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5 PLUMBING TIPS FOR ALL HOA MEMBERS! Thanks so much for taking the time to read our helpful advice on Plumbing in an HOA.  As you know, living in an apartment or condo, pipes are shared amongst tenants. To keep them operationally sound, here are a few tips that will help keep our pipes working best. 1. SINKS AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Use cold water when running the disposal and never put …Read More

Good Advice to HOA Board Members…Remember, someone is always watching

At a recent graduation I attended, out of nowhere comes a drone flying over the entire class. The principle, clearly surprised, took a moment and used it in his speech to the new graduates. He reminded them that nearly at all times now, someone is always watching. How does this pertain to you as a board director on your HOA board? Well, even in casual conversations with neighbors and other …Read More

now illegal to fine or punish those in HOA’s who do not water their lawn

Governor Brown has signed into law that it is now illegal to fine or punish those in HOA’s who do not water their lawn amid growing concerns about California’s water crisis. California has been in a severe drought now for over two years and new water laws have been popping up all over Southern California. In some cities watering your lawn can only take place on certain days during certain …Read More

We’re in a severe drought in California…should we drain our association pool?

To drain or not to drain…that is the question. Typically, associations drain pools to fix cosmetic surfaces…the tile, paving, or to get the pool re-plastered. Regardless of the association decision, take these few considerations into mind: An empty pool can be an eye sore. Residents tend to care about their surroundings…will this affect potential buyers from not buying in this particular association? Maybe not, but it is something to consider. …Read More

Monthly Newsletters can work in your HOA

It seems as though the flow of information is coming at us in lighting speed … using Facebook, blogging, sending emails and texts are all normal business practices for many of us. People in all sectors want information now. Starting a monthly newsletter could be a great addition to your Home Owners Association. Here are a few simple tips when sending out your next HOA newsletter to keep it interesting …Read More

The Economy Continues to Grow

Southern California housing market settles to a stable pace The economy is looking up! Even with Real Estate settling back to “normal” here in Southern California, it is still a great time to buy. Here are a few recent facts about the economy… Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight gain above 200,000 …Read More

4 Suggestions to Effectively Utilize Committees in HOA Matters

A committee here, a task force there … many of us in HOA management and in board positions can be pulled in several directions. From financial overview to grounds keeping, there are several things an HOA board has to do to keep up with the management of the properties. Effective committees help the entire board by focusing on certain issues and coming up with solutions that can be presented to …Read More

Home Sales in May Surge Up!

May showed a big increase in the number of existing homes, showing that there are homebuyers ready to get back in the market, but they seem to prefer the charm of older houses rather than new builds. In May, existing home sales increased 4.9% to 4.89 million seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) which was higher than consensus’ estimate of 4.8 million SAAR and the revised April reading of 4.66 million …Read More

How important is walkability in communities with developing Real Estate Markets?

How important is walkability in communities with developing Real Estate Markets? While it may be hard to believe, Angelenos are losing their love affairs with their cars. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, L.A. is on the “cusp of becoming a major walkable urban area.” Seems to make sense. If you look at the development of housing and apartment living in Old Town Pasadena, people like to live …Read More

New Smoke Alarm Regulations Take Affect July 1st

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire — and, if you’re compliant with the law, a smoke detector, too! Read on to ensure you and your clients comply with new and existing rules controlling smoke alarms in residential properties. A part of all residential properties Smoke alarms approved by the State Fire Marshal are required to be placed in all residential properties in California. The State Fire Marshal lists all approved smoke …Read More