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Community associations operate with unique insurance needs, given their nonprofit status. One pressing question for Homeowner Association’s (HOA) board members often revolves around the necessity
Not only are homeowners attracted to build-to-rent communities, but developers and builders who specialize in multi-family, active adult, senior housing, and student housing are beginning to dip their toes into BTR communities to diversify their portfolios.
On December 13, 2023, Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara addressed the Assembly Insurance Committee at Pasadena City Hall. During this address, Lara highlighted California’s position at an ‘insurance crossroads’ and an ‘insurance emergency’ for many residents.
In 1981, a homeowner’s association filed a lawsuit against its developer and his employees, who were former directors in control of the association, for strict liability and breach of warranty. This landmark case is known as Raven’s Cove Townhomes, Inc. v. Knuppe Development Co.
In 1998, the Community Associations Institute (CAI) introduced Reserve Study Standards to establish the baseline for professional reserve studies. These standards, which have recently been updated, define four distinct levels of reserve studies, ensuring consistency in services across various providers.
In the quest to address the current housing crisis, homebuilders are facing substantial hurdles that hinder their ability to meet the rising demand for new homes. Despite the expectation that new construction would alleviate the shortage and stabilize home prices, builders are grappling with their own set of challenges that are stalling their progress.
Budgeting is a critical aspect of managing a homeowner’s association. It helps ensure that the community’s financial needs are met while maintaining financial stability. However, some common budget mistakes can hinder the smooth operation of an HOA. One such mistake is borrowing from reserves. In this blog, we will discuss the potential pitfalls of borrowing from reserves and explore the legal implications of this practice.
In the state of California, it’s no secret that we face a dynamic and challenging insurance landscape. Insurance has become a hot topic, with community associations, condominium developments, and homeowners’ associations facing increasing challenges in securing adequate coverage and the limited number of providers in the state.
Are you in the early stages of forming a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) for your new residential development? Crafting the ideal HOA budget is a crucial step toward ensuring the smooth operation and long-term financial health of your community.
In the competitive and high-risk world of residential development, smart developers stand out by implementing effective strategies that pave the way for their projects’ success. From the initial stages of planning to the final execution, there are three things all residential developers can do to ensure the success and efficiency of their projects.
As an owner or manager of a homeowner’s association or other planned community, it’s your responsibility to ensure that finances are properly managed. Reserve studies are vital for an association to maintain its financial health, as they are required to take place every three years in accordance with CA Civil Code 5550. However, there are several misconceptions about them. We’re going to divulge some of the most common myths about reserve studies and explain why they are untrue.
In recent years, the amount of new community associations has experienced a remarkable surge in numbers. However, community associations have not been immune to the far-reaching effects of the pandemic, like surging sale prices and inflation. Both developers and homeowners have encountered their fair share of challenges. In today’s landscape, everything comes at a higher cost, and HOA budgets need to reflect these price increases accurately.
California homeowners and Homeowner Associations are currently grappling with a severe insurance crisis. Numerous providers are choosing to opt out of the State or reduce coverage. This predicament stems from a combination of factors, including persistent challenges in the supply chain, escalating climate-related disasters, and inflation.
As the world population continues to grow, the demand for land will only increase. By subdividing land into multiple usable lots, the possibility of reaping additional profits is highly likely. This has led many people to ask the question, “How do I subdivide land?”
As a homeowner, board member, developer, or community manager, you bear a significant responsibility of ensuring that your community is always in top-notch condition, well-maintained, and prepared for any unexpected situations. One of your primary duties is managing your community’s reserve fund, which serves as a financial buffer to cover any unforeseen expenses or significant repairs.