Unforeseen Conditions and Hidden Costs of Construction Projects

Developing a Projected Cost Budget It is not surprising to know that in the initial phases of every proposed construction project, it is the first task of the Construction Manager […]

2017 Legislation – AB 1079 – Annual Policy Statement Distribution Deadlines

Current law requires requires the association to distribute an annual policy statement between 30 to 90 days before the end of the fiscal year. This bill would change the time […]

2015 Legislation – AB 596 – HOAs Must Disclose FHA Status

Updated on 7/6/15: AB 596 proposes to add another disclosure to an HOA’s annual budget report: a statement describing the status of the common interest development as a condominium project approved […]

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 […]

Funding for Large Projects

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2008 Once an association board has made the difficult decision to proceed with a large association project—whether it is to replace the roof, siding, […]

Times Are Tough. Get Creative!

Published in the ECHO Journal, February 2009 The economic crisis facing our country today is undoubtedly impacting everyone. Given the size of the crisis, countless individuals and companies nationwide, including […]

Is Tough Love in Order in 2009?

Published in the ECHO Journal, March 2009 The year 2007 was a tough year for homeowner association boards financially, 2008 was worse, and now in 2009 we are facing even […]

What Happens If A Community Association Fails?

Published in the ECHO Journal, May 2009 Does The Experience In Florida Presage The Future For California? We have written many times about the difficult future of the housing industry […]

Save Money, Save the Planet

Published in the ECHO Journal, August 2009 If you own a home in today’s unstable financial marketplace, you are vulnerable. Fortunately, each dollar we spend on energy efficiency upgrades adds […]

Strategic Planning for HOA Board Members

Most successful businesses embrace the concept of strategic planning to drive the direction, resources, and decisions made in the daily course of doing business. A strategy establishes common goals and […]