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  • 4 Disclosures Every Florida Real Estate Seller Must Make 4 Disclosures Every Florida Real Estate Seller Must Make on peytonbolin.comBe sure you’re protected before you make that purchase. The Sunshine State has a booming real estate market, and why not? Sun, sand, and surf are big sellers, and we have plenty of each. It’s tempting to hop into a purchase fast so you don’t miss out, but whether you’re buying residential or commercial property, there are certain obligations that you should be aware of before you sign on the dotted ... Read more...
  • What’s in Your Wallet? Why HOA Boards Can’t Take Liability Insurance Lightly. What’s in Your Wallet? Why HOA Boards Can’t Take Liability Insurance Lightly. on peytonbolin.comThe association board members themselves can be named in lawsuits. A Homeowner’s Association (HOA) is made up of a group of volunteer homeowners. It’s often a thankless task, where the only guaranteed reward is knowing they’ve helped maintain and improve the value of their neighborhood. The last thing your volunteer board members deserve is a personal financial loss as a result of their participation. It’s why community associations absolutely must carry liability ... Read more...
  • Condo or coop: There’s a difference, and you should know it before you buy real estate in Florida Condo or coop: There’s a difference, and you should know it before you buy real estate in Florida on peytonbolin.comYou can buy a condo, but you will never own your coop. Everybody wants to live in Florida, and who can blame them? It’s gorgeous here! Pleasant weather all year long tops the list. Most housing is affordable, too. But not all real estate is created equal. It’s important to know the difference between a condominium (condo) and a cooperative (coop) before you make a real estate purchase. Fortunately, you’ll find condos ... Read more...
  • The Benefits of Open Community Board Meetings The Benefits of Open Community Board Meetings on peytonbolin.comNon-board members at an HOA board meeting bring several benefits Any member of your association can attend board meetings except when the board adjourns for an executive meeting. So when your board members seem less than enthused about those non-members’ attendance, remind them of the benefits. You develop stronger communities When non-board members attend a HOA board meeting, it strengthens the ties that bind the community together. People get to know each other’s names, ... Read more...
  • Your Association Community Association Manager’s Role in Getting Work Done Your Association Community Association Manager’s Role in Getting Work Done on peytonbolin.comYou’ve filled the position for a community association manager…now what can you expect? “A community association manager has the opportunity to create a sense of community that people really love and that enriches the community living experience,” writes PeytonBolin’s founder, Jane Bolin, in her book, Mastering the Business of Your Association: No More Condo Commando. Creating that community, however, isn’t for the lazy, weak, or shy. What your community association manager needs to ... Read more...
  • Think Like a CEO: What Successful Home Association Presidents Do Successful CEOs and association presidents have a lot more in common than you may think To be an association president who inspires and leads a board, you must approach your responsibilities with professionalism. The role shouldn’t be something to be half-heartedly filled or the last item on your daily to-do list. Being association president is an honor, and you respect that position when you lead a drama-free, united and benevolent association. One way ... Read more...
  • Keep It Moving: How Community Associations Plan for a Successful Future One Year at a Time Keep It Moving: How Community Associations Plan for a Successful Future One Year at a Time on peytonbolin.comThink ahead, plan strategically, and get everyone on board for a bright future.   Many association boards have no real vision for their community or any goals that they are working toward. Essentially, they operate in a month-to-month mentality, addressing issues as they arise and focusing on homeowners and property values. Although that’s understandable, the boards that view themselves as a business and run their association as one are more likely to ... Read more...
  • Best Practices: What is a “CAM” and How to Choose the Right One for Your Association Best Practices: What is a “CAM” and How to Choose the Right One for Your Association on peytonbolin.comTrusted advisor or administrative assistant? An important distinction! For Association Boards, a CAM (Community Association Manager) is the one trusted advisor that you’ll likely use more than any of the others. In many states, CAMs have passed a test, are licensed, and invest in continuing education to keep their certification current. If your board is looking into enlisting the services of a CAM, here is a look at what they do, ... Read more...
  • It’s OK to Raise Fees: Strategic Increases in HOA Dues Can Help Owners, Not Hurt Them It’s OK to Raise Fees: Strategic Increases in HOA Dues Can Help Owners, Not Hurt Them on peytonbolin.comIf done right, you’ll get everyone on board and increase property values. It’s never fun. But creating and managing the budget for your HOA is a responsibility that all boards have to contend with. And setting association dues is part of the deal—sometimes the part that makes you feel unpopular among homeowners. What HOA boards need to keep in mind and convey to their homeowners is that raising fees is not ... Read more...
  • Business is Never Personal: How to Keep Your Community Association Board Meetings Drama Free Business is Never Personal: How to Keep Your Community Association Board Meetings Drama Free on peytonbolin.comBetter, more effective meetings are in your future—if you follow these tips. We’ve all been there. Stuck in a meeting where two or more people get into a heated discussion or worse, a flat-out shouting match. It’s unpleasant, yes; but more importantly, it’s unprofessional and downright disruptive. Many HOA boards have experienced this type of an eruption, often because board members have an emotional stake in the outcome of whatever’s being ... Read more...
  • Protecting Your Biz: How do community associations legally cover themselves? Protecting Your Biz: How do community associations legally cover themselves? on peytonbolin.comWhy investing in the legal side of your community association early on is a sound practice.   Don’t wait until you’re faced with a legal crisis. Community Associations, just like businesses, need to ensure that they are legally protected at all times. They are responsible for governing the community, ensuring that owners and/or tenants follow the rules and the covenants, conditions and restrictions that are set forth in their bylaws. And as a ... Read more...
  • HOA Involvement in Keeping the Community Safe HOA Involvement in Keeping the Community Safe on peytonbolin.comImportant details for associations to consider when purchasing or updating security for the community. There’s no doubt that having an active security program within your community is an attractive benefit to homeowners. Ensuring the safety of the homes and common areas is a priority that everyone can agree upon. For the association that is looking into adding or updating their security system, there are several things to consider before making any ... Read more...
  • 5 Effective Ways to Engage Board Members with Short Fuses 5 Effective Ways to Engage Board Members with Short Fuses on peytonbolin.comTroublemakers beware: there’s no room for unprofessional behavior on HOA boards. Power struggles happen. In business, in life, and most certainly in HOA boards. While not all association boards have issues with members that have short tempers, many face this dynamic and struggle to gain control of their meetings much less to get goals accomplished. And although no one can control another’s emotions or responses, you can maintain control over your ... Read more...
  • For Community Associations, One Person Can Make a Big Difference For Community Associations, One Person Can Make a Big Difference onGrab the bull by the horns and get your board moving in the right direction. While having a board comprised of enthusiastic team players is a powerful way to run your association, it really only takes one person to get things going and start the process of transforming your association into a business model that will ultimately make it the most effective. If you’re that person, here’s how to take the ... Read more...
  • Pieces to the Puzzle: How Home Owner Associations Can Increase Efficiency Pieces to the Puzzle: How Home Owner Associations Can Increase Efficiency on peytonbolin.com5 easy to implement business practices that will greatly improve the way your board operates.   Successful and efficient community associations have one thing in common: they view themselves and conduct their boards as a business. The reality is HOAs are not-for-profit businesses that are subject to the same requirements as any other business. The real issue for many associations is figuring out how to run their boards the same way they would ... Read more...