How to Effectively Use Methods of Communication in Your HOA

The Dilemma of Communication One of the biggest challenges for managers and boards of directors is to deal with both mundane and serious situations on a daily basis. If the […]

20 Questions: Independent Contractor or Employee?

The rules that define contractor or employee relationships are confusing, involving common law, employment law, and tax law. These 20 questions will help you determine whether your HOA service provider […]

How to Plan Your HOA’s Budget

Budgeting in condo associations and other HOAs takes planning: gathering the right disclosure documents, anticipating rate changes in utilities and insurance, and following the Davis-Stirling Act. Get started with all […]

Presidential Buffet

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2007 Many excellent and learned treatises are available on how to be a good board member and more specifically a good and effective president […]

Legislative Alert

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2007 To All Concerned with the Health of Common Interest Developments: The Executive Council of Homeowners (ECHO), on behalf of its more than 1,550 community […]

HOA Records Security: Protecting Homeowners’ Personal Information

How prepared is your HOA or management company in today’s high technology world of information? Have you taken the time to evaluate if association data are in compliance with the […]

HOA Transfer Fees

Published in the ECHO Journal, September 2007 A common question from purchasers of property in homeowner associations and the realtors who sell them is: “Why are the transfer fee and […]

Neighbor Disputes

Published in the ECHO Journal, September 2007   There was a time when boards were advised to stay out of neighbor to neighbor disputes. Unfortunately, the legislature and the courts […]

Letters To The Editor: Stealth Reserves Uncovered

Published in the ECHO Journal, September 2007 Editor’s Note: The May 2007 issue of the ECHO Journal included an article titled “Stealth Reserves” by attorney Tyler Berding. In the article […]

Waterproof Decks

Published in the ECHO Journal, September 2007 Waterproof decks are high on the list of the top ten building component items named in lawsuits as being defective despite the fact […]