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Field Guide to Home Owners Associations (HOAs)

(Updated October 2015)

What are home owners associations? Should you hire a manager and what are the governing documents? Learn more about the issues from the following articles, eBooks, and other resources in this field guide. (H. Hester, Information and Digitization Specialist)

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Should You Hire a Manager?

Homeowners' Association Property Managers, (Lawyers.com, 2015).

Hiring and Working with a Property Manager in an HOA, (Nolo.com, 2015).

HOAs Seek Shelter in Professional Management, (REALTOR® Magazine, Aug. 2014).

Whose Job Is It? HOA Responsibilities vs. Property Management Responsibilities, (EZR Management, Mar. 26, 2014).

HOA Governing

Association Contracts, What to Look For, (Associated Asset Management, Aug. 12, 2015).

Homeowners’ Association Boards: Rights and Duties, (Lawyers.com, 2015).

HOA: Revitalizing Rules, (Realty Times, Sept. 17, 2013).

Sample ByLaws for a Condo Association or HOA, (CondoAssociation.com, Jan. 31, 2010).

Collecting Assessments

How to Deal With Collecting HOA Delinquencies, (Realty Times, Oct. 6, 2015).

Getting Condo Owners to Pay Up, (McClatchy - Tribune Business News, Sept. 13, 2015). Q

HOA Liens & Foreclosures: An Overview, (Nolo.com, 2015).

Delinquent Home Owners Association Fees: Why You Must Collect, (HouseLogic.com, Nov. 29, 2010).


Heart of HOA Volunteerism, (Realty Times, Sept. 1, 2015).

How to Be a Great Board Member, (The Chicagoland Cooperator, Feb. 2015).

HOA Management: How to Attract and Keep Good HOA Board, (RealManage, Sept. 3, 2014).

Common Pitfalls of New HOA Board Members, (Kuester Companies, June 28, 2011).

Legal Issues

Avoiding Litigation, (NJ Cooperator, June 2015).

Disputes and Homeowners’ Associations, (Lawyers.com, 2015).

7 Tips to Keep HOA Legal Fees in Check, (HOALeader.com, Aug. 2013).

HOA Rules Enforcement Policy, (Realty Times, Jan. 5, 2011).

Common Interest Realty Associations: Certified Public Accountant, (The CPA Journal, June 2010). Q

eBooks & Other Resources

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Homeowners Association and You (Adobe eReader)

Working with Your Homeowners Association (Adobe eReader)

Community Associations: A Guide to Successful Management (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook)

Field Guide to The Condominium Market

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