, especially in the wake of the Coronavirus. Poor cleanliness in community amenities and the streets alike creates the perfect environment for germs of all sorts to grow, and a sick neighborhood is certainly not a happy one. Moreover, it’s a bit hard to feel satisfied living in a place that’s unsanitary.

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Keeping Spring Gatherings Safe and Clean (Without Ruining the Fun)

Whether or not social distancing guidelines are still in effect for your state, spring is the perfect time for a friendly gathering—virtual or otherwise. This is especially true for HOA neighborhoods. When you live in such a tight-knit community, it’s hard not to want to get together and celebrate as the Minnesota weather warms. HOA management across the state is probably busy scheming up clever and sanitary ways to keep community bonds strong during these stressful, turbulent times.

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How to Run an Ethical HOA

There’s a stereotype about HOA management that many boards are aware of: that HOAs are tyrannical, rule-obsessed organizations with little actual regard for residents’ wellbeing or satisfaction. As a provider of property management services ourselves, we’ve previously discussed why this line of thinking is absolutely that: a stereotype that holds little basis in the reality of many HOAs. If your board is striving to run things selflessly, you can rest assured that you’re doing all you can to make your neighbors’ lives in your community the best they can be.

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Spring Event Ideas for Your HOA

As the birds begin to sing again and the snow begins to melt, it’s time for your neighborhood to shake off the dust of winter and stride confidently into the warmer months. Spring has sprung! Warmer outdoor weather makes the perfect backdrop for community bonding experiences. Take if from Gassen, a provider of property management services. You might not even need to take it from us, though—can’t you just taste that feeling of potential and openness spring weather brings with it?

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Keeping your HOA’s Kids Safe in the Spring

As the warm weather spreads out over Minnesota, it’s common to get a little bit of spring fever, especially if you’re a kid! Springtime means longer days, more time to play outside with friends, and generally more room to run. Your HOA is bound to see an uptick in your youth resident’s outdoor activities as April rolls around.

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