Remember that old saying about what happens when you ASSUME?  Well… it’s still true. We have a client who bought close to 100 lots on a take-down schedule last year in an older planned development that had been stalled out.  It was a “broken” project, with 50 lots in Phase 1, with a half dozen existing homeowners who were very happy that our client was going to save the subdivision. Being ca...

DRE Regulations allow for HOA assessments to be waived for HOA-maintained improvements that are not complete. Regulation 2792.16c, in a nutshell, allows a complete deferment of costs associated with improvements that are not being maintained by the HOA.  It’s actually illegal for the HOA to charge assessments for expenses that they do not incur. IF the CCRs allow for this deferment of assessmen...

Do you develop your project in one company/entity, and then sell homes from another entity? If so, this article is for you! When the Department of Real Estate (DRE) processes an application for a public report, the application is anticipated to be in the name of the Subdivider.  “Subdivider,” in this sense, represents the name under which the public report will be issued. Example: "In the ma...

Selling homes in phases?  Consider structuring your next subdivision map to include multiple road lots.  Asphalt streets are definitely one of the most expensive items that HOA's maintain.  Breaking the road lot into multiple lots to match your sales plan can save thousands. Think of it this way; if you have all of the streets in one lot, it can "front load" the HOA dues program, causing assess...

Filing bonds on subdivisions are one of those requirements that you can’t often avoid, without delaying getting your project to market.  Subdividers under a Final Public Report must be diligent to ensure compliance with the DRE process when releasing bonds. An early or “illegal” release creates a material change to your development, necessitating an Amended Public Report filing. Each Bond is ac...

Last night, before going to bed, I saw the S&P Homebuilders Index (XHB) was up over 8% in after-hours trading. This morning, I checked and the Index was holding up over 4%!   Why the jump?   That’s after the NAHB and Wells Fargo released worse than expected housing data showing the effects of the shelter-in-place orders are having on the housing market. Their prelimina...

What crazy times we’re living in!  As if we all didn’t have enough going on this year already, Covid-19 has brought HOA communities throughout California to sheltering-in-place.  Reaching community members has come to another level.  While we must always be mindful of personal health, and exposure to unhealthy possibilities, HOA business must go on. As an essential business, California Builder ...

When times are good – phasing your marketing program can be a headache.  When times are slow, however, Phasing can be a lifesaver!  I’ve always thought of marketing Phasing like an insurance policy: it’s a necessity that’s good to have in place just in case you need it later on. We’ve been receiving phone calls and emails from concerned clients over the past two weeks, inquiring about what need...

We recently had an interesting case that brought real life issues to the forefront of our Reserve Study services. Every single HOA board has at least one of these owners….the Member who doesn’t want to add one cent to the budget. No matter how many ways the increase might be justified, this person always votes it down. Understanding the fiduciary obligation of the board member is critical to...

Any time that the common area improvements will not be completed in a development at the time of the first sale closing, a financial security must be posted to guarantee the eventual completion of the improvement.  The financial security amount is 120% of the estimate cost to complete. While most development planning involves the completion schedule of improvements, and estimates the improvemen...