Can the HOA Board Borrow Money from the Reserves?

August 29, 2023    Education

When unexpected expenses arise, leaving the HOA boards in a bind, they may turn to reserve funds as a solution. But can the HOA board borrow money from the reserves? And can they borrow money from the reserves without following a formal process? Discover the essential information you need to know to manage your HOA funds responsibly and safeguard your community's interests.

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Can HOA Board Members Meet in Private?

August 1, 2023    Education, Homeowner Tips

Homeowner's groups are very interested and worried about whether or not HOA board members can meet in secret. In this article, we'll discuss details of secret HOA board meetings and the legal and moral questions that need to be considered. Even though private talks can be helpful, keeping things open and following government agreements and local rules is important to protect the community's best interests. The short answer is YES but with a few exceptions.

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California Wildfires Impact HOA Insurance

July 10, 2023   

Droughts, earthquakes, and wildfires have plagued Californians for decades. Insurance companies are cutting homeowner coverage due to the state's recent wildfire season. According to the 2020-2021 U.S. National and State Statistical Review, released by the Foundation for Community Association Research, this might affect 14 million Californians residing in over 49,000 community associations.

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HOA Insurance and Wildfires Issues

July 10, 2023    Education, Safety

In 1994, the damages from the Northridge Earthquake set off a major property insurance crisis that threatened the Insurance and Real Estate market while simultaneously decimating the pocketbooks of many California consumers. Today, we face an even bigger crisis, triggered by wildfires and other weather-related claims. How we got here, the dynamics at play and what the future might hold can help us in dealing with this crisis.

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Do you know the difference between Bylaws and CC&Rs?

April 1, 2023    Margo Crummack CEO/Principal    Education

It’s easy to get confused about Bylaws and CC&Rs. They are both rules, so to speak, by which the HOA Board and Corporation of your community govern itself. But a clear difference is who the rules are governed for and how they are applied. 

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Bare walls or walls in, do you know the difference and which you are?

March 26, 2023    Patrick Prendiville, Prendiville Insurance Agency    Homeowner Tips

Let’s face it. Reviewing your insurance does not rank high up on the list of pleasurable experiences. We get that. However, an insurance policy that does not cover you properly can be a considerable expense and sometimes a financial catastrophe.  Add in to this equation an Association having a large or minor affect on the decision process of what to buy and there can be some confusion.  Hopefully, this short list of considerations for condo unit owners, single family residence owners and landlords, will make the process easier.

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How Important Is It For Your HOA Board Members To Be Well-Trained?

March 15, 2023    Education

Joining a board can be a great way to give back to your community and make a positive impact. Just as businesses invest in employee training to help them adjust to their new roles, associations should do the same for their board members. Board members need basic skills and knowledge to fulfill their roles and responsibilities. Providing HOA board member training for new members to have a thriving community is essential. By providing governance, finances, and risk management training, associations can help ensure that their boards are prepared to make informed decisions and effectively carry out their duties.

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How to Provide HOA Board Training for New Members

March 1, 2023    Education

Many homeowners' associations (HOAs) rely on their board of directors to keep the community running smoothly. Although these individuals are volunteers and not paid for their services, it is essential that they receive proper training to ensure they can fulfill their roles effectively.  New members need to have the information and skills required from day one - here's a look at how to ensure that happens.

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Effective HOA Board Meeting Tips

February 1, 2023    CH Site Administrator    Education

HOA board meetings should be positive and productive and in most cases, conducted in two hours or less. Below are some tips for running an effective board meeting and get back on track toward achieving your mission.

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Understanding California's New Room Rental Law for Homeowners Associations

January 31, 2023    Legislative Update

Homeowners associations (HOAs) and community management companies are expected to become more familiar with a new law in California, Civil Code §4739. This section of the civil code invalidates any association governing document provision that prohibits the rental of a “portion” of any separate interest lot or unit as long as the owner also occupies a portion of that lot or unit. To better understand California’s new law, here is a helpful explanation breaking down all aspects of the rental process. 

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Community Association Institute (CAI) recognizes Crummack Huseby for efforts in the industry.

January 18, 2023   

Each year, the Community Association Institute (CAI) honors exceptional managers and business partners in community management for their dedication and efforts in the industry. Meet the 2022 Crummack Huseby Nominees who will be recognized during the Fly Me To The Moon Awards Gala on January 28th.

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How to Mitigate the Impact of Short-Term Rentals in Your HOA Community

January 17, 2023   

There are a few strategies that HOAs can follow to mitigate these issues and keep communities thriving even as short-term rentals (STRs) become more popular. 



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Orange County Register Names Crummack Huseby Property Management, Inc. A Winner of the Orange County Top Workplaces 2022 Award

December 12, 2022    Press Release

LAKE FOREST, Calif., --(PR NEWSWIRE)--Crummack Huseby Property Management, Inc. has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2022 honor by The Orange County Register Top Workplaces. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by employee engagement technology partner Energage, LLC. The confidential survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization: including alignment, execution, and connection, to name a few.

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Crummack Huseby named a 2022 Top Workplace by the Orange County Register

December 1, 2022    Crummack Huseby News

Crummack Huseby is honored to be named a Top Workplace by the Orange County Register! The list is based on employee feedback gathered through a survey administered by research partner Energage. The survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including engagement, alignment, and connection, and recognizes the highest-ranking companies in the Orange County area.

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How To Benefit by Partnering with a Community Management Company

November 4, 2022    Education

Creating a thriving community requires a great vision and an experienced community management team to bring it to life. That's why many home builders and developers partner with a professional community management team during the planning phase to ensure that the operational goals of the association are thoughtfully vetted and strategically planned to execute the builder's vision.

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October 3, 2022    Education

One of the primary responsibilities of every homeowner’s association (HOA) is to manage the finances responsibly and efficiently; this is not limited to collecting dues and fees from residents and then using that money to improve the community. What should be included in managing the finances but is often not because it can be less clear is providing residents with a good return on their investment.

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What you need to know before hiring a community management company

June 3, 2022    Education

The good news is that selecting the right community management company will make your job as an HOA Board Member a lot easier. On the other hand, there are a lot of property management companies to choose from, so finding the ideal fit for your community association will take some time.

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March 14, 2022    Press Release, Crummack Huseby News, Community Spotlight

LAKE FOREST, Calif., Crummack Huseby Property Management Inc., a leading community association management company that provides management services to associations throughout Southern California, proudly announces they have been designated to manage The Metro Heights Community Association, a new 1200 unit luxury master community built by Toll Brothers and Lennar Homes in Montebello, CA.

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What Are HOA Accounting Services? Everything You Need to Know

December 22, 2021    Education

What does it take to maintain a neighborhood? Why is it that some neighborhoods have swimming pools and others don't? 

The truth is that homeowner's associations (HOAs) are responsible for this. They are the entity that makes sure the whole neighborhood is well maintained and safe. They ensure that any amenities are usable. But they can't do this for free. Residents must pay fees if they want to enjoy these benefits. Then the problem is that someone has to manage that money. Professional HOA accounting services often help HOAs keep on top of finances. Read on to learn what HOA financial services are and why your HOA needs them.

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August 17, 2021    Press Release

Crummack Huseby Property Management, Inc., one of the largest Accredited Association Management Companies based in Southern California, today announced the appointment of Jamie Gould as its Vice President of Community Management, and Christine Hulka as its Director of Large-Scale Management. These two promotions expand the executive leadership team and its commitment to grow its business service efforts across community management.

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