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HOA Spring Landscaping

HOA Spring Landscaping: It’s Not Just Trimming the Trees

Spring is just around the corner. How’s your landscaping? Now is the best time to look at the “spring cleaning” matters in landscaping.   As a homeowner in an HOA, look around your property’s landscaping, then ask yourself……   Do your plants just need trimming maintenance? Arizona Municipal Water Association gives these easy tips for […]

Arizona HOA Board Education

The Importance of Ongoing HOA Board Education

Serving on the board of your homeowners association is going to feel like a totally new and unique experience. Despite previous experience serving on any board, non-profit or for-profit, get ready for a new ride! An HOA (homeowners association or community association) is complex, diverse, and multi-faceted. It’s consistently changing as new state laws, new […]

How the HOA Board Uses Social Media

Facebook Vs. Nextdoor. Why Your HOA Board Needs to Know the Difference

Did you know that almost 50% of Americans don’t know the names of their neighbors? (Reference: CAI – July 2017 Newsletter) As an HOA management company, it’s our responsibility to support and encourage communication within the community association. We have always encouraged getting to know your neighbors. But like the rest of us, when we go […]

Social Media in the HOA

Are HOA’s Liable for Online Comments? The Answer May Surprise You.

Before you jump right in, please reference our Social Media in the HOA, Part 1, which is a quick lesson on different platforms HOA’s are typically using as online forums! Are HOA’s liable for what’s posted in online community forums? Well, it depends. We have outlined 3 quick tips on protecting yourself, and your HOA […]

Why Your HOA Needs a Collections Policy

Why Your HOA Needs a Written Collections Policy

Some Homeowners Associations are lucky enough to have minimal collections concerns. However some, are constantly dealing the delinquency of homeowners falling behind on dues. No matter where your HOA sits on this spectrum, it is vital for your community to have a written collection policy documented for the HOA, and a managing partner to handle […]

2017 Top Ten List on Arizona Open Meeting Law

Here it is! The list you’ve all been waiting for! We have compiled the absolute “need to know” bullet points about Open Meeting Law for Arizona Homeowners Associations.   Arizona Open Meeting Law is in place to protect the health of the homeowners association, by protecting members from being excluded and deterring any “secret” decision […]

Best Practices for Passing an HOA Budget

Best Practices for Passing an HOA Budget

Has your 2017 HOA budget passed?   If not, what needs to happen to pass the budget? Does the HOA Board just need a consensus vote? Is it time to increase assessments?   First, check your governing documents. These describe the manner in which the HOA budget is adopted each year. In most associations, the […]

Arizona HOA Blog and Advice

How Well Did You Communicate The HOA Rule?

Every HOA has rules. Every HOA Board has to create rules, and get compliance from community members. Seems easy, right? Usually never. Why? Because communication falls through or falls flat. Hopefully, when HOA rules are written they are not overly intrusive to begin with. But, more importantly they are clearly communicated. When the rule is […]

PDS Blog | HOA Budgets

HOA Budgets – The Right Way (An Insiders Guide)

It’s that time again. BUDGETS. Arizona HOA Management Company, Planned Development Services, starts the upcoming year budgets, in August (of the preceding year). Planned Development Services works in tandem with our Arizona HOA boards on their upcoming budgets. Here’s an inside look at the steps we follow, so you can prepare your HOA and understand […]

HOA Board "Burn Out"

Help! How Do I Fix our HOA Volunteer Burn-Out?

“Looks like you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.” “I wouldn’t say I’ve been MISSING it, Bob.” The exchange between a by-the-book HR consultant and burned-out employee in 1999’s cult classic “Office Space” may be one of the best illustrations of burnout in recent cinematic history. And though the movie brings laughs, it’s only […]