SB 326 – Mandatory Balcony Inspections

SB 326 requires the association of a condominium project to cause a reasonably competent and diligent visual inspection of exterior elevated elements, defined as the load-bearing components and associated waterproofing […]

Green Issues For Reserve Studies

Published in the ECHO Journal, March 2009 As board members and managing agents have discovered over the last two years, energy costs have become a runaway item that has put […]

El Nino is on its Way!

Published in the ECHO Journal, December 2009 The Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service issued an El Nino Advisory July 9, 2009 for the winter of 2009-2010. El […]

The Ten Biggest Mistakes With Roofing & Waterproofing Projects

Published in the ECHO Journal, January 2010 Roofing replacement and other large waterproofing projects are generally the most costly projects that association boards face. Such projects are done only occasionally […]

Who Fixes What? – Part I

Published in the ECHO Journal, January 2010 One of the most important questions in a homeowner association is “Who fixes what?” On top of this very basic question, others come […]

New Ordinance Requires Repair of Aging Sewer Lines

Published in the ECHO Journal, February 2010 In the aging municipal infrastructure that surrounds the San Francisco Bay, local utilities struggle to maximize water efficiency and minimize environmental impact. But […]

Why Pursue a Loan to Fund Your Major Reconstruction Project

Published in the ECHO Journal, February 2010 There are several ways to fund a major reconstruction project available to homeowners. The most obvious and best is to have adequate reserves […]

Major Reconstruction Projects in Community Associations

Published in the ECHO Journal, June 2010 An Overview of the Unexpected The Big Surprise Every community association will face a major reconstruction project several times in the life of […]

Steps to Managing Your HOA’s Major Construction Project

Managing repair or reconstruction in your association requires frequent communication between all involved parties, an established payment schedule, and proper documentation. Learn how to keep your HOA in the loop […]

Planning and Paying for Major Reconstruction in Your HOA

Homeowner associations are tasked with maintaining the property of the community, and this often entails extensive reconstruction with hefty price tags. Learn how to manage your HOAs money to determine […]