If the board of directors at your community association is considering hiring a community manager, it can be tough to establish which company is right for you. This process may seem confusing, but when it comes to hiring the right management company for your association, you should pay attention to the basics.
Changing HOA management companies can be a stressful process but is often necessary. When an association management company engages in improper behavior or fails to see your association's vision, the board of directors should terminate the contract and go shopping for a new community manager.
With appropriate respect for confidentiality, Crummack Huseby shares information freely throughout our organization. The more people know, the better we can collaborate, and the smarter we can be to solving issues for homeowners. We like to remind ourselves to ask, "Who else needs to know this?"
Cleaning up and preserving your neighborhood goes beyond remembering to toss glass and plastic into a recycling bin. That's especially true in Southern California communities. When it comes to sustaining the planet, everyone must do their part.
When researching a property management company, the technology they use is important to help increase the ease of awareness and communication for homeowners and HOA Board Members. Your chosen property management company should have software to make a homeowner’s life easier. Emails are still a great way to send off a quick question, and we still get calls, but our busy lives are a little less busy with smart technology. Before you sign with a property management company, have them walk you through their technology.
The beauty of living in Southern California is that we are surrounded by so much local, natural beauty. This also means we’re often visited by local wildlife, including coyotes. Please take into consideration these tips when spotting coyotes and always take the utmost safest precaution.
Those earthquakes over the holiday weekend rattled all of us, and for good reason. Experts warn us about the foreshocks and the aftershocks, but it’s also important to discuss how we can stay prepared for the next earthquake.
Being able to empathize means to be capable of identifying and understanding another person's feelings, without experiencing them for yourself at that particular moment. It is the ability to literally experience the world from another person's perspective; to walk in their shoes, to view life from their living conditions and to feel what it feels like to be that person.
With Spring just around the corner, your community manager has been busy taking a good hard look at the community common areas to make sure they are ready for everyone to come outside and enjoy!! A great way to ensure that the entire community is ready for summer is to have this topic on your Annual Calendar. Getting a head-start goes a long way in being prepared for the start of your community’s summer season. Here’s what we at Crummack Huseby look for…
Technically, you’re already involved. When you purchased your home within a planned community, you are a member of that community. You have the ability to vote on new rules, regulations, etc. Your community may assign a property management company, but the HOA board always controls the rules in your community. If you want to get more involved, joining the HOA Board may be the natural place for you.
This month we’re focusing on all things related to becoming or being an HOA Board member. We always encourage homeowners to get involved in their community, whether it’s through social events or lending a hand. For those who want to make a yearly commitment by joining their HOA Board, don’t be afraid to jump in, it can be a fun and educational experience.
Every year, no matter which SoCal city you live in, you’ve watched the news about your city or surrounding city is on high alert during fire season. That’s the bad side of living with 284 sunny days a year. But did you know how most fires are caused in Orange County?
Now that you’ve created your timeline and its tasks, Crummack Huseby’s financial experts want to share insights on creating and implementing the smartest budgets for your community. It’s important to consider expense questions your Board should ask, what your management company’s accountant should know, and thoughts on the timing of assessment increases.
The rising senior population is called a “silver tsunami” as the population growth of seniors is on the rise. This demographic is more active than ever and communities are not only adding amenities to lure them in, but also creating stand alone neighborhoods for the 55+ active senior who desires a more posh lifestyle in their golden years. Take a look at what this growing demographic is looking for in their new home.
Completing your Homeowners Association’s budget is a project just like any other. With over 20 years in this business, Crummack Huseby has perfected our way of planning a strategic and beneficial budget for the homeowners based on their needs. But where do you start to plan?
Ideas to kickstart an engaged and elevated neighborhood.
At Crummack Huseby we recognize each community is unique. This belief is one of the cornerstone’s of our own community and success. We take the time to understand your operations, administration, infrastructure, board of directors and homeowners to truly engage your community’s unique interests and aspirational needs.
Whether you want to give your home a new coat of paint or ready to plant a beautiful tree, it is best if you follow the rules to a good grade.
Measure twice cut once. Well, passing the architectural review is a little bit like that too. If you are more thoughtful before you submit your proposal, you can help your chances of passing the architectural review process the first time.
I grew up taking road trips with my family every Summer. We would all load into our Ford LTD station wagon with the trailer hitched up and then headed off! I’d often ask where we were going and to my delight, my Dad would pull out a map and walk me through where we were going, how long it was going to take to get to each of the locations and what we would do when we were there. Wow, what a plan. I knew it took him weeks to do it.