Friday, April 10, 2009

Homeowners Association (HOA) Management

Dear Property Manager:

I have been involved in my homeowner's association in Charlotte for the last 5 years and I have enjoyed working with Kuester (our HOA management company) on many of the issues that have arisen over that time.

I have been impressed with how the Kuester team has interfaced with the residents, and gotten things done along the way--so much so that I am interested in learning more about HOA management and perhaps making this my next career move. 

Can you recommend any books or resources that may be a good place to start as I look at HOA management? Any ideas you have would be very beneficial.

Heidi K - Charlotte

Dear Heidi:

If you’re involved in any facet of Homeowner AssociationManagement, a great resource for you to know about is theCommunity Associations Institute Bookstore . Community Associations Press publishes the largest collection of books and guides on community associations available covering a wide range of topics not found in traditional bookstores.

Some of their top sellers include:

· Community Association Leadership: A Guide for Volunteers

· Reserve Funds: How & Why Community Associations Invest Assets,

· Be Reasonable! How Community Associations Can Enforce Rules Without Antagonizing Residents, Going to Court or Starting World War III

· The A-B-C's of Parliamentary Procedure.

· Conducting Meetings: A Guide to Running Productive Community Association Board Meetings

Topics covered in their selections are Disaster Management, Environmental Issues, Finance, Legal Resources, Maintenance, Professional Development, Research & Statistics, Resources for Board Members, and many more subjects critical to managing Homeowner Associations. 

Those planning to take the CMCA exam can also order a study kit with the six books of essential readings suggested to pass the exam.

Most items on the website are available for purchase to both Community Associations Institute Members and Non-members, but if you choose to become a CAI member, you’ll be eligible for significant Member discounts on books as well as all of the benefits and resources available to CAI Members.

Best of luck and enjoy the reading,

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