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    Top 6 HOA Meeting Protocol Tips

    Every HOA board meeting should be one that pushes a community in the direction of positive progress. A great meeting doesn’t just come together on its own but is molded through the adherence of tried and tested practices of an experienced HOA management team. When your board is planning its next open meeting, make sure that it has these six meeting protocols in place to ensure a productive session. 1.  Don’t Veer From Your Agenda The average board meeting should last about an hour

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    How to Create a Winning Social Media Strategy for Your HOA

    Social media can be a key tool to bringing a community together and getting the right information out to your neighborhood. However, perfecting social media isn’t as simple as picking a platform and starting your first post. In order for social media to be effective and follow legal guidelines for public entities like an association, a social media strategy should be your first step towards implementing social media into your business practices. Here’s a look into what you and your HOA

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    What are the Top 6 Benefits of Living in an HOA

    When many people think about living in an HOA, concerns about restrictive covenants and regular dues come to mind. While these features of an association can seem daunting to outsiders, the truth is that they bring a lot of benefits to owners that do invest in HOA-managed properties. Here’s a look at the top 6 benefits that owners gain when they choose to live within a planned community. 1.  You Earn a True Sense of Community Simply put, an association makes meeting people and making friends

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    How to Plan for Exterior Alterations in an HOA

    Spring is in full swing in Dallas, and after the harsh freeze that rounded out our winter, it’s no surprise that many owners plan on making some exterior improvements while the weather is warm. While exterior renovations are always a great way to start off the spring season, if you are an owner in an HOA, completing a project isn’t as easy as a split decision and getting started. With most renovations or exterior alterations, an application with plans must be submitted to your

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  • businessman holding coins putting in glass. concept saving money for finance accounting

    What Do Your HOA Fees Actually Cover?

    Everyone knows that part of being an HOA member is paying community dues. Whether the payments are monthly or annually, they must be paid in order for your association’s board to put the money towards community projects and maintenance. Many owners view HOA fees as a negative item and feel that their money only goes towards filling someone else’s pockets. Fortunately, that’s not the case, and the team at Excel Association Management is prepared to dig into the details. Here’s a closer

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  • Happy volunteer family putting their hands together on a sunny day

    Strategies for Recruiting Reliable HOA Volunteers

    Your association’s success depends on committee volunteers and exciting events that bring the community together and encourage potential owners to get involved in their community. However, recruiting new volunteers to give up time during what’s already a busy week can be difficult. Usually, a simple “Join Us!” sign won’t bring in the most ideal candidates for your volunteer needs. If your HOA management team is looking for eager volunteers to spearhead a community block party or join

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    How to Prepare For An HOA Disciplinary Hearing

    An HOA violation is something no homeowner wants to receive in the mail. However, violations happen and one of the most common approaches to resolution is a disciplinary hearing. While this may seem like an unnecessary scolding to an association homeowner or tenant, following the community’s regulations is paramount. Common ground must be found, and disciplinary hearings serve as an official setting where the board and tenants can communicate and come to terms with the correction of a

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    Tips for Hiring the Perfect Landscaping Vendor This Spring

    Texans can feel the sun of spring just around the corner. Now is the time for HOAs to start planning out landscaping and maintenance vendors for the seasons where curb appeal truly counts. If you are a board member who wants to get your association’s landscaping in top shape but don’t have a contracted vendor, here are some tips for hiring the perfect landscaping team for your association this spring. Figure Out What Your Community Needs Before you even start soliciting bids or even looking

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  • Carpenter working with technical blueprint drawing construction paper lying on outdoor

    5 Things to Know Before Home Renovations in an HOA

    Spring is just around the corner and many homeowners in HOA communities may have some big renovation plans to spice up the look of their home. Keep in mind, that even something as seemingly simple as replacing a front yard gate is a renovation that must be well-planned. Homeowners across the state hear horror stories about working on a large home renovation and mid-way, the HOA board comes calling to shut the unauthorized project down and potentially issue a fine. However, there is always a

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  • How to Craft an Effective HOA Violations Letter

    Excel Association Management knows that one of the essential elements of being on the board of directors for your HOA is dealing with homeowner violations. Issues that involve the breaking of association rules and regulations are delicate and require a well-worded violation letter to ensure that steps towards proper resolution are taken. Let’s find out why violation letters are such an important part of your responsibilities and how you and your management team can craft a violation letter

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