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January 2017

Five Tips to Run a Successful Board Meeting in One Hour or Less

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

Board meetings should be meaningful and well-organized affairs. Serving on an association board is voluntary, so the board members involved have a life to live outside of the board. One of the most important things a board can do is hold an effective board meeting to make the best use of time! When conducting your [...]

December 2016

Types of Committees – Part 2

By | December 12th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Welcome back to our two-part series on committees. In the first post, we talked about how committees can benefit an HOA and how to organize them effectively. Today we are going to highlight the various types of committees and hopefully help you identify which are best suited to your needs. There are eight popular types [...]

Five Things to Check for on Your Association’s Gate

By | December 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Just like anything, the only way to keep an automated gate, even a compliant one, in good working condition is to make sure it receives regular inspections by a qualified individual. While we recommended a professional be responsible for all gate inspections, it’s important for board members to have a basic understanding of what to [...]

November 2016

Homeowners Association Reserve Study Infographic

By | November 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

In our last post, we broke down the details on reserve funds in your HOA and how you HOA property management company can help you plan for the future.  We've created this handy infographic to help keep it simple. Happy Planning!   How much does your association need in reserve funds and how can [...]

Reserve Funds: Do You Know How Much Your HOA Needs?

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

How Much Does Your HOA Need? Funding community operations is one of the most important functions of an HOA board. Typically, there are two types of funds in your HOA - operating funds and reserve funds. Operating funds are used to take care of day-to-day operations. Examples of operating funds might be contracted services (gate, [...]

The Value of Committees – Part 1

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A well-managed community is a full time job, but it doesn’t have to be a burden. Instead of burdening the board and community managers with every HOA need, consider using volunteer-based committees. Like board members, volunteers from your community have the best interest of the neighborhood in mind. By leveraging their willingness to help out, [...]

Your Online Homeowner Services

By | November 6th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Getting the Most Out of Your Online Homeowner Services We’ve all experienced frustrating customer service, and at Spectrum we know a lot of people have been or are frustrated with their HOA property management company. That’s why we’ve worked hard to figure out exactly what our clients need and deliver it to them in the [...]

Gated HOA Communities, New Safety Standards

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Gated homeowners association communities can be safer, which is why insurance companies often offer a discount to residents in gated communities. Some gated communities also offer a sense of exclusivity, but the same gate that makes your community desirable can also become a liability if it isn’t maintained properly. According to Liftmaster, one of the [...]

October 2016

All About Political Signs in Your HOA Community

By | October 26th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

With Election Day right around the corner more people are posting political signs in their yards. Regardless of yours or your neighbors’ political opinions, it’s necessary for your community to have rules and procedures around displaying political signage. Most states/cities/counties have laws in place regarding the number and size of political signs people can post [...]

HAM Radio Towers and Antennas in Your HOA Community

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

A Legislative Update on HAM Radio Towers and Antennas in Your Community On July 13, 2016, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce gave its stamp of approval to a compromise version of H.R. 1301, the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Community Associations Institute opposed H.R. 1301 as introduced, which preempted association restrictions on HAM [...]