About: Delia Arcelus

Recent Posts by Delia Arcelus

Finances/reserves

Equipment and major components (like the roofs) must be replaced from time to time, regardless of whether we plan for the expense. We prefer to plan and set the funds aside now. Reserve funds aren’t an extra expense—they just spread out expenses more evenly. There are other important reasons we put association monies into reserves every month: “Whether or not” to me is like “over” to you (and me). 1. Reserve funds meet legal, fiduciary, and professional requirements. A replacement fund may be required by: Any secondary mortgage market in which the association participates (e.g., Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, FHA, VA). State statutes, regulations, or court decisions. The community’s governing documents. 2. Reserve funds provide for major repairs and replacements that we know will be necessary at some point in time. Although a roof may be replaced when it is 25 years old, every owner who lives under or around it should share its replacement costs. 3. Reserve funds.
more info No comments

Why Scoop the Poop?

Besides being a nuisance, uncollected dog waste is a serious problem for our association. Next time you’re tempted to leave your dog’s droppings on the lawn, please remember these facts: 1. The Environmental Protection Agency is becoming aggressive about enforcing the Clean Water Act. Our association could be fined if dog waste goes uncollected. 2. Uncollected dog waste may lead to a special assessment. If fined by the EPA, the association could face a potential special assessment that would be levied against all members—not just dog owners. 3. The appearance and quality of the common areas are known to affect home sales—not just whether and for how much they sell, but how quickly. 4. The more residents complain about dog waste, the more time the manager must spend on enforcement rather than serving the association. 5. Uncollected dog waste spreads disease and attracts rodents who feed on pet waste..
more info No comments

Ten Reasons to Volunteer for the Association

1. Protect your self-interests. Protect your property values and maintain the quality of life in your community. 2. Correct a problem. Has your car been towed, or do you think maybe maintenance has been neglected? 3. Be sociable. Meet your neighbors, make friends, and exchange opinions. 4. Give back. Repay a little of what’s been done for you. 5. Advance your career. Build your personal resume by including your community volunteer service. 6. Have some fun. Association work isn’t drudgery. It’s fun accomplishing good things with your neighbors. 7. Get educated. Learn how it’s done—we’ll train you. 8. Express yourself. Help with creative projects like community beautification. 9. Earn recognition. If you would like a little attention or validation, your contributions will be recognized and celebrated. 10. Try some altruism. Improve society by helping others..
more info No comments

What Is Strategic Planning?

Our association will soon begin strategic planning. What does that mean, and what will be happening? Simply stated, strategic planning is a process we use to determine where we’re going and how we’re going to get there. It includes these steps: Assessing our current position. We will identify our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Knowing where we are now will help get us where we want to be in the future. Identifying our purpose. This will become our “mission statement.” For example, “Our association exists to ensure the highest possible quality of life for all residents.” Setting goals that identify what we need to achieve the mission. Our goals will be specific and measurable, and will provide an indication of how we’re doing as we progress. Deciding how to meet our goals. We may have to allocate resources, create committees, or undertake other tasks to achieve our goals. Developing an.
more info No comments

Recent Comments by Delia Arcelus

    No comments by Delia Arcelus yet.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter